Students in the Spotlight
Posted January 5, 2012
A Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology student, Dan DenDanto was recently featured in a Bangor Daily News story for his work reassembling the skeleton of “Stumpy” an adult female Northern Right Whale who was struck by a large ship in 2004. DenDanto works as a carpenter and whale researcher, who accumulates whale bones and then reassembles the skeletons for museums such as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, where “Stumpy” is slated to be delivered sometime in mid-January. DenDanto also works as a research assistant at the College of the Atlantic’s non-profit organization Allied Whale.
Posted January 1, 2012
A Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering alumni, Ryan Beaumont is the owner and founder of R. M. Beaumont Corp in Brunswick, ME which was recently featured in The Bangor Daily News as a result of his success in the green energy technology field and his ability to run a successful business in Maine. Beaumont has been involved in testing off shore wind turbines, experimental tidal energy projects, and has contracted for the paper industry all over the state. Beaumont attributes his success to his firm’s combined computer programming and mechanical engineering skills and small size. “I was tempted to go somewhere else and say maybe I’ll retire back to Maine someday,” Beaumont says, “But my wife and I have decided that we won’t find the same quality of life anywhere else that we have in Maine.” For the full Bangor Daily News story click here. Beaumont is pictured above (right) working in the field in Eastport for ORPC.
Graduate Alums Awarded Best Paper at International Annual Meetings of the Soil Science Society of America
Posted December 20, 2011
Two graduate students have been awarded best paper two years running at the International Annual Meetings of the Soil Science Society of America. Most recently Jay Raymond, a Master of Science in Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in who graduated in 2011 won at the Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, Texas from October 16th-19th. His paper is entitled "Soil Drainage and Forest Type Influences on Soil organic Carbon Fractions in a New England Forested Watershed." Farrah Fatemi received a Ph. D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and her paper, “The Effects of Long-Term Forest N Enrichment and Acidification on Soil CNP Dynamics” was named first place at the 2010 Conference. For more information, see the UMaine News story here.
Posted December 15, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy in Food and Nutrition Science, Brianna Hughes received several honors for her work in 2010. She was the first place winner in the Product Development Division’s Graduate Student research Poster Competition at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologist’s (IFT) Annual meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, she received the Northeast Section of IFT ‘Most Outstanding Student’ Award and the University of Maine Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s ‘Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Food Science’ Award. Hughes is collaborating with faculty to develop value added food products, such as omega-3 fortified cheeses, as well as new processing methods to ensure the safety and freshness of Maine seafood and is currently the Board of Trustees Graduate Student Representative.