Students in the Spotlight
Posted July 2, 2013
University of Maine graduate students have been assisting the Maine Governor’s STEM Council to create a comprehensive strategy to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives through an effort funded by UMaine’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Laura Millay, a student in the master of science in teaching program through the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education, or RiSE Center, and Johanna Barrett, a research fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and student in the master of arts program in economics and international environmental policy, are providing information and resources to the council on how to create a strategic plan and data dashboard. Daniel Laverty, a science teacher at Mattanawcook Junior High School in Lincoln who is also a master of science in teaching student through the RiSE Center, assisted in the initial gathering and presentation of data.
In the summer of 2012, Millay, Barrett and Laverty researched STEM initiatives and strategies used to promote them in states that are comparable to Maine. Millay, Barrett and Laverty presented last summer’s findings to the STEM Council during a daylong workshop. Currently, the state does not have a comprehensive strategy for STEM initiatives. Millay and Barrett hope the information they provide can help the council create a road map for where they are headed. They are working on a mock-up of a data dashboard they plan to present to the council this summer. Creating a dashboard connects to the concept of data-driven decision making, or using data to inform policy, Millay says.
Millay and Barrett are researching data on students, workforce, achievement, interest and teaching practices. They intend to learn what information is and isn’t available and what would be useful in crafting policy. By looking at other states, they also plan to determine the best way to use, present and make publicly available the findings.
For more information on their work, please go here.
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.”