Students in the Spotlight

  • Dan Flannery, a MFA Intermedia student, awarded two Children's Music Web Awards for 2008

    Posted November 20, 2008

    Dan Flannery, a MFA Intermedia student has been awarded two Children's Music Web Awards for 2008.  Dan is currently pursuing his Intermedia degree with a focus on exploring new ways to present abstract concepts, stories, and information to children through a variety of interactive media.

    Dan has worked in the field of children's media since 2001 when he began writing and producing music for a children's hip-hop project called MeeWee.  MeeWee is designed to provide children of the hip-hop generation with positive, educational music. To date, it has been successfully integrated into hundreds of school programs across the country. The album, "MeeWee: Hip Hop for Kids" was recently released and just won Best Album for School Aged Children in the 2008 Children's Music Web Awards

    His latest record, "Show Me How You Dance" is a collection of animal inspired dance songs, and aims to help kids develop a strong sense of self while having fun and enjoying music. After learning a wide array of animal dances, listeners demonstrate how a person dances by performing their own unique moves. A track from this album, "The Crab Walk" won Best Song for School Aged Children in the 2008 Children's Music Web Awards.

  • UMaine doctoral student, Nancy Forster-Holt, elected to the Institution of Management Accountants' Small Business and Regulatory Affairs Committee

    Posted November 3, 2008

    UMaine doctoral student Nancy Forster-Holt, a UMaine business lecturer who is also a business owner, has been elected to the Institution of Management Accountants' Small Business and Regulatory Affairs Committee. According to John Mahon, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy, and Health, "Nancy Forster-Holt is an incredibly talented colleague, teacher and student at Maine Business School. In addition to running her own small business she teaches classes for us in several areas and is a very popular instructor. Bright, engaging and creative in her teaching style and approach she is a credit to us."

  • Jeffrey Marsh, doctoral student in Earth Sciences, receives multiple research awards in 2008

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Jeffrey H. Marsh is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences. His dissertation research addresses how the strength of large faults (and their deeper shear zones) in Earth’s crust evolves with time and progressive tectonic plate motions. This question is at the core of cutting-edge research in fault mechanics, and has important societal implications owing to the hazards posed by seismogenic faults like the San Andreas Fault in California . Jeff passed his comprehensive examination and advanced to candidacy in the fall of 2007, 18 months after arriving. In the 2.5 years that Jeff has been at the University of Maine , he has attracted more than $10,000 in competitive research funding from organizations like the Geological Society of America and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. This year, Jeff won the 2008 Outstanding Research Grant Proposal Award by the Geological Society of America (one of 20 recipients in a field of 302 grant awardees drawn from 570 applicants). He simultaneously won the Exceptional Merit Award for research grant proposal, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division, Geological Society of America (one of 3 awards). Jeff has also won awards for conference presentations, and published six abstracts from his work at UM. Jeff (with advisor Scott Johnson) is currently a recipient of a University of Maine Doctoral Research Fellowship.

  • Dane Wojcicki, a Master of Liberal Arts student in New Media, honored at the International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards) 2008 Competition

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Dane Wojcicki, a Master of Liberal Arts student in New Media with a focus in documentary photography and videography of natural science, was recently honored at the International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards) 2008 Competition. Dane’s photograph, which was taken on a recent University of Maine phytoplankton research cruise off the coast of Iceland, received an honorable mention in the Student Category. His work was selected from over 1,000 entries, and was only one of two student award recipients. Dane’s photograph will be displayed on the ICP Awards online gallery, as well as being exhibited for six weeks at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA, and published in a prestigious photography magazine. The ICP Awards is a biennial photography competition to showcase premier photographs promoting environmental and cultural conservation on an international scale. Dane's award was featured in the Bangor Daily News on September 10, 2008.