ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s 2011 Graduate Academic Exposition will be held Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22, at the Wells Conference Center.
Exhibits will showcase research being done at advanced levels at the university in physical and natural sciences, technology, social science and the humanities.
The event provides a platform for students to display and explain their research, in addition to their innovations and creations, according to Kurt Klappenbach, Graduate Student Government president and an organizer of this year’s expo.
More than $4,000 in prizes for innovation and academic excellence will be awarded to student exhibitors.
Maine to offer camp experience to military kids
ORONO, Maine — The U.S. Defense of Department, the U.S. Agriculture Department and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have teamed up to offer military teens low-cost, high-adventure camps at 50 locations, including Maine.
At least 272 Maine youths will benefit, Extension director John Rebar in Orono said in a press release issued Wednesday by UMaine. Nationally, the program will make camp opportunities available for more than 2,800 youths.
Military teens ages 14 to 18 can pick their adventure — from a five-day kayaking trip through Washington’s San Juan Islands to a four-day adventure racing course in the Northeast to a one-week backpacking trip through Alaska’s Denali Forest.
The camps will offer military youth experiences not readily available through traditional programs, according to the American Forces Press Services. Previously, youths attended camps in their respective states.
The Maine Military Adventure Camps will take place at the 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at Bryant Pond and Tanglewood-Blueberry Cove.
For information, visit the Maine Cooperative Extension’s website for Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at http://extension.umaine.edu/programs/military-adventure-camps.
Navy energy expert to speak at UMaine
ORONO, Maine — The chief of staff for the U.S. Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division will discuss steps the Navy is taking to use more efficient alternative energy sources for newly designed equipment at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Room 130 of Little Hall.
Jason Greenawalt will speak on “Navy Initiatives, Challenges and Successes: Leading the Nation toward an Energy Secure Future.” His talk is sponsored by the University of Maine School of International Affairs.
Greenawalt’s leadership in crafting and executing a $4 billion energy strategy is credited with making the Navy a driver of innovation in the private sector and an advocate for and early adaptor of game-changing energy efficiency technologies, according to a UMaine press release.
Maine Day set for April 27 on Orono campus
ORONO, Maine — Maine Day, a University of Maine tradition in its 76th year, will be held Wednesday, April 27.
President Arthur Hauck started the Maine Day tradition in 1935. He set aside one day late in the spring semester for campus cleanup activities, according to a university press release issued Monday.
Over the years, the format has evolved to include more generalized community service projects, a parade, a barbecue and “oozeball” — volleyball played in a mud pit.
For information, visit the Maine Day website at http://www.umaine.edu/studentaffairs/maineday/.
Orono bike swap set for May 1
ORONO, Maine — The annual Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Bike Swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the UMaine Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
The event will allow people the chance to buy affordable used mountain bikes, road bikes, classic cruisers, kids’ bikes and hybrids, or to sell bicycles they no longer need.
Admission is $3.
For information, call 623-4511 or visit www.bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap.