PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the lobster industry from the United States and Canada will meet in Maine's largest city next month for a meeting about the state of the business.
UMaine System reports $3 million budget shortfall
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System says it is facing a $3 million budget shortfall despite a tuition increase and an increase in state funding.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — The president of a public university in far northern Maine will retire at the end of the academic year.
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UMaine law school names associate dean as interim leader
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine system says it has tapped the associate dean of its law school to serve as interim dean.
UMaine School of Law Associate Dean Dmitry Bam will begin his new position on July 1, the same day Dean Danielle Conway is scheduled to assume her new role at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. Officials say a national search will begin this summer to select a permanent dean of the UMaine law school.
UNE, Maine Law to help students interested in marine law
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — University of New England and the University of Maine School of Law are partnering to help students who want to work in marine law.
Under the agreement, qualifying students can earn an undergraduate degree in marine affairs and a law degree in six years instead of the standard seven.
UNE President James Herbert says the partnership aims to save time and money for students who are pursuing studies in maritime law.
UMaine reviewing possible elimination of academic programs
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine system says it has identified 34 academic programs that need to be revitalized or face possible elimination in a cost-cutting effort.
Maine university gets anonymous gift of more than $3M
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine university says it has received one of the largest donations in its history from a pair of anonymous donors.
University of Maine at Farmington interim president Eric Brown says the $3.225 million gift is the second largest donation it has ever received. The university says the gift will be used to create the Catalyst Fund at UMF.
Wild blueberry health, growth the subject of February summit
ORONO, Maine (AP) — One of Maine's most important agricultural exports will be the focus of a conference next month.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension says it is hosting a free wild blueberry conference all day on Feb. 28 in Orono. Maine is America's producer of wild blueberries, which are smaller than their cultivated cousins. They're used in numerous processed and frozen food products.
UMaine wants public to “bee” engaged about pollinators
SOUTH PARIS, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine's cooperative extension is looking to generate some buzz among the public about efforts to save bees.
The extension is hosting a program called "Native Bees: Habitats, Threats, and Citizen Science" in South Paris on Feb. 13. The program will inform residents about the state's native bees as well as the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas conservation project.
Maine university to discuss rationale behind name change
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's second-largest public university is holding a news conference to discuss the rationale behind its potential name change.
The University of Southern Maine is holding the conference on Wednesday. One option the university is considering is University of Maine at Portland. School officials say they're still in the info-gathering phase and will present market research on the subject.
Good news for wild blueberries in faltering No. 1 state
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Growers in the No. 1 wild-blueberry state suffered another bad year, but agriculture officials say there are reasons to believe Maine's historic and troubled industry is about to turn a long-awaited corner.
Maine farmers collected about 57 million pounds of the wild fruit in 2018, down nearly 11 million pounds from the previous year, University of Maine horticulture professor David Yarborough said.
Maine corn growers had a banner summer
WALDO, Maine (AP) — Maine is known for potatoes but corn growers are looking to make their mark, as well.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Rick Kersbergen said Maine corn grain growers saw their highest yields ever recorded in the 2018 National Corn Growers Association contest.
Kersbergen says the yield was the highest he's ever seen in Maine.
Maine composting companies struggle to find in-state waste
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine composting companies are importing waste as commercial composting slows in the state.
Maine’s Harvest for Hunger generated more than 230K pounds
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says volunteers to its annual Harvest for Hunger program donated more than 230,000 pounds of produce this year.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension runs the program, which began in 2000. The school says the donations went directly to neighbors as well as to 187 sites such as food pantries and low-income senior centers.
Chancellor steps down after stabilizing enrollment, finances
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System Chancellor James Page formally notified trustees Wednesday that he's stepping down at the end of the academic year after stabilizing enrollment and finances over a tenure of seven years.
His decision came as trustees approved a proposal to expand the "one university" vision that created efficiencies, tailored programs to workforce needs, and reduced costs in a system with seven public universities and 30,000 students.
College Republicans face pushback for ‘Deck the Wall’ party
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A college Republicans group at the University of Maine is facing criticism for its decision to host a "Deck the Wall" holiday party over the weekend.
Retired teacher donates $700K to UMaine-Farmington
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A home economics teacher who died in May has left behind $700,000 for her alma mater.
The donation from T. Margaret Brown of Westbrook is the second-largest gift in history of the University of Maine at Farmington. Her will stipulates that the money go to the UMF Endowed Scholarship Fund and to establish another scholarship fund in her name.
Maine’s newest potato available throughout New England
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Maine's newest kind of potato is now available in stores across New England.
The new potato is called the Caribou russet and it first went to market in limited supply in fall 2016. The University of Maine developed the spud for cooler climates.
The Maine Potato Board says the state's russet acreage has increased by more than 30 percent since the release of the new potato in part because of growing demand.
UMaine System increases support for ‘Early College’ program
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is expanding a program that allows high school students to take classes for college credit.
New England farms could see new climate adaptation tools
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers in New England are working on a project to develop tools for small- and mid-sized farms in the region to address productivity problems related to climate change.
UMaine foundation had record fundraising year in 2018
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine Foundation says it capped a record year for fundraising in fiscal 2018.
University of Maine Foundation president Jeff Mills says the foundation received gifts and pledges totaling $36.9 million in the fiscal year. That number was an increase of 115 percent from the previous year.
Northern Maine university receives largest gift in history
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine university says it has received the largest one-time gift in its history, and it's using the money to establish its first endowed chair.
University of Maine at Presque Isle says it received the $1 million gift from Mary Barton Akeley Smith. It says the money will be used to create the Dr. Robert Vinton Akeley Chair of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness, which is named after Smith's father.
UMaine system enrollment increases following slight decline
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Officials say enrollment in the University of Maine system has increased following a small decline last fall.
The Portland Press Herald reports UMaine officials said Thursday out-of-state enrollment is up 4.3 percent and in-state enrollment is up 2.1 percent. According to officials, in-state enrollment saw a 3.5 percent decrease last fall.
UMaine team gets help in battle with salmon-ruining lice
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine is getting a boost from the federal government for a pair of aquaculture projects, one of which addresses a pest problem in worldwide salmon farming.
The money is coming from NOAA Sea Grant, which supports fishery and coastal projects. The university says three researchers at its Aquaculture Research Institute will receive more than $700,000 to work on new approaches to address sea lice in salmon operations.
Maine university bans professor who planned protest course
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine barred from teaching a retired professor who organized a one-credit course for students to protest Republican Sen. U.S. Susan Collins in Washington as she considered then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Professor nearly died while shooting documentary in Siberia
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor is recovering after nearly dying while working on a documentary in Siberia.
The Bangor Daily News reports UMaine professor Jacquelyn Gill returned to Bangor earlier this week. Gill was shooting a Discovery Channel documentary about fossils over the summer when she experienced deep vein thrombosis.
UMaine gets grant to study mosquito-borne viruses, tourism
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A team of University of Maine researchers is being awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases.
The five-year project will focus on relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk, and domestic and international tourism.
The project aims to understand the role of human mobility in the dispersal of mosquito-borne viruses.
Report: Maine’s overdose deaths in line with last year
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New statistics show the opioid epidemic is continuing in Maine, where there's nearly one death every day from a drug overdose.
The report compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center indicates that 180 people died from drug overdoses in the first half of the year, compared to 185 last year.
Attorney General Janet Mills said the toll could be much higher.
UMaine police warn of man following female students
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine is warning students about a man who has been spotted following women around campus.
Constitutional lecture to focus on public access to beaches
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the founders of the Maine Civil Liberties Union is going to deliver the annual Constitution Day Lecture at the University of Maine School of Law.
Orlando Delogu, professor emeritus, has taught at Maine Law for over 50 years, and has been deeply involved in policy issues, from the local to the international level.
He'll be discussing the Constitution and public access to beaches.
Interim director named for UMaine Cooperative Extension
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's statewide 4-H Program leader has been tapped to serve as interim director of University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Lisa Phelps took over upon the retirement of succeeds longtime director John Rebar on Friday.
Rebar began working for UMaine Extension in 1984 and was named director in 2007.
UMaine professor placed on leave for second time
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor who was previously cleared in a sexual harassment investigation has been placed on paid leave again amid a separate investigation into his conduct.
UMaine professor files lawsuit against union over politics
MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine at Machias professor has filed a lawsuit against his union citing a recent Supreme Court decision that allowed employees to leave a union over political disagreements.
The University of Maine appoints new athletic director
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine has appointed a veteran college sports administrator as the school's new athletic director.
New Hampshire native Ken Ralph has worked as the director of athletics at Colorado College for the last 11 years. Before that, the 49-year-old served as the director of athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for five years.
UMaine announced Monday that Ralph will begin on Sept. 1, and his contract is for four years with an annual salary of $214,000.
Grants to study stranded marine mammals after seal deaths
SACO, Maine (AP) — Three Maine organizations will receive federal money to study and respond to stranded marine mammals on beaches in the wake of a rash of seal deaths.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that there have been 133 dead harbor seals in Maine this month. The agency says the average for August is 38.4.
UMaine football player’s death ruled ‘natural’
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine's medical examiner says a University of Maine football player collapsed and died of a heart condition during a preseason workout on campus.
The Bangor Daily News reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta says an autopsy on 18-year-old Darius Minor shows he died of an acute aortic dissection.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine neurobiology researcher plans to engage students in biomedicine while centering a five-year study on the creation of new nerve cells in adult brains.
The National Science Foundation has awarded UMaine assistant neurobiology professor Kristy Townsend a $1 million grant for the project. She's using the project to study the adult brain and expand a capstone course for students to conduct original biomedical research.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — An informal energy adviser to Republican Gov. Paul LePage has repeated a tall tale about the wind turbine at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Refrigeration technician James LaBrecque told WVOM-FM on Wednesday that the university uses outside power to turn the turbine blades when there's no wind to avoid questions from the public.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine scientists say a three-year study of the state's ruffed grouse population shows very few of the birds are harvested in the late hunting season.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery managers are awarding $340,000 in grants for programs designed to better understand the state's signature crustacean, the lobster.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources says that it's awarding the money in the form of six grants from the Lobster Research, Education and Development Fund. The fund gets money from the sale of lobster license plates.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers at the University of Maine have been awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try to help protect forest workers from tick-borne diseases.
Working in forests is a way of life in rural Maine, where pulp and paper remain important industries. Workers in forest industries also face exposure to tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine business executive will head up the new graduate center for the University of Maine charged with building relationships with outside businesses.
Theresa Sutton, formerly a vice president at Wex Inc., will begin work immediately as the founding CEO of Maine Center Ventures in Portland, which was created to foster ties tailored to benefit Maine's workforce needs.
UMaine professor cleared in sexual harassment cases
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor who was accused of sexual harassment has been cleared.
The Bangor Daily News reports that English professor Robert "Tony" Brinkley was granted access to campus last month after officials concluded an investigation. Brinkley was placed on leave on Jan. 2.
Shenna Bellows to lead Holocaust center in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State Sen. Shenna Bellows is the new executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.
The center at the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta hosts permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting Holocaust history, human rights and educational programming.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers with the University of Maine are using an award of more than $430,000 from the National Institutes of Health to research immune responses to influenza.
The University of Maine says the scientists believe novel treatments that work independently of the effectiveness of current vaccines are important to controlling the spread of flu. Flu vaccines vary from year to year in effectiveness.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says it has won an award of about $14 million from the federal government to launch a new center about improving infrastructure.
The award for as much as $14.2 million over five years is from the U.S. Department of Transportation. UMaine will use it to create the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine utility regulators, concerned that a contract that finances an offshore wind energy project could raise electricity rates, are taking another look at the agreement.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine is poised to capture hundreds of jobs when offshore wind takes off and should adopt policy positions to improve its opportunities, according to a new report.
The report by the American Jobs Project said Maine is well-positioned thanks to advances in floating platforms developed by the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
It suggests that Maine could see 2,100 jobs if the state adopts "forward-thinking policies."
Grocery store workers find rare orange lobster
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Workers at a Massachusetts supermarket have found a rare orange lobster.
Roche Bros. Supermarkets said in a Facebook post on May 29 workers at their Westborough store found the lobster in a shipment of crustaceans from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
It has since donated the lobster to the New England Aquarium in Boston.