Archive for the ‘Cooperative Extension’ Category

Morning Sentinel Previews Hops Growing Workshop

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and RSU 19 Adult Education are sponsoring a workshop on how to grow hops in home gardens. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 1 at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport. Participants will learn the history of hops production in New England, what is needed for hops to thrive in Penobscot County, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops, and harvesting.

Tanglewood 4-H Camp Offers April Vacation Adventure

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville will host an April vacation day camp for children ages 5–10 that celebrates the outdoors. The camp will be held Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Games, art and exploration will encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. Cost is $150 per child. Register online by April 11. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu.

Thirty-two UMaine Faculty Members Receive Tenure and/or Promotion

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 32 University of Maine faculty members. The professors were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service.

“This annual process and recognition of excellence constitutes an important tradition to celebrate the University of Maine’s faculty and their role in the distinctiveness of Maine’s flagship, land grant university,” says President  Ferguson. “Their teaching, research and community outreach reaffirm the impactful role of public higher education in the quality of life for Maine citizens.”

University of Maine Faculty Promoted and/or Tenured, 2013–14

Promoted to professor

College of Engineering
Howard Gray, Civil Engineering Technology
M. Clayton Wheeler, Chemical Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Francois Amar, Chemistry
Mark Brewer, Political Science
Samuel Hess, Physics and Astronomy
Jon Ippolito, New Media
Richard Powell, Political Science
Liam Riordan, History

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Robert Lilieholm, Forest Resources
Ann Rosebush Sossong, Nursing
Vivian Chi-Hua Wu, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Promoted to associate research professor

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Sarah Nelson

Promoted to associate professor with tenure

College of Engineering
Nuri Emanetoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Melissa Maynard, Civil Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Daniel Bilodeau, Theatre
Dylan Dryer, English
Mary Hough, History and Women’s Studies
Shannon McCoy, Psychology
Robert Meulenberg, Physics and Astronomy and Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Kathleen Yoon, Psychology

Maine Business School
Niclas Erhardt, Human Resources
Jason Harkins, Entrepreneurship
Patti Miles, Operations Management

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Julie Gosse, Biochemistry
Teresa Johnson, Marine Policy
Robert Wheeler, Microbiology

Promoted to associate Extension professor with continuing contract

Tori Jackson, Cooperative Extension
Kristy Ouellette, Cooperative Extension
Andrew Plant, Cooperative Extension

Promoted to associate Extension professor and associate professor with continuing contract

Anne Lichtenwalner, Cooperative Extension and Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Ellen Mallory, Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Agriculture

Granted tenure at current rank of associate professor

Honors College
Margaret Killinger, Rezendes Preceptor of the Arts

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

Hopkins Talks to MPBN About Maple Syrup in Maine

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report “Harsh winter expected to harm spring maple syrup harvest.” Hopkins said an ideal sugaring season consists of a long period of cold nights and sunny, warm days. Such weather hasn’t happened in Maine yet this year, but she predicts it will occur from late March into April.

Hopkins Discusses Maple Syrup on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was a guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on tree tapping and maple syrup making in Maine.

BDN Interviews Cooperative Extension Tick Expert

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

University of Maine Cooperative Extension insect diagnostician Clay Kirby told the Bangor Daily News that the long, cold winter may not have made a dent in the local tick population.

“I hope I’m wrong,” he said. “But I can’t foresee much of a decrease [in the tick population] just because we’ve had so much snow cover, which acts as insulation. Some years, we’ve had ticks brought into the lab as early as the last two weeks of March.”

Kirby also saw one during a hike in December 2013 in the Orono area. “It was 43 degrees when I stepped out of the woods, and I did an instinctive tick check and I was wearing khakis and found a deer tick crawling up my leg.”

For more information on ticks, visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab’s website.

Grow Hops at Home

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Growing hops in the garden at home is the focus of a workshop Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Nokomis Regional High School, 266 Williams Road, Newport.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and RSU 19 Adult Education are sponsoring the workshop, which will cover the history of hops production in New England, what is needed for hops to thrive in Penobscot County, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops and harvesting.

Donna Coffin, Extension educator in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and statewide resource for the Maine beef and equine industries, will lead the workshop. Cost is $10 for those who register by March 24, $15 for those who register after. To register, call 207.368.3290 or visit the website. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine).

Press Herald, BDN Cite Gabe’s Syrup Study

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Portland Press Herald columnist Meredith Goad wrote about University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s study on the maple industry’s financial impact in the state. The industry, he found, generates a direct contribution to the state’s economy of $27.7 million, 567 full- and part-time jobs, and $17.3 million in labor income.

Kathryn Hopkins, a maple products specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said in a Bangor Daily News story that Mainers could increase the state’s maple syrup production and profile. “We have the trees,” said Hopkins. “If we decide to get organized, get more young people and develop the market … Maine could do anything it wants.”

Last year, Maine’s licensed producers generated 450,000 gallons of syrup worth $24 million. Maine ranks third in the country in syrup production behind Vermont and New York. Hopkins said the maple syrup industry has recently been growing in Maine; three years ago, there were about 380 licensed maple producers and this year there are 452.

MS Dishes on Food-to-Market Course

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Morning Sentinel reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market. The class will take place Tuesdays, April 8–29 in Skowhegan and Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions are scheduled to include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant — UMaine’s state-of-the-art facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.

Pen Bay Pilot Previews Citizen Science Training

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Penobscot Bay Pilot reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine will a conduct a free citizen science training session 1–3:30 p.m. March 25, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The program, “Signs of the Seasons,” focuses on the history and science of phenology (study of seasonal changes in plants and animals).