Students in the Spotlight
Posted June 25, 2013
University of Maine Communication Sciences and Disorders students are participating in one of the first nationwide speech therapy telepractice training programs. The technology and training allow students and practitioners to provide speech therapy services to underserved children and adults in rural areas. The program was developed by Associate Professor Judy Walker in conjunction with the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and requires that participants have access to a computer, webcam, and the internet. Only a few programs in the country offer speech therapy telepractice training at the college level. Taylor Rodgers, Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders student, was one of the students in the first class and as a result was able to provide speech therapy from Orono to a woman in southern Maine. She said of the program, "UMaine is one of the first programs to offer this kind of training at the graduate level and also allows students to implement that training and work directly with clients. Telepractice challenges clinicians to make their own materials that are tailored to the client. In my experience, this increases each client's motivation because therapy is tailored to their life and what is meaningful to them. Through telepractice, we can reach clients who may not have access to these services in their community due to their rural location. The ability of the technology to allow for more frequent therapy sessions helps clients progress significantly faster." For more information on the program, please see the Bangor Daily News article here.
Posted June 19, 2013
Master of Business Administration students at UMaine scored very well in the ETS Major Field Test for the MBA degree. The students scored in the top 2% of more than 260 schools that used the exam. The exam consists of 124 multiple-choice questions requiring knowledge of marketing, management, finance, and managerial accounting. Other universities that took the exam include Clemson, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and the University of Vermont. Of the eleven UMaine MBA students who took the exam, eight scored in the top 24% or higher.
Posted June 13, 2013
David Slagger, student in the Master of Arts in Global Policy program, is running for governor of Maine in 2014. He is the first announced candidate for the Green Independent Party’s nomination and recently spoke at the party’s annual convention in Belfast. Slagger has a strong history in Maine politics and was the first representative of the Maliseet Indian tribe to the Legislature when he took office in January 2011. He has also run for House District 22 seat as an independent in an effort to take a more active role. He says of his run for governor, “I am running because I want our state to be the first in the energy fields (tidal and off shore wind) and information technology. I want companies to want to come to Maine because of our dedicated work force and strong history of independent, hard workers. I want Maine graduates to be able to work in Maine as a state that pays a wage comparable or in excess of other states.”
Beth Logan, Ph. D. Student in Clinical Psychology, Named 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Posted June 3, 2013
Beth Logan, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, was named the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Logan’s doctoral research focused on babies born to drug-dependent women and was designed to isolate methadone use during pregnancy and to measure its effect on early development. She says that, “the issue of methadone maintenance therapy during pregnancy is of particular significance in Maine, where in recent years the rate of addiction to prescription painkillers and other narcotics has skyrocketed to one of the highest in the nation.” Logan and other researchers are associated with the Maine Infant Follow Up Project that assesses development of both mothers and children after birth. While most babies in the control group are standing, cruising and preparing to take their first steps at nine months, nearly 40 percent of babies in the methadone group are still having trouble crawling and sitting. Logan has been invited to give an oral presentation of the findings at an upcoming meeting of the Pediatric Academic Society in Boston. For the full story on Logan’s research, please go here.