UMaine in the News

NPR talks with Blackstone about declining birth rate in the U.S.

Amy Blackstone, a University of Maine professor of sociology, appeared on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition to discuss the declining birth rate in the U.S., suggesting that a number of factors impact birth rates including a lack of support for working mothers and a trend toward having children later in life.

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Pen Bay Pilot reports on Winski, Kreutz study of sea ice cover

The Penobscot Bay Pilot shared a University of Maine news release highlighting research findings suggesting that the sea ice cover in the Southern Hemisphere has exhibited seasonal variability for millennia. Dominic Winski, a UMaine research assistant professor, and Karl Kreutz, a UMaine professor, studied the chemistry of a 54,000-year-old ice core sampled from the South […]

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WABI cites Ferrini-Mundy testimony against ban on transgender females in school sports

WABI (Channel 5) and WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) reported that Joan Ferrini-Mundy, University of Maine System vice chancellor for research and innovation and president of the University of Maine, testified before the state legislature against a bill seeking to block transgender females from participating in school sports, including college, intercollegiate and intramural sports.  

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AP reports on alternate graduation ceremonies for UMaine, UMS

The Associated Press reported that six University of Maine System campuses held virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday. The University of Maine had already completed most graduation activities for the Orono campus. New England Cable News (in Boston), The Telegraph and the Westport News shared the AP story.

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BDN speaks with Dill about grubs

The Bangor Daily News talked with Jim Dill, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist, about controlling grubs that destroy lawns. WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) shared the BDN story.

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Pen Bay Pilot, WVII cite UMaine drug hub collaboration

The Penobscot Bay Pilot shared a University of Maine news release about the launch of the Maine Drug Data Hub, a new online portal that integrates information from public health, public safety, corrections and the judicial system to support analysis of drug use statistics. WVII interviewed Marcella Sorg, a University of Maine research professor, and […]

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ESPN interviews Mayewski about research on Mount Everest

ESPN interviewed Paul Mayewski for an article about what people learned about Mount Everest in the past 100 years. Mayewski, director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, discussed findings from the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition, particularly the pollutants found trapped in glaciers. “As they melt, they release those toxic […]

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Socolow discusses NYT ‘op-ed’ page with Salon

Michael Socolow, associate professor of communication and journalism at the University of Maine, spoke with Salon about the New York Times’ op-ed page in a column about the newspaper’s decision to rename op-eds “guest essays” in the opinions section. “For many Times readers (and even employees), the page looks like a unified platform or singularly […]

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News Center reports on committee approving Little Hall name change

News Center Maine reported on University of Maine Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee’s approval of renaming Little Hall. The decision to name the building after Beryl Warner Williams, the first Black graduate to earn a degree in mathematics at UMaine in the 1930s, must first be approved by the University of Maine System. “She serves […]

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