Students in the Spotlight

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Master of Social Work Student, Elissa Rowe Writes Op-Ed Piece for Bangor Daily News

Posted April 26, 2011

Master of Social Work student, Elissa Rowe wrote an op-ed piece that was published in the Bangor Daily News that advocates support of LD 18, An Act to Extend the School Year in which the school year would go from 180 days to 185 days. Rowe writes that Maine is behind other states and countries in terms of length of school year, and that some special children regress during longer summer vacations.  For the full piece, please click here.  

Nicole Gogan, Master of Business Administration Student Named Brewer's Economic Development Specialist

Posted April 26, 2011

Nicole Gogan, a Master of Business Administration student, who will be graduating on May 7th, has been named Brewer's Economic Development Specialist.  Chosen from a field of 43 applicants, she supplemented her UMaine course work with involvement in the Knowledge Transfer Alliance, an interdisciplinary effort that brings UMaine expertise to bear in helping businesses address issues and create strategic direction.  Please visit the Bangor Daily News story for more information.

Women in Science Honored at 2011 Earth Day Reception

Posted April 26, 2011


Multiple UMaine graduate students were honored for their participation in the sciences at the 2011 Earth Day Reception held in April, 2011 at Fogler Library.  Two graduate students were awarded the 2011 Edith Patch Award; Doctor of Philosophy student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Vanessa Coats and Master of Science in Marine Bio-Resources student, Haley Viehman, were honored for the distinguished research they have done here at the University of Maine.  Coats’ research focuses on the Japanese barberry plant while Viehman researches the impact of tidal power on marine life.

In addition, Allison Byrd, a Master of Science in Ecology and Environmental Science student, and Rachel Palmer, a Doctor of Philosophy student in Biomedical Sciences were honored at the Reception. Byrd is studying the potential effects of climate change on the loon population in Maine and the nation. To read more about Byrd’s research, please click here;  Palmer is currently researching the potential harmful effects of the antibacterial agend, triclosan – used in many household products.

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Recognize Outstanding Graduate Students

Posted April 21, 2011

Congratulations to the following graduate students:

Two Master of Liberal Studies Students Receive Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award

Posted April 13, 2011

Rosemary Cyr (at left) and Wynne Guglielmo (at right with Dr. Carol Toner)both Master of Liberal Studies students are co-recipients of the Maine Studies Research and Creativity Award for their work, Cyr for her paper "The Passamaquoddy Wampum Records" and Guglielmo for her project "Bloodworm Digger: Arguing with the DMR."  The two will receive a certificate of their achievement at the Division of Lifelong Learning Honors Ceremony held on April 19th in Wells Commons as well as a $250 award.

Doctoral Student in Psychology, Amy Kaye Studies Adolescent Bullying

Posted March 11, 2011

Amy Kaye, a doctoral student in Psychology, along with other researchers at the University of Maine are trying to understand adolecent responses to bullying.  Kaye first conducted focus groups with middle school students to discuss the kinds of things they might do if they saw a friend being bullied.  Based on the students’ responses, she and UMaine psychology professor Cynthia Erdley developed a questionnaire that was administered to 120 sixth- through eighth-graders to examine what they would do and how they would advise their victimized friends.  “Bullying is at its peak during this time,” says Kaye.  For more information about Kaye and Dr. Erdley's research click here

UMaine Alumnus Dr. Michael Burgess Featured in The Montgomery News

Posted February 17, 2011

The Montgomery News of Fort Washington in Pennsylvania, has a story about Dr. Michael Burgess, a recent UMaine Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Environmental Sciences graduate who was hired as a research botanist at the Morris Arboretum. Burgess completed his dissertation research on the genus Amelanchier, known as the serviceberry in December of 2010. Burgess will be responsible for updating and redesigning the Pennsylania Flora Project website.

Intermedia Students Oren Darling and Dennis St Pierre Featured at Night Lights at the Gardens in Buffalo, NY

Posted February 17, 2011

Intermedia MFA students Oren Darling and Dennis St. Pierre were featured as guest performers at Night Lights at the Gardens on February 12th at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY. The 110 year old gardens are a national historic site built by Lord & Burnham.

Night Lights at the Gardens is a three week event designed by SitlerHQ and Volt Vision, Inc. Opening Thursday, February 3rd, it features cutting-edge architectural and theater lighting carefully placed throughout multiple indoor environments, including rainforest, desert, and a South American room with a 30-foot waterfall.

During their performances, Oren and Dennis were given full control of the lighting installed by the SitlerHQ and Volt Vision team. Using custom software, Volt Vision prototype hardware, and a combination of voice,  pre-recorded audio, and ambient sound, the performers will add a new dimension to this already unique event.

Shortly before moving to Maine in August 2010, Oren collaborated with the Volt Vision and SitlerHQ team on an interactive segment of Night Lights at the Heron, a lighting installation on a one-mile trail through the forests of southwestern New York State.


Lighting test on Waterfall by Oren Darling at the Botanical Gardens

Samuel Belknap, Master of Science in Quaternary and Climate Studies Discovers Eviidence of the Oldest Domesticated Dog in the Americas

Posted, January 11, 2011

Master of Science in Quaternary and Climate Studies student, Samuel Belknap has discovered evidence of the oldest known domesticated dog in the Americas.  “This is an important scientific discovery that can tell us not only a lot about the genetic history of dogs but of the interactions between humans and dogs in the past,” said Belknap. “Not only were they most likely companions as they are today, they served as protection, hunting assistants, and also as a food source.”  The bone fragment was discovered while Belknap was analyzing a dried out sample of human excrement that was unearthed in Texas.  Carbon dating testing indicates that the bone is 9,400 years old.

Belknap, whose major advisor is Dr. Kristin Sobolik, has plans to graduate in May 2011.

Bangor Daily News Features Master of Social Work Student, Kristina Minott and her Research on Addiction Recovery

Posted February 2, 2011

Master of Social Work student, Kristina Minott has been featured in the Bangor Daily News for her research on addiction recovery and the qualities of personal resiliency.  Minott is seeking individuals in various stages of recovery for an anonymous survey designed to measure their resiliency.  To see the survey, click here.

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