Stories about University of Maine

Third-year master's student Chris Bennett walks around with a virtual reality headset at the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maine in Orono on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Students and researchers at the lab have been working on virtual reality programs to help the visually impaired, firefighters in smoke-filled rooms, and others "see" buildings through augmented reality.

UMaine researchers working to shape the future of virtual sight

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 08, 2013, at 5:14 p.m.
ORONO | Boardman Hall at the University of Maine is engulfed in flames. Fire alarms blare in the background and thick, disorienting smoke impairs your vision. But with the click of a mouse at a nearby computer, the corners, doorjambs, door handles suddenly come into view, illuminated by white …
Tenants at The Grove apartment complex in Orono have complained about several problems since the community opened in fall of 2012. Some residents suspect persistent mold is to blame for their health problems.

Some Grove tenants suspect mold is cause of health problems

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 31, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.
ORONO | A tenant of The Grove apartment complex who filed a complaint about housing conditions with town officials earlier this month believes that mold could be the cause of some health symptoms he has experienced. The parents of two other tenants have similar suspicions. “I’ve never been so …
Lawrence’s Spencer Carey (right) knocks down Bangor’s Xavier Lewis during a game in November 2011 in Fairfield. Carey has committed to play football at the University of Maine next fall.

Lawrence standout Spencer Carey commits to UMaine football program

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 30, 2013, at 6:46 p.m.
FAIRFIELD | Spencer Carey, the two-way standout who led Lawrence High School to back-to-back Eastern Maine Class A football championships in 2011 and 2012, has made a verbal commitment to continue his playing career in that sport at the University of Maine beginning next fall. “I’ve always wanted to …

UMaine, MMA set to deploy prototype floating wind turbine in Castine

By Mario Moretto on Jan. 30, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
Starting this spring, Castine Harbor will be the temporary home to cutting-edge wind energy technology created here in Maine. A one-eighth scale prototype of a floating deep-sea wind turbine developed at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine will be placed in the …
Plans for the proposed skate park at the University of Maine.

Groundbreaking University of Maine skate park concept becoming more concrete

By Andrew Neff on Jan. 18, 2013, at 8:51 p.m.
ORONO | A meeting of students, community members, and groups interested in funding and building what they’re calling the nation’s first sports and skate park on a college campus drew 14 people, a lot of ideas, and at least two priorities on Friday afternoon. “I’m really happy about the …

No MLK Day breakfast at UMaine this year because of planning problems

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2013, at 8:51 p.m.
ORONO | There will be no 17th Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast this year at the University of Maine because local NAACP officials had other commitments and ran out of time to organize the event, chapter leaders said Wednesday. The breakfast is planned each year by the Greater Bangor …
The Danish String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in the University of Maine's Minsky Recital Hall.

UMaine Chamber Music program welcomes Danish String Quartet

on Jan. 14, 2013, at 3:16 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine Chamber Music Society will host the Danish String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at UMaine’s Minsky Recital Hall. The quartet made its debut in the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. The group has participated in numerous chamber music competitions with great …
Edward Grew, a geologist and research professor at the University of Maine, holds a rock sample from Antarctica that contains the mineral prismatine. Grew has discovered several minerals himself and he was instrumental in the revalidation of prismatine. Russian geologists Evgeny Galuskin and Irina Galuskina named two recently discovered minerals Edgrewite and hydroxyledgrewite in honor of Grew who has been working in this field for over 40 years.

University of Maine research professor honored to have 2 minerals named after him

By Alex Barber on Dec. 25, 2012, at 5:11 p.m.
ORONO | Two Russian geologists have named two minerals after a longtime University of Maine geologist and research professor. Evgeny Galuskin and his wife Irina discovered two minerals new to science and decided to name them after Edward Grew, who has been at the University of Maine since 1984. …

Is the end of the world at hand? Mayan calendar prophecies examined at Jordan Planetarium

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 04, 2012, at 1:31 p.m.
ORONO | The ancient Maya — who developed a written language and advanced calendars more than 11 centuries ago — created one calendar that has become a pop-culture phenomenon: Conspiracy theorists believe it predicts the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. Some of those who believe the …

UMaine to train students to stem high school drug use, bullying, depression

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 28, 2012, at 6:02 p.m.
ORONO | A group of University of Maine professors and graduate students plan to train high schoolers to battle depression, bullying and drug use in their schools. On Dec. 5, nine Piscataquis Community Secondary School students and four from Blue Hill Harbor School will learn how to serve as …
Lobster traps sit stacked on the Casco Bay Bridge abutment in South Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, with Portland's waterfront behind them. The greater Portland metro area now counts for more than half the state's economic output.

Portland area now accounts for most of state’s economy. What happens to the rest of Maine?

By Whit Richardson on Nov. 23, 2012, at 12:54 p.m.
The economic shift to Maine’s south has become so pronounced during the last decade that Greater Portland now generates more than half the state’s economic output and one-third of its jobs, as the economies of other Maine cities have been relatively flat and rural regions decline. While conceding Portland’s geographic …
Maine Men's basketball player Justin Edwards (14) lays in two points over the Brown defense in the second half of their game in Orono, Maine, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Former MCI player Maia leads Brown to men’s basketball win over Maine

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 17, 2012, at 9:33 p.m.
ORONO | Saturday night’s men’s basketball game between the University of Maine and Brown University was a homecoming of sorts for Brown sophomore center Rafael Maia, who spent a year developing his skills at Pittsfield’s Maine Central Institute. And the Brazilian played a huge role in ruining Maine’s home …

Maine coach Whitehead: Strong team defense is a key for weekend series

on Nov. 01, 2012, at 6:03 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey MAINE vs. NO. 1 BOSTON COLLEGE, NO. 9 NEW HAMPSHIRE Time, site: Friday (BC), 7 p.m.; Sunday (UNH), 4 p.m. Records: Maine 1-6 (0-2 Hockey East); BC 4-1 (4-1 HE), UNH 4-0-1 (2-0-1 HE) Series, last meeting: BC leads 60-42-9, BC 4-1 on March 17; Maine leads …
Matt Morris

UMaine goalies face daunting task this weekend against BC, UNH

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 01, 2012, at 6:01 p.m.
ORONO | When your team isn’t scoring goals, it will put pressure on the goalies. But the University of Maine’s men’s hockey team’s three goaltenders aren’t dwelling on the fact their mates are 57th among 59 teams in goal production with an average of 1.14 goals per game en …
Jack Cosgrove at UMaine practice in Orono in August.

Family and friends of University of Maine athletes, coaches safe in wake of Hurricane Sandy

By Pete Warner on Oct. 30, 2012, at 6:28 p.m.
ORONO | Numerous student-athletes at the University of Maine found themselves focusing more on the weather than on schoolwork and their respective sports during the past few days. UMaine features numerous student-athletes from the New York-New Jersey area, so there were some tense moments for some Black Bears as …
Brian Perkins (right), a laboratory director and research assistant professor with UMaine

Beer, science behind it to be focus of new University of Maine course

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 19, 2012, at 3:39 p.m.
ORONO | For something with such a basic recipe — water, malted barley, hops and yeast — beer is a surprisingly complex mixture of science and art. Complex enough to become the focus of a course set to start next semester at the University of Maine. Brian Perkins, a …
Bruce Riedel, a retired Central Intelligence Agency strategist and senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, will discuss Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida's future in a lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.

Former CIA officer, al-Qaida expert to discuss hunt for bin Laden, violence overseas at UMaine

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 15, 2012, at 7:59 p.m.
ORONO | The United States has made progress in disrupting al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the political instability in other countries in the region is presenting daunting new security threats, according to a retired Central Intelligence Agency officer who will visit the University of Maine this week. Bruce …
James Page

In wake of controversy surrounding former chief, UMaine System confident in pay-raise review

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 12, 2012, at 5:14 p.m.
ORONO | The chancellor of the University of Maine System expressed confidence Friday in the system’s compensation policies in the wake of former UMaine President Robert Kennedy’s resignation as chief of public higher education in Connecticut. Kennedy, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, resigned Friday …
Maine's Gerald McLemore (32) dishes off as Machias' Nathaniel Burke (5) follows the play in a game in the Memorial Gym in Orono in November 2011. Ever since the University of Maine athletics department announced its multimillion-dollar plan to renovate the gym, it has been searching for ways to convert that part of the aging structure into a suitable, modern basketball facility.

Future of renovated Memorial Gym as University of Maine basketball game facility in doubt

By Pete Warner on Oct. 03, 2012, at 8:26 p.m.
ORONO | Ever since the University of Maine athletics department announced its proposal to renovate Memorial Gymnasium, it has been searching for ways to convert the outdated structure into a suitable, modern basketball facility. What UMaine officials have discovered is that undertaking that portion of what is now a …
Maine defensive end Trevor Bates (92) tries to get a hand on a pass from Villanova quarterback John Robertson (19) in the first half of their game in Orono, Maine, Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Poor run defense plagues University of Maine football team

By Pete Warner on Oct. 01, 2012, at 3:09 p.m.
ORONO | When a team is winning, the credit gets shared by the various players and positional groups. Sharing of the blame also holds true for a squad that is losing. The University of Maine football team’s recent struggles trying to stop the run have been a major issue. …