WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported University of Maine students in an advanced art education course are facilitating an art-making and fundraising project to benefit the Shaw House of Bangor, an organization that works with youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The art education students are helping the Shaw House teens make ceramic pins that will then be sold to buy instruments for the many residents who take music lessons from the staff and volunteers. Constant Albertson, an associate professor of art education who teaches the class, said the course helps students develop service learning projects for when they become art teachers. Julie Roach, a student in the class, said the project is a great way to incorporate art and community together.
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The Bangor Daily News spoke with Janet Waldron, University of Maine’s senior vice president for administration and finance, for the article “Report says University of Maine System facilities underused, aging and may need renovation.” A report from facilities consultant Sightlines found University of Maine System buildings are underused compared with similar public universities. Sightlines identified buildings on each campus — 18 at UMaine — that have low utilization, are in poor condition and are “less historical” as candidates for removal. Waldron said the report is a guide and added some buildings, such as the Sigma Chi Heritage House, serve important needs and should require further review. She said the building includes a large meeting space and labs that don’t see as many people as lecture halls, but are still useful spaces. Waldron said UMaine’s efforts to consolidate and renovate space takes time and the university still has a lot to tackle. The Sun Journal also carried the report.
A proposed offshore wind pilot project by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about businesses working to launch offshore wind energy facilities urging Congress to renew tax credits that would help kick-start an industry that could bring jobs to Maine and other coastal states. Doug Pfeister, president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition, called the prototype floating wind turbine launched off the coast of Castine by UMaine and Cianbro last June “a great first step” for the offshore wind industry.
Woody Higgins, who helps organize the annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show for the Penobscot County Conservation Association, told the Bangor Daily News event attendees will likely notice the newly renovated New Balance Field House at the University of Maine where the show will take place. He said he thinks people “will be impressed with the brightness, the niceness” of the facility. The 76th show runs March 7–9 in the New Balance Field House, Memorial Gym and Stanley Wallace Pool.
A Maine Public Broadcasting Network report titled “Bill to protect Maine lakes sparks disagreement,” cited information from former University of Maine graduate student Ian McCullough’s study on water clarity in Maine lakes. The study found the clarity in Maine’s lakes has declined since 1995.
A Times Union article on Tech Valley Connect, a nonprofit group in North Greenbush, N.Y. that helps newly relocated families settle into the area, cited a similar program at the University of Maine. The article states Tech Valley Connect’s success has encouraged the National Science Foundation to replicate the program in other areas of the country. UMaine’s Maine Career Connect received a $284,093 grant from the NSF to network a consortium of employers in central and eastern Maine with newly relocated professional families, with an emphasis on spousal employment. NSF is also funding a similar program at the University of California at Davis.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on a handheld device developed by University of Maine researchers to quickly detect disease-causing and toxin-producing pathogens such as algal species that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. The device — called a colorimeter — could be instrumental in monitoring coastal water in real-time, thereby preventing human deaths and beach closures. Janice Duy, a recent graduate of UMaine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering led the research team that included UMaine professors Rosemary Smith, Scott Collins and Laurie Connell.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with Laurie Connell, a research professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, about a handheld device she helped develop to quickly detect disease-causing and toxin-producing pathogens such as algal species that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Connell said the device — called a colorimeter — could be used by government agencies for water sampling. The device could be instrumental in monitoring coastal water in real-time, thereby preventing human deaths and beach closures. Phys.org also carried a report about the device.
The Maine Edge reported on the third Big Gig pitch-off and networking event held at Husson University’s Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business in Bangor. The Big Gig is a network for innovators and entrepreneurs in the Orono, Old Town and Bangor areas that was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Jesse Moriarity, coordinator of UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, said one of the reasons the Big Gig was started was to connect innovators and entrepreneurs. Event participants were preselected to deliver a three-minute elevator pitch about their business idea to a panel of judges and attendees. The winner moves on to compete for the $1,000 grand prize in the Big Gig finale in April.
The Portland Press Herald’s Natural Foodie column previewed the 27th annual Camden Conference that will run Feb. 21–23. The theme of this year’s conference and accompanying course offered by the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning is “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” The conference and course aim to explore water and food security topics from many perspectives around the world as they relate to human life, global climate change and relationships between countries.