Students in the Spotlight
On April 9, 2012, Graduate School Grad Assistant Sarah Snow was awarded the 2012 Graduate Student Employee of the Year award at the Student Employment Recognition Banquet. Nominated by the entire Graduate School Staff, Snow’s nomination letter describes her as “the ideal graduate student employee - highly intelligent, extremely motivated, and very reliable and professional.” She will be graduating in May, 2012 with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and has accepted a position as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Manson Park and Vickery Schools in Pittsifeld, Maine. Snow has worked at the Graduate School for two years, most notably as the co-coordinator for both the New Graduate Student and New Teaching Assistant Orientation each August. The Graduate School wishes the best of luck to Sarah in her future endeavors!Sarah is pictured here with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Robert Dana and President Paul Ferguson at the Student Employment Banquet.
Dr. Julie-Ann Scott, I.Ph.D. Graduate Awarded 2012 Janet Mason Ellerby Women's and Gender Studies Scholarly Award
Posted February 24, 2012
Dr. Julie-Ann Scott, a May, 2010 graduate from the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy program at UMaine has been awarded the 2012 Janet Mason Ellerby Women's and Gender Studies Scholarly Award. Dr. Scott is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The award is an annually funded award at UNC Wilmington, in recognition of Dr. Ellerby's significant contributions to feminist scholarship and activism. This year's award called for nominations for emerging scholars, a faculty member in her/his first 2 to 3 years of scholarship or one who has recently moved into the field of Women's and Gender Studies.
Dr. Scott is in her second year as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at UNCW. Her areas of interest include Performance and Storytelling, Disability and Gender, Gender and Media as Cultural Narrative. Her scholarship has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Southern Communication Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly and Advertising and Society Review. She presents regularly at the National Communication Association and is the recipient of several honors and awards, most recently the Top Competitive Paper Panel, Disability Issues Caucus, National Communication Association, 2010.
Dr. Rick Olsen, Chair of Communication Studies at UNCW, wrote: "[Dr. Scott's] biggest impact beyond her prolific research agenda has been in the area of curriculum that also educates the community. Storytelling in the Community is a key applied learning and regional engagement course for us....She has been an exceptional addition to our faculty who has brought sensitivity and strength to her teaching and offered a role model to our students for how to live out a principled life informed by feminist thought."
Posted February 12, 2012
Smart grid research by a University of Maine doctoral student is helping grade school educators learn about energy and how to conserve it in their schools and homes.
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate Anna Demeo, a physics instructor at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, helped develop the prototype of the Smart Energy monitor with funds from the Maine Space Grant Consortium. She and her COA colleague David Feldman received a $95,000 grant in 2010 for smart grid research and energy education. Demeo is completing her doctorate in ocean engineering at UMaine.
A central focus of Demeo’s research is monitoring energy consumption and production on Roque Island in Washington County, Maine, where there are several year-round homes and a farm. Among other findings, the Smart Energy prototype there revealed a persistently high reading on one circuit, helping to identify a pump that was running continuously. As the island moves toward using more renewable electricity, such as solar, Demeo will use the Savant Energy system to turn on and off appliances to reduce demand when production is low and increase demand when there is a surplus. The goal is for the island to decrease reliance on an underwater cable that carries electricity from the mainland and ultimately to become energy-independent. For the full UMaine News story, please click here.
Posted January 5, 2012
David Slagger, a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies student was recently featured in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network story as the first Maliseet Tribal Representative in Maine history to be appointed to the Maine House of Representatives 125th Legislature. Slagger is a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians who also has connections to the Aroostook band of the Mi’kmaq Indian nation and the Woodstock First Nation (Maliseet) in Canada. Slagger said as a new member of the legislature, he will initially be mostly watching, listening, and getting to know his colleagues.
Slagger is seen at left shaking hands with Governor Paul LePage. Photo courtesy of Joe Phelan of the Portland Press Herald.