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.
Liam Nee, a University of Maine senior studying journalism and political science, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud’s economic development plan. Michaud’s plan proposes students from Maine enrolled in one of the University of Maine System schools would have their sophomore year paid for by the state. Nee said the change would help cut down on the student debt problem he and his peers expect to face when they graduate.
Jon Ippolito, an associate professor of new media at the University of Maine, and Vice President for Student Life Robert Dana spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report about how the music industry is targeting university students in an effort to cut down on Internet piracy of copyrighted material. Ippolito said the effectiveness of the industry’s latest strategy of sending letters to college students and offering to settle for $20 per file remains to be seen. Dana said with the recent increase in letters, the university sees the situation as an opportunity to discuss ethics with students instead of punish them. Sean O’Mara, a lawyer hired by UMaine’s Student Government to provide free legal advice to undergraduate students, was also interviewed.
WGME (Channel 13) interviewed Amy Blackstone, an associate professor and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Maine, for a report titled “More couples choose life without kids.” Blackstone’s research focuses on childfree couples and their motivations for not having children. She said some of the most common stereotypes of the childfree is that they’re selfish, they don’t like children or they’ll regret their choice. Blackstone says her research shows the stereotypes are “truly myths.”
Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will visit the University of Maine on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings its fellows to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students. Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Sen. Anne Haskell visited the university in January.
Dunlap of Old Town is a UMaine alumnus and Maine’s 49th Secretary of State. He previously served three terms as Maine’s 47th Secretary of State and is the first person to serve non-consecutive terms in the office since 1880.
Dunlap will be honored with a reception at 4 p.m. at the University Club in Fogler Library. All are welcome to attend the event, and no RSVP is required.
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.
WABI (Channel 5) spoke with University of Maine students and faculty for a two-part report on the University of Maine System’s Native American Tuition Waiver and Educational Program. UMaine students Katrina Coston, Tori Hildreth and Catherine Chavaree spoke about their experiences growing up and the importance of the program. UMaine faculty Sharon Oliver, senior director of admissions; John Bear Mitchell, a Wabanaki studies lecturer and associate director of UMaine’s Wabanaki Center; and Darren Ranco, chair of Native American programs also spoke about the program’s benefits and ongoing efforts to spread the word. Ranco said both recruitment and retention of Native American students are works in progress.
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) attended the open house of the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory at the University of Maine. The lab is part of the Spatial Informatics Program in the School of Computing and Information Science and houses Maine’s only research facility that combines a fully immersive virtual reality installation with augmented reality technologies in an integrated research and development environment. The lab’s director Nicholas Giudice, a professor of spatial information science and engineering, and Richard Corey, the lab’s director of operations, spoke about the work being done in the lab. Giudice said the lab offers virtual reality that merges different senses such as sound, sight and touch to make the viewer feel like they’re in the virtual reality.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with University of Maine students Kyle Ossinger and John Woodill, who are members of UMaine’s Cyber Defense Team. The team is preparing to compete at the annual Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at the University of New Hampshire in March. Ossinger and Woodill spoke about the importance of cybersecurity and offered tips on how retailers and consumers can defend themselves against attacks.