The Maine Edge reported on research on the sexual selection of birds conducted by Brian Olsen, assistant professor in the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology and Climate Change Institute. Olsen found when looking for a mate, female coastal plain swamp sparrows choose males with large bills. He also found small-billed males are more at risk of being cheated on by their mates.
Archive for the ‘Statewide’ Category
John Patches, the longtime director of the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts, has announced he will retire effective Jan. 31 in order to spend more time with his family. Patches will be dividing his time between Maine and California to be with his grandson. Recognition of Patches’ 22-year legacy and role in Maine’s cultural arts will be held in the fall in conjunction with the Collins Center for the Arts Annual Gala.
“Under John’s direction, the Collins Center has become a cultural focal point in the state and region,” says Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance. “We appreciate his passion for the arts and his service to UMaine. He will be missed.”
Patches has been a member of the UMaine community since 1992, first as director of the then-named Maine Center for the Arts. In 1999, he also was named UMaine’s associate dean of cultural affairs and, in 2002, was named executive director of the Collins Center.
Patches came to UMaine from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he spent more than a decade as the associate director of the Fine Arts Center.
He has served on the boards of the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators, and of the Atlantic Presenters Association. His awards include the 2009 Vincent Hartgen Award and the 2006 Wilma Award at UMaine, and the 2003 Professional Presenters Award from the Atlantic Presenters Association.
Patches is the second director of the Collins Center/Maine Center for the Arts since its opening in 1986.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The Associated Press, MPBN, Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), WVII (Channel 7) and the Portland Press Herald reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve the terms of an agreement between the state and Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, granting initial approval for the consortium’s offshore wind pilot project. Maine Aqua Ventus is seeking to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island and supply power to 7,000 homes. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, told the AP he and his team are glad the PUC saw the long-term benefits of the project for Maine and the U.S. Yahoo Finance, Boston.com and the San Francisco Chronicle carried the AP report.
The Portland Press Herald editorial “Our View: Offshore wind the right investment for Maine,” focuses on the proposed offshore wind pilot project being put forward by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote Jan. 14 on whether to grant initial approval for Maine Aqua Ventus to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
WVII (Channel 7) interviewed University of Maine graduate student Beth Fulton about her research on using lobster shell waste to create a pigment extract as a green alternative to synthetic versions found in fish food. Fulton decided to find more uses for discarded lobster shells because it is “a large-volume material that has no value, aside from composting which is done on a minimal scale.” She said the project is still in the early stages, but she has laid the groundwork for the study to continue.
The Associated Press reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Jan. 14 on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. Maine Aqua Ventus is seeking to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island for its pilot offshore wind project. The Portland Press Herald, Boston.com, Seymour Tribune, WLBZ (Channel 2) and The Republic were among news organizations to carry the AP report.
Research from the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine was cited in the latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” The post, titled “The Beans of Maine,” stated according to the Maine Folklife Center’s foodways research, Maine’s Saturday bean suppers originated from the pilgrims, who would cook enough so they would not have to cook on the Sabbath. The beans cooked all day Saturday, and were eaten for dinner that night and the next morning.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden.
Retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman will conduct the Oratorio Society Concert, which is dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Jan. 20 was chosen as the new concert date in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Kelly Scheetz, soprano; and Justin Zang, baritone, will be soloists.
Brahms’ Opus 45 is a prayer for the souls of the departed. “Brahms’ text addresses those who are left behind, with words of comfort and consolation,” Hallman says. “It is a very personal and heartfelt master work. He envisioned it as a work for all of humanity, transcending specific religious belief or nationality.”
Hallman has conducted the University Orchestra, an auditioned group of 45 musicians, and the Oratorio Society, a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students. He has also directed the Opera Workshop, chaired UMaine’s Music Department and served as resident director of the New England Universities in Salzburg program — which was the immersion training for students of German. In addition, he has conducted and directed music for multiple operas and musical comedies and served as assistant conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Admission is $10, free with a student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.
Phys.org reported on research on the sexual selection of birds conducted by Brian Olsen, assistant professor in the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology and Climate Change Institute. Olsen found when looking for a mate, female coastal plain swamp sparrows choose males with large bills. He also found small-billed males are more at risk of being cheated on by their mates.
Renewable Energy News reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission will consider a long-term energy contract for a proposed offshore wind project by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. Regulators will deliberate the project’s proposed term sheet Jan. 14.