Students in the Spotlight

  • 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. 

  • University of Maine Students Receive Awards at 2012 Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering Annual Meeting

    Posted November 19, 2012

    At the 2012 Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) Annual Meeting on September 14 and 15 several UMaine students received awards for their research. First prize for the Governor Baldacci Outstanding Oral Presentation Award went to Janice Duy with second place tied by Justin Guay and Josh Boucher. Deepthi Muthukrishnan won first prize in the President Kennedy Outstanding Poster Presentation and Virginia McLane took second place. Students received $150 dollars for first prize awards and $100 dollars for second prize, in addition to recognition for their hard work and fascinating research. Dr. Carol Kim, director and Graduate Coordinator for the School, said of the event, “The student talks were excellent, the poster presentations were outstanding, and the keynote address by Dr. David Dankort was exceptional. Every year the science is stronger and the presentations are becoming very polished. It's wonderful to see the progress of each student. The competition was intense again this year and it was extremely difficult for the judges to come to their final decisions. All of the students should be commended for their excellent work and great presentations!” Next year’s GSBSE Annual Meeting will be held on September 13 and 14, 2013.