Students in the Spotlight

  • Graduate Students in Communication and Journalism: Recent Publications

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Since 2012, graduate students in Communication and Journalism have co-authored 15 publications (student authors are in bold).











    Smith, H., & Norton, T. (2013). Environmental Groups on Par with Government Sources. Newspaper Research Journal, 34 (1), 50-61.

    McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., Silka, L. (2013) Addressing the complexities of boundary work in sustainability science through communication, Sustainability, 5(10), 4195-4221.

    Green-Hamman, S., & Sherblom, J. C. (forthcoming). The influences of optimal matching and social capital on communicating support. Journal of Health Communication.

    Smith, H., & Norton, T. (forthcoming). That’s why I call it a task farce: Organizations in participatory processes. Environmental Communication.

    McGreavy, B., Silka, L., & Lindenfeld, L. (forthcoming) Interdisciplinarity and actionable science: Exploring the generative potential in difference. Journal of Community Practice.

    McGreavy, B., and Lindenfeld, L. (forthcoming). Entertaining our way to engagement? Climate change films and sustainable development values. International Journal of Sustainable Development.

    Lindenfeld, L., Smith, H., & Norton, T. (Forthcoming). Risk Communication & Sustainability Science: Lessons from the Field. Sustainability Science.

    Smith, H., & Lindenfeld, L. (Forthcoming). Making Media Studies Engaged: A Look at Methods, Approaches, and Opportunities for Change. Environmental Communication.

    Sherblom, J. C., & Green-Hamann, S. (2013). Public relations in a virtual world: A Second Life case study. In: Social media and strategic communication. H. N. Al-Deen & J. A. Hendricks (Eds.), Basingstoke, England: Palgrave MacMillan.

    McGreavy, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2013). Entertaining our way to engagement? Climate change films and sustainable development values. International Journal of Sustainable Development.

    Hutchins, K., & Stormer, N. (2013). Articulating identity in and through Maine’s North Woods. Environmental Communication, 7(1), 24-41.

    McGreavy, B., & Hart, D. (2012). Interview with Robert Kates. Maine Policy Review, Special Issue on Sustainability Solutions Initiative.

    Green-Hamann, S., & Sherblom, J. C. (2012). Developing a transgender identity in a virtual community. In, What’s my status? Social networking and self-presentation. C. Cunningham (Ed.), Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield.

    Lindenfeld, L, Hall, D., McGreavy, B., Hart, D., Silka, L. (2012). Creating a place for communication in sustainability science. Environmental Communication, 6(1), 23-43.

    McGreavy, B., Webler, T., & Calhoun, A.J.K. (2012). Science communication and vernal pool conservation: A study of local decision maker attitudes in a knowledge-action system. Journal of Environmental Management, 95, 1-8.

  • UMaine Biomedical Science Student Amanda Favreau Published in Prominent Peer Reviewed Journals

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Amanda Favreau, Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences student, has published multiple research papers since beginning her graduate studies at the University of Maine. Favreau has worked on a variety of research topics in her rotations in both Dr. Sathyanarayana’s and Dr. Vary’s labs at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Her own thesis research focuses on the role microRNA have in acute myeloid leukemia with the hope that by better understanding what, how, and why microRNA are being regulated, researchers will be able to create more successful therapeutic approaches for the disease. Her most recent publication as first author is a paper titled “CD44 Receptor Unfolding Enhances Binding by Freeing Basic Amino Acids to Contact Carbohydrate Ligand” in the September 2013 issue of Biophysical Journal. The research for this paper was conducted while she worked under Dr. Olgun Guvench at the University of New England. Favreau said of the paper, “This study utilized computational molecular dynamics to determine the structural binding of the cell receptor CD44 to its ligand/activator, the carbohydrate hyaluronan. Because CD44 is associated with various cancers, understanding how this protein-carbohydrate interacts will give better insight into the key components that small molecule inhibitors will need to block CD44 activation as a therapeutic.” During her studies, Favreau has also been first author on articles for the American Journal of Hematology in 2012 and in Leukemia Research in 2011.  

  • Four UMaine Mechanical Engineering Students Receive Prestigious Fellowships

    Posted October 21, 2013







    Three Doctor of Philosophy and one Master of Science students in Mechanical Engineering from four different home countries have received prestigious funding awards. Matthew Hall received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Fellowship from the Canadian Government, Razieh Zangeneh has been named a Correll Fellow, Javier Moreno is an Iberdrola Foundation Scholar, and Domingos de Sousa Freitas is a Fulbright Scholar. All four students are part of Correll Professor Krish Thiagarajan’s research group.

    Hall is a Ph.D. student originally from Ontario, Canada and is researching floating wind turbines. After receiving his master of science degree in Canada last spring he, “wanted to continue working in that area and UMaine – having just deployed the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine on the continent – seemed like the best place for me to do that.”
    Zangeneh is a Ph.D. student from Iran. Her primary interest is in the hydrodynamics of floating structures. She will be working on the hydrodynamics and dynamics of deep water offshore structures.
    Javier Moreno, M.S. student, is originally from Madrid, Spain. Wanting to increase his knowledge in the design and construction of Floating Offshore Wind Energy Turbines (FOWT), he chose UMaine due to its involvement in offshore wind energy and the construction of the prototype scale FOWT VolturnUS.
    Domingos de Sousa Freitas is a Ph.D. student from East Timor. His research interests focus around tidal energy and hydro power and he has participated in some offshore floating system design.

  • Sonja Birthisel, Master of Science in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Receives Grant from Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Sonja Birthisel studies how both weeds and weed seed predators affect farming in Maine. A Master student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Birthisel works under UMaine’s School of Food and Agriculture to study how local environments influence weed seed predators and the activity and density of particular species. Using a 10 acre organic farm in Dixmont, Maine Birthisel established a 20 meter grid and conducted pitfall trapping to characterize the invertebrate community, and seed feeding assays, with and without invertebrate exclosures. Her results show that habitat features such as vegetative cover and presence of key plant species are more important regulators of seed predation than spatial orientation. Her work led to the development of a method to measure second-order predation of invertebrate seed predators, and to conducting work investigating the effect foodweb dynamics may play in regulating seed predation. This work led to a grant from Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Sonja’s results have also been accepted into the publication Biological Control and she has presented her research at the national meetings of the Ecological Society of America and the Weed Science Society of America.