In an effort to support local agricultural interests and provide skilled workers for one of the region's primary economic drivers, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has established a new Sustainable Agriculture concentration within the Environmental Science and Sustainability program. This is the only agricultural-related bachelor's degree program being offered north of Orono.
University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Judith Roe has been awarded a $23,356 Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation as part of a larger project being conducted at the University of California at Davis. Through her sub-award, Dr. Roe will work under the direction of Dr. Johanna Schmitt, UC Davis professor of Evolution and Ecology and the NSF award's principal investigator.
With the help of the Rotary Clubs in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Limestone and Washburn, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club are declaring their 3rd annual World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project celebration—which spread throughout central Aroostook County and was held between Oct. 18 and 25—a big success. All activities helped to raise awareness of Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Combined efforts among the clubs helped to raise an estimated $2,600 for that global effort.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle's very own, and first-ever student Distinguished Lecturer, Ghazaleh "Oz" Sailors will serve as the next speaker in the 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecturer Series on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Campus Center. Sailors will deliver her talk, Breaking Barriers and Chasing Dreams. Her talk is free and the public is encouraged to attend this special event.
Anderson Giles, retired University of Maine at Presque Isle professor, has traveled to the South Pacific many times to conduct research and document many different aspects of World War II in the Pacific, but on his most recent trip, he was able to take part in a historical event, the likes of which may never happen again.
As part of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's strategic planning work and its efforts to provide students with a personalized learning experience, officials are making lots of changes on campus—including changes that will provide students with more efficient service and a better learning environment.
Several students in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Business Program had their first experience giving a presentation before a group of professional CPAs, attorneys, insurance brokers and financial advisors when they participated in the Aroostook County Tax Seminar held at UMPI on Oct. 31.
Travelling back in time from the year 2113, the futuristic comedy improv group Octavarius will take the stage at the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Wieden Hall on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. The way the group presents it, the galaxy is in danger—an evil mythical cyborg octopus is leading the invasion—and the audience's help is needed to save it. Through interactive improv, games, scenes, songs, and audience participation, Octavarius will generate enough laughter and friendship to save the future. This show, rated PG-13, is free and open to the public.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle, in partnership with Cary Medical Center and the Siruno Stroke Education Center, will present Dr. Joel Fuhrman—the best-selling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing—as the next speaker in its 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Dr. Fuhrman will deliver his talk on Preventing and Reversing Disease through Nutritional and Natural Methods on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. His talk is free and the public is invited to be a part of this special evening.
Dr. Stuart R. Gelder, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, recently traveled to Japan to conduct research with one of his international colleagues and take part in an international symposium. Dr. Gelder is one of the world's leading researchers of branchiobdellidan annelid (crayfish worms).
Purple Pinkie Project to raise funds for polio eradication
The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club are joining forces to host their Third Annual World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project celebration and this year, with the help of the Rotary Clubs in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Limestone and Washburn, the celebration is going to spread throughout central Aroostook County. A slate of activities will take place between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26 to celebrate World Polio Day, which takes place Oct. 24. All activities are meant to raise awareness of Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide and to raise money -- $1 at a time – to go toward that global effort.
University of Maine at Presque Isle Geology Professor Kevin McCartney is in the middle of his "Silicoflagellates Around the World" trip this fall—an adventure that includes stops in Japan, China and Poland. McCartney was awarded a University of Maine System Trustees Professorship for the Fall Semester to conduct this research trip.