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Susan Collins to visit UMaine on March 31

UMaine News Release, March 16, 2015 – Political gridlock in Washington, D.C., will be the focus of an address by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins when she gives the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine on March 31, 2015.

Collins’ address, “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?” begins at 3:30 p.m., in the Collins Center for the Arts. RSVP is required for the free public event by calling 581.1648 or writing Read the new release here.


ADVANCE grants support 34 women faculty

ADVANCE News, March 17, 2015 – A fifth round of Professional Development Grants has been announced by the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center. Since 2011, more than $271,000 has been awarded to 34 UMaine faculty to support the development of leadership and research skills, collection of scientific data, and formation of collaborative or mentoring relationships.

To read more about these awards, including accessing a list of recent and past grantees, visit the ADVANCE Professional Development Grants page here.

Women In Leadership Week Events Announced

UMaine News Release, March 16, 2015 – “Women in Leadership Week is a celebration of the installation of UMaine’s first woman president, but it is also a time to reflect on the many ways that women have shaped our university, to recognize the challenges that women continue to face, and to recommit ourselves to nurturing the next generation of women leaders,” says Jeffrey E. Hecker, UMaine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and chair of the Women in Leadership Week committee. Read more about the scheduled events leading up to the installation of UMaine’s first woman president here.

Seven UMaine women promoted or tenured

UMaine News Release, March 16, 2015 – The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 19 University of Maine faculty members. The faculty were nominated by UMaine President Susan J. Hunter based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service. Read the complete story and review a list of those promoted here.

2015 Professional Development Grants Awarded

March 4, 2015 – Four women faculty have been awarded Research Seed Grants to support their work. Associate Professor Stephanie Burnett, and Assistant Professors Cindy Isenhour, Sharon Klein and Kristy Townsend will receive funding to support a variety of projects intended to build collaborations, reduce isolation experienced by women faculty, and support their professional development and the professional development of other women. Read more about our awardees and their funded projects here.

Hartman awards honor outstanding women

UMaine News Release, March 4, 2015 – The 29th annual Maryann Hartman awards will be presented to four outstanding Maine women on March 24 at the Buchanan Alumni House. This years’ winners, Maria Girouard, Deborah Thompson, and Florence Reed will be honored for their work in preserving Native American cultural traditions, for documenting the architectural history of the city of Bangor, and for establishing Sustainable Harvest International which has connected Maine to the global Community. A fourth recipient, Nicole Maines, will be honored for her contributions to justice and social change. Read the full story, and a biography of each of the winners, here.

Simons-Legaard’s research featured on radio, in blog

UMaine News Release, Feb. 11, 2015 – Deer habitat studies by Erin Simons-Legaard, assistant research professor, were the topic of the day recently on Bob Duchesne’s Wild Maine radio show. Click the link to hear the audio, and read George Smith’s thoughts on this topic in his blog in the Bangor Daily News.

Cetinic featured in Women in Oceanography

UMaine News Release, Jan. 29, 2015 – Marine Science researcher Ivona Cetinic is one of four Maine scientists featured in a supplement to the December issue of Oceanography magazine. Cetinic and three other oceanographers collaborated to highlight the continuing challenges faced by women in marine science. Read the supplement, “Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later,” here.

Capps stream ecology project funded by NSF

UMaine News Release, Jan. 16, 2015 – Krista Capps, assistant research professor in the Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, seeks to explore urban watershed management in developing economies with a $60,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more about the project here.

ScienceInsider feature on Smith’s findings third most popular article of 2014

UMaine News Release, Jan. 22, 2015 – Assistant Professor Michelle Smith recognizes that lecturing, as a teaching-learning technique, is not the most effective way to reach students. Her work, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was also featured in ScienceInsider, the on-line journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The ScienceInsider article describing the findings of her study was the third most popular of 2014.  Access the abstract of study, which was  co-authored by Smith, using the link above, and read the AAAS story here.

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