Press Releases (193)

Monday, 16 November 2015 18:19

Explore chemistry of color at UMaine 4-H Science Saturday

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ORONO The chemistry of color will be explored at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21, in Aubert Hall at UMaine.

In this extended session, middle- and high school-aged youth will synthesize pigments and use them in chemistry and art experiments. Participants will utilize techniques and instruments used by chemists. The event includes working in chemistry laboratories and participants will follow standard laboratory safety protocols hair must be tied back and open-toed shoes, shorts and loose clothing cannot be worn in the lab.

Monday, 09 November 2015 19:30


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Second bi-annual stakeholder meeting will feature a tour of the Penobscot East Resource Center.

(Stonington, ME) November 2, 2015Experience Maritime Maine (EMM) will hold its second bi-

Monday, 09 November 2015 19:27

UMF Visiting Writers Series presents David Gessner

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FARMINGTONThe University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present David Gessner, award-winning nonfiction author, as the next reader in its highly-respected Visiting Writers Series. Gessner will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Gessner is the author of nine books and countless essays about the wild world, including, 'All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West.' His other books include 'Return of the Osprey,' 'Sick of Nature,' 'My Green Manifesto' and 'The Tarball Chronicles,' which won the 2012 Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment's award for best book of creative writing in 2011 and 2012.

Monday, 09 November 2015 19:26

steam locomotive to be renovated

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WATERVILLE The last steam locomotive to operate on the Maine Central railroad in 1954, has weathered 61 years as a park display in Waterville. At a ceremony to be held Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at the locomotive on College Avenue, New England Steam Corporation will present the City of Waterville with a check for its agreed purchase price of $25,000.

Enthusiasm, public donations, grants, and train shows have made it possible for New England Steam Corporation to move the locomotive this coming year, to Washington Junction in Ellsworth, home of the Downeast Scenic Railroad. The 1924 locomotive will be sheltered for the first time since retirement, as people familiar with steam railroad technology will begin the restoration process, which will take several years to complete.

AUSTIN, Texas Garbage to Garden, based in Portland, Maine, was recently named one of 24 finalists in the Second Annual Food+City Challenge Prize, an Austin, Texas based food startup competition awarding up to $50,0000 for top ideas in global food system innovations. Garbage to Garden will travel to Austin next February to compete against an international group of finalists working on a wide range of ideas that may transform the way the world or the community -- feeds itself.

Now in its second year, the Food+City Food Challenge Prize (formerly known as the Food Lab at the University of Texas at Austin) attracted 115 entrepreneur submissions from around the world, aimed at improving or solving a wide range of food system issues. See the full list of all 24 finalists here. Among the selected finalist projects being considered are the following:

FARMINGTONThe University of Maine at Farmington arts department is bringing together two pioneering figures in the avant-garde and experimental music world to demonstrate how sound and all of its forms have no boundaries. Composers, performers, artists and innovators, Pauline Oliveros and Annea Lockwood offer an extraordinary series of UMF Sound Forum events that reveal how sound, silence and noise shape the aural landscape of our lives.

These events take place from Nov. 18-21, and are free and open to the public:

Monday, 09 November 2015 19:24

Challenger launches afternoon lecture and Q&A

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Bangor - The Challenger Learning Center of Maine is pleased to announce the launch of a new afternoon lecture/Q&A series. Beginning Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m., and continuing on each Monday in January 2016, Challenger will present experts from NASA as well as locally, who will share information on a variety of topics related to space exploration and earth science.

The inaugural presentation in November, "Thriving and Surviving on Mars," will feature a live videoconference arranged exclusively for Challenger from the Armstrong Flight Research Center in California (formerly the Dryden Center). Dr. David Alexander, BS, M.Ed, will focus on the challenges that must be met in order to survive a long duration stay on the planet Mars by exploring the movie, "The Martian," through Challenger's "virtual classroom," to discuss some of the challenges NASA astronauts will have to overcome to survive on the red planet.

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present an exciting new exhibit by sound artist and 2010 UMF alumnus Andrew Thompson. 'Interstices: A Sonic Map of Portland, Maine' will be on exhibit from Oct. 21 through Nov. 12, in the Flex Gallery in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Monday, 02 November 2015 22:02

NaNoWriMo survey reveals writing habits

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A survey of 2000 NaNoWriMo writers ahead of the launch of this year's month-long writing challenge has revealed their writing habits, which they say hold the key to successfully completing the month-long challenge.

The survey by Stop Procrastinating, the productivity website, asked writers who had undertaken NaNoWriMo at least twice before to reveal their strategies for success, especially as many who take part find writing 1,667 words every day for 31 days a challenge too far and give up before the end.

FARMINGTON The UMF Art Gallery, The Arts Institute of Western Maine, and the Farmington Downtown Business Association are pleased to present the first 'Water Bear Confabulum,' an annual alternative arts festival and series of events in Farmington, Maine, that celebrate diverse artistic and community voices. This collaborative arts festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 7 p.m., in the alleyways of downtown Farmington and from 4 to 6 p.m., on the 'Trick-or-Treat-Trail' in the alleyways and businesses along Main Street and Broadway.

The Water Bear Confabulum invites the re-imagining of everyday places in the town and its environs in surprising ways through art and performance. By subverting traditional functions and expectations of known places through the arts and by artistically invading overlooked and unconventional spaces, artmakers bring fresh attention to the fabric of the town and to the local conversation with social and community ideas.

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