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Walker Receives Grant to Expand Speech Therapy Telepractice Program

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:35

Judy Walker, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine, received a three-year $174,000 grant from Next Generation Foundation of Maine to support the expansion of an innovative graduate-level training program in speech therapy telepractice.

The UMaine Speech Therapy Telepractice program, which started in 2011, uses a secure Web-hosted video conferencing system to provide speech therapy services to adults and children anywhere and at any time through computers or other devices connected by high speed internet.

Telepractice is an efficient way to provide speech therapy services to underserved children and adults with disabilities in the state while reducing costs, Walker says.

The grant will go toward hiring additional supervisors and increasing the number of graduate students who are able to train, while providing services to more people in need of speech therapy services.

The grant will go toward hiring additional supervisors and increasing the number of graduate students who are able to train, while providing services to more people in need of speech therapy services.

“We want to branch out and develop partnerships with community health centers, public schools and state organizations in Maine,” Walker says.

The first phase of the program was successfully completed with positive clinical outcomes, according to Walker. The program was piloted on children and adults with a variety of communication disorders including aphasia, apraxia of speech, fluency disorder, articulation and language delay and voice disorders. Telepractice services were provided to eight areas in Maine throughout Aroostook, Penobscot, Kennebec, Cumberland and York counties, as well as to a school in Fiji.

More than 90 percent of the clients made satisfactory progress toward achieving their therapy goals, Walker says. On a consumer satisfaction survey, more than 90 percent said the program met their expectations and they were satisfied with the outcomes. All of the clients said they would recommend the program to others.

“Thus far, the telepractice program has exceeded my expectations,” Walker said. “This grant will now enable us to help even more people in the state.”

The UMaine Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is one of only a few programs in the country that offers speech therapy telepractice training in a university setting, she says. The program complies with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association guidelines for demonstrating competencies and skills in speech telepractice services.

The department hopes the program will serve as a model for other CSD graduate programs, and Walker has already consulted with faculty at a North Dakota institution to build a speech therapy telepractice program of their own.

The University of Maine Speech Therapy Telepractice program is accepting new clients this fall. Telepractice is covered by many insurance plans, including MaineCare. For more information or to make an appointment, call the University of Maine, Madelyn E. & Albert D. Conley Speech, Language and Hearing Center, 207.581.2003, or visit the telepractice website.

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Media Cover Event Marking Offshore Wind Turbine’s First Year

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:42

The Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, Mainebiz and WVII (Channel 7) covered an event held in Castine where officials from the University of Maine and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and members of Maine’s congressional delegation marked one year since the deployment of VolturnUS, a prototype that’s one-eighth the scale of a full-size offshore wind turbine. UMaine officials reported the turbine successfully withstood more than a dozen severe storms in its first year. UMaine also signed an agreement with the DOE that will give the university $3.8 million to continue design and engineering work on the full-scale turbine. “Today, we can declare VolturnUS mission accomplished,” said Habib Dagher, the director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, who added he is now preparing to turn his attention to designing and building the full-scale version. WABI (Channel 5) and The Republic carried the AP report, and the Sun Journal carried the BDN report.

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Dean Haddad Speaks with BDN About Importance of Studying Humanities

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:41

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Emily Haddad, the new dean of the University of Maine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, about the importance of studying the humanities and making the most of a liberal arts degree. “Studying something because you think it’s a good idea, but you don’t like it, is probably counterproductive,” she said. “I think it’s essential that students choose to study a field to which they feel some genuine interest.” Haddad, who came to UMaine in July after working as associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota, said she has encouraged past students to study what they’re passionate about, but pick a minor or second major that gives them another skill. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.

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Moran Quoted in Press Herald Article on Maine Peaches

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:40

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a the Portland Press Herald article, “Maine peaches may be tricky to grow, but they’re easy to eat.” Moran said Maine gardeners can have a peach tree in their backyard without using conventional farming practices, such as spraying pesticides or integrated pest management techniques, but added, it’s “nearly impossible to produce a commercial peach crop in Maine without them.”

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Williams Guest on George Hale, Ric Tyler Radio Show

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:39

Daniel Williams, interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts, was a recent guest on the George Hale, Ric Tyler Radio Show on WVOM, The Voice of Maine. Williams spoke about the center’s upcoming season.

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Bayer Quoted in Press Herald Article About Rare White Lobsters

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:38

Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about two lobstermen who caught two white lobsters within a week for the same lobster pound. Albino lobsters — the rarest of all the crustacean’s color mutations — are believed to be about one in 100 million, according to statistics from the Lobster Institute. Bayer, who has only seen a couple of albino lobsters in his lifetime, said he’s not sure if the Owls Head lobsters are true albinos because it seems at least one of the lobsters has a blueish hue, which means it has some pigmentation. “It’s nothing I’ve seen before,” Bayer added. The Bangor Daily News also reported on the lobsters, citing Lobster Institute data.

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Phys.org Carries Report on UMaine Extreme Weather Research

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:37

Phys.org carried a University of Maine report about extreme weather research and the upcoming CLAS (Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability) Conference at UMaine. Researchers at UMaine’s Climate Change Institute have developed online tools to assist local community planners prepare for climate changes, the article states. The tools, which will be explained at the Oct. 23 conference, provide users access to station data, climate and weather models, and pollution and health indices, according to Sean Birkel, a research assistant professor with CCI.

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Study Abroad Fair Sept. 11

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:35

The University of Maine International Programs’ Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 11 to inform students about the variety of programs available for all majors to study, intern, research or teach abroad. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first-floor ballroom of Estabrooke Hall. The fair is free and open to all UMaine students, faculty and staff. Information will be available on UMaine’s direct exchange and recommended programs, as well as scholarships and financial aid. Former UMaine study abroad and current exchange students will be available to answer questions. More than 50 students typically participate in study abroad opportunities, according to C K Kwai, director of the Office of International Programs. More information on UMaine’s study abroad program is available online.

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Retired U.S. Ambassador to Syria to Speak at UMaine

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:34

A decorated, retired diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Syria from 2011 until earlier this year, will discuss ongoing conflicts in Syria and the Middle East at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.

Robert S. Ford, who served 30 years in the U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps, will address how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria in a free talk titled “Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree.”

In 2011, after Syria’s civil war erupted, he traveled to Hama in a display of solidarity with Syrians protesting the rule of Bashar al-Assad. Ford then worked with Syrian opposition forces and was instrumental in bringing them to the Geneva peace talks. He served three times in Iraq between 2003 and 2010, including as the ambassador’s senior political adviser during elections for the new Iraqi government. From 2008 to 2010, as deputy ambassador in Iraq, he led a team that developed logistical and security plans that the Obama administration utilized to establish diplomatic posts in Iraq. Ford also served in Cameroon during a civil war, as well as in Egypt and Turkey. Ford, who speaks Arabic and French, began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

His efforts have been recognized and lauded; he has received the Presidential Honor Award and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2012, he was presented a Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston for “courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences.”

The resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. also teaches at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Alison Barkley, who is a Foreign Service officer.

The School of Policy & International Affairs (SPIA) is sponsoring Ford’s talk at UMaine.

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Ph.D. Student in History, Elisa Sance Attends Week-long Forum at University of Saint Boniface

Grad School NEWS - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 09:26

Elisa Sance, a doctoral student in History was one of 50 participants chosen from 400 applicants throughout Canada, the United States, Caribbean, and South America to attend the Forum Des Jeunes Ambassadeurs De La Francophonie Des Ameriques at the University of Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Canada. Over the course of this week long event held this June, Sance attended lectures, workshops, screenings, and discussions promoting the French language and culture, intercultural dialog, and the use of new media. The Forum also aimed at strengthening the participants' leadership skills through a series of hands-on workshops and discussions. The six days were life changing for Sance who has been awarded the title of Ambassador of the French-Speaking World in the Americas, along with all her fellow participants. She is now part of a strong network of people involved in the promotion of the French language and culture in the Americas and is looking forward to give a hand with future projects. The Forum was organized by the Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques, in Quebec, which strives to promote the French language and culture within the Americas.

Sance is a May 2014 graduate from the Master of Arts in French program at UMaine.  For her doctoral studies, she plans to focus on language policies  in the 1960's and 70's in New Brunswick, and their effect on people in Northern Maine.  She is also serving as the Vice President for the Graduate Student Government and is organizing the 2015 GradExpo among her other duties.

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Your Health Policy 101

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
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 - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
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 - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
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 - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
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 - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
Questions, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com    
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Workshop: Grant Writing 101 – November 14th

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
To register, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com  
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Grants Deadline is 4:00 pm on October 4th, 2013!

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
If you would like to apply for either an individual or clubs & organizations grant this year, the deadline for completed submissions is Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm. For more information, please go to the Grants page on our website at: http://www2.umaine.edu/gsg/grants/. If you have questions, please contact the GSG Grants Officer, Amamihe [...]
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Annual Graduate School Picnic 2013

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:39
Please join us at the Annual Graduate School Picnic!!!  
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April 2013 Newsletter

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Click to view the April 2013 GSG Newsletter
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February 2013 Newsletter

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Click to view the February 2013 GSG Newsletter
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