Greetings from Interim Dean Naomi Jacobs! Welcome to our fall 2013 newsletter. We’ll be updating it several times a year to keep alumni and friends of the college informed about our student and faculty accomplishments, as well as new programs and initiatives.
Started by Kim Huisman, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine in fall of 2012, the Maine Mother-Daughter Project (MMDP) provides opportunities for mothers and daughters to come together as a community and work collectively to support mother-daughter connections while also addressing the larger social forces that often influence their lives.
The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a notable peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research in astronomy and astrophysics, recently published a paper by UMaine doctoral candidate Merida Batiste and Dr. David Batuski, chairperson of the physics and astronomy department. “A Dynamical Analysis of the Corona Borealis Supercluster” examines gravitationally bound superclusters of galaxies, focusing on the Corona Borealis supercluster, and provides the most conclusive evidence to date that the structure is bound and in collapse.
Designated as a National Resource Center on Canada by the United States Department of Education in 1979, and a founding member of the Northeast National Resource Center on Canada, the Canadian-American Center is one of the leading U.S institutes for the study of Canada. Located at the University of Maine at 154 College Avenue, the Center coordinates programs for both undergraduate and graduate Canadian Studies education.
The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) has joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, adding another exceptional program to the college. SPIA offers a masters of arts in global policy, with concentrations in international environmental policy, international trade and commerce, or international Security and foreign policy. “A lot of students want to save the world,” Capt. James Settele said, “Well, this is a masters program that leads to an opportunity to work at a job where you get to be impactful.” Settele is the director of SPIA and has served over 27 years on active duty within the U.S. Navy.
Coordinated by Dr. Steven Evans, an associate professor in the English department, the New Writing Series continually brings up-and-coming, as well as established writers, to the UMaine community. Evans has run the New Writing Series since 1999 and strives to bring new and exciting names to the schedule every semester. “It really is a kind of living community of authors,” Evans said of the event. The New Writing Series is co-sponsored by the English department and the National Poetry Foundation and connects UMaine with an international community of writers.
From Oct. 7-10, the University of Maine hosted THATCamp, a participant-driven meeting, as part of its biannual Digital Humanities Week. Christopher Ohge, a post-doctoral fellow in the Digital Humanities, organized the event. This year’s THATCamp was titled “Surfacing,” focused not on the ways that we can save the humanities, but on how the humanities can save us. THATCamp introduced the idea of the “unconference,” which is a highly informal, non-hierarchical conference. They are not planned ahead of time by a committee, but instead created during the week of the THATCamp.
Congratulations to the CLAS recipients of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) fall 2013 research and creative activity fellowships.