Students in the Spotlight

A story regarding students in the spotlight

Dr. Julie-Ann Scott, I.Ph.D. Graduate Awarded 2012 Janet Mason Ellerby Women's and Gender Studies Scholarly Award

Posted February 24, 2012


Dr. Julie-Ann Scott, a May, 2010 graduate from the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy program at UMaine has been awarded the 2012 Janet Mason Ellerby Women's and Gender Studies Scholarly Award.  Dr. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  The award is an annually funded award at UNC Wilmington, in recognition of Dr. Ellerby's significant contributions to feminist scholarship and activism. This year's award called for nominations for emerging scholars, a faculty member in her/his first 2 to 3 years of scholarship or one who has recently moved into the field of Women's and Gender Studies.

Dr. Scott is in her second year as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at UNCW. Her areas of interest include Performance and Storytelling, Disability and Gender, Gender and Media as Cultural Narrative. Her scholarship has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Southern Communication Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly and Advertising and Society Review. She presents regularly at the National Communication Association and is the recipient of several honors and awards, most recently the Top Competitive Paper Panel, Disability Issues Caucus, National Communication Association, 2010. 

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Student, Anna Demeo Plans to Use Smart Energy Monitor in Schools

Posted February 12, 2012


Smart grid research by a University of Maine doctoral student is helping grade school educators learn about energy and how to conserve it in their schools and homes.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate Anna Demeo, a physics instructor at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, helped develop the prototype of the Smart Energy monitor with funds from the Maine Space Grant Consortium. She and her COA colleague David Feldman received a $95,000 grant in 2010 for smart grid research and energy education. Demeo is completing her doctorate in ocean engineering at UMaine.

A central focus of Demeo’s research is monitoring energy consumption and production on Roque Island in Washington County, Maine, where there are several year-round homes and a farm. Among other findings, the Smart Energy prototype there revealed a persistently high reading on one circuit, helping to identify a pump that was running continuously.  As the island moves toward using more renewable electricity, such as solar, Demeo will use the Savant Energy system to turn on and off appliances to reduce demand when production is low and increase demand when there is a surplus. The goal is for the island to decrease reliance on an underwater cable that carries electricity from the mainland and ultimately to become energy-independent.  For the full UMaine News story, please click here

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Student, David Slagger First Maliseet Representative for M

Posted January 5, 2012

David Slagger, a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies student  was recently featured in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network story as the first Maliseet Tribal Representative in Maine history to be appointed to the Maine House of Representatives 125th Legislature. Slagger is a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians who also has connections to the Aroostook band of the Mi’kmaq Indian nation and the Woodstock First Nation (Maliseet) in Canada.  Slagger said as a new member of the legislature, he will initially be mostly watching, listening, and getting to know his colleagues.

Slagger is seen at left shaking hands with Governor Paul LePage.  Photo courtesy of Joe Phelan of the Portland Press Herald.

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.

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