The University of Maine Graduate School is pleased to announce the following award recipients for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship (CDRA)Kalyn Bickerman Ecology and Environmental Science Shengen Chen Electrical Engineering Amber Heller Anthropology and Environmental Policy Siglinde Langholz Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Hannah Lawrence Clinical Psychology Erik Reardon History Won Joon Song Earth and Climate Sciences Cong Tian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Daniel Weaver Wildlife Ecology Lisa Weeks Chemical Engineering
Michael J. Eckardt Dissertation Fellowship in MEIF Areas (Formerly MEIF)
Janet Waldron Dissertation Research Fellowship (JWDRF)
Sean Birkel, a research assistant professor at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, was quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Ocean scientists report ‘unprecedented’ spike in sea level off Portland several years ago.” Scientists at the University of Arizona, with help from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found sea levels off Portland rose by 5 inches during 2009 and 2010 as a result of changes in ocean circulation that are tied to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, according to the article. Birkel said he wasn’t surprised by the rise, but it’s not as alarming as it seems. “It’s definitely a significant rise during a short interval, but our research has shown a lot of variability, or ups and downs, and that 2009–10 is likely a peak,” he said. “But the overall trend is certainly that seas are rising. No one disputes that.”
The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine undergraduate students and Robert Glover, an assistant professor of political science and Honors, are conducting research in collaboration with the city of Bangor and city councilors. They are studying what makes recent graduates from UMaine settle within the greater Bangor area, according to the article. “This information will help decision makers in Bangor craft strategies to grow our community and keep more talented young people in our local communities,” Glover wrote. UMaine alumni, or current students, who have settled in the Bangor area can complete a survey online.
The Free Press reported the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will hold a “Farming in the Face of Climate Change” conference in Unity on March 7. Participants will hear about trends in Maine’s weather patterns and how on-farm nutrient cycling can help farms build resilience, according to the article. Glen Koehler, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professional, is scheduled to present “Recent Observations and 30-Year Forecast for Climate Change in Maine.” Ivan Fernandez, a professor of soil science and forest resources at UMaine and a cooperating professor in the Climate Change Institute, will present “Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update.”
Former and current students of the University of Maine were mentioned in a Mainebiz article about Wiscasset-based company Peregrine Turbine Technologies LLC. The business has developed an energy-efficient turbine and is raising the necessary capital to move forward, according to the article. The company also aims to create jobs in Maine and keep technology in the state. It has hired two recent graduates and an intern from the University of Maine, the article states. “All of our investors are told up front about the state of Maine objectives,” said David Stapp, CEO and chief technology officer at Peregrine Turbine. “The technology stays here.”
The University of Maine had the highest percentage of its fall student-athletes named to the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll, released Feb. 26.
The Black Bears had 59 student-athletes, or 77.6 percent, honored for their academic standing. UMaine led all America East field hockey schools, with 85 percent of the team honored for achieving a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
The America East Conference released its 2014 fall academic honor roll with nearly two-thirds of all student-athletes receiving recognition. There were 694 student-athletes named to the America East Academic Honor Roll for achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher, with more than 400 student-athletes named to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for achieving a 3.5 GPA or better.
The full news release with a complete list of honorees is online.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a one-year poultry egg business project to 4-H members ages 9–18 and their families.
The statewide project is intended to generate income for participants and provide learning experiences in business, entrepreneurship, keeping records, documentation, problem-solving, food safety and animal husbandry.
Participants will learn and follow state and local regulations for producing and selling poultry eggs. Regular support, including calculating the number of pullets (young hens) to order, will be provided via online webinars. Twelve-week-old Golden Comet chicks will be ordered from a local producer March 15; pullets will begin laying eggs this summer.
Before pullets arrive, participants will draft a business plan and do a survey to determine the approximate number of eggs and hens needed to meet market demand. Participants also will build or secure a facility and equipment for the birds and track expenses, including the purchase of equipment, shavings and feed. Each flock requires at least 14 hours of light per day.
Extension 4-H staff and agricultural specialists will provide training via webinar. Several in-person workshops — the first is Saturday, May 2 — will be centrally located. Limited financial assistance is available.
More information and registration is online. For more information, contact Jessica Brainerd, 581.3877, 800.287.0274 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate, youth must be 4-H members in the county in which they live; interested people may contact their local Extension office for information about joining 4-H.
Amber Rowley, a third-year psychology major at the University of Maine, has received the Laurence A. Jones Jr. scholarship for the past two years.
The scholarship was established in memory of Laurence A. Jones Jr., who graduated from UMaine with a psychology degree in 1992 and was killed while he was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Jones’ mother created the scholarship to be awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in psychology.
In fall 2014, Rowley spoke at the annual memorial service to honor the life of Jones, which was held near the Laurence A. Jones Jr. memorial tree on campus.
During the event, Jeffery Mills, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation, said he hopes through Rowley’s studies and work in psychology, she will “continue on the living memory of Laurence.”
Rowley of Howland, Maine, also is pursuing a minor in sociology and expects to graduate in May 2016. Beyond academics, she is a supervisor at a clothing store in the Bangor Mall and is involved with her high school cheering squad. She helps the team prepare for upcoming competitions and even took classes to become a certified assistant coach.
Tell us about receiving the Laurence A. Jones Scholarship and speaking at the memorial ceremony
Receiving that scholarship — not once, but both years — was the most honorable thing I can say I’ve received since my time here at UMaine. Laurence’s story was so inspiring, and he had such big dreams. I was so honored and grateful to participate in the memorial ceremony and personally give my thanks to his mother and tell her how much he has inspired me. Laurence’s story will continue to be heard and he will continue to make a difference in people’s lives through this scholarship.
Why did you choose to study psychology?
I chose to study psychology because I find people to be so interesting. Everyone is so unique and has their own story. In high school I joined an extracurricular peer helpers group my sophomore year, and I absolutely loved it. You were encouraged to introduce yourself to people you’ve never really talked to before; be a first friend to a new student; or maybe let someone who seems distraught know that if they ever want to talk, you are there for them. It inspired me to want to be the best person I could be and to make a difference in someone’s life. After three years of studying it, I’ve never been more sure that this is what I want to do.
I chose UMaine because it has an amazing psychology degree program — one of the best in the state. It was close to home, and I grew up in a very small town, where some classes only had four people. Everyone knew everyone and I wanted something completely different. I love the large classrooms and the beautiful campus, the events that go on, and the energy that team UMaine brings. I love it here.
What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals?
I didn’t know a thing about college, or the outside world, or where to even start when it came to deciding what I wanted to do. The idea of the real world made me nervous. I came from a small school, graduating with a class of 50 people. UMaine has given me the chance to experience and learn things with a large group of people and get that feel of being surrounded by large crowds, which will be a benefit for me in the future.
Having to take gen-ed classes, I’ve been introduced to real-life topics that I would never have even thought about taking or had interest in taking if I had the choice. I didn’t realize how subjects that you would think to be completely different to your major, actually tie in with it.
I used to be the type of person that didn’t pay attention to the news and headlines, especially ones that had to do with other countries. But through every class I have learned so much and notice things that I never would have thought twice about. It’s just given me a whole new perspective on life and is eye opening to what is really happening in this world and the things that are being done about it.
By taking these classes and by taking a class in each psychology focus, I was able to narrow what I wanted to do with a psychology degree, bringing me one step closer to my goal. At the moment, I want to concentrate on abnormal/social psychology and see what my options are and go from there.
What’s your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus, I actually found out about by taking a peace studies class. The professor assigned us to go to the peace garden right across from the Collins Center for the Arts. I didn’t even know about that little hidden spot, but it’s beautiful.
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation, I want to hopefully continue my education in grad school here at UMaine and eventually find my way to move toward a more urban area. I love big crowds and the city and hope to find somewhere in an area like that to pursue my career. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to leave the state, but I’m very open to expanding my horizons.
Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition, was quoted in a Shape magazine article about the health benefits of resistant starch. The starch is a carbohydrate with health benefits such as regulating blood sugar and acting as a probiotic, according to the article. Camire said resistant starch is a carbohydrate your body can’t digest, and it behaves a lot like fiber, helping food move through your system. Resistant starch can be found in cooked and cooled rice, pasta and potatoes, as well as in beans, legumes and lentils, the article states.
Edith Patch, a major figure in entomology at the University of Maine from 1904–37, was featured in an Entomology Today article on famous female entomologists. Patch was the first female president of the Entomological Society of America, was the head of the Entomology Department at UMaine and published several works including “Food Plant Catalogue of the Aphids of the World,” according to the article. “After being employed for more than 30 interesting and pleasant years as a research entomologist, I shall never discourage any capable young woman — with a real desire for the work — from preparing for it,” Patch had said.