Students in the Spotlight

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Marine Biology Ph.D. Student, Dan DenDanto Featured in BDN - Reassembling Whale Bones

Posted January 5, 2012

A Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology student, Dan DenDanto was recently featured in a Bangor Daily News story for his work reassembling the skeleton of “Stumpy” an adult female Northern Right Whale who was struck by a large ship in 2004.  DenDanto works as a carpenter and whale researcher, who accumulates whale bones and then reassembles the skeletons for museums such as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, where “Stumpy” is slated to be delivered sometime in mid-January.  DenDanto also works as a research assistant at the College of the Atlantic’s non-profit organization Allied Whale.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Alum Featured in BDN as Successful Business Owner

Posted January 1, 2012

A Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering alumni, Ryan Beaumont is the owner and founder of R. M. Beaumont Corp in Brunswick, ME which was recently featured in The Bangor Daily News as a result of his success in the green energy technology field and his ability to run a successful business in Maine.  Beaumont has been involved in testing off shore wind turbines, experimental tidal energy projects, and has contracted for the paper industry all over the state. Beaumont attributes his success to his firm’s combined computer programming and mechanical engineering skills and small size. “I was tempted to go somewhere else and say maybe I’ll retire back to Maine someday,” Beaumont says, “But my wife and I have decided that we won’t find the same quality of life anywhere else that we have in Maine.” For the full Bangor Daily News story click here.  Beaumont is pictured above (right) working in the field in Eastport for ORPC.

Graduate Alums Awarded Best Paper at International Annual Meetings of the Soil Science Society of America

Posted December 20, 2011

Two graduate students have been awarded best paper two years running at the International Annual Meetings of the Soil Science Society of America.  Most recently Jay Raymond, a Master of Science in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in who graduated in 2011 won at the Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, Texas from October 16th-19th.  His paper is entitled "Soil Drainage and Forest Type Influences on Soil organic Carbon Fractions in a New England Forested Watershed." Farrah Fatemi received a Ph. D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and her paper, “The Effects of Long-Term Forest N Enrichment and Acidification on Soil CNP Dynamics” was named first place at the 2010 Conference.   For more information, see the UMaine News story here.

Brianna Hughes, Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition Science

Posted December 15, 2011


Doctor of Philosophy in Food and Nutrition Science, Brianna Hughes received several honors for her work in 2010. She was the first place winner in the Product Development Division’s Graduate Student research Poster Competition at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologist’s (IFT) Annual meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, she received the Northeast Section of IFT ‘Most Outstanding Student’ Award and the University of Maine Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s ‘Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Food Science’ Award.  Hughes is collaborating with faculty to develop value added food products, such as omega-3 fortified cheeses, as well as new processing methods to ensure the safety and freshness of Maine seafood and is currently the Board of Trustees Graduate Student Representative. 

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Student, Stacia Dreyer Receives 2012 Endeavor Research Fellowship from Australian Government

Posted December 5, 2011

Stacia Dreyer, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student with the School of Economics, Department of Psychology and the Sustainability Solutions Initiative, was selected to receive a 2012 Endeavor Research Fellowship from the Government of Australia to conduct research with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Perth, Western Australia.  The Endeavour Award is an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
As part of her research, Stacia and her advisors will develop a survey to investigate environmental decision making and support for sustainable technologies, conservation practices and/or policies.  This interdisciplinary research will attempt to integrate the fields of environmental psychology and behavioral economics.  She will be advised by Dr. Iain Walker (CSIRO) in Western Australia and Drs. Mario Teisl (School of Economics) and Shannon McCoy (Dept. of Psychology) at the University of Maine.  Stacia is excited to begin her international research collaboration at the end of this summer and will be back for Spring semester 2013.

Physics Ph.D. Student, Edward Allgeyer Starts Post-Doc Position at Yale University

Posted December 1, 2011

Edward Allgeyer, who successfully defended his Ph.D. in Physics in October, has started a postdoctoral position at Yale University where he will continue to build on the skills learned during his graduate studies at UMaine. His doctoral research, under the mentorship of Drs. Michael Mason and David Neivandt (both professors in Chemical Engineering), focused on developing a unique instrument that combines traditional high resolution confocal fluorescence microscopy with a novel imaging modality, based on vibrational spectroscopy, that can elucidate surface specific lateral organization in a broad range of systems.

Dr. Allgeyer's postdoctoral work will continue his efforts in the fields of quantitative microscopy and instrument development. Under the direction of Dr. Joerg Bewersdorf in the Cell Biology department at the Yale School of Medicine Dr. Allgeyer will be part of a team developing two new super resolution microscopes for biological applications. The completed instruments will allow researchers to peer into cells and biological systems at length scales well below the resolution limit of classical visible light microscopy.

Master of Business Administration Student Anna Assenmacher Making a Difference

Posted November 28, 2011

Anna Assenmacher graduated from the University of Maine in May 2011 where she majored in Business Management and minored in Political Science. As an undergraduate, she was a Senator on Student Government, Secretary of the Class of 2011, and Secretary of the American Marketing Association.  Immediately after starting the MBA program, Ms. Assenmacher took a leadership role in the MBA program with her work in the MBS Corps.  The MBS Corps is the volunteer outreach and social responsibility arm of the Maine Business School.  As soon as she began the program, Ms. Assenmacher "hit the ground running".  She planned, researched and organized the MBS Corps contingent to help with the annual Acadia National Park cleanup.  She is also currently planning and organizing a toy drive to help area children in need for the holidays, taking the initiative to involve both MBS students as well as one of the service sororities on campus.  She also assisted with the "Paint Penobscot Purple" campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence and helped with the food drive to benefit the Old Town Crossroads food pantry.  Ms. Assenmacher currently works at the Foster Center for Student Innovation as a graduate research assistant, where she helps with the Innovation Engineering curriculum, editing and compiling the teaching guides.  She also plans and promotes the events that the Innovation Center and recently has been helping with business counseling for students and community members.

Jason Canniff, a Master of Arts in English Student Receives 2011 Millay Prize

Posted November 8, 2011

A Master of Arts in English student, Jason Canniff is the 2011 recipient of the Frank and Helene Crohn Edna St. Vincent Millay Prize.  Canniff, originally from Mid-Coast Maine, will offer a reading along with nationally known poet, David Trinidad on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Auditorium in Jenness Hall.  The annual Millay poetry prize comes with a $1,500 cash award.  For the full press release, please click here.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication Student Karen Hutchins Receives Judges' Pick Runner-Up Prize from NSF

Posted November 2, 2011

Karen Hutchins, an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosphy candidate in Communication, was recognized by the National Science Foundation at the National EPSCoR Conference in October for her research poster "Linking Knowledge with Action Through Municipality-University Partnerships: Predicting Interest in and Preference for Partnerships."  Hutchins won the Judges' Pick Runner-Up Prize for her poster which presents her preliminary results of a new statewide survey of 1,176 Maine municipal officials.  Her participation in this activity was supported by the National Science Foundation award to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.  For the full press release, please click here

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