Archive for 2011

Op-Ed Touts UMaine Composite, Forest Bioproducts Research

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

In an op-ed column in the Portland Press Herald, Bill Beardsley, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, said the State of Maine is well-positioned in the area of natural-resource economies thanks in part to research at UMaine. Beardsley cited UMaine research programs that are examining composite wood, liquid fuel, and sugar from trees.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Brewer Comments on Flow of Campaign Money

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

UMaine political scientist Mark Brewer was interviewed in a Bangor Daily News story about how last-minute campaign money from sources outside Maine, including PACs, can impact an election. Brewer said outside money is starting to become more of an issue in Maine, and many of these groups view fines they pay for ethics violations as part of the cost of doing business.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Center on Aging Releases New Legal Needs Report

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

A new University of Maine Center on Aging statewide survey of more than 230 older adults shows that legal needs of aging Maine residents continue to increase at a time when free or low-cost legal aid is scarce. (more…)

UMaine Francis Crowe Society Inducts Four

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The University of Maine College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society recently inducted four new members. (more…)

University of Maine Foundation Launching Search for President, CEO

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The University of Maine Foundation has hired a national firm, AGB Search of Washington, D.C., to manage the recruitment and selection process for the replacement of president and CEO Amos E. Orcutt, who is retiring in 2012. (more…)

Fried Column on Tax Cuts

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

In her biweekly column in the Bangor Daily News, UMaine political scientist Amy Fried comments on a plan set forth by Maine’s governor to cut taxes first. Fried writes that tax cuts could mean the cutting of programs such as Head Start, assisted living for seniors, MaineCare and Medicaid. She argues there are alternatives for cutting taxes as a first option which can help put Maine back in balance.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Extension Noted in Newspaper Report on Peer Group

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Lewiston Sun Journal ran an article on a peer helper group at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, where the group recently organized a school-wide wellness day which included an appearance from UMaine Cooperative Extension nutrition educator Kate Chaisson. Chiasson gave a presentation about ideas for healthy eating.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Orono Middle School Officials Laud UMaine Connection

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

A WLBZ-TV report about the news that Orono Middle School has been named one of the top schools in the country included comments about the importance of the school’s connection with UMaine. Orono Middle School Principal Robert Lucy said the school’s relationship with UMaine enriches his students’ education. Teacher Ellen Carr said students are able to sit with college students, ask questions, and feel like they were an important part of the learning experience.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Ferguson Speaks to Orono High School students

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Orono High School received the 2011 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. President Paul Ferguson spoke to the students at a ceremony covered by WABI (Channel 5).

UMaine Graduate Students Win Awards at Soil Science Meetings

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Two papers written by University of Maine graduate students received first-place awards at the recent International Annual Meetings of the Soil Science Society of America in San Antonio, Texas.   (more…)