The Village Soup reported on the 27th annual Camden Conference. The theme of this year’s conference and accompanying course offered by the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning was “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” The conference and course aimed 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.
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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.
University of Maine sociologist Amy Blackstone spoke with WABI (Channel 5) for the second part of its two-part series “Baby? Maybe?” Blackstone and her husband spoke about their reasoning and decision to not have children. Blackstone said having discussions about choosing whether to have children is important and that “every kid deserves to be wanted.” Blackstone and fellow UMaine sociologist Kim Huisman also discussed motherhood and childfree living for the first part of the series.
The Maine Edge previewed the University of Maine Department of Art’s inaugural Wyeth Family Heritage Lecture to be held Feb. 27 in Lord Hall. David Pariser, an art education professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, will deliver an illustrated talk titled “The Juvenile Work of World-class Artists: Can we tell from their work that these children are bound for glory?” His lecture will focus on the development of childhood graphic skills and the juvenile work of famous artists, including the Wyeths.
Faculty and graduate students in the University of Maine’s History Department will offer an informal History Lab to provide one-on-one support for students, teachers and parents who are working on a National History Day (NHD) research project.
The drop-in History Lab will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the computer classroom on the first floor of UMaine’s Fogler Library. Faculty and graduate students also will be available to talk about historical research, local resources and current developments in historical scholarship. Anyone interested in history — whether local, regional, national or global — is welcome to attend.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program and competition for students in grades 6–12 that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than 500,000 students, working with thousand of teachers, annually participate in the national contest.
Students choose historical topics related to a theme — this year it’s “Rights and Responsibilities in History” — and conduct extensive research before creating projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, dramatic performances, papers and websites, to present at the statewide competition. The projects are evaluated by professional historians and educators.
A new partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library will bring the Maine National History Day competition to the university campus Saturday, April 12, for the first time since the national program began in 1980. Winners from the state competitions are then able to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. during June 2014.
For more information about the History Lab, including how to obtain a campus parking permit and request a disability accommodation, email Liam Riordan, associate professor of history at UMaine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 28 is the registration deadline for schools and/or students to compete at Maine National History Day. Registration is available online. More information about Maine National History Day is available on the UMaine website and on Facebook.
In WABI’s (Channel 5) two-part series on parenthood, University of Maine sociologists Kim Huisman and Amy Blackstone discuss motherhood and childfree living. “In some cultures, motherhood is expected and if you’re not a mother then there is a stigma attached to you,” said Huisman, who teaches a course on the social construction of motherhood. Blackstone says while women have more opportunities and choices today, there is still a stigma attached to being childfree. “We definitely have a pretty narrow idea of what the ideal family is in our culture, and if you go outside that 2.5 kids and a dog and a cat and a mom and a dad, you’re probably going to experience a little bit of cultural pushback,” she said. Part II of the series, which is slated to air Tuesday, Feb. 25, features two families. One has five children younger than 7 years old and one has two people — Blackstone and her husband.
Joe Miller, a University of Maine graduate student studying history, was featured in the March issue of Runner’s World magazine. In the article “Running Back from Hell,” Miller shared his experience about running to cope with PTSD after several deployments to Iraq with the Army. He said the simplicity of running helps him control anger and frustration. He prefers 50-milers as opposed to shorter distances because the ultramarathons require more planning and preparation, which is what he says he was good at in the military. He’s now training for a 100-mile race.
University of Maine students in an advanced art education course are facilitating an art-making and fundraising project to aid the purchase of musical instruments for a Bangor organization that works with youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Students in Constant Albertson’s Topics in Art Education class are teaching teen Shaw House residents how to use art in a beneficial way. UMaine students are helping the youth make ceramic pins that will be sold for $5 at The Rock and Art Shop and Metropolitan Soul in downtown Bangor. All proceeds will go to the Shaw House to buy instruments for the many residents who take music lessons from the staff and volunteers.
The UMaine students involved in the art service learning project are Charlotte Gaylord, Julie Roach and Lowansa Sprague Thompson. The goal of the future art teachers is to work collaboratively in the community to spread knowledge while inspiring creative, positive action.
Last year, students in the class created and sold ceramic mugs to support educational programs for children at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton, Maine.
The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program, New Media Department and Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center have named New York-based artist Dan Mikesell the spring 2014 Researcher in Residence.
Mikesell is a media artist and technologist who spent the past four years teaching new interfaces for musical expression, physical computing and emotional design at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. He is the co-founder of Hacker Space Seoul, a creative incubator that works on biological and bio-mimetic installation.
Mikesell also developed a mobile networked device that helps doctors treat stroke victims and chronic pain patients. He currently holds one U.S. patent and three Korean patents based on this technology. More information on his work is online.
As Researcher in Residence, Mikesell will use the center’s facilities and equipment for projects. He is scheduled to give a public lecture on his work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 in 104 IMRC. While working with students on a daily basis, Mikesell will also offer a workshop/master class during his residence from mid-March through May.
IMRC residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives in new media, intermedia and other technology areas. The residency supports a period of concentration and immersion in creative investigation, cutting-edge research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects.
Applications for the fall 2014 Researcher in Residence are now being accepted. More information on the residency program, including how to apply, is available online.
A new Maine Space Grant from NASA will put three 12-inch-square, remote-control quadcopters in the air on the University of Maine campus and in open fields in the area beginning this spring.
The $15,000, one-year grant awarded to UMaine professors Charles Hess and Sam Hess will involve undergraduate students. The goal of the grant is to increase student involvement in technology, providing hands-on experience in developing heat sensors and other innovations for environmental monitoring, including temperature gradation.
The students also will learn to fly the lightweight quadcopters, which have four small rotors, can carry payloads of up to 300 grams and remain airborne for up to 20 minutes.