Students in the Spotlight
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.
Intermedia Students, Alumni & Faculty Participate in Pixxelpoint New Media Arts Festival in Italy and Slovenia
Posted December 8, 2011University of Maine faculty member Owen Smith and Intermedia MFA student Reese Inman recently traveled to Italy and Slovenia to participate in the Pixxelpoint New Media Arts Festival. This year's event was the 12th annual and was entitled "Lets Get Ready." According to the Festival organizers the name Let's Get Ready ". . . merely defines a space of engagement driven forward by a generative force: “to begin again from the beginning” for those who seek what formulates new media art in its fluent transition between the various manifestations, which can take on new meanings in multiple contextual re-configurations no matter what of their materiality or mediality."The various events of the festival included exhibits, talks, and musical and other performances and were presented at a variety of locations throughout Nova Gorica, Slovenia and Gorizia, Italy. Owen Smith and Reese Inman were presenting their work as part of a specially selected group exhibition in the Festival highlighting the Intermedia Program and New Media Department at the University of Maine. This exhibition, at the Galleria Metropolitana in Gorizia, Italy presented installations, video works, sound art, and interactive works by Intermedia Students Justin Taylor and Reese Inman, Intermedia Alumni John Bell, Alex Gross and Abby Stiers, and Faculty members Owen Smith and Sheridan Kelly. The Festival was kicked of by a short talk by Owen Smith at the Galleria Metropolitana the opening events were attended by over 600 people. Two works in the presentation of Maine new media art, Inman's Times Square Garden and Gross' Flocking were nominated for the Jurors Festival award. Image above is Reese Inman's Times Square Garden, three channel video projection.