ORONO, Maine — A group of student and faculty researchers concerned about sustainability, the environment and validating that “green” products are really carbon-friendly and environmentally sound will hold a daylong event Friday, April 15, to explore some of the claims made by manufacturers about the sustainability of their products.
The “2011 Life Cycle Assessment Event” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UMaine’s Graduate School Center in Stodder Hall.
The University of Maine’s Research Group on Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, and Systems Sustainability invites the public and members of the UMaine community to meet with researchers and students to learn more about the importance of life cycle assessment, or LCA.
LCA is a tool for measuring the environmental impacts of a product across its entire life cycle.
Expert to speak on the impact of disease on human history
ORONO — Renowned microbiologist Stanley Falkow will visit the University of Maine for a series of activities the week of April 18, including a public lecture, “The Impact of Infectious Disease on Human History,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Minsky Recital Hall.
A University of Maine graduate, Falkow is a considered to be a groundbreaking scholar whose expertise has advanced understanding of human biology in significant ways.
His wife, Lucy Tompkins, a Stanford professor of infectious diseases and of microbiology and immunology, will present a department seminar on the subject of influenza.
Falkow is a professor at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
Lecture on military history set at UM for April 25
ORONO — John Lynn, a professor of military history at Northwestern University, will speak at 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Bodwell Lounge at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
Lynn’s topic will be “The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated: The Apparent Demise and Surprising Resurrection of Academic Military History.”
The author of several books on European history and warfare, Lynn has served as president of the United States Commission on Military History and vice president of the Society for Military History.
Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, call or email Suzanne Moulton at 581-1908 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 15.
Flutist Downing wins Hartgen award
ORONO — Elizabeth Downing has been named the 2011 recipient of the Vincent A. Hartgen Award.
Downing, senior associate director of New Student Programs at the University of Maine and a member of the university’s music faculty, will receive the award at a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Wells Conference Center.
The Hartgen Award, presented by the University of Maine Patrons of the Arts board, is given each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the arts at the university. Vincent Hartgen was a Maine artist and founding member of the UM Department of Art and what is now the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.
Downing, a flutist, is an instructor of flute and performs as a soloist and chamber musician and is a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. She also has taught classes in innovative engineering and has served in multiple capacities in the Admissions Office.
Downing is married to music professor and director of choral music programs Dennis Cox, who received the Vincent A. Hartgen Award in 2000.