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First Annual Implementation Progress Report - Objective 2

Progress on Objective 2

Strengthen Partnerships with the Community and State
Strategic Plan Goal #3

Providing education, technical assistance, and support to new and existing businesses through the Student Innovation Center, the Target Technology Center, and the various programs of the Cooperative Extension.

-CenTRO (Center for Tourism Research and Outreach) is an ongoing collaborative effort of the UM system and State to study and promote tourism in Maine.

-The Target Technology Incubator currently has seven tenant companies (three new companies are pending admission in the coming months) and ten affiliate companies. Combined, tenant companies raised more than 2.3 million in investment capital and research grants this year. Innovation Center Plus space opened to provide an inexpensive option for space and assistance for students graduating from the Student Innovation Center. Two recent graduates took advantage of this program over the summer. The Target Technology Incubator successfully graduated one firm from the incubator that located in the Portland, Me. area. More than 200 individuals attended seminars and events this year, representing private sector entrepreneurs and UMaine students, faculty, and researchers. The center provided assistance to other state technology incubators and coordinated services with several other organizations such as the Maine Small Business Development Centers, the Maine Patent Program and Maine Technology Institute.

-The Student Innovation Center (SIC) opened in October 2006 to provide support for students who wish to be innovators and entrepreneurs. The SIC offers a combination of academic, informal and experiential learning opportunities. The SIC served as the regional host for the first-ever “Entrepreneurship Week USA,” with several events including a resource fair for student entrepreneurs and small businesses. The SIC launched a business plan competition for bioproducts based businesses. The winning student team went on to win a Maine Technology Institute seed grant. Staff of the SIC worked closely with six student companies/projects that have been assigned space in the Center. The SIC also supported three other innovation teams. Staff members have consulted throughout the year with numerous other students who were in the exploratory stages of starting a business and innovation development. The SIC offered two courses in the Innovation Engineering program, continued development of additional courses, and offered several workshops and lunch and learn seminars on entrepreneurial topics.

Providing expert assistance to those involved in state government

-The College of Business, Public Policy, and Health provided assistance to the following state agencies in Academic Year 2006-2007:

-The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture provided assistance to the following state agencies in Academic Year 2006-2007:

-The College of Engineering provided the following expert assistance over the past year:

Prof. Bruce Segee is working with Maine Department of Education on laptop initiative and brought 560 Middle School students and teachers to UMaine for the Laptop Conference in June.

Prof. David Dvorak is representative on Governor’s Task Force on Hydrogen Energy Fuel Cell Partnership

FY08 activity – Prof. Bill Davids is serving on an MDOT committee formed by an executive order from Gov. John Baldacci that is tasked with reviewing MDOT’s bridge inspection procedures and programming in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse.

Prof. Per Garder is a member of the following three state-sponsored councils: Maine Department of Transportation Research Advisory Board, Maine Bicycle Council, and Maine Local Roads Advisory Board. On all these councils, Prof. Garder contributes his expertise in transportation safety.

Prof. Roberto Lopez-Anido provided expert assistance to MaineDOT on in-service monitoring of highway bridge structures.

Prof. Shaleen Jain worked with Maine DEP and the U.S. Geological Survey to investigate the role of climate variability on Maine’s Sustainable Water Allocation Rulemaking, as well as developing metrics that incorporate Environmental Flow considerations into the process.

Prof. Aria Amirbahman worked with Maine DEP on projects to study the cycling of phosphorus in Maine lakes, which can lead to the degradation of water quality.

Prof. Aria Amirbahman worked with Maine DEP to study the effect of biosolid stockpiles on water quality. This included the release of metals and nutrients from the biosolid stockpiles and their effect on surface and ground water quality.

Prof. Scott Dunning, Prof. Tom Christensen and Prof. Dave Dvorak serve as energy auditors under the Maine Energy Program. Under this program they have audited energy use of several businesses in Maine.

Prof. Scott Dunning provided input to Governor Baldacci’s cabinet on the state’s energy plan.

Prof. Scott Dunning and Prof. Bruce Segee serve on the Maine Technology Institute’s Precision Manufacturing Board.

Prof. Donald Grant served as a member of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

From the Division of Lifelong Learning:

Sharon Barker, Women’s Resource Center, Chair of Women’s Employment Issues Committee of the Maine Jobs Council

Carey Nason, Safe Campus Project, Maine’s Joint Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Gail Dana-Sacco, co-chair, sub-committee on Community Development and Support Services for the State Advisory Council on Minority Affairs

Strengthening the partnership between the University of Maine and K – 12 education in the state

-The College of Education and Human Development maintains 23 active partnerships with schools, state agencies and professional organizations that ensure constant contact with the K-12 enterprise in Maine.

-The Maine Business School continues its collaboration with the Penobscot River Educational Partnership, helping school districts collaborate for real savings in areas such as purchasing.

-The Honors College is pursuing articulations with high school Honors programs, and currently has such articulations with Brewer and Old Town.

-The Art Department runs an after-school Artworks program each semester for school-age children.

-The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department provides clinical services to P-12 both on campus and on-site.

-The History Department sponsors an annual conference on ‘Teaching History in Maine.’

-The Director of the Native American Studies (NAS) Program leads the statewide work on LD291: An Act to Require the Teaching of Maine Indian History and Culture, and NAS teaches courses on-line so schools can comply with the Act.

-The Physics and Astronomy Department’s “Mainely Physics” road show toured 27 public schools; the department also leads a local high school teachers working group and hosts an annual statewide high school teachers’ conference.

-A New Media faculty member coordinates a program to introduce technology to preteen girls and has a $500,000 grant to promote indigenous public education in Northern Maine through videoconferencing. Another faculty member mentored an undergraduate to develop a new media ‘how to’ animation for Gulf of Maine public school students.

-The Division of Lifelong Learning has the following on-going programs that strengthen UM/K-12 partnerships:

For K-12 Students

-Youth Violence Prevention Program, a Maine Department of Education supported education programs offered in middle schools throughout the state

-University of Maine Academ-e, through which 14 UMaine courses offered to seniors in Maine’s high schools (243 students representing 98 high schools; Av. GPA 3.3)

-Maine’s Aspirations Program, which sponsors approximately 30 high school students per year

-Sections of Bureau of Labor Education’s curricula on employment law, offered to several Maine high schools

-Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls, a University of Maine event lead by the Women’s Resource Center

-Women’s Resource Center’s “Totally Trades Conference” for High School Girls in collaboration with a statewide consortium to encourage women in the trades

For K-12 Professionals

-Maine Studies Certificate Program offered through distance education to Maine’s K-12 teachers as part of state requirement at (at both undergraduate and graduate options)

-MLTI Training at Hutchinson Center

-Master of Arts in Teaching in French offered to language teachers in Maine (two summers; one academic year; on-line and summer institute components)

-Wabanaki Studies Certificate Program (in development) for K-12 teachers as part of LD 291 requirements (to include distance and summer options)

-On-Line Master’s in Education in Math and Science Education (in development)

-Over 300 courses offered annually through distance technologies throughout the academic year and summer

-WRC – National Girls Collaborative Project, an NSF funded project to support organizations encouraging K – 12 girls’ participation in the STEM fields

Education related activities for the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS)

-LEARNS is a statewide research, technical assistance, and professional development initiative supporting Maine schools and educators, early care programs and providers, and the Maine Department of Education to assure that all Maine students–including those with significant disabilities–have access to participate and progress in the general curriculum, extracurricular activities, and their home communities.

-The Portland Early Literacy Collaborative project works with four existing southern Maine early childhood programs to implement best practices based on the early literacy research. The goal is to improve reading skills for pre-school children, including children with special needs and those who are English language learners.

-Literacy By Design was a collaborative, three-year research project with the Center for Applied Special Technology that explored the use of technology based literacy practices as a means of teaching literacy to students with significant cognitive disabilities.

-During the past five years, CCIDS ran four federally funded research and demonstration projects with at least 15 school districts throughout the state from Portland to St. Agatha. In addition, each year CCIDS faculty and staff have provided technical assistance and professional development to at least 10 additional school districts in Maine.

-In Fiscal Year 2007, CCIDS provided technical assistance to the Maine Department of Education that included the research and analysis of models of regionalization; development and field testing of a monitoring approval system for CDS programs birth-5; technical assistance to pre-K programs to support high quality pre-K in public schools; and the development of a school approval and monitoring system for special purpose private schools throughout the state.

-CCIDS research activities for Fiscal Year 2007 continued to include development and implementation of data systems and informatics related to children and families; research in the area of technology and literacy for students with severe cognitive disabilities; models of school reform that provide access to the general education curriculum and statewide educational standards, and field-testing of a program development and planning guide for inclusive early care and education programs. In addition, CCIDS faculty and staff initiated work in the areas of quality assurance and monitoring systems for special education programs including the Child Development Services (CDS) system and special purpose private schools. Other areas of research and evaluation conducted by CCIDS faculty and staff included inclusive childcare; early literacy; models of educational accountability for students with disabilities; educational status and public policy implications of children and youth in state custody; and models of early intervention.

-CCIDS faculty and staff are members of numerous state committees related to education. These include: the Early Childhood Task Force, Committee on Transition, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Governor’s Task Force to Engage Maine’s Youth, Maine State Advisory Board for Deaf/Blind, Maine Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities, Maine Department of Education Alternate Assessment Advisory Committee, and the Maine Department of Education Special Services Program Review Team.

Other achievements that strengthen community/state partnerships

- The School of Policy and International Affairs, in cooperation with the Bangor Foreign Policy Forum, has sponsored a series of speakers over the last year on topics of Foreign Policy. Speakers have come from the Boston University, Brookings Institution and the University of Maine. All talks occur at the Bangor Public Library and serve the Bangor regional area.

-Social Work faculty members sit on 10 state agency committees or advisory boards and on 11 boards of statewide professional, service, and advocacy organizations.

-A nursing faculty member is chair of the Maine State Board of Nursing, Nursing faculty serve four other boards in the state.

-Cooperative Extension exists within communities statewide and serves Maine people through twenty different locations across the state.

-Engineering faculty led the Integrated Forest Product Refinery (IFPR) technology demonstration and deployment initiative for Maine. This initiative and patent-pending technology developed by Prof. van Heiningen played a significant role in the start-up of Old Town pulp mill under Red Shield Pulp and Chemicals management.

-Maine’s Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection receive valuable assistance from College of Engineering faculty, in areas ranging from rumble strips and roundabouts to water quality.

-The College of Engineering formed a partnership with Bowdoin College whereby students will study for three years at Bowdoin and two years at UMaine and receive both a B.A. from Bowdoin and B.S. in Engineering from UMaine.

-A psychology professor co-chairs a group of advisory faculty experts to the new Maine Children’s Cabinet.

-An Art/New Media faculty member has been named commissioner of the Maine State Arts Commission; New Media faculty members designed and maintain the Maine Intellectual Commons website; and another art professor helped to found, organize and staff the Camden Film Festival and Bangor’s River City Cinema series.

-A philosophy professor is a member of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Ethics Committee, and another serves on the Ethics Committee of the Eastern Maine Medical Corporation.

-The Computer Science Department is assisting the Town of Orono in making town records accessible through the Web.

-The Maine Folklife Center and the Hudson Museum continue their participation in the American Folklife Festival in Bangor and the Common Ground Fair in Unity.

- The Women’s Studies/Women in the Curriculum Program hosted this year’s statewide Maine Women’s Studies Consortium.

-The Plant Soil and Environmental Sciences Analytical Lab and Soil Testing Service provides chemical analysis of soil, ash, compost and manure samples for private citizens, farms, other businesses, and researchers alike.

-The Maine Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory responds to a wide variety of complaints concerning animal illnesses, identifying exotic diseases that if left untreated could devastate livestock populations and pose a public health threat.

-Faculty in Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSN) offer a variety of services to Maine’s many food-based businesses including testing of more than 300 food products annually for quality and safety in the only certified acidified food facility in Maine and New Hampshire. Last year FSN faculty collaborated with 315 Maine-based businesses to solve a variety of issues. The list of clients includes Maine Wild Blueberry, Maine Maple Syrup Producers, the Maine Cheese Guild and Portland Shellfish.

-Faculty at the Lobster Institute played a crucial role in the introduction of a novel value-added lobster product, a dog biscuit, which is currently being marketed by Blue Seal Feeds.

-A faculty member in the School of Economics served as moderator for the 2007 Maine Water Conference Landscape Sessions and joined the Fair Economy Commission, attending key public hearings on “big box” development and subsequently assisting with preparation of a summary of the discussion at these public forums.

-Division of Lifelong Learning staff serve on a number of community and non-profit boards including:

-The following College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture units engaged in partnerships with the Communities and People of Maine over the past year:

Faculty members serve as consultants for non-profits and environmental groups such as the Green Infrastructure Working Group (SFR) and the Stillwater Society (ES), business and industry affiliates including Irving Tanning, Beacon Analytical Systems and Maine State Pomological Society (FSN), and a variety of state and federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (PSE, FSN), the Bureau of Parks and Lands (SFR), the Department of Environmental Protection (FSN, PSE) and the EPA (PSE).

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