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Below are selected faculty quotes and stories about the University of New England  and members of the UNE community from recent media stories.

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David Livingstone Smith quoted in European news story on human nature and conspiracy theories

smithDavid Livingston Smith, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Philosophy, was quoted in a story on 3sat, a news network in central Europe, about what makes people susceptible to conspiracy theories.

Smith argued that people have a need to explain misfortunes, such as death, by finding human causes.

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Posted on: 04/17/2014

MPBN interviews Jeff Nevers on Maine’s expected shortage of nurses

jneversOn April 15, 2014, MPBN reported on a recent study on Maine’s health occupations that found that nursing is the largest health occupation in the state and will continue to grow, resulting in an expected shortage of nurses in the coming decades.  Jeff Nevers, M.A., coordinator of Career Services, was interviewed as part of MPBN’s report and discussed the problem of out-of-state employers proactively recruiting new graduates from Maine nursing schools.

"There's a certain window where they are…sort of inclined to stay in Maine, and then as they get a little closer to graduation, that window starts to close," Nevers said. "It's a matter of timing. and that's what I see at the intersection of education and industry. Timing is the single biggest factor."

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Posted on: 04/16/2014

WCSH6 features the Emmons' photography collection at the Maine Women Writers Collection

emmonsWCSH6's Bill Green’s Maine featured  the Chansonetta Stanley Emmons photography collection at UNE's Maine Women Writers Collection on the Portland Campus. Emmons, a noted photographer who left a remarkable record of everyday life and beauty, photographed various regions from 1897 until her death in 1937. She was the sister of F. E. and F. O. Stanley, the inventors of the Stanley Steamer. The Emmons photography collection has been on long-term loan at UNE from the Stanley Museum in Kingfield, Maine.

Interviewed for the story were Cally Gurley, UNE director of special collections, Cathleen Miller, MWWC curator, and Jennifer Tuttle, Ph.D., Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature and Health. View the video.

Posted on: 04/14/2014

Moroccan Foreign Minister Mezouar notes UNE’s leadership in address to John Kerry 

In his remarks to Secretary of State John Kerry and his delegation at the Opening Plenary of the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue in Rabat, Morocco, on April 4, 2014, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar noted that the University of New England is a leader in bringing American university education to Morocco.

Speaking of the United States’ and Morocco’s “cultural and education partnership,” Mezouar expressed his “thanks to a network of American schools in the country, led by the University of New England, which will open in the city of Tangier…”

UNE’s Tangier, Morocco Campus welcomed its first group of 23 students on January 10th.  An inauguration for the newest campus will take place on April 22nd.  The University has invited dignitaries and representatives from Morocco, the city of Tangier, UNE’s global education partners, and the state of Maine to attend.

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Posted on: 04/09/2014

'Sun Chronicle' features UNE’s Early College Summer Program

agupmathewsOn April 2, 2014, the Sun Chronicle featured an article, "Getting a Taste of college, close to home," on the University of New England’s Early College Summer Program, which offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to experience college life in two-and three-week sessions while earning three college credits.

Audrey Gup-Mathews, UNE’s director of Continuing Education and Summer Programs, who was interviewed for the article, explained that the sessions are offered on coastal marine ecology, neuroscience, creative writing or pre-law/trial advocacy.  “Neuroscience students speak to researchers on the cutting-edge, creative writing students work head-to-head with Maine poet laureates, pre-law students examine the legal system with a practicing trial attorney, and coastal marine ecology students wade knee-deep into the mudflats to collect marine samples.”

The article discusses the personal experiences of Hannah Rollard, a Kennebunk native, who enrolled in the Early College Summer Program on coastal marine ecology, which she credits as having prepared her for college academically and by having her “a taste of college life.”

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Posted on: 04/04/2014

'Journal Tribune' highlights OT students’ participation in Autism Awareness Day at Sea Dogs game

The March 30, 2014 issue of the Journal Tribune featured an article that both highlighted the involvement of students in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) in last year’s celebration of Autism Awareness Day at a Portland Sea Dogs game and announced that the partnership would continue at this year’s game, scheduled for Sunday, April 13th.

According to the article, special accommodations such as allowing families to enter the stadium early in order to acclimate to the crowd, and designating the Portland Room at the stadium as a sensory room, where children with autism can to go expel energy if they need a break from the game, facilitate a positive baseball-watching experience for families with children on the autism spectrum.

Forty OT students participated in last year’s game by sitting with kids in the stands, helping kids in the sensory room, and providing information to parents and others attending the game.

Second-year OT graduate student Amanda Black and first-year OT graduate students Cassie Harrington and Callie Schena will coordinate the students’ involvement in this year’s game.

The partnership between UNE’s OT students and the Sea Dogs was initiated last year by Kate Loukas, OTD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, clinical professor in the OT Department.

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Posted on: 04/03/2014

'Health News Digest' reports on study by Paul Visich and colleagues

pvisichOn March 31, 2014, HeathNewsDigest.com published news of a study done by Paul Visich, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and chair in the Department of Exercise and Sport Performance, and colleagues at the University of Michigan Medical School and Central Michigan University.

The news article, titled “Stronger Adolescents and Teens Have Less Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease,” discussed a study that the researchers conducted in which health data, including markers for increased risk of heart disease (such as body fat percentage, glucose level, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglycerides) were examined alongside strength capacity in 1,400 children aged 10-12.

The results demonstrated a significant link between strength-to-body-mass-ratios and reduced cardiometabolic risk.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Posted on: 04/01/2014

'Press Herald' announces UNE as selected participant in Gates Foundation-funded initiative

On March 27, 2014, the Portland Press Herald featured an article titled “UNE chosen for national program to develop new education models,” which announced that the University has been chosen as one of nine colleges to participate in the Next Generation Learning Challenges Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.   The initiative has created an incubator program that will focus on competency-based education models that reward students for skills they acquire, not just for time spent in class.

UNE's incubator team will attend the 2014 Breakthrough Models Incubator in Washington, D.C., in July.

In the article, University President Danielle Ripich noted UNE’s commitment to developing new models of learning, stating that UNE has “never done business as usual.”

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Posted on: 03/28/2014

‘Forecaster’ notes career path of UNE physician assistant student

On March 18, 2014, the Forecaster ran an article titled “Underemployed immigrants:  A plug for Maine’s ‘brain drain’?” which discussed the fact that many foreign-trained professionals in Maine are unable to practice their professions because of language and licensing barriers.

One such professional featured in the article is Abdul Qani, a 37-year-old former doctor who moved to Westbrook, Maine, from Afghanistan four months ago with his wife and three children.  Though he graduated as a physician in his home country in 2004, he is currently enrolled at UNE in the Physician Assistant Program.

According to Sally Sutton, program coordinator for the New Mainers Resource Center, the avenue that Qani is pursuing is often the best choice for foreign-trained doctors who have a very long road back to their careers.

Qani, despite his strong English skills, takes a course in health care-related English at the resource center.

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Posted on: 03/20/2014

'Bangor Daily News' reports on Eli Pariser’s upcoming lecture at UNE

Eli-PariseOn March 18, 2014, the Bangor Daily News featured an article on the upcoming talk by Lincolnville, Maine, native and former executive of MoveOn.org Eli Pariser at UNE’s Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture, which will be held on the April 4th on the Portland Campus.  Pariser will speak on "Mission Driven Innovation: Can Technology Change the World?"

Pariser is the author of the book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You.

The article notes that Upworthy, a social media outlet co-founded by Pariser, had about 8.7 million monthly viewers in its first six months and has “attracted the fascination of media organizations trying to decode and replicate its secret to success.”

Pariser’s talk, to be held at Ludcke Auditorium, is free and open to the public.  It will be followed by a reception at the UNE Art Gallery.

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Posted on: 03/19/2014

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