Climate Change Deep History Is Valued–Not So History of Later Times

“History Repeats” is the title of the recent online U.Maine News story about the fascinating and highly important studies being conducted by UMaine’s Climate Change Institute. Under the direction of world-famous Professor Paul  Mayewski, a team of researchers has been analyzing ice cores from Greenland that are nearly 11,700 years old. They have concluded that […]

Senator Collins–you’re no Margaret Chase Smith

Tuesday’s Bangor Daily News had a front-page story on Senator Collins once again praising Senator Margaret Chase Smith, whose seat Collins occupies, as her personal model of a “trailblazing lawmaker.” Repeating the same rhetoric that Collins has used since entering the Senate in 1997, rhetoric that will surely be repeated further during her upcoming re-election […]

The Best Higher Ed Places to Work in Maine–What Counts?

A recently published letter to the editor by a long-time classified employee at the Orono campus noted her keen disappointment at the inability to afford some classes at the campus’ excellent Recreation Center because they were apparently no longer free to classified employees (and perhaps other campus employees). Despite decades of service to U Maine, […]

There ARE second acts for former top educators: Joseph Westphal and others

As is painfully familiar to most ordinary faculty and staff at American colleges and universities, top administrators who, fairly or unfairly, are forced out of their well-paid positions invariably find comparable if not superior positions elsewhere. Where a faculty member in especially the humanities or social sciences who is denied reappointment–or worse, denied tenure–might never […]

“Anything Goes” in transferring course credits–but should it?

Yesterday, and repeated today, Maine Public Radio had an interesting report on an agreement between the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System to address a widespread complaint among community college students who seek to transfer course credits to one of the seven University System campuses. Often courses taken at one or […]

Does the new Portland charter school deserve Justin Alfond’s condemnation?

Big Bangor Daily News story: “Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, attacked a new charter school in his district Friday for aligning itself with what he called one of the most extreme political organizations in Maine.” Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, a charter school opening this fall, was criticized by Alfond for hosting a […]