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Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
Every spring, the Graduate Student Government hosts an interdisciplinary Graduate Research Exposition where all University of Maine graduate students are invited to present their work to the community. It is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to receive recognition for their hard work, and contributions to the State of Maine. This year, our goal is [...]
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PA system rental form

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
GSG PA system rental form
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Poster Board Rental form

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
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Your Health Policy 101

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
09/11/14 at 5:00PM: a representative from Cross Agency will provide up-to-date information about Graduate student health care and answer questions. Refreshments will be provided.
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Graduate Student Resources

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
GSG Grad Resources – Updated 9/2/14
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Video: Open Access Repositories, Copyright Laws, and Digital Commons for Graduate Students

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
Kimberly Sawtelle offered a workshop for graduate students on open access repositories, copyright laws and Digital Commons in the spring 2014. She made this video of her presentation for people to have access to her wonderful workshop. Enjoy!  
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Volunteer opportunities

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
Volunteer Opportunities This document was put together by the philanthropy committee in February 2014. To add resources, contact: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com
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Workshop: LinkedIn – November 8th

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
Questions, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com    
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Workshop: Grant Writing 101 – November 14th

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:54
To register, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com  
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WABI covers move-in day for first-year students

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:47

WABI (Channel 5) spoke with first-year University of Maine students as they moved into their dorms during Fall Welcome Weekend. Students were asked questions including why they chose UMaine, what they are most looking forward to and what their expectations are for this year. One student said they chose UMaine because of the atmosphere and people, and many of the students interviewed said they looked forward to meeting new classmates.

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Fosters.com interviews Redmond about Maine’s seaweed industry

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:46

Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, spoke with Fosters.com for a report about Maine’s growing edible seaweed industry. Redmond said “there’s definitely a lot of potential” for the seaweed industry in Maine. “We’re not having rampant growth, but people are hearing about seaweed more and more. I think something big is happening, but we need more awareness for the industry to really take off,” she said. Redmond tracks the edible industry in Maine, which includes wild harvest and aquaculture seaweed, according to the article. She has been working for the past four years with those interested in growing seaweed in an aquaculture setting, and UMaine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research is working to cultivate native species that can be transplanted to grow in controlled farms in the ocean, the article states. There are currently seven wild harvest seaweed companies and seven aquaculture seaweed companies in Maine, Redmond said.

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Counihan discusses majoring in humanities on MPBN

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:45

As part of a series on the importance of humanities, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network interviewed Patty Counihan, who directed the University of Maine’s Career Center until she retired earlier this year. Counihan spoke about an essay she wrote titled, “What are You Going to Do with ‘That’ Major? The Humanities, Jobs and a Career,” for the special issue of Maine Policy Review on the humanities and policy, produced by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center in cooperation with the UMaine Humanities Center.

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Moran speaks with Press Herald about state’s peach crop

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:44

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about Maine’s relatively small peach crop. Moran estimates there are about eight acres of peaches in the state compared with 2,000 acres of apple trees. In an ordinary year, the state’s climate is rough on the stone fruit, according to the article, and this year cold temperatures took a particular toll, with growers reporting from zero to 30 percent of a full crop, according to Moran. Highmoor Farm, UMaine Extension’s research orchard in Monmouth, got about 25 percent of its usual harvest, the article states.

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Fosters.com interviews Brawley, Kaczor about influx of seaweed washing ashore

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:43

Susan Brawley, a professor of plant biology at the University of Maine, and Keri Kaczor, a marine professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, were quoted in the Fosters.com article, “Massive influx of seaweed worries officials.” Maine environmental officials, scientists and coastal municipal leaders have recognized an ecological shift along southern coastal beaches and inlets in recent years that has allowed for periodic but massive influxes of seaweed to wash ashore, according to the article. Kaczor, coordinator of the Maine Healthy Beaches program, said the increase in seaweed is “something no one has seen before” and high bacteria counts in the past few months can be traced directly to loose seaweed on the beach. “What we think is happening is that there’s a larger shift occurring in the ecosystem as a whole. This is indicative of coastal imbalance,” she said. Seaweed grows just off the coast and is lightly attached to rocks and gravel, according to the article. “So when there’s any turbidity at all — and it doesn’t take a serious storm — it’s torn from its roots and washed ashore,” Brawley said. She added although definitive studies have yet to be conducted on increasing seaweed along the Maine coast, “it is clear that warming ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine play a factor.”

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Kersbergen quoted in Press Herald report on local, grass-fed meat

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:43

Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, was quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Backing up claims about local and grass-fed meat,” as part of the “Green Plate Special” column. According to a letter drafted this summer by the Maine Grass Farmers Network to retailers, restaurants and institutions that sell and serve locally sourced meat and poultry, learning where meat was born, raised and slaughtered isn’t always easy, the article states. As the demand for local proteins has increased, so have the instances of distributors and farmers misrepresenting the products they sell, the letter claims. The letter lays out steps retailers, restaurateurs and institutional buyers should take, including that all meat and poultry purchased should come with a USDA or ME state approved label. Any value-added claims made about the product on the label can be listed only if the claims have been evaluated and found to be true by inspection, according to the article. “There is a significant paper trail in place. It’s a matter of educating buyers at all levels how to use it,” Kersbergen said.

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Fosters.com advances UMaine Extension beekeeping course

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:41

Fosters.com reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) will offer a five-week Beginner Bee School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 through Oct. 29, at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale. Instructor Larry Peiffer, master beekeeper and former MSBA vice president, will discuss honey bee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases, and honey production, according to the article. Participants also will observe area hives and gain hands-on experience during a field lab at a later date, the article states. Cost is $95 per person, $140 for two people who share materials, and includes a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association. Sept. 24 is the deadline to register. More information and registration is online.

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New Balance Student Recreation Center named one of America’s best college gyms

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:33

The Active Times named the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center one of “America’s Best College Gyms.” The article states “the fitness centers at these universities are more incredible than you could possibly imagine.” In selecting the 11 gyms that made the list, the organization said it considered everything from the size and layout of the facilities to the amenities and extras they offer. “The 87,000-square-foot facility houses everything you would expect in a state-of-the-art facility — and much more,” the article states of UMaine’s rec center, citing the floor-to-ceiling windows, 140 pieces of cardio and weightlifting equipment and indoor aquatic complex. “Students looking for outdoor adventure can rent cross-country skis and snowshoes from the rec center to explore the 15 miles of groomed trails in the adjacent DeMeritt Forest,” the write-up continues.

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Volunteers sought for UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:29

The University of Maine Center on Aging’s Senior Companion Program (SCP) currently has openings for qualified volunteers throughout the state.

SCP provides volunteer opportunities for limited-income adults age 55 and older. These volunteers, called Senior Companions, visit homebound older adults 15–20 hours per week to provide companionship.

Primarily funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, SCP provides nontaxable stipends and partial travel reimbursement to Senior Companions.

In 2015, SCP had close to 100 active volunteers who visited more than 325 people on a regular basis, enabling both the Senior Companion and the client to maintain independence, often in their own homes.

For more information about SCP and other programs available at the UMaine Center on Aging, contact Wanda Lincoln at 581.3326 or wanda.lincoln@maine.edu.

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Zachary Mason: Exploring glaciers of the past

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:41

When Zachary Mason came to the University of Maine, he was unsure of what field he wanted to pursue. With strong interests in science and math, he joined a variety of clubs to dip his toes into different scientific disciplines.

When he signed up to attend a field trip with the UMaine geology club, he didn’t know anyone on the list.

A year later, he was elected president of the club.

“I was just a shy guy in a group of great people, barely even talking to other members,” Mason says. “But somehow they voted me the president for the next year. I must have done something right.”

The group was joining the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference at Sugarloaf mountain to find marine fossils. The group hiked to the summit, where the director of the trip explained that the area they were exploring was once partially submerged by the ocean.

Mason was astounded.

“At that moment, I knew that this was the major to be in. I knew that geology would fulfill my academic desires,” Mason says.

Mason, an Earth science major with a minor in ecology and environmental sciences, is expected to graduate in May 2016.

For his Honors thesis, he is looking at when certain quartz-bearing boulders were deposited in Peru by glaciers using cosmogenic dating of beryllium. He hopes the inferences he makes will inform researchers about paleoclimate changes in the tropics, which can help researchers better understand and predict climate activity in the future. His research integrates topics from various geologic fields such as petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, climate science and glaciology. He was awarded a Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) grant to fund his summer research.

He recently completed a summer internship at the Northeast Geophysical Services in Bangor.

The internship is intended to equip students with knowledge of the latest methods in the field of geology. During the internship, he learned how to survey bedrock depth, groundwater contamination and buried drums/tanks.

Mason pursued the internship to take the knowledge he learned in the classroom a step further and apply it in the field.

“I enjoy interpreting and making inferences about the data I collect. I’ll take a day in the field over a day behind a desk anytime,” Mason says.

Hailing from Tweksbury, Massachusetts, Mason hopes to attend graduate school in a field related to geology — such as petrology, structural/tectonic geology or geochemistry. After his master’s, he plans on pursuing a career in mineral exploration with the eventual goal of earning a Ph.D. and teaching geology at the college level.

“I feel that UMaine has provided me with avenues to discover and explore, and the School of Earth and Climate Sciences has provided me with the resources and tools to further my goals of being a researcher in the sciences,” Mason says. “I believe my experiences at the university have allowed me to become more competitive as an applicant in the job market and for graduate schools.”

One of Mason’s most memorable UMaine experiences was traveling to Utah and Arizona with the geology club for Spring Break 2014. Destinations included Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. It was one of the best trips of his life, Mason says.

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