Students in the Spotlight

  • Rodrigo Silva-Muñoz, doctoral student in Civil Engineering, won Outstanding Paper Award at 2008 Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering Conference

    Posted on April 22, 2008

    A research paper written by Rodrigo Silva-Muñoz, a doctoral student in Civil Engineering, won a 1st-place Outstanding Paper award for the upcoming 2008 international conference of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE).  Rodrigo's paper, entitled "Monitoring of Marine Grade Composite Doubler-Plate Joints Using Embedded Fiber Optic Strain Sensors," co-authored by associate professor of civil engineering Roberto Lopez-Anido, reports on research done at UMaine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center into a new structural health monitoring system for U.S. Navy vessels.

  • Doctoral students, Robert Freeman and Michael Bailey awarded Inez Boyd Environmental Prize Award

    Posted April 22, 2008

    On April 9th, 2008, the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon awarded the 1st Annual Inez Boyd Environmental Prize Award to two University of Maine Graduate students.  Robert Freeman, a doctoral student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the $1000 first prize for his research entitled "Modeling the impacts of land use change on vernal pool-breeding amphibians." Michael Bailey, a doctoral student in Zoology, was awarded the $500 second prize for his research entitled "Effects of age and size on relative survival of newly stocked Atlantic salmon fry."  The Inez Boyd Environmental Prize Award was established to encourage and reward academic research at the University of Maine on topics that promote the mission and major initiatives of the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon. It is named in honor of the late Inez Boyd, one of the chapter's original founders. Inez Boyd was a lifelong environmentalist and an inspirational leader.

  • Four UMaine graduate students selected as winners of the annual Dow, Griffee, and Clements Graduate Student Competition

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Four UMaine graduate students were recently selected as winners of the annual Dow, Griffee, and Clements Graduate Student Competition, staged each year by UMaine's Maine Agriculture and Forest Experiment Station:

    • Lee Beers, Masters student in Botany & Plant Pathology, "Comparative analysis of the low temperature transcriptomes of Solanum tuberosum and Solanum commersonii"
    • Sean Blomquist, doctoral student in Wildlife Ecology, "Relative fitness and behavioral compensation of amphibians in a managed forest"
    • Philip Hofmeyer, doctoral student in Forest Resources, "Ecology and silviculture of northern white-cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) in Maine"
    • Erin Simons, doctoral student in Wildlife Ecology, "Spatial and temporal dynamics of habitat supply for Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) and American Martens (Martes americana) on Commercial Forest lands in Maine"
  • William Sneed, doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Studies featured in Canadian news service story regarding research of melting at the Barnes Ice Cap in Canadian Arctic

    Posted February 14, 2008

    A Canadian news service story reported on new research related to melting at the Barnes Ice Cap in the Canadian Arctic. The full Canada.com article is available HERE.  The story includes comments from William Sneed, a doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Studies at UMaine, who analyzed the melting over the past 22 years for an article in the journal Geology. Climate Change Institute scientists Gordon Hamilton and Roger Hooke collaborate on that research. Sneed is the lead author of the article that appeared in the January 2008 issue of Geology, the flagship journal of the Geological Society of America.  A link to the full text of the Geology article is available HERE.