The donation by Sappi Fine Paper to the University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation for $100,000 worth of scholarships over the course of four years was picked up by several media outlets, including the websites Daily Markets, Stockhouse and The Sacramento Bee.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot wrote an article about the upcoming trip to Alaska by University of Maine climate change researchers to collect an ice core record of Arctic climate change over the past 1,000 years. Karl Kreutz, professor in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences; UMaine graduate student Seth Campbell; and Nobleboro Central School teacher Ken Williams are among the researchers who will take the trip to Denali National Park from April 29 to June 30.
The Bangor Daily News blog “Act out with Aislinn” by BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki included an entry about a project by students in a University of Maine advanced art education course taught by Constant Albertson. The students are making and selling mugs to benefit the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton.
Pine Tree Watchdog reported on University of Maine honors student Shelbe Lane’s March 27 testimony of LD 1001, a bill she helped write. “An Act To Improve Laws Governing Financial Disclosure by Legislators and Certain Public Employees and Public Access to Information Disclosed” was proposed by Gov. Paul LePage and sponsored by Democratic legislator Sen. Emily Cain. Lane gave lawmakers a tutorial on the legislation as part of her Honors College thesis.
UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) is the focus of an April 2 story in Mainebiz about how it works with Maine companies such as Newfield Communications, a start-up in West Newfield what saved $50,000 in the last six months with the help of AMC students and faculty. UMaine and the University of Southern Maine have helped businesses in the state bring nearly 400 products and manufacturing processes closer to market, according to the story. “The idea is that anyone can go into our center or USM and say ‘Hey, I need help with this’ and get a quote,” says AMC Director John Belding.
In a story in the March 31 Huntington, W.Va., Herald-Dispatch, Len Kaye, director of UMaine’s Center on Aging, is cited as one of the presenters in the 7th annual Cabell County Drug Prevention Summit, April 11 in Huntington, W.Va., sponsored by the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership. The annual prevention summits address growing concern about increased drug trafficking and substance abuse, and associated crime, in the Huntington area. Kaye will speak on prescription drug abuse prevention strategies.
In the Portland Press Herald blog “Pedal On: Tips, info and events for people who love their bikes,” author Karen Beaudoin says the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for volunteers to help at both of its Great Maine Bike Swaps. The Orono swap is set for Sunday, April 14 at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center and the Portland event is April 28 at the University of Southern Maine gym, according to Beaudoin.
UMaine mathematics majors Nathan Dunn and Stuart Lathrop each scored 10 points (out of 100), placing them in the 70th percentile in the 37th William Lowell Putnam Competition that took place Dec. 1. This competition is regarded as the most difficult college-level mathematics contest in North America. In all, 4,277 students from 578 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada competed. Only seven contestants received 69 or more points, including one perfect score. About half of the participants did not earn any points at all, according to Eisso Atzema of the UMaine Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Susan Gardner has been appointed director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine, effective April 1, according to Susan Hunter, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Hunter is the principal investigator for the five-year, $3.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that funds the Rising Tide Center.
Gardner, an associate professor of higher education and co-principal investigator of the grant, replaces Mary Madden, who has served as the center’s director since July 2011. Madden has rejoined the College of Education and Human Development, where she will lead a consortium of colleges and universities in a hazing prevention project.
The NSF ADVANCE program seeks to develop systemic approaches that can be institutionalized at higher education institutions to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and social-behavioral science careers. Programs sponsored through the Rising Tide Center include monthly workshops on topics such as promotion and tenure, annual department chair training workshops and a statewide networking conference, and the professional development grant program that supports new collaborations and activities to improve campus or departmental climate.
Other personnel changes at ADVANCE include the November 2012 appointment of Devon DeMarco as the ADVANCE faculty liaison. DeMarco is available to improve problem resolution by directing faculty to the proper university office, serving as a bridge between faculty and administrators to ensure that problems are resolved, and enhancing materials that explain resolution processes.
Now fully staffed, the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center is well poised to sustain the positive effects realized in the first two years of the project.
More than 120 presentations were made made during the 2013 Graduate Academic Exposition in separate categories of four areas of competition — poster presentations, oral presentations, intermedia and fine arts exhibits, and a PechaKucha, or rapid-fire slide show event — as well as a graduate student photo contest.
More than $10,000 in cash prizes were awarded at this year’s expo, including the $2,000 President’s Research Impact Award given to the graduate student and adviser who best exemplify the UMaine mission of teaching, research and outreach.
Following are the winning presentations:
President’s Research Impact Award — Alison Mitchell and adviser Jennifer Middleton for “What Happens Next? Examining Child Protection Outcomes for a Cohort of Opioid-Exposed Infants”
Dean’s Undergraduate Mentoring Award — Alper Kiziltas, “Natural Fiber Blend-Nylon 6 Composites” and Katharine Ruskin, “Testing for Stability in the Sharp-tailed Sparrow Hybrid Zone: 130 Years of Plumage Comparisons”
Graduate Student Photo Contest, Research Category — Mariusz Potocki, first; Bridie McGreavy, second; Bjorn Grigholm and Luke Groff, third
Graduate Student Photo Contest, Graduate Student Life Category — José Carrasco, first; Amy Pierce, second; Jincy Joseph and Jocelyn Runnebaum, third
Foster Center for Student Innovation Commercialization Award — Heather Perry, in intermedia; Hari Prasanth Palani, in science and technology
PechaKucha Competition — Amy Pierce, “12 Steps to Planning the Perfect Wedding,” first; Hollie Smith, “Intersections of Higher Education, State Policy, & Economic Development: Understanding the Connections in Maine Communities,” second; Jessica LeClair, “Be Prepared,” third
Intermedia Competition — Heather Perry, “Queen for a Day,” first; Benjamin Burpee, “Spaz.lab,” second; Tara Law, “Enchanted,” third
Humanities/Social Sciences Poster Competition — Stacy Doore, “Movement Matters: Using State Longitudinal Mobility Data to Improve School Policy, Intervention and Academic Outcomes,” first; Bridie McGreavy, “A Collaborative Model for Conservation Action Planning: Communication and Resilience in the Frenchman Bay Partners,” second; Chris Bennett, “Non-Visual Graphical Accessibility,” third
Humanities/Social Sciences Oral Competition — Karen Hutchins, “Improving Links Between Knowledge and Action by Identifying Factors that Influence the Structure of Municipality-University Partnerships,” first; Rebecca White, “The Ragged Edge of Motherhood: Mothers’ Allowances in Policy and Practice, 1924–1960,” second; Ian Jesse, “Bad Men and Horrible Bosses: Masculinity and the Folksongs of Larry Gorman,” third
Physical Sciences and Technology Poster Competition — Abolfazl Razi, “Delay Optimal Packetization Policy for Wireless Sensor Networks,” first; Hannah Breton, “Mechanically Fastened Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Flexural Retrofit Systems for Reinforced Concrete Flat-Slab Bridges,” second; Samuel Roy, “The Influence of Tectonic Strain on Landscape Evolution,” third
Physical Sciences and Technology Oral Competition — Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah, “Novel Approach to Controlling Layer-by-Layer Polyelectrolyte Multilayer (PEM) Formation & Application as Sensor,” first; Bess Koffman, “Centennial-Scale Shifts in the Position of the Southern Hemisphere Westerly Wind Belt over the Past Millennium,” second; Delia Massey, “Use of Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) as an Assessment Tool for Bioavailability of Mercury Species in Sediment,” third
Natural Sciences Poster Competition — Richard Luc, “The Role of Caveolin in the Toll-Like Receptor Signaling Pathway,” first; Brianna Hughes, “Effect of Rigor Status during High Pressure Processing on Abalone Texture and Color,” second; Luke Groff, “Hibernation Ecology of Lithobates Sylvaticus in Maine’s Montane Landscape,” third
Natural Sciences Oral Competition — Nadir Yildrim, “Nanofibrillated Cellulose (NFC) Insulating Foams,” first; Katharine Ruskin, “Testing for Stability in the Sharp-tailed Sparrow Hybrid Zone: 130 Years of Plumage Comparisons,” second; Anna Breard, “Comparison of the Effect of Peroxyacetic Acid and Lactic Acid Washes on the Removal of Toxoplasma Gondii Oocysts from the Surface of Blueberries,” third
People’s Choice Award — Roghaiyeh Ebrahimi Kalan, “Surface Modification of Mesoporous Silica in Supercritical CO2”
April 3, 2013
The Graduate Student Government and Graduate School are pleased to announce the award recipients for the following awards: top poster and oral presentations, Intermedia Competition, PechaKucha Competition, People's Choice Award, Graduate Dean's Undergraduate Mentoring Award, Foster Center for Student Innovation Commercialization Award, President's Research Impact Award, and the Graduate Dean's Photo Contest.
As in years past, the GradExpo featured disciplinary sessions with poster and oral presentations featuring students in the Physical Sciences & Technology, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Artists at the University presented Intermedia art projects, fine art works and performances. The PechaKucha competition session challenges students from every discipline to share their work in a rapid-fire slide show lasting under seven minutes. In addition to competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and recognition for their work, students have the opportunnity to interact with representatives from industry and government.
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
1st. Karen Hutchins - Interdisciplinary
2nd. Rebecca White - History
3rd. Ian Jesse - History
1st. Nadir Yildirim - Forest Resources
2nd. Katharin Ruskin - Ecology and Environmental Sciences
3rd. Anna Breard - Food Science and Human Nutrition
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
1st. Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah - Chemistry
2nd. Bess Koffman - Earth and Climate Sciences
3rd. Delia Massey - Civil Engineering
The University of Maine Graduate School is pleased to announce the following award recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship (CDRA)Heather Arnett Ecology and Environmental Science Patricia Dieter Clinical Psychology Alyssa Freitag Marine Biology Adam Kosan English Hengshan Li Spatial Information Science and Engineering Linda Markowsky Computer Science Zhong Pan Civil Engineering Paul Pluta Quaternary and Climate Studies Daniela Veliz Education Rebecca White History
Food and Nutrition Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) Fellowship
University of Maine Dissertation Research Fellowship (UMDRF)
WABI (Channel 5) spoke to Nancy Boyington, assistant director at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, about the center’s workshops for nonprofit businesses. The center offers a nonprofit certificate management program that requires participants to take six different one-day workshops. The workshops are offered to help nonprofit workers deal with changes in the industry. “Nonprofits tell me that they really aren’t nonprofit, that they are businesses who are really trying to be able to pay all their bills and look forward,” Boyington said.
State science fair winner and Bangor High School student Mary Butler told the Bangor Daily News she had never been in a science fair before working with University of Maine students and faculty on her project, “Nanofibrillated Cellulose as the Potential Component of a Low-cost Water Filtration System.” Butler said she worked with UMaine chemical engineering graduate student Finley Richmond on the filter project over the summer, and the collaboration was arranged by University of Maine Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Doug Bousfield. Butler’s project won first place in the “Energy, Transportation and Environmental Science” category, as well as best in show at the Maine State Science and Engineering Fair on March 23 in Bar Harbor.
Ana Bonstedt, home horticulture coordinator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County, offered advice on preparing seedlings on WLBZ (Channel 2). Bonstedt spoke about planting dates and building seedling containers.
WVII (Channel 7) interviewed Bananas, the University of Maine mascot, for an April Fools’ Day edition of its series “Maine’s Most Fascinating People.”
The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole will offer a Natural Science Illustration Workshop from Aug. 5–9. Participants will have the opportunity to collect and draw live marine specimens and work with instructor David Wheeler’s collection of shells, bones and artifacts. Wheeler, who teaches at the Pratt Institute’s Center Extension Campus at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in New York, is a marine science illustrator whose artwork is in the permanent collections of museums, universities and marine centers in the country and abroad. He has made life-sized models of dinosaurs for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Osaka Museum of Natural History in Japan. Previous workshop participants have included high school and college students, K–12 educators, artists and illustrators interested in natural sciences, art, anthropology and archaeology. The cost of the five-day workshop is $370; registration deadline is June 1. Room and board at the Darling Marine Center are available for an additional fee. Course information and registration materials are available on the DMC website. For more information or to request disability accommodations, contact Linda Healy, 207.563.8220.
An advanced art education course taught by Constant Albertson at the University of Maine is making and selling ceramic mugs to support educational programs for children at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton, Maine. Students in the course are collaborating to make the mugs, manage a blog, market, budget, sell and write a research paper on the project.
The mugs are $10 and being sold at upcoming events, including from 6–7 p.m. Friday, April 5, during the opening of “Making Art” the annual student exhibition at Lord Hall on campus and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Hirundo Table during the Hope Festival at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
For future sale locations or for more information, call Albertson, 207.581.3251 or visit the students’ website.
The goal of the four students in the class is to make and sell 500 mugs, and to work together to spread knowledge and inspire the community. Each handcrafted mug features a unique design inspired by nature.
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is a 2,400-acre nature preserve 10 miles from the UMaine campus. The Hirundo land was deeded to UMaine in 1983, cementing a long-term collaboration based on research and scientific studies, according to its website.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by Dr. Robert Dana, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Maine. In Dana’s article, “Marijuana legalization: An easy way out,” he speaks about the complications associated with legalizing the drug and offers ways ordinary citizens can help stop drug abuse.
WABI (Channel 5) cited Marjorie Peronto, educator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County, in a story about a countywide food drive. The drive, which started at the beginning of March and had contributions from over 120 businesses, schools and churches, ends April 3. Peronto spoke about March being a “dry month for food pantries” and said “it’s a good time for us to try to restore their shelves.”