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.

  • Julie-Ann Scott, doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Studies, published article in top communications journal

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Julie-Ann Scott, a doctoral Interdisciplinary Studies student in Communications with concentrations in gender studies and higher education, recently published an article in a top communications journal (Scott, J., 2008. Performing unfeminine femininity: Bulimic women's personal narratives as performance of identity. Text and Performance Quarterly, volume 28, page numbers 116-138). This article was selected to be translated into a more public piece that has just been published in the February 2008 issue of Communication Currents and can be viewed HEREText and Performance Quarterly and Communication Currents are publications of the National Communication Association. The authors of all of the other articles in the February issue of Communication Currents are professors at institutions such as the University of Georgia and the University of Hawaii. Julie-Ann is the Graduate Student Government (GSG) Grants Officer and a former two-time President of GSG.

  • Alan Wanamaker, a UMaine Graduate Alumni, featured in a BBC story for the 440-plus year-old clam he and his colleagues discovered

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Alan Wanamaker, a UMaine Graduate Alumni who is currently in a postdoctoral program at Bangor University of Wales, was featured in a BBC story for the 440-plus year-old clam he and his colleagues discovered.  The scientists believe that the clam is the longest-lived animal ever discovered.  Alan, who obtained his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 2007,  is featured in an accompanying video clip with the BBC story that is available HERE.