Capstone Announcement 2013 heaThe 2013 New Media Night opens tonight from 6-8pm at the University of Maine to celebrate the unveiling of a new center for whiz-bang art and innovation.

Funded by a $3.9M bond in 2009, IMRC (pronounced “immerse”) is chock full of cutting-edge toys, from 3d printers and laser engravers to 360-degree projections and moveable walls.

This opening show is the 8th annual New Media Night, where our best students exhibit their visions of the future. This year’s crop ranges from walk-in immersive videogames to autonomous shadows to social networks for gardeners and boulder climbers.

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Ruby, Objective-C, Lua, Python…so many languages, so little time. After the UMaine New Media Department decided to teach code across the curriculum, its faculty needed to choose baseline language with an easy learning curve and broad applicability. Their choice? HTML5.

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Hooper Jennifer bat app aFrom assignment to App Store in five months: After creating a demo version in her New Media class, UMaine Intermedia student Jennifer Hooper teams up with NMD alum Justin Russell to release a Community Connector mobile app for local riders.

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if you are interested in any of these jobs, contact these folks directly or via New Media Department chair Larry Latour or Jon Ippolito.

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Digital Humanities LogoTechnology is usually associated with scientists, but now that artsy academics have tasted the power of digital media, the digital humanities are going full tilt. Featuring everything from best-selling Kindle authors to sociologists of Twitter, this week-long on-ramp takes tweed-jacketed academics from 0 to 60 onto the information superhighway.

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09orono lgh Perma may 03 illWant to try a helping of edible landscape? Mosey over to LongGreenHouse this Friday and Wednesday for a permaculture field day.

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UMaine New Media graduate Chris Bagley stepped outside of the box in 2009 when he switched from a Web-based capstone to start a local business premised on building environmentally responsible skis. The do-it-yourselfer built his own ski press in his garage and began turning out prototypes–and turning heads on the slopes. As the Bangor Daily News reports, this will be the first season his skis will be available to the general public, custom-built for both East Coast skiing conditions and to customer specifications.

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350.org has launched a glocal event–locally engaged, globally networked–to send a message to our political leaders that we want to work for positive life-affirming goals for our communities and families.

You can see two local Orono events as well as nearby events on the map
EVENT
9 October 2010 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Learn sheet mulching techniques for both Apple Orchard guilds, and raised beds.

In an age when the Canadian government is muzzling scientists, religious groups are using special search engines like Jewogle to filter out unwanted results, and one in five Americans believes the earth is at the center of the solar system…you might just want to hear Randy Olson speak.

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Student Administrative Aide wanted–apply by September 17 2010.

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10orono Without Borders Bells smaSeason seven of this venerable intermedia festival finds newly minted U-Me MFAs mixing it up with the likes of Fluxus mainstay Dick Higgins and DJ paul j. bosse, the “junky but funky beat mechanic.”

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http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/Sz72MmtSvMQ/ via Byline This New York bike sharing startup uses GPS and wireless technology to make finding and reserving a bicycle as easy as using a smartphone….

SoBi doesn’t use cycle stations; the bikes are parked throughout the city (starting in New York) at regular racks. Bikes could, in fact, be anywhere at any given time, not just at a designated station that could be blocks away. Users can grab any bike that isn’t already reserved and drop it off anywhere. No need to search for a drop-off station.

Like a Zipcar, each SoBi bike has its own “lockbox” (shown above) that communicates wirelessly with SoBi servers via GPS and a cellular receiver (an H-24 module from Motorola). When you make a reservation online or via smartphone, a map displays all the bikes in the area and gives you the option of unlocking a specific bike by clicking on it.

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Ready money for anyone willing to party like it’s 2007.

The Faculty Development Center, a division of Information Technologies, is looking for a new part-time employee as a Microsoft Office Trainer. This position would be perfect for someone who already has a job at UMaine (full-time or part-time – faculty, staff, classified) and just wants to expand the career and earn extra income.

MS Office Trainer This position requires developing and conducting training programs on MS- Office 2007 for the faculty and staff (Excel, Powerpoint, and possibly Access).

Candidate must have exceptional and strong command over MS -Office 2007 and excellent communication skills. Overall computer proficiency is a must, previous teaching or trainer experience is desirable. The ideal candidate will demonstrate patience and experience working with users at all levels of computer and desktop application knowledge.

More information: http://www.umaine.edu/it/employment/professional/mstrainer.php

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. Thanks,

Andrei

Ready money for anyone willing to party like it’s 2007.

The Faculty Development Center, a division of Information Technologies, is looking for a new part-time employee as a Microsoft Office Trainer. This position would be perfect for someone who already has a job at UMaine (full-time or part-time – faculty, staff, classified) and just wants to expand the career and earn extra income.

MS Office Trainer This position requires developing and conducting training programs on MS- Office 2007 for the faculty and staff (Excel, Powerpoint, and possibly Access).

Candidate must have exceptional and strong command over MS -Office 2007 and excellent communication skills. Overall computer proficiency is a must, previous teaching or trainer experience is desirable. The ideal candidate will demonstrate patience and experience working with users at all levels of computer and desktop application knowledge.

More information: http://www.umaine.edu/it/employment/professional/mstrainer.php

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. Thanks,

Andrei

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Josh Plourde at AEWC Offshore Wind sent this my way.

AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center is now accepting resumes for a paid student research assistant who would:

•Create and edit promotional materials.

•Cooperate in the development and design of web site.

•Take leading role in iPad/iPhone app design and development.

Applicants should:

•Be knowledgeable of several programming languages, including PHP and Javascript.

•Be familiar with design standards.

•Have strong New Media/Programming background.

•Demonstrate strong communication skills.

•Be available and willing to work 40 hours this summer and 20+ hours during the fall and spring semesters.

If interested, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to Elizabeth Viselli on First Class.

Josh Plourde at AEWC Offshore Wind sent this my way.

AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center is now accepting resumes for a paid student research assistant who would: •Create and edit promotional materials. •Cooperate in the development and design of web site. •Take leading role in iPad/iPhone app design and development.

Applicants should: •Be knowledgeable of several programming languages, including PHP and Javascript. •Be familiar with design standards. •Have strong New Media/Programming background. •Demonstrate strong communication skills. •Be available and willing to work 40 hours this summer and 20+ hours during the fall and spring semesters.

If interested, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to Elizabeth Viselli on First Class.

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Notes on the Sustainable Orono meeting of April 28, 2010: From: Sustainable Orono

Aproximately 30 persons attended the meeting at the Orono Public Library. We viewed the documentary, In Transition 1.0, which, for those who were unable to attend, can be viewed online at: [vimeo groups]

We discussed a variety of ideas for making Orono more sustainable, including the establishment of a town farm; having community gardens on town land with personal plots that could be cultivated by those without access to land; having a municipal hydroelectric plant; increasing the number of households that heat with natural gas rather than heating oil, as an interim way of cutting the carbon footprint of the town until more sustainable methods can be employed; and the importance of more comprehensive recycling. A number of persons spoke about the importance of having a strong community in facing the challenges of peak oil and climate change.

A steering committee for Sustainable Orono was formed to ensure continuity until a more formal structure could be created. This committee can be contacted at sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

A committee that will examine and work on initiatives for local food production was also formed, with Claudia Lowd as the committee convener (Email: clowd at myfairpoint.net)

There were also volunteers for a committee on local energy use and production, but as of yet there is no convener for that committee. If you wish to serve on any of these committees, please contact sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

We tentatively decided that the next Sustainable Orono meeting would be held on May 26 at the Birch Street School, if it is available at that time, as the library meeting was too small to comfortably accommodate the group.

Finally, until a better means of communication is found or developed, the Sustainable Orono group on Yahoo Groups (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_orono/) can be used for posting notices and reports of meetings and activities Sustainable Orono committees and any other local groups that are working on sustainability issues.

Notes on the Sustainable Orono meeting of April 28, 2010: From: Sustainable Orono

Aproximately 30 persons attended the meeting at the Orono Public Library. We viewed the documentary, In Transition 1.0, which, for those who were unable to attend, can be viewed online at:

We discussed a variety of ideas for making Orono more sustainable, including the establishment of a town farm; having community gardens on town land with personal plots that could be cultivated by those without access to land; having a municipal hydroelectric plant; increasing the number of households that heat with natural gas rather than heating oil, as an interim way of cutting the carbon footprint of the town until more sustainable methods can be employed; and the importance of more comprehensive recycling. A number of persons spoke about the importance of having a strong community in facing the challenges of peak oil and climate change.

A steering committee for Sustainable Orono was formed to ensure continuity until a more formal structure could be created. This committee can be contacted at sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

A committee that will examine and work on initiatives for local food production was also formed, with Claudia Lowd as the committee convener (Email: clowd at myfairpoint.net)

There were also volunteers for a committee on local energy use and production, but as of yet there is no convener for that committee. If you wish to serve on any of these committees, please contact sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

We tentatively decided that the next Sustainable Orono meeting would be held on May 26 at the Birch Street School, if it is available at that time, as the library meeting was too small to comfortably accommodate the group.

Finally, until a better means of communication is found or developed, the Sustainable Orono group on Yahoo Groups (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_orono/) can be used for posting notices and reports of meetings and activities Sustainable Orono committees and any other local groups that are working on sustainability issues.

Have you ever played a guitar that sounds like a thunderstorm? Worn glasses that automatically upload a photographic history of your everyday life? Schussed down Sugarloaf with skis made from organic materials?

MelansonThis Wednesday, thirty-five New Media seniors will rock the U-Me campus with a night of curb-jumping capstones.

CatalinaHeld in Lord Hall from 4 to 6pm on Wednesday 28 April (Maine Day), this event showcases senior projects that reveal or transform what we take in with our eyes, ears, and even taste buds. More than one-off student projects, many of these startups already have sizable audiences, proving that an economy in the dumps is little deterent to the creative undergrads of the University of Maine’s New Media Department.

Open Your Eyes: The 2010 Capstone Night

Wednesday 28 April 4-6pm

Lord Hall

Find out more about projects featured in the 2010 Capstone Night

Save the world, get a scholarship.

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