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'Forecaster' reports on grad students’ Photovoice project

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Lily Bottino, left, and Collyn Baeder
On March 11, 2014, the Forecaster featured an article on the collaboration of Somali immigrants residing in Portland’s Riverton neighborhood with two UNE graduate students, Lily Bottino and Collyn Baeder, to document potential health hazards in the Riverton community through a Photovoice research project.

Bottino, who is studying for her master’s degree in social work, and Baeder, coordinator of Graduate Program in Public Health, who is enrolled in the Master’s of Public Health program, organized the project as part of a study that received a grant from UNE’s Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education.

The project involved members of the neighborhood taking photos of the dangers that surround them, such as piles of cigarette butts and an unfenced playground close to a busy street, in hopes of bringing about change in the community.

“There was something tangible for the participants, which doesn’t always come from research.  It’s not just like taking numbers and making a paper,” said Bottino.

Read the article

Posted on: 03/11/2014

AJHP releases annual study on drug costs, co-authored by Edward Li

eliOn March 4, 2014, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, the official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, published its annual projection of medication costs.  The study was co-authored by Edward Li, PharmD, BCOP, associate professor of pharmacy. The study was picked up by several media outlets, including Pharmacy Times, HealthCanal.com, and Newswise.

The study indicates that spending on prescription medications will rise 3 to 5 percent in the year 2014, despite the fact that spending has been on the decline for several years.

The annual projection is made to help hospitals and other health care systems plan their prescription budgets.

OncLive, an oncology news agency, interviewed Li about the study as it pertains to anticancer medication, and he was quoted in the agency's online publication.

Read the ASHP’s article on the study

Read the OncLive article

Posted on: 03/06/2014

Norway paper reports on Anouar Majid’s presentation at Oslo’s House of Literature

amajidOn March 6, 2014, Utop, Norway’s first multicultural newspaper, published an article on the recent keynote address given by Anouar Majid, vice president for Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Humanities, at Oslo, Norway’s House of Literature.

The article, written in Norwegian, describes Majid’s hour-long presentation in which he argued that ancient Greek democracy, which may have influenced the European Enlightenment, could also influence an enlightenment in the Muslim world.

Majid specifically mentioned the lack of a state religion in ancient Greece as something that could inspire a separation of church and state in Muslim countries in the coming years.

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Posted on: 03/06/2014

Norwegian newspaper publishes article by Anouar Majid

amajidOn March 1, 2014, Afternposten, the largest newspaper in Norway, published a translated article by Anouar Majid, Ph.D., vice president for Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Humanities.

The article, written in Norwegian, is titled in English, “Europe and the Challenge of Islam.”  In it, Majid argues that Islam is part of the European heritage and that it is incumbent on all people to address the question of Islam in world civilization today.

Read the article

Posted on: 03/04/2014

Ali Ahmida interviewed by 'Blunt Youth Radio'

aahmidaAli Ahmida, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, was interviewed by "Blunt Youth Radio," a broadcast on WMPG Southern Maine Community Radio, on February 24, 2014.

Ahmida spoke on the Arab Spring, discussing the role of foreign countries, including the United States.

Posted on: 03/03/2014

WMTW airs coverage of UNE dental students’ trip to elementary school

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UNE dental students participate in "Lessons in a Lunchbox" at Riverton Elementary school in Portland, Maine.

WMTW aired a story on February 26, 2014, about a visit that UNE’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM) students took to Riverton Elementary School in Portland as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

More than a dozen CDM students visited with first-, second-, and third-graders to teach about the importance of good oral health and presented the children with lunch boxes containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.  The distribution of the boxes is part of a national children’s oral health initiative called “Lessons in a Lunchbox.”

Ron Chenette, D.M.D., M.P.H., associate clinical professor, accompanied the students and noted that the visit to Riverton Elementary was the first outreach activity for UNE’s new dental school, as a whole.  “It was just a perfect way to get started in the state of Maine.  We certainly hope to expand our services in the future,” he stated.

Watch the video

Posted on: 02/27/2014

Pacific Lutheran’s ‘Lute Times’ reports on presentation by David Livingstone Smith

smithOn February 25, 2014, Lutetimes.com, a publication of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, featured an article on a presentation by David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, given at the university on February 20th.

Smith, addressing a crowd of 300, presented a talk titled “Less Than Human,” based on his book Less Than Human:  Why We Demean, Enslave and Dehumanize Others.

Smith discussed how dehumanization is a factor in genocide, war and racism.  “Dehumanization unleashes extreme violence, resulting in war, genocide and atrocity,” he stated.

Read the article

Posted on: 02/26/2014

Tom McLaughlin’s study cited in 'Bangor Daily News'

tmcLaughlinOn February 24, 2014, the Bangor Daily News featured an article that cited a study by Thomas McLaughlin, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work.

The article, which discusses the Portland City Council’s unanimous decision to set aside $50,000 for a developer to build housing for the homeless, mentions that a 2011 study by McLaughlin demonstrated that “a group of nearly 100 Greater Portland homeless individuals with disabilities cost taxpayers a total of $622,386 less while living in stable housing than they did while living on the streets.”

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Posted on: 02/26/2014

Emily Dragon interviewed by Nerdwallet.com as expert on studying abroad

edragonOn February 21, 2014, Nerdwallet.com published “Expert Advice for Students Studying Abroad,” based on interviews with four study abroad experts, including UNE’s Emily Dragon, director of the Global Education Program.

The article advised students interested in foreign study to consider personal and academic needs; research expenses and academic credit transfers; combat homesickness by staying busy; and to keep an open mind.

Dragon makes several suggestions to students interested in a study-abroad experience and contributes to a discussion on the pros and cons of living with a host family, in a dormitory, or in an apartment.  She points out that “in many programs students are responsible for finding their own apartment, often from afar.  And once you’ve secured it you’ll have a local landlord, utilities, grocery shopping, and cooking to think about.”

She also encourages students who may find the study-abroad experience challenging at times not to “hide from these challenges…Try to explore and make local friends who will help you with the language, bring you to a concert, or show you a favorite local restaurant.  Once you understand this new place and the people that live there, you’re more likely to feel at home where you are.”

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Posted on: 02/24/2014

Portland Daily Sun reports results of survey conducted by Portland police and UNE’s School of Social Work

tmcLaughlinOn February 12, 2014, The Portland Daily Sun featured an article on the results of a survey conducted in Portland by the Portland Police Department and the University of New England’s School of Social Work.  The goal of the survey was to assess how Portland residents perceive crime in the city and its individual neighborhoods.

Tom McLaughlin, Ph.D., associate professor and co-director for the Social Work Center for Research and Evaluation, was interviewed for the article and commented that property crimes are a bigger issue than violent crimes for Portland residents.  “It does match what the police department is actually focused on,” he noted.

The survey solicited 762 responses from residents, who, according to McLaughlin, comprise a representative sample of all of Portland’s socio-economic groups.

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Posted on: 02/12/2014

UNE’s women’s basketball team featured in two online articles

The Portland Press Herald (online) and Seacoastonline featured stories on February 8 and 9, respectively, about UNE’s women’s basketball team.  Both stories reported on the results of the USA Today Division III Coaches Poll, which ranked UNE’s team 25th in the nation.

Coach Anthony Ewing was interviewed for the articles, as were several players.

The Seacostonline story, “PHS grad Brown finds early success with UNE basketball,” highlights freshman center Alicia Brown.  “She’s exceeded what I thought she’d be able to do this year,” Ewing said of Brown, “but she hasn’t exceeded her potential.”

UNE’s women’s basketball team currently boasts a 19-2 record.

Read the Press Herald article

Read the Seacoastonline article

Posted on: 02/11/2014

Media covers UNE-MARC’s release of shark-bitten seal pup, Charleston Chew

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Charleston Chew

Local broadcast and print media covered the release of eight-month-old seal pup Charleston Chew on January 24, 2014, after five months of rehabilitation at UNE’s Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation (MARC) program.

WCSH Channel 6 reported live from the MARC facility several times on the morning of the release, broadcasting footage of the seal eating her last meal at MARC and airing interviews with Shannon Prendiville, senior animal care technician.


The Journal Tribune reported on the release as well.

Watch the WCSH 6 videos

See the Journal Tribune photograph

Posted on: 01/31/2014

Anouar Majid interviewed by Morocco World News on Muslims' need for a cultural revolution

amajidMorocco World News on Jan. 22nd published an interview with Anouar Majid, Ph.D., UNE vice president for global affairs, titled "Anouar Majid: Religion is the Cause of Muslims’ Backwardness and Morocco Needs a Cultural Revolution.” 

In the interview Majid discussed his book A Call for Heresy and explained that Morocco is in dire need today of what he calls a "secular jihad" aimed at liberating the minds of the people from the handcuffs of religious belief. For the Arab nations to move forward, he said they must respect freedom of thought, conscience, and uphold the values of freedom and human rights. Read the interview in Arabic.

Majid is the author of five critically acclaimed books on Islam and the West, including Islam and America: Building a Future without Prejudice, and a novel, Si Yussef, which has been the focus of much scholarly and critical interest. He is the editor of the magazine TingisRedux.

Posted on: 01/24/2014

Several media outlets cover UNE’s celebration of 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit

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St. Francis alumni with President Danielle Ripich celebrate at the MLK exhibit opening
A plethora of media outlets covered UNE’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s first and only trip to Maine, which was orchestrated by UNE’s predecessor St. Francis College.

On Monday, January 20, 2014, a permanent photography exhibit was opened in Leonard Hall on UNE’s Biddeford Campus, the very building where King spoke in May 1964 when he traveled to Biddeford to take part in St. Francis’ civil rights seminar.

Media coverage of the event included news stories on WMTW 8 and WGME 13, two broadcasts on MPBN radio, and front page stories in the Journal Tribune and the Portland Press Herald.

Several of the media pieces featured interviews with individuals who attended or were in involved in King’s talk at St. Francis, including UNE’s current switchboard operator Georgette Sutton; Jim Beaudry, former athletics director at St. Francis; and Doris Hennedy, a St. Francis alum.

Watch the video from WMTW

Watch the video from WGME

Listen to MPBN’s Martin Luther King Jr.'s Visit to Maine Remembered, 50 Years Later

Listen to MPBN’s Maine's Hidden History: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Only Known Visit to Maine

Read the article (and watch the online video) by the Portland Press Herald

Posted on: 01/21/2014

Tom Klak and students deliver laptop computers to Dominican school

tklakA Dominican television news station, CBN 4, aired a segment on January 11, 2014, about a visit that Dominica’s Warner Primary School received from Thomas Klak, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, and several UNE students in Klak’s Caribbean Sustainable Development course, during which the UNE group presented the school with a donation of five laptop computers.

Over the past eight years, UNE has participated in a match-up campaign with various schools in Dominica, in which a fundraising drive is conducted by both parties.  Klak and Warner Primary school principal, Verna De Jean Frederick, were the initiators of the campaign.

In the video, Klak states that “if two sides, two different people, can work together across cultural boundaries, we can achieve so much more than either side can achieve on their own…We inspire each other; we push each other; we motivate each other, and we know that the children’s future is something that we care the most about.”

Watch the video.

Posted on: 01/15/2014

'Press Herald' and Channel 6 cover story of Leon Pauquin’s role in preparing Frozen Fenway

The Portland Press Herald and WCSH Channel 6 recently reported that UNE’s ice rink assistant manager, Leon Paquin, and his son, Jason, were taking on the task of resurfacing the ice for the Frozen Fenway event, which transforms part of Fenway Park into a sheet of ice for college hockey games.

The father and son zamboni-driving team was recommended for the honor by DJ Whitten, manager of UNE’s Alfond Forum rink, who was charged with gathering the crew to get Fenway Park ready for the event this year.

Read the article

Watch the video

Posted on: 01/13/2014

Deena Small featured on 'Heart Health' segment of WMTW news

dsmallOn January 9, 2014, WMTW Channel 8 aired the eighth installment of an ongoing news segment titled Heart Health.  The installment featured an interview with Deena Small, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry.

Heart Health 8: Obesity Epidemic discussed the growing problem of obesity in Maine and throughout the country, citing the importance of knowing the health implications of the condition, including high blood pressure, liver disease, and cancer.

Small stated that 37% of adults are considered obese, as are 17% of children.  With a grant from the American Heart Association, she is conducting research into “why obesity and specifically how the structure of fat, itself, increases the risk for cardiovascular disease as well as type 2 diabetes.”

Watch the interview.

Posted on: 01/10/2014

Brian Duff quoted in 'Daily Journal' on question of Maine’s Medicaid expansion

bduffBrian Duff, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Political Science, was quoted in the January 6, 2014 issue of the Daily Journal regarding the current political debate in Maine on whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health overhaul.

The article, “Maine lawmakers' return: Democrats push Medicaid expansion, LePage eyes welfare reform,” states Duff's belief that “the impact of the state’s decision not to expand will become more apparent this session as an estimated 24,390 Mainers fall into the gap between being eligible for Medicaid under the current guidelines and qualifying for tax credits available to buy coverage on the government-run insurance marketplace.”

Read the article.

Posted on: 01/07/2014

Podcast from Slovenia features Nancy MacRae and BU colleague

nmacrae2Nancy MacRae, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, associate professor of occupational therapy, and her colleague Dr. Karen Jacobs, clinical professor of occupational therapy at Boston University, were recently featured in a podcast created in Bled, Slovenia, by Markus Kraxner, occupational therapist from Austria.

The podcast was recorded last summer when both women visited Slovenia to present a two day workshop on occupational therapy practitioners. It covers the personal developments and careers of both, as well as a broad range of OT-related topics. The podcast can be found on Kraxner’s website: handlungs:plan—Ergotherapie im Web

Listen to the podcast.




Posted on: 01/07/2014

'Press Herald' reports on Chuck Thompson's participation in art co-op's year-end display

cthompsonThe December 26, 2013 issue of The Portland Press Herald featured a story that mentions the artwork of Chuck Thompson, M.F.A., professor of art in the Department of Art and Communications.

“Saccarappa Art Collective celebrate a year and then some” discusses the end-of-year show by the art co-op Saccarappa.  “Deck the Walls” is on display at the Westbrook gallery through January 18, 2014.

Thompson, who served as one of the nine guest artists since the co-op’s opening in September 2012, was asked to contribute works to the year-end exhibition.

Read the article.

Posted on: 01/07/2014

UNE gets two mentions in 'Portland Public Schools Staff Bulletin'

The winter 2013 issue of the Portland Public Schools Staff Bulletin covered two UNE-related stories.

Students in the School of Education collaborated with the Hall School Parent-Teacher Organization to hold Hall’s sixth Annual Science Night.  UNE students who are studying to become elementary school teachers designed experiments and activities to teach the children about static electricity, how to build a marshmallow catapult, the physics of dropping an egg without breaking it, and how to construct sails for boats.

The bulletin also discussed the benefit to the sixth grade science students in Lincoln Middle School’s Popham House of their teacher Robin Lea’s participation in UNE’s Spartacus project, a National Science Foundation Program that links UNE researchers and graduate students with K-12 classes.  Currently, the children are learning about marine debris in the Gulf of Maine.

Read the bulletin.

Posted on: 01/06/2014

Three UNE doctors noted as among Maine’s best by 'Downeast Magazine'

DownEast Magazine has recognized three University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni as among Maine’s Best Doctors in its January 2014 issue.

Doctors Robert J. Fraser, DO ’04 (Internal Medicine), Kristy Pulsifer, DO, ’90 (Family Practice) and Kyla J. Scarponi, DO ’06 (Pediatrics) were noted for their outstanding work in their specialties.

DownEast surveyed 3,500 physicians in Maine and asked them this question:  “If you or a family member had a problem in the following areas, who would you select as the best specialist in Maine?”  The votes were tallied, and Downeast compiled and published the peer-selected list.

The UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine is the number-one provider of physicians for the state of Maine.  It focuses on advancing primary care and community health, and more than 60 percent of its graduates practice in primary care disciplines, such as family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics; 25 percent of UNECOM doctors in Maine serve in rural areas.

The UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine has been consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its national leadership in primary care training, geriatrics, rural medicine and family medicine.

Note: DownEast's January issue is not yet available online but can be accessed here at a later date. 

Posted on: 12/19/2013

David Livingstone Smith’s books mentioned in two online publications

smithTwo books by David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, were mentioned recently in online articles.

In a December 17, 2013 ceasefiremagazine.co commentary on the new documentary Dirty Wars, which examines the U.S.’s war on terror, author Roger Bromley notes that in preparation for writing the commentary, he found it “helpful to look at some of the arguments in David Livingstone Smith’s excellent book, Less Than Human:  Why we Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others (2011).”  Bromley writes that Dirty Wars reveals what Smith describes in his book as the “seeking out of low-cost opportunities for killing outsiders.”

A livemint.com article titled “Why do people lie?” which was published on the same day, mentions another of Smith’s books—Why We Lie;  The Evolutionary Roots of Deception (2004).  The article quotes Smith as explaining that “deception is part of the natural world” and that organisms capable of manipulating the perceptions of others have an evolutionary advantage in terms of avoiding predators and finding mates.  According to the article, in an email interview, Smith elaborated that “Human beings are part of this big picture.  We, too, deceive one another and this helps us become more successful.  However, in our case, the behavior is not instinctive.  Humans learn how to lie.”

Read the ceasefiremagazine.co commentary.

Read the livemint.com article.

Posted on: 12/17/2013

'Journal Tribune' reports on Owen Grumbling’s role in Wells conservation effort

ogrumblingOwen Grumbling, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, was mentioned in a Journal Tribune editorial “Conservation efforts in Wells are impressive,” which appeared in the December 12, 2013 issue.

The editorial notes that the “Town of Wells has led the way in public land conservation at the municipal level, and its conservation commission continues to actively grow its land bank, and work with residents to preserve and protect important open space within town borders.”  Owen Grumbling, as Conservation Commission chairman, is recognized in the editorial as a “person leading the charge.”

According to the article, Grumbling, who has held the position of chairman for 30 years, was honored in October with the Robert G. Shafto Award by the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions.

He has made significant contributions to the commission’s project of working with land owners to preserve and protect the Marriland River.

The editorial references an interview with Grumbling that appeared in an article in the November 16, 2013 issue of the Journal.

Read the editorial.

Read the November 16th article.

Posted on: 12/13/2013

‘Journal Tribune’ features story on UNE’s embrace of digital learning

mcrippsThe December 8, 2013 issue of the Journal Tribune featured a story on UNE’s use of the $120,000 Davis Educational Foundation grant to incorporate digital projects in humanities courses and to improve writing course offerings.  The article also discussed that a portion of the grant is being used to establish the Digital Humanities Faculty Seminar.

Michael Cripps, Ph.D., associate professor of rhetoric and composition in the Department of English, was interviewed for the article. Cripps discussed UNE’s mainstreaming initiative, which enables eligible students to complete their English composition requirement in one semester rather than two, and a soon-to-be-developed writing fellowship program in which students will serve as peer writing tutors to fellow students.

Senior English major James Muller was quoted regarding the value of digital literacy in University’s curriculum:  “Practically speaking, ‘doing’ digital humanities is a must for anyone seeking to better understand a adapt to our rapidly changing scholarly world.”

Read the story.
 

Posted on: 12/13/2013

Dental Hygiene Clinic’s low-cost dental care featured on Channel 13’s ‘Saving You Money’

bamillsUNE’s Dental Hygiene program and on-campus clinic were featured on November 25, 2013, on WGME Channel 13’s news segment "Saving You Money."

Bernice Mills, R.D.H., M.S., director of the Dental Hygiene Program, discussed the ways in which the clinic, which gives dental hygiene students real-life experience in their profession, provides cost savings to the community.

The news segment describes the clinic, located on the Portland Campus, as the “perfect place to get inexpensive preventative care,” especially for those who lack dental insurance or a means to pay for dental cleanings.

According to Mills, a typical cleaning and assessment for an adult dental patient can cost over $100, while the price at the dental clinic typically totals $32.

UNE’s Dental Hygiene Program has been educating dental hygienists for 50 years.  Students see an average of 5,000 patients from the community on a yearly basis, saving area residents thousands of dollars.

Watch the video.

Posted on: 12/11/2013

Maine SNAP-Ed's Anne-Marie Davee featured on WCSH 'Fit at 5' program

AMDaveeUNE’s School of Community and Population Health, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed) team was recently featured on WCSH Channel 6’s “Fit at 5” segment conducting a "Cooking Matters" class with Maine middle school students.

On November 20, 2013, Anne-Marie Davee, M.S., R.D., L.D., Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator for Maine SNAP-Ed, assisted Healthy Androscoggin’s Nutrition Educator, Marin Weiner, M.S., in instructing the class of students at Auburn Middle School. The Students prepared taco rice with seared greens and participated in a “blubber burger” activity in which they measure and visualized the amount of fat in selected fast food meals.

Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England. Maine’s SNAP-Ed utilizes the Healthy Maine Partnership agencies statewide as access points for SNAP-Ed delivery. This obesity prevention program strives to educate Maine SNAP recipients on low cost, healthy eating and active lifestyles.

"Cooking Matters" is a national program of Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to ending chilhood hunger in America. In Maine, "Cooking Matters" is implemented through a partnership between the Good Shepherd Food Bank and the SNAP-Ed Program.  The number of "Cooking Matters" classes being conducted has increased dramatically, connecting low-income Mainers to nutritious foods and nutrition education. Local support for the "Cooking Matters" program is provided by Hannaford Supermarkets, which contributes the ingredients needed for the class as well as additional groceries for students to take home and share with their families.

Watch the video.

Posted on: 12/10/2013

UNE’s Learning By Living program mentioned in 'Bangor Daily News'

UNECOM’s Living By Learning program was mentioned in a December 6, 2013 online article by the Bangor Daily News.

The article features Kara Janes, a former participant in the Learning By Living program, which aims to foster a better understanding among health care providers of what life is like in a nursing home. The program was designed and piloted by Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., director of Geriatrics Education and Research.

Janes, two years ago, as a social work student at the University of Maine, participated in the UNE program by living in a Waterville nursing home for 10 days.  While there, Janes was wheelchair bound and had oxygen tubes strung around her face.

Janes now manages At Home Downeast, a program on the Blue ill Peninsula that helps elderly people remain in their homes.

Read the article.

Posted on: 12/09/2013

Mark Nahorney describes UNE’s growing connection to Biddeford in video

mnahorneyMark Nahorney, Dean of Students, was featured in a video interview as a Heart & Soul Minute on the website of the Orton Family Foundation.

Nahorney describes how the foundation’s Heart and Soul program helped to build cultural and social bridges between UNE and the City of Biddeford through the creative use of the arts.

In the interview, Nahorney states that UNE has “started to engage on a whole different level” with Biddeford in the past 4-5 years.  He notes that there are now students on the boards of both the Heart of Biddeford, an organization devoted to Biddeford’s revitalization, and the City Theatre.

Nahorney discusses ways in which UNE brings students into closer contact with downtown Biddeford, mentioning the University’s bus service to downtown, as well as the dining service’s program that allows students to eat in several downtown restaurants as part of their meal plan.

The Orton Family Foundation’s mission is to help people in small cities and towns navigate change in a way that honors their commitment to community.

Watch the interview.

Posted on: 12/09/2013

Jeff Nevers quoted in article on career advice for college juniors

jneversJeff Nevers, M.A., Career Services coordinator, was quoted in a December 3, 2013 article on nerdwallet.com.

In the article, “Expert Career Advice for College Juniors,” Nevers states: “Work is repetition, so you want to uncover what you enjoy repeating, be it writing, counting numbers, partnering with others in projects, working alone, troubleshooting, inventing, talking, writing, or researching.”

Nevers was one of five career experts from colleges across the country who were asked to share advice to undergraduate students in their junior year.

Read the article.

Posted on: 12/09/2013

'Chronicle' reports on Ed Bilsky’s presentation at Chronic Pain Support Group

Bilsky142The American Chronic Pain Association’s December 2013 issue of its publication Chronicle featured an article about the Chronic Pain Support Group of Southern Maine’s 20th-year celebration, which took place at UNE’s Biddeford Campus on September 9, 2013.

The story noted that at the celebration Ed Bilsky, Ph.D., vice president for Research and Scholarship and director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, delivered a presentation titled “Outside Looking In—How Education, Research, and Community Activism Can Reduce Pain and Suffering.”

The article stated that Bilsky’s message was that “while researchers cannot directly experience what people with pain go through, they can help others—including healthcare providers—understand pain better and can work toward easing pain for those who live with it every day." 

Lindsay St. Louis, a UNE student who has worked with the Chronic Pain Support Group for the past year, was mentioned in the story as well, as she was honored at the celebration for her contributions to the group.

Read the article

Posted on: 12/09/2013

'Canada Free Press' article on human violence quotes David Livingstone Smith

smithThe Canada Free Press featured an article on December 1, 2013, that quoted David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, in his 2007 book, The Most Dangerous Animal:  Human Nature and the Origins of War.

The article, “Violence is Very Human,” discussed two studies of human violence, one of which was Smith’s.

Smith was quoted: “The track record of our species shows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are extremely dangerous animals, and the balance of evidence suggests that our taste for killing is not some sort of cultural artifact, but was bred into us over millions of years by natural and sexual selections.”

Read the article.

Posted on: 12/02/2013

Center for Global Humanities lecture on Kennedy Assassination featured in Mexico's largest English language newspaper

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Jeremy Gunn
A column in The News, Mexico's largest English language newspaper, discussed a UNE Center for Global Humanities lecture at UNE on Nov. 22nd by Jeremy Gunn, executive director of the 1994-98 Assassination Reference Review Board, titled "Seeking the Truth in the Kennedy Assassination."

The columnist, Charlie Goff, founder of the Cemanahuac Educational Community, a Spanish language school in Cuernavaca, explains that "by coincidence Dr. Gunn and I were both presenting talks at the University of New England in Portland Maine organized by Dr. Anouar Majid, UNE’s Vice President for Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Humanities. My lunch-time talk was titled 'Who was Quetzalcóatl?'"

Goff then goes on to discuss Gunn's Kennedy Assassination lecture and the Mexican-related conspiracy theories Gunn described. Read the entire column.

Posted on: 11/27/2013

Creative Portland blog features Anouar Majid, Building a 'City of Ideas'

amajidCreative Portland, a nonprofit organization that promotes the City of Portland, featured Anouar Majid, Ph.D., UNE vice president for global affairs, and his work in creating a "City of Ideas."

The blog post focused on UNE's Center for Global Humanities, which Majid founded and directs, and UNE's establishment of a campus in Morocco.

In discussing the Center for Global Humanities, the story explains that "Majid is passionate about bringing 'big thinkers' to Maine" through an annual lecture series held at UNE’s Portland Campus.

With regard to UNE's new campus in Tangier, the story notes that "at the heart of Majid’s efforts is his belief in the need to prepare UNE students to be innovators, leaders and problem-solvers in an increasingly global society. Majid says that UNE’s Tangier presence will add a new chapter (anchored right here in Portland) to U.S.-Moroccan relations, building the foundations of a much-needed dialogue between the Western and Muslim worlds." Read the entire blog post.

Posted on: 11/24/2013

National Australian Radio program features story on UNE Add Verb's 'You the Man'

cplourdeA new theatrical approach is being taken to reduce the incidence of violence against women and children in Australia, and it employs UNE Add Verb Production’s "You the Man. " Australia's ABC National Radio program, Bush Telegraph featured a story on the program Nov. 19, 2013.

"You the Man" is a 35-minute, one actor show, portraying a number of characters, who wrestle with their response to unhealthy relationship issues, created by Cathy Plourde, Director of Add Verb here at UNE.

The Australian production is the result of Deakin University's (Melbourne) invitation to Plourde last May. Plourde visited with women’s leadership organizations, city councils, and violence prevention agencies throughout Victoria, Australia, presenting the play as an innovation that could be implemented under recent funding for domestic/dating violence prevention from Victoria’s Department of Justice.

Figures show 34 percent of Australian women are affected by violence and, tragically, at least one woman dies each week at the hands of a partner.

Renee Fiolet of Deakin University and Victorian representative of the National Rural Women's Network says the problem is significant in regional and rural centers, especially at times when men face financial and personal crisis.

To highlight the problem, "You the Man," adapted for use in Australia, is being trialed in Victoria to give people, especially bystanders, the tools to safely intervene to prevent violence happening.

Posted on: 11/21/2013

Owen Grumbling interviewed for Journal Tribune story on land conservation in Wells

ogrumblingOwen Grumbling, Ph.D., UNE professor of environmental studies and chairman of the Wells Conservation Commission, was interviewed for a Nov. 16th Journal Tribune story on a new trail at the Fenderson Wildlife Commons in Wells honoring Moe Fenderson, who with his wife, Evelyn, donated the 350 acres of commons to the town.

Grumbling discusses the importance of the Fendersons’ first donation of 50 acres, which initiated the process of land donation in Wells, which today includes approximately 1,500 acres of undeveloped natural habitat that are forever preserved in four separate conservation commons, with about six to seven miles of trails combined. Read the story.

Posted on: 11/18/2013

Tom McLaughlin's research cited in Sunday Telegram story on sex trafficking in Maine

tmcLaughlinResearch by Thomas Chalmers McLaughlin, Ph.D., UNE professor of social work, was cited in a Nov. 17th Maine Sunday Telegram story on sex trafficking in Maine.

The story explains that Preble Street, a Portland social services agency, last month received $400,000 in federal funding to identify and help victims of sex trafficking in Maine. The organization's grant application was in large part based on a survey of 80 people at Preble Street’s Florence House for chronically homeless women and youths at Preble Street’s Teen Center.

McLaughlin co-authored the survey with Daniela Cameron, supervisor of Preble Street’s teen services.

The study found that 12 of the 80, about 15 percent, had been recruited to have sex with a stranger in exchange for money. Eleven people had traded sex for money, drugs or a safe place to stay. And 20 of those surveyed, or 26 percent, had been offered money in exchange for sex with a stranger.

“I think we got a good sample size here. I feel confident that the data we got back is pretty telling of what we had at that time,” said McLaughlin. Read the entire story.

Posted on: 11/17/2013

Nor’easter point guard Meghan Gribbin featured in 'Portland Press Herald' article

MGribbinSophomore women’s basketball player Meghan Gribbin (Elementary Education '16) was featured in a Portland Press Herald article, which was posted online on November 14, 2013.

Gribbin, who plays point guard, was a top player on Windham High School’s girls’ basketball team and was named the 2012 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year.

According to the article, Gribbin, as a freshman at UNE, was instrumental in The Nor’easters successful season last year of 25 wins and only 5 losses.

Addressing Coach Anthony Ewing’s instruction to her to be the “floor general” and take command of the games this season, Gribbin said, “I used to be so shy on the court and I didn’t like taking over, but ever since last year, I know I have to now.”

Read the article.

Posted on: 11/14/2013

Kenneth McCall conducts lab analysis for WGME news investigation of online prescription drugs

kmccall2A WGME13 news story on online prescription drugs featured a lab analysis of a sample drug by Kenneth McCall, PharmD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. 

WGME placed an order for the prescription drug Viagra, used for erectile dysfunction, from an online company that did not require a physician's prescription. The tablets received were labeled as having 50 milligrams of the active ingredient. McCall's analysis showed the product only contained about 7 milligrams.

McCall expressed concern in the story that "if it were a heart medicine, diabetes medicine, I would be extremely concerned this could result in an emergency room visit or hospitalization because the patient got an inadequate dose.”

Joseph Bruno, R.Ph., a UNE College of Pharmacy adjunct faculty member, was also interviewed for the story. Watch the video.

Posted on: 11/14/2013

Sun Chronicle interviews Michael Burman, who has been invited to the White House's Super NEUROScience Saturday

mburman-smallThe Sun Chronicle on Nov. 13th featured an interview with Michael Burman, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, who has been invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to participate in “Super NEUROScience Saturday” on November 23 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Burman, who is also a member of UNE Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, teaches both introductory and upper-level psychology and neuroscience classes. He is also coordinator of CEN’s successful K-12 Outreach Program, which aims to increase interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, and neuroscience, in particular, among students in southern Maine.

In the interview, Burman discusses his research on the development of brain structures involved in fear and anxiety and his outreach programs to the local schools. Read the interview.

Posted on: 11/14/2013

WMTW features UNECOM's Veterans Day programming on PTSD and traumatic brain injuries

wmtw_veteransWMTW8 TV News featured the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine Veterans Day "Joining Forces" programming, which commemorated the national holiday on Nov. 11th with a series of sessions for first and second year medical students on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury, the most diagnosed ailments of veterans returning from war. The program also discussed the interaction between the VA and primary care providers. 

The story included interviews with Craig Gibson MSII, an Iraq War veteran and April Bergeron, MSII, who is a member of the U.S. Army, as well as Col. William Bograkos '85, D.O., a UNECOM alumnus, Vietnam War veteran, and faculty member, who led one of the sessions. View the video.

UNE also held a Veterans Day Discussion and Reception on the Biddeford Campus on Contemporary Challenges Facing the Veteran Community and a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on the Portland Campus. View a Facebook photo album of the day's events.

Posted on: 11/12/2013

Brian Duff interviewed for Associated Press story on Maine's three-way gubernatorial race

bduffBrian Duff, Ph.D., UNE associate professor of political science, was interviewed for a Nov. 11th Associated Press story on Maine's gubernatorial race, which seems to be set with three candidates: current Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, Congressman Mike Michaud, a Democrat, and Eliot Cutler, an independent.

Many observers see the early race as a competition between Michaud and Cutler for the centrist vote.

Duff told AP that voters will watch the polls that periodically come out to see whether Michaud or Cutler has momentum. Read the story, which appeared in several regional media outlets, including the Boston Globe.

Duff is the author of The Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma. He has also published research on feminist theory, voting, and the politics of race and ethnicity.

Posted on: 11/12/2013

Journal Tribune features School of Social Work exhibition of activist art

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The Nov. 10th Journal Tribune ran a front-page story on an exhibit of art based on the theme of social justice organized by Danielle Wozniak, Ph.D., director of UNE's School of Social Work, and Cathy Plourde, director of UNE's Add Verb Productions.

The work is on display on the fourth floor of Hersey Hall on the Portland Campus through December.

Wozniak told the newspaper that the art hanging in the hallways of the department "keep our social justice mission front and center in a very exciting and invigorating way."

There will be a reception for the artists Dec. 5th from 5-7 p.m.

Posted on: 11/11/2013

Brian Duff interviewed for Seacoastonline story on gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud's announcement that he is gay

bduffBrian Duff, Ph.D., UNE associate professor of political science, was interviewed for a Nov. 5th Seacoastonline story on Maine Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud's announcement that he is gay.

Duff told the newspaper that he does not think this issue is going to hurt Michaud politically. "There's some percentage of people who are uncomfortable with public figures being gay, but it's not a big percentage," he said. Read the story.

Duff is the author of The Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma. He has also published research on feminist theory, voting, and the politics of race and ethnicity.

Posted on: 11/05/2013

David Sandmire interviewed for Entrepreneur magazine column on medical tests

dsandmireEntrepreneur magazine published an online column titled "4 Medical Tests That Can Change Your Life" based an interview with UNE Professor of Biology David Sandmire, M.D., co-author of the 2004 book Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life.

The column focuses on the DEXA scan for bone density to test of osteoporosis, genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer, screening for coronary artery disease, and blood glucose test for type 2 diabetes. Read the column.

Posted on: 10/31/2013

MPBN radio story on UNE Dental Careers Camp wins Maine Association of Broadcasters award

dentalcamp12An MPBN public radio story on UNE's third annual Dental Careers Exploration Camp for high school students by reporter Patty Wight was awarded first place in the "feature" category at this year's Maine Association of Broadcasters News and Creative Awards, honoring best of Maine broadcasters. 

The June 2012 story interviewed students attending the camp as well as James Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J., dean of UNE's College of Dental Medicine and Jeff Doss, D.D.S., an oral maxillofacial surgeon and former UNE trustee. Listen to the archived story.

Posted on: 10/31/2013

Journal Tribune features UNE Citizenship and Civic Engagement forums for Biddeford mayoral candidates

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The Journal Tribune on Oct. 10th ran a story on a UNE student Citizenship and Civic Engagement project in which UNE students interviewed Biddeford mayoral and City Council candidates in forums that are being broadcast by Biddeford Public Access TV.

The students who interviewed the mayoral candidates and who were quoted in the story were Danny Huy '14, a history major; Melissa Klemt '17, a psychology major; and Tim Newell '14, a biochemistry major. Other students involved in the project are Abbey Donigian '16, medical biology major; Michael Allan '14, business administration major, and Samuel Casey '14, political science major.

Samuel McReynolds, Ph.D., UNE professor of sociology and academic coordinator of the university’s Office of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement, came up with the idea of having students run the forums. He said it was a way for him and the university to “give back and be involved in the community.”

UNE's Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement develops community engagement opportunities for UNE students, on campus, in the community, and around the globe. Read the Journal Tribune story.

Posted on: 10/23/2013

UNE Center for Global Humanities speaker Neal Barnard interviewed on 207 about nutrition and Alzheimer's

nbarnardNeal Barnard, M.D., who presented the lecture "Power Foods for the Brain" on Oct. 14th as part of the UNE Center for Global Humanities seminar series, was interviewed for a segment of WCSH's 207 news magazine program. Dr. Barnard, founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is one of America's leading advocates for health, nutrition and higher standards in research. In the 207 segment, he discusses the relationship between nutrition and Alzheimer's disease. Watch the video.

Posted on: 10/21/2013

UNE’s MARC featured on Animal Planet show North Wood’s Law

asimpsonAsheley Simpson, B.S., LVT, animal care and laboratory technician at UNE’s Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation program (MARC), and the program, itself, was recently featured on an episode of "North Wood’s Law" on Animal Planet in which a game warden from the show visited MARC to help with a seal release and to learn more about MARC’s work.

The episode segment was filmed in the fall of 2012.

Watch the segment of the episode about MARC’s seal release.

Posted on: 10/18/2013

David Smith interviewed by Huffington Post Live on cults

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David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., UNE professor of philosophy, was interviewed on Oct. 16th for a story on Huffington Post Live on the topic, “Do Cults Rewire Your Brain?”

The discussion, hosted by Ricky Camilleri, also included Diane Benscoter, a former cult member,  and Lisa Kerr, author creator of mycultlife.com.

As the former victim of a religious cult, Diane Benscoter discussed how her brain changed when she became devout, forcing her into certain behaviors she wouldn't have normally tolerated. Smith discusses the issues from psychological, cultural and philosophical prospectives. Watch the video.

Smith is the author of Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others and Why We Lie:  The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind. Less Than Human won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for non-fiction.

Posted on: 10/17/2013

Portland Press Herald column notes UNE's collaboration with Deering High's new international focus

The Portland Press Herald on Oct. 10th published a Maine Voices column by Ira Waltz, Deering High School principal. The column discusses Waltz's experiences teaching in Shinagawa, Japan this past summer and Deering High's new international focus.

Waltz notes that Deering is "expanding its world language offerings to include Arabic and Mandarin. Deering students will be able to participate in international programming at the University of New England's Center for Global Humanities and the World Affairs Council." Read the column.

 

Posted on: 10/15/2013

MPBN radio features story on UNE Art Gallery exhibition on Mt. Katahdin

MPBN radio on Oct. 15th ran a feature story by Irwin Gratz on the UNE Art Gallery exhibition "A Mountain Rising: The Art of Katahdin." 

Gratz visited the exhibition with Gallery Director Anne Zill and David Little, author of the book The Art of Katahdin and co-curator of the show with UNE Professor Emeritus katahdin2Stephen Halpert. The Art Gallery features 80 works depicting Katahdin and related images that will be on display through Oct. 27th.

During the story Little explains that "as you travel up there [to Katahdin], it changes. The silhouette, the profile shifts so frequently that you end up kinda scratching your head going, 'What is Katahdin?' It really is truly, a magnificent, diverse group of mountains, but with this masif in the middle. And it's a great challenge to artists." Listen to the entire story.

Posted on: 10/15/2013

Gayle Brazeau named to Mainebiz's '2013 Next list' as one of 10 people shaping the future of Maine's economy

gbrazeau webGayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D., dean of the UNE College of Pharmacy, was named to Mainebiz' "2013 Next List" as one of 10 people shaping the future of Maine's economy.

Mainebiz explains that "this year's Next List presents 10 people whose work ranges from growing regenerative tissue to growing a technology hub; from developing pharmacists to developing gourmet wood cooking tools; from providing pipeline components to providing jet components. ... Although their fields of endeavor are as far-flung as the parts of Maine from which they come, they all hold tremendous promise for the state."

The story states: "Because UNE's College of Pharmacy still is new, it can move nimbly to be innovative and entrepreneurial to help change the face of the pharmacist profession, Brazeau says. That includes genomics and genetics courses and labs. It also means looking at the pharmacist's role in a new way, such as personalized disease management." Read the series and the entire profile.

Posted on: 10/14/2013

Provost James Koelbl profiled in Chronicle of Higher Education

jkoelbl2The Chronicle of Higher Education on Oct. 14th profiled UNE Provost James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J., who is also dean of UNE's new College of Dental Medicine. 

Koelbl was appointed provost in August. The Chronicle writes: "As he steps into a broader role himself, Dr. Koelbl says he's looking forward to helping advance the president's ambitious plans. In addition to offering more online courses, New England will open a campus in January at the American School of Tangier, to appeal to students seeking a global experience." Read the entire story.

Posted on: 10/14/2013

David Livingstone Smith quoted in New York Times story on 'Potency of Hate'

dsmith-smallDavid Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., UNE professor of philosophy, was quoted in the Oct. 13th print edition of the Sunday New York Times in a story titled "Behind Flurry of Killing, Potency of Hate."

In the aftermath of the jihadist attack on a Nairobi mall, writer Katrin Benhold, in an interview with former Irish Republican Army paramilitary Sean O’Callaghan, explores the question of whether all humans have the potential to commit such violence.

In the discussion Benhold cites Smith's view that the most important ingredient of such violence may be the dehumanization of the victims. Smith is the author of Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others.

“Thinking about your enemies in subhuman categories is a way of creating a mental distance, of excluding them from the human family,” Smith said. “It makes murder not just permissive but obligatory. We should kill vermin or predators.” Read the entire story.

Smith is also the author of Why We Lie:  The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind. His book Less Than Human won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for non-fiction.

Posted on: 10/13/2013

Bangor Daily News article credits UNE’s Center for Global Humanities

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The October 11, 2013 online issue of the Bangor Daily News contained a story by Kathryn Olmstead, a  former University of Maine associate dean, that credits UNE’s Center for Global  Humanities (CGH) as a source of life-changing information stemming from the research of two of its lecture series speakers—Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., and Neal D. Barnard, M.D.

Olmstead explains how Nuland, who wrote How We Die:  Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, and Barnard, the author of Power Foods for the Brain:  An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory, have given her an appreciation of the importance of “living every day fully” and have convinced her that “more plants and fewer animals in [her] diet can enhance…life.”

Nuland, a retired clinical professor of surgery and teacher of bioethics and medical history at Yale School of Medicine, spoke at UNE on September 30, 2013.

Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, will deliver his CGH lecture on Monday, October 14, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art.

All CGH lectures are live-streamed.

Read more about Neal D. Barnard’s upcoming Center for Global Humanities lecture.

Read the Bangor Daily News article.

Posted on: 10/11/2013

Dora Anne Mills interviewed for WMTW story on transmission of the hepatitis A virus

mills_hepatitisDora Anne Mills, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., UNE vice president for clinical affairs and director of Public Health Programs, was interviewed for a WMTW 8 news story on a Maine CDC warning that 100 people at a community supper at the Durham Friends Meeting House may have been exposed to  hepatitis A virus.

Mills discusses how easily the virus is spread and the availability of a vaccine. Watch the video.
 

Posted on: 10/09/2013

Robert Lenox quoted in Psychiatric Times story on the difficulties of psychiatric drug development

RLenox3Robert H. Lenox, M.D., UNE professor of pharmacology and clinical neuroscience, was quoted at length in an Oct. 7th Psychiatric Times story titled "Psychiatric Drug Pipeline."

The Psychiatric Times story is a commentary on a recent New York Times column by Richard Friedman, M.D., who had lamented the lack of novel new drugs to treat psychiatric disorders. He put the blame on big pharmaceutical companies.

The Psychiatric Times quotes Lenox from a lecture he gave at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in San Francisco. Lenox discussed the cost of developing psychotherapeutic drugs and the high failure rate of those drugs during clinical trials.

Lenox explained that psychiatric diseases are chronic and recurrent and have a complex etiology. These disorders “are neurodevelopmental and particularly vulnerable to the environmental factors,” Lenox said. “While there may be some understanding of the physiological dysfunction leading to symptoms, and we have had some success in symptomatic treatments, such as psychosis, we have very little understanding of the underlying disease process. Furthermore, we have very few animal models that have the validity to predict clinical efficacy.” Read the entire story.

Posted on: 10/08/2013

WGME features Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program

seals100413WGME 13 news featured the UNE Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program in a story on Oct. 4th. 

Shannon Prendiville, MARC animal care and laboratory technician, was interviewed at length about the program while reporter Steve Roldan fed the seals. Watch the video.

Posted on: 10/07/2013

Christian Teter interviewed for Seacoastonline story on decrease in pharmacy robberies

cteterChristian J. Teter, Pharm.D., assistant professor, psychopharmacology, was quoted in a Sept. 29th Seacoastonline story titled "Maine battles back in drug abuse epidemic."

The story looked at the recent decrease in pharmacy robberies, citing addicts' switch from oxycodone to less expensive heroin, among other factors.

"For the user, the pharmacology of heroin and oxycodone is identical, said Christian Teter. ... Both are opioids, and both 'take away anxiety and pain and make you feel better,' he said. If one is cheaper than the other, the switch is simply made, he said." Read the entire story.

Posted on: 10/07/2013

James Sulikowski featured in David Attenborough's 'Rise of Animals' on BBC

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James Sulikowski, Ph.D., associate professor of marine science, is featured in the BBC's "Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates" with David Attenborough, which ran in the UK on Sept. 20, 2013.

In this BBC documentary Sulikowski discusses the evolution of the jaw, which has made skates and sharks apex predators.

Posted on: 10/02/2013

Dora Anne Mills interviewed for WGME story on the Affordable Care Act

DMills (2)Dora Anne Mills, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., UNE vice president for clinical affairs and director of Public Health Programs, was interviewed for a WGME13 news story on the opening of the Obamacare health exchange in Maine. 

"What we do know is it's supposed to be easy to read and understand," said Mills. "We dont know exactly how many will access health insurance through the exchange, but hope a lot more than the100,000 without insurance do." Watch the video.

Posted on: 10/01/2013

Veterans Family and Career Resource Fair covered by WGME

vetsfairWGME 13 News covered the Sept. 28th Veterans Family and Career Resource Fair at the UNE Portland Campus sponsored by UNE and the Maine Military and Community Network of Greater Portland.

The event was an opportunity for Maine Veterans to connect to community-based services, community support, and employer resources. View the video.

Posted on: 09/30/2013

Dora Anne Mills quoted in Press Herald story on community health clinics and the Affordable Care Act

DMills (2)Dora Anne Mills, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., UNE vice president for clinical affairs and director of Public Health Programs, was quoted in a Sept. 30th Portland Press Herald story titled "Health clinics key to success of Obamacare."

"The clinics are a key part of the strategy," said Mills, "The ACA [Affordable Care Act] increases support for the community health centers. With more people insured, there needs to be a larger primary care workforce." Read the entire story.

Posted on: 09/30/2013

John Stubbs profiled in Courier's 'Neighbors’ column

jstubbsJohn Stubbs, Ph.D., UNE associate professor of chemistry, was profiled in the weekly "Neighbors" column of the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, which focused on a recent $150,000 National Science Foundation grant Stubbs received to continue his research on DNA modeling.

Stubbs’ research project, entitled “RUI: Molecular Simulation of DNA Interactions in Oligonucleotide Microarrays,” has extensive biomedical, forensic and environmental applications because it easily enables mutation detection, genetic sequencing (both having impacts on genetic disorder disease screening), species identification, and RNA expression to be carried out. Read the entire profile.

Posted on: 09/27/2013

Forbes publishes blog post by Jacqueline Vanacek on 'Cloud Builds Community at the University of New England'

Jacqueline VJacqueline Vanacekanacek, the cloud computing expert who presented a lecture at UNE Sept. 16th hosted by UNE's Center for Global Humanities, published a blog post on the Forbes magazine site, titled "Cloud Builds Community At The University of New England."

Vanacek , who is vice president with the cloud company SAP, writes: "Not only is there a wonderful spirit of community at the University of New England – but the state of Maine is a shining example of how a rural community can sustain itself with the power of cloud!"

Vanacek discusses some of the innovative cloud programs developing in Maine and issues that were raised at her lecture.

She adds that "UNE is a hidden gem in Biddeford and Portland, Maine, with a new cross-cultural campus in Tangier, Morocco. It’s an innovative health sciences and liberal arts school recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in its undergraduate and master’s programs." Read the entire post.

Posted on: 09/26/2013

Barry Costa-Pierce featured on MattJonesWrites blog

BCostaPierce2Barry Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., Doherty Professor and director of the UNE Marine Science Center, was featured in a Sept. 23 blog post titled "Rethinking An Industry – Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce examines a new social contract for aquaculture" on MattJonesWrites. The blog covered a presentation by Costa-Pierce at the Bay of Fundy Seafood Festival’s Seafood Forum in June.

Matt Jones explains that "With many undersold health benefits and much untapped potential, seafood has an opportunity to become a much more important part of a typical western diet. Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce, a researcher with the University of New England says that aquaculture, in particular, has the potential to play a key role in this brave new world, but it will require some revolutionary thinking." Read the entire post.

Posted on: 09/25/2013

Dora Anne Mills interviewed on WLOB's TideSmart Talk

DMills (2)Dora Anne Mills, M.D., M.P.H., UNE vice president for clinical affairs and director of the School of Community and Population Health, was recently interviewed by Steve Woods, the president of TideSmart, a national company located in Falmouth, Maine. Mr. Woods has his own radio show, TideSmart Talk, on WLOB and interviewed Dr. Mills. 

Besides being asked about her childhood growing up in rural Maine, Dr. Mills talked about the work UNE is doing to address health workforce shortages in Maine, northern New England, and across the globe, including the role of the new College of Dental Medicine and the ongoing work of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also discussed the role UNE is playing in health care transformation with its work in both public health and interprofessional education. Listen to the full interview.

Posted on: 09/23/2013

Press Herald publishes column by James Koelbl on College of Dental Medicine

jkoelblThe Portland Press Herald on Sept. 23rd published a column on UNE's new College of Dental Medicine by James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J., UNE provost, senior vice president, and dean of the College of Dental Medicine.

Koelbl writes: "This pioneering class of 64 students has the chance to make history: becoming the first dentists educated in Maine. This is significant because the region needs more dentists, and students are more likely to stay where they are educated."

He thanks those who made this opportunity of a public-private partnership possible, including the citizens of Maine, and explains that "once the college is fully operational, we expect faculty and students to provide about 12,000 to 15,000 patient visits per year in the Oral Health Center, with an additional 20,000 to 25,000 visits per year provided in the community-based network." Read the entire column.

Posted on: 09/23/2013

Anouar Majid interviewed for Al Hurra article on stability of monarchies in Arab World

amajidAnouar Majid, Ph.D., UNE vice president for global affairs and director of the Center for Global Humanities, was quoted extensively in a long article in Arabic, published by Al Hurra, about the relative stability of monarchies in the Arab World. 

"People tend to assume," Majid explains, "that monarchies are automatically repressive; that doesn't have to be the case.  Like republican systems, they could be progressive or despotic. In the case of Morocco, the monarchy allows for a degree of freedom and safety not found elsewhere in the region precisely because people are voluntary participants, except for the revolutionaries who, again, believe in abstract principles."

Majid said the current monarchical model is working for Morocco "and there is no serious reason for it not to endure, as long as it continues to manage social and political relations well, ensure rights and freedoms, and move the country ahead." He added that "when Moroccans look at their monarchy, they see continuity and tradition. They instinctively know that it is so anchored in their society that they can't imagine a political order without it." They see  a royal family that has "led the struggle against Spanish and Portuguese incursions on the Moroccan coast, joined nationalists to resist colonialism, and are now positioning the nation for a modern future."

Majid suggested that this may be the best Arabs and Muslims can do for now since there is no democratic tradition in Islam. "One could certainly psychoanalyze this mindset and see it as a reflection of the Arabs' unacknowledged confession that they have no democratic traditions to draw on" and the notion of shura, or advisory council, "is only a feeble form of self-deception to somehow make room for political concepts like democracy and republican citizenship.  There are simply no traditions [of democracy] in Islamic history."  Read the article.

Majid is the author of five critically acclaimed books on Islam and the West, including Islam and America: Building a Future without Prejudice, and a novel, Si Yussef, which has been the focus of much scholarly and critical interest. He is the editor of the magazine TingisRedux.

Posted on: 09/23/2013

Multiple TV stations cover George and Barbara Bush’s presentation of George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service at UNE

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Several television stations reported on the presentation by former President George Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush of the George Bush Award for Public Service to Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, which took place at the University of New England at its fourth George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture on September 19, 2013.  The Bushes presented the award on behalf of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

WCSH-6 (NBC), WGME-8 (CBS), and WPFO-Fox all aired coverage of the event.

A driving force behind education and social reforms in Qatar for more than 15 years, Sheikha Moza is the Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private nonprofit organization founded in 1995.

She is a tireless advocate for access to quality education. QF’s flagship project is Education City, a community of international universities and research institutions housed on a 1,000-hectare campus in Doha, Qatar. Sheikha Moza also actively spearheads projects promoting education, peace and human development throughout the world.

In presenting the award, Mrs. Bush told the gathering that: "Her Highness Sheikha Moza's belief in the character and potential of her nation's people is an inspiration to us all and a true example of service as a point of light."

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Posted on: 09/20/2013

Mainebiz interviews President Ripich on progress of Moroccan campus

Campus-of-Tangier-8Mainebiz interviewed UNE President Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., for a Sept. 13th story on the progress of UNE's campus in Tangier, Morocco. 

President Ripich told Mainebiz that UNE is on track to open its campus in Morocco in January with a pilot group of 30 students.

She also said that she is trying to get Gov. Paul LePage to visit Morocco to see the broader potential for an economic alliance between Maine and the North African kingdom, adding that Moroccan officials would welcome a visit by the governor.

Posted on: 09/17/2013

NECN and WMTW cover MARC's release of three harbor seals

NECNsealsNECN and WMTW covered the release of three young harbor seals by UNE's Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program on Sept. 12th at Gilbert Place beach in Biddeford.

MARC Program Manager Kristen Patchet told NECN reporter Marnie MacLean that 17 other seals remain at MARC; an unusually high number of them have come in with traumatic injuries like shark bites and propeller accidents."The guys that come in with these injuries are in rough shape, a lot of them are at death's door." Watch the entire NECN video.

The online story also notes that MARC is hosting a Frolic 4 Flippers fundraiser. The 5k race and Kids Fun Run will be on Sept. 21. More information.

Posted on: 09/16/2013

Ali Ahmida speaks on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’ program

aahmidaAli Ahmida, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Political Science, served as a guest on the September 12, 2013 airing of “Maine Calling,” an interactive radio program on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Ahmida was one of two experts on the program who examined the question of what role the United States should play in Syria’s civil war.

Listen to the interview.

Posted on: 09/12/2013

Detroit media cover arrival of seal pup rehabilitated at UNE's MARC

georgieThe arrival of Georgie, a grey seal pup with compromised eyesight, at the Detroit Zoo was covered by a number of Detroit area TV and print media.

The pup was rehabilitated at UNE's Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program after she was found stranded on the coast of Georgetown, Maine. Read the entire story on CBS Detroit.

Posted on: 09/12/2013

'Kennebec Journal' publishes story on pharmacy student and golfer Tyler Moody

tmoodyThe Kennebec Journal published a story on September 10, 2013, about pharmacy graduate student Tyler Moody.  A 2010 graduate of Cony High School in Augusta, Maine, Moody led UNE’s golf team to a state championship during his freshman year as an undergraduate, and he is hoping for another state title in this, his last year of graduate school.

“I just want to get something else on that banner,” stated Moody.  “(The one in 2010) was the first banner we ever had for golf.”

The story quotes UNE coach Kasey Keenan as saying “I told Tyler it would be pretty cool to come in with a state championship and leave with one.”

Read the story.

Posted on: 09/11/2013

Susan McHugh's research on animal 'voices' discussed in Tahoe Daily Tribune column

smchughA column in the Sept. 9th Tahoe Daily Tribune, titled "The vital new voice of animals in literature," cites Susan McHugh, professor and chair, UNE Department of English, as "one of the keenest observers" of a change in perspective on animal "voices" in literature.

The writer, Dawn Armstrong, in discussing McHugh's research, notes that McHugh's book Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines tracks more than 100 years how literary treatment of animals evolved in tandem with social and cultural change. Read the entire story.

McHugh is also the author of Dog (2004), a literary and cultural history of humankind's best and perhaps oldest friend, and is managing editor of humanities for the interdisciplinary journal Society & Animals.

Posted on: 09/10/2013

Ali Ahmida interviewed for Portland Press Herald story on Syria in college classrooms

aahmidaAli Adbullatif Ahmida, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Political Science, was interviewed in a Sept. 10 Portland Press Herald story on "Maine college classrooms adapt to Syria spotlight."

"The first thing in class, we go over the news," said Ahmida, who is teaching a course in comparative social revolutions this semester. "I just try to get my students to feel comfortable, and see how much they know about it." Read the entire story.

Ahmida is the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonialization and Resistance, and several other books on Libya and North Africa. 

Posted on: 09/10/2013

Brian Duff interviewed for article on Maine’s congressional vote on Syria

bduffBrian Duff, Ph.D., associate professor in political science, was quoted in an article that ran in the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebunk Journal and the Morning Sentinel on the decision faced by Maine’s congressional delegates to vote for or against a U.S. military strike on Syria.

The article discusses the political risks involved for Maine representatives.  Duff is quoted:  “The long-term political impacts of this issue are especially unpredictable because no one knows how the Assad regime would respond.  If the situation implodes, then those who voted for strikes could definitely be subjected to voter backlash.”

On the other hand, Duff commented that politicians may get “leeway” for voting "yes" because despite some Mainers’ preference for the U.S. to not get involved, “they are also horrified by what is going on over there.”

Read the article

Posted on: 09/10/2013

‘Journal Tribune’ reports on UNE’s National Elder Perspective Archive

Marilyn_Gugliucci_142The September 6, 2013 issue of the Journal Tribune reported on UNE’s creation of the National Elder Perspective Archive (NEPA), which was started in August with the donation of the Harap Collection—a compilation of records kept by four sisters while caring for their mother, Joan C. Harap, from the age of 84 until her death at 93.  The collection, part of UNE's Department of Special Collections headed by Cally Gurley, MLIS, contains detailed journals of care, photographs, audio tapes, non-sensitive medical records, budgets, and more.

Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., professor and director for geriatrics education and research at UNECOM, is quoted several times in the article.  She explained the significance of a repository for end of life records.  “For researchers interested in end of life, they can dive into the records…It is quite a rich array of information, and the more records we collect researchers can make comparisons from first diagnosis to end of life.”

Gugliucci explained that the elder archive is also important given that several experts on the subject have stated that “better communication, coordination and collaboration with health care professionals” will be crucial in the coming years as fewer family caregivers will be available for the elderly.

Posted on: 09/10/2013

Barry Costa-Pierce discusses the marine science major for College Lifestyles column

BCostaPierce2Barry Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., UNE Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor and chair, Department of Marine Sciences, was interviewed for a column titled "Major of the Month" on College Lifestyles, An Online Magazine for Classy Co-Eds. 

Costa-Pierce discussed the marine science major, answering questions about concentrations within the major, curriculum choices, careers, and graduate programs. Read the column.

Posted on: 09/03/2013

Seven UNE PT student volunteers highlighted in story on Partners for World Health

Seven UNE physical therapy student volunteers were highlighted in a Sept. 2nd Bangor Daily News story on Partners for World Health, an organization that gathers medical supplies from hospitals across Maine with a promise to sort them and redistribute them to areas of need both domestically and overseas.

In the story PT students Kristen Brooking, Ryan Hill, Ashley McOsker, Patrick Robichaud (back row photo) and Kristi Stalsbroten, Karen Bartling, and Gia Calabrese (front row photo) spent the morning helping organize the latest hospital giveaways in exchange for a load of supplies for their own purposes. 

As part of a school project funded by a grant from the UNE’s Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, the students are launching a 10-week program next month, titled  "Life is Sweet, Move Your Feet," to help recently diagnosed diabetes patients in the area improve their health and wellness at a Medically Oriented Gym. Read the story.

Posted on: 09/03/2013

Commercial Fisheries News features research by James Sulikowski and Ryan Knotek

scallopsThe September 2013 issue of Commercial Fisheries News features a research project on skate bycatch discard mortality rates in the scallop industry, which is being conducted by Associate Professor James Sulikowsi, UNE graduate student Ryan Knotek and colleagues from the New England Aquarium.

They are working with five commercial scallop vessels to better understand the percentage of discarded skates that survive after being inadvertantly netted by a scallop dredge. The two-year project is funded by a $1,092,642 NOAA grant.

The research will be used in making policy decisions about scallop industry regulations. If annual catch limits of skates were to imposed on the scallop industry, they could significantly impact the fishery.

Knotek, who is working on the project for his master's thesis, told the CFN that the researchers are have a pile of data to analyze before they can draw any conclusions. Read the story.

Posted on: 08/29/2013

News media cover first day of inaugural class of College of Dental Medicine

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Dental student Dustin Nadeau on WCSH6
News media from around the state covered the opening day of the inaugural class of UNE's College of Dental Medicine on Aug. 28th.

The dental school is the first in northern New England. The inaugural class of 64 students includes 24 students from Maine, representing 11 counties and more than 20 towns. There are also five students from New Hampshire, four from Vermont and the other students represent 16 states in addition to Canada.

Stories on WCSH6, WMTW8, and WGME ran video of the students in the dental simulation lab of UNE's new Oral Health Center on the Portland Campus. UNE President Danielle Ripich and College of Dental Medicine Dean James Koelbl were interviewed. The WCSH6 and WMTW stories also featured dental medicine student Dustin Nadeau, who got a head start on dental school by helping to build the new Oral Health Center as an employee of Allied Construction.

Stories also ran in the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, Bangor Daily News, Sun Journal, Forecaster and several dental media outlets.

Posted on: 08/29/2013

Reading Eagle posts student column on UNE's Early College Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy Program

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Annamarie Burns (2nd from right) on a lobster boat

The Reading (Penn.) Eagle posted a column by Annamarie Burns, a student this summer in UNE's Early College Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy Program.

In the column Burns describes her two weeks in Maine as a student in the course, taught by James B. Roche, J.D., a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science. She also tells of a weekend field trip on a lobster boat.

Burns writes: "Trust me, you will not regret taking one of these [Early College] courses."  Read the column.

Posted on: 08/28/2013

Portland Phoenix story recognizes importance of UNE Center for Global Humanities' free online programs

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Noam Chomsky, a 2011 seminar speaker
The University of New England Center for Global Humanities was recognized in a Portland Phoenix story on free online programs as having "done the most" in Maine to provide events open to the public both in person and online.

The story notes that the Center offers lectures and a seminar series each year by about 8-10 scholars from around the nation and the world that are offered live in Portland while being streamed to participating libraries around the state and to anyone with a personal computer or mobile device.

The speakers present on a variety of topics, including health care, internationsl relations, history and philosophy. videos from those events are also available for viewing anytime after the event. The seminar series also includes a list of accompanying readings selected by the speakers.

"I am delighted that UNE and its Center for Global Humanities are being recognized as leaders in providing a free high-quality online programming in Maine," said Anouar Majid, UNE vice president for global affairs and director of the Center. "Ours is not a MOOC, but we do provide access to people in Maine, and the globe, for that matter, who want to educate themselves about some of the most pressing global issues facing us today."

The story lists some highlights from the seminars and lectures of the past four years that are available online.

Posted on: 08/27/2013

Dora Anne Mills addresses Mainebiz conference on implementing the Affordable Care Act

doramainebizDora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, UNE’s vice president for Clinical Affairs and director of the School of Community and Population Health, addressed a plenary session of a conference of about 300 business people and employers on implementing the federal Affordable Care Act. Hosted by Mainebiz, the conference took place on August 22nd in Portland and included breakout sessions for microbusinesses, small companies, and large companies. 

Joining Dr. Mills for the plenary address were Eric Cioppa, Maine’s Superintendent of Insurance, Patrick Cahill from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Emily Cooke, a health care attorney with Pierce Atwood.

Dr. Mills stated, “There are many opportunities in the ACA. Is it perfect? No. However, it is a great step forward to improving our health care system so we can all live healthier and longer lives.” During her talk Dr. Mills gave a high level overview of the ACA and how its insurance and health system reforms impact businesses.

Watch a Mainebiz video of a post-talk interview with Dr. Mills.

Posted on: 08/26/2013

Journal Tribune story features upcoming Wicked Good Sports Medicine Symposium at UNE

lcarlsonThe Aug. 22nd Journal Tribune (Biddeford) ran a story on the Wicked Good Sports Medicine Symposium to be held at UNE on Sept. 13th. The symposium is organized by Lara Carlson, assistant professor of applied exercise science.

Carlson told the Journal that the symposium is free and open to the public so that anyone in the community that's interested can listen to the speakers and find out about the cutting edge research that is being conducted. Find out more about the symposium and the speakers.

Posted on: 08/26/2013

Down East features book excerpt related to Art Gallery's 'A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin'

katahdinThe August Down East magazine features an excerpt from the book Art of Katahdin by David Little, who co-curated the UNE Art Gallery's current exhibition, "A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin." The excerpt provides a description of the mountain and its setting, as well as an overview of its inspiration for artists. Read the excerpt.

The exhibition runs through Oct. 27th. More information on the exhibition and programs.

Posted on: 08/22/2013

MPBN radio and Journal Tribune feature UNE's mosquito control study and program

mosquito2MPBN radio and the Journal Tribune on Aug. 20th ran feature stories on UNE's innovative mosquito control program, which is also the focus of an environmental studies research project.

Student Brendan Emanuel '14 tells MPBN "we ended up taking into account the bird populations around here, the bats, and then which plants that are native to the area that we could use to repel the mosquitoes. ... So it's sort of this triad to help control the large spread of the species."

In addition to Emanuel, Noah Perlut, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental studies; and Phil Taschereau, UNE’s landscaping head and a certified master gardener are interviewed for the radio story. Listen to the story.

The Journal Tribune story quotes Perlut, Emanuel, Taschereau, Ronnie Souza, UNE director of environmental health and safety, and Cynthia Simon, the UNE College of Arts and Sciences internship director.

Posted on: 08/21/2013

Joseph Kunkel interviewed for Huffington Post video on lobster shell disease

kunkelHuffPostUNE Research Professor of Marine Sciences Joseph Kunkel, Ph.D., was interviewed for a Huffington Post video on fears that lobster shell disease is inching into the Gulf of Maine.

Kunkel explains that the concern is that the disease will increase from 3 lobsters in a 1,000 to a more substantial number similar to that found south of Cape Cod where 20 to 30 percent of the animals are diseased. He added that the disease kills female lobsters with eggs, which might limit the population of the next generation of lobsters. He also noted that "the whole idea of diseased lobsters turns people off to going to New England where they hope to have a lobster for dinner." Watch the video

Kunkel was also interviewed for a recent Bangor Daily News story on the issue.

Posted on: 08/20/2013

Hartford Courant profiles medical student Nicolás Cal

Nicholas-CalThe Hartford Courant on Aug. 15th featured a profile of UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine student and Hartford resident Nicolás Cal, OMS IV. 

Cal, who is from Uruguay, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship.  This competitive national scholarship is awarded annually to one student by the American Osteopathic Foundation. Read the Courant story.

Posted on: 08/19/2013

David Livingstone Smith quoted on lying in social life in Brazilian magazine

dsmith-smallDavid Livingstone Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, was quoted in an article by Marsilea Gombata entitled "Pra que mentir" ( "To lie?"), which appeared in the Brazilian magazine Valor Econômico (Economic Value) on July 19th.  The article discusses Smith's views about the ubiquity of lying in social life. Read the story.

Smith is the author of Why We Lie:  The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind and Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others (winner of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for non-fiction).

Posted on: 08/19/2013

Joseph Kunkel interviewed for Bangor Daily News story on lobster shell disease

jkunkelResearch Professor of Marine Sciences Joseph Kunkel, Ph.D., was interviewed for an Aug. 15th Bangor Daily News story on fears that lobster shell disease is inching into the Gulf of Maine.

Kunkel commented in the story that "he is hesitant to read too much significance into the reports he has heard of lobster shell disease creeping into the gulf. The sample size for the numbers of affected lobsters found in the Gulf of Maine is so small, he said, that a small pocket of diseased lobsters could skew the estimates for how prevalent the disease is." Read the entire story.

Posted on: 08/18/2013

Andy Rosen's sculpture at Scarborough dump featured in Press Herald

arosen2The Portland Press Herald on Aug. 17th published a story on an art project by UNE adjunct faculty member Andy Rosen of the Department of Art and Communications.

Rosen created a bear sculpture at the Scarborough transfer station and recycling center as part of the "Scavenger" project, which is co-sponsored by Space Gallery in Portland. The idea is to get artwork shown in unconventional places, in part to debunk the notion that art is pretentious and unapproachable. Read the entire story.

Posted on: 08/18/2013