The Bangor Daily News published the fourth article in a yearlong series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “Could your family live on $1.40 per meal?” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.
Due to ongoing power outages resulting from this week’s ice storm, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast remains closed. Updates on when the center will reopen are posted online.
Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, a researcher at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News story about winter wet storage of Maine oysters.
Devin submitted a bill to the state Legislature that would fast-track the wet storage permit application process so aquaculturists could more easily access stocks in the winter and improve the competitiveness of the fishery. The bill, he said, would keep public comment as part of the permitting process.
Oyster consumption has been on the rise, Devin said, and to “compete with other states, our oyster growers have to sell year-round.”
The Bangor Daily News reported the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s tick submission program, which has identified ticks for Maine residents for 25 years, is expected to end because it has run out of funding. The staff members say they hope to see the program transferred to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Mainebiz reported Invisible Intelligence LLC, a Maine company producing a computer system for smaller airports that records radio transmissions, plans to hire an intern from the University of Maine. The intern will help develop the company’s software for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms.
The Bangor Daily News reported on Spike TV’s upcoming reality show “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” that will feature Michael Merchant, a 2007 University of Maine graduate from Hampden. Merchant, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, will pair with another Maine resident to compete against eight other teams of hunters who will try to capture Bigfoot or provide visual and DNA proof the creature exists. The show premieres Friday, Jan. 10.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about a Medicaid study being conducted by a contractor who was hired by Gov. Paul LePage. The study aims to look at ways MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program, could grant health insurance to an additional 70,000 uninsured residents. Brewer said LePage’s one-time praise of alternative methods of expanding health care coverage is unlikely to make results in the upcoming election year.
WVII (Channel 7) reported Bangor High School will benefit from a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study stormwater runoff and its effect on local waterways. The University of Maine’s College of Engineering is partnering with Bangor High School, as well as schools and water officials in Auburn and Portland, to complete the project that aims to encourage STEM education.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “What’s unfair, volatile? A state tax structure that just won’t change,” by Sen. Richard Woodbury, a Yarmouth independent who has served five terms in the Legislature. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
The proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies was cited in a Bangor Daily News editorial titled “The year in arguments: Five Maine, national matters we haven’t seen the end of.” The article states the pilot project “relies on developing technology that’s innovative and Maine-grown.”