Students in the Spotlight

  • IPhD Student, Ana Cecilia Mauricio Invited to National Geographic Society Live Chat

    Posted January 25, 2013


    On January 13, 2013, UMaine IPhD student Ana Cecilia Mauricio was an invited participant on a National Geographic Society Live Chat to celebrate the Society’s 125th anniversary. The event featured seven explorers from seven continents; in addition to Mauricio, who connected from her field site in Peru, among the others were primatologist Jane Goodall and underwater explorer and discoverer of the Titanic Robert Ballard.

    Mauricio came to UMaine in 2009 from Peru on a Fulbright fellowship to do an MS in Quaternary and Climate Studies with Dan Sandweiss (Professor of Anthropology and Climate Studies and Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies). She defended her master's thesis in 2012 and received the master's last August. At the same time, Mauricio began an interdisciplinary PhD in Quarternary Archaeology. She is currently excavating the early mound site of Los Morteros on the Peruvian coast, initially supported by the National Science Foundation and the Climate Change Institute’s Churchill Exploration Fund. Recently, Mauricio was awarded a National Geographic Society Waitt Foundation grant and a Beca Andina (Andean Fellowship) from the French Institute for Andean Studies.

  • Four History Doctoral Students Published in Major Journals

    Posted January 14, 2013


    Four History doctoral students have recently published in major journals. Joesph Miller and Robert Gee are current students, while Katherine O’Flaherty and Stefano Tijerina are recent graduates.

    Joseph Miller’s paper “General William Hull’s Trials: Was This Early PTSD? One Possible Explanation for the Unprecedented Surrender of Detroit, 1812” was recently published in the Canadian Military Journal. Miller is a new doctoral student in history who defended his Master of Arts thesis in December. His paper explores Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as one compelling explanation for the stark differences between General Hull’s utter failure at the Battle of Detroit and his earlier exceptional service in the Revolutionary War. Miller, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, served in various capacities and completed three deployments to Iraq. He received several awards for his service including the Bronze Start medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Iraqi Campaign medal (three service stars), the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. To read Miller’s article in the Canadian Military Journal, please go here.

    Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty and Dr. Rob Gee co-authored the article “Inviting Coworkers’: Linking Scholars of Atlantic Canada on the Twitter Backchannel” in the Summer and Fall issue of Acadiensis. They presented their work at the 2012 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference and according to the journal editor John Reid, “while a specific benefit was to enable conference attendees to be, in virtual terms, present at more than one of any given set of parallel sessions, there were also more general implications. The 'Web 2.0 concept of user-generated exchanges, O'Flaherty and Gee make clear, continues to hold the promise of newly imagined communities and highly interactive networks among scholars." Dr. O’Flaherty received her Ph.D from the University of Maine in 2010, recently graduated with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Higher Education and is adjunct faculty at the University of Maine. Rob Gee was also featured last year as a Student in the Spotlight for becoming a permanent contributer to the blog Gradhacker (to read this story, go here).

    Dr. Stefano Tijerina published “The Role of Canadian Financial Institutions in the Development of Colombia’s Financial Markets, 1898-1939” in the Colombian journal Ensayos sobre Política Económica in the 2012 Special Edition on the history of the Central Bank. According to the abstract, his paper, “looks at the experience of Canadian financial companies in Colombia from the late 1800s to the beginning of World War II. It highlights the competitive nature of international financial business and the role of business leaders, policy, and governments in efforts to secure market shares in emerging nations such as Colombia.” Dr. Tijerina received his doctoral degree in history from the University of Maine in 2011 and is now an adjunct professor at both UMaine and Husson University. To read Dr. Tijerina’s article in Ensayos sobre Política Económica please go here.

  • Bess Koffman, Doctoral Student in Earth Sciences, Receives National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Doctor of Philosophy in Earth Sciences Student Bess Koffman recently received a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship award. Her research will, “test the hypothesis that young soils from New Zealand were a significant source of dust to the Southern Ocean and hence West Antarctica during the Last Glacial Maximum.” Next June, she will begin work at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and at Cornell University, investigating the role of New Zealand dust in global climate during the Last Glacial Maximum. The project will take place over the course of two years, and will include field work in New Zealand, geochemical analysis of samples from New Zealand and Antarctica, and a global climate modeling component. In 2012 Koffman also received: first place in the Oral Presentation division of the Grad Expo, under the Physical Sciences and Technology category, for her presentation Winds of Change: Ice Core Evidence for the Role of the Southern Hemisphere Westerly Winds in Regulating Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide; the Teaching Assistant Award from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment; and the University of Maine Dissertation Research Fellowship. For more information on Koffman’s NSF award and research, please go here.

  • University of Maine Students Present their Research at the Northeast Geotechnical Graduate Research Symposium

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Three University of Maine graduate students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program attended and presented at the Northeast Geotechnical Graduate Research Symposium on October 26, 2012 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Two of them won awards. Doctor of Philosophy student Harold Walton and Master of Science students Cameron Stuart and Matthew Burns attended the event with Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Melissa Maynard. The main objective of the symposium is, “to have graduate students interact with future colleagues and have an opportunity to present their research in a conference setting. The short presentations by the students provide them the opportunity to receive input from a wider group of geotechnical researchers.” Walton won first prize for best presentation and Burns received an honorable mention abstract award. The UMass Amherst Geotechnical Engineering Group hosted the symposium and Geosyntec Consultants sponsored the best abstract and presentation awards.