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CUGR Announces 2014–2015 Research Fellows Assistants

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has named the 2014–2015 Research Fellows Assistants.

The CUGR Research Fellows Program supports faculty efforts toward improving undergraduate research mentoring skills, expanding curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and developing proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students.

Each student selected as a Research Fellow Assistant is awarded a $1,000 stipend to assist a CUGR Research Fellow during the 2014–2015 academic year on a research topic of their choice. The faculty participants in this program were nominated by their respective deans and participated in a series of professional development workshops last spring.

More information about the CUGR Research Fellows Program is online.

The 2014–2015 CUGR Research Fellows Student Assistants:

  • Ashlyn Boyle of Belfast, Maine; sociology
  • Abigail Bradford of Westport Island, Maine; Earth and climate sciences
  • Hanjuan Cao of Changsha, China; food science and human nutrition
  • Audrey Cross of Brunswick, Maine; ecology and environmental sciences
  • Megan Dunphy of Pittsfield, Maine; psychology
  • Joseph Goodin of Orono, Maine; anthropology and Earth science
  • Thomas P. Hastings of Bear, Delaware; conservation biology
  • Cameron Huston of Washburn, Maine; political science, legal studies and sociology
  • Katherine Keaton of Caribou, Maine; theatre and dance
  • Amber Makela of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; psychology, child development and disability studies
  • Aman Maskay of Kathmandu, Nepal; electrical engineering
  • Timothy McGrath of Carmel, Maine; mechanical engineering
  • Thomas McOscar of Bangor, Maine; chemistry
  • Seraphina Orsini of South Berwick, Maine; computer science
  • Kyle Pfau of Westfield, Massachusetts; marine science
  • Christopher Plaisted of Jonesboro, Maine; music education
  • Ethan Stetson of Woodland, Maine; psychology and military science
  • Ashley Thibeault of South Hamilton, Massachusetts; ecology and environmental sciences
  • Alex Lee Tuttle of Old Town, Maine; marketing and legal studies
  • Eric Veitch of Guilford, Connecticut; biology
  • Christopher Vincent of Nashua, New Hampshire; marketing and legal studies
  • Eric Wold of Freeport, Maine; mechanical engineering

The 2014–2015 CUGR Faculty Research Fellows:

  • Laura Artesani
  • Daniel Bilodeau
  • Tim Bowden
  • Nuri Emanetoglu
  • Nicholas Giudice
  • Robert Glover
  • William Gramlich
  • Hamish Greig
  • Mark Haggerty
  • Sarah Harlan-Haughey
  • Kim Huisman
  • Karl Kreutz
  • Jordan LaBouff
  • Roberto Lopez-Anido
  • Shannon McCoy
  • Reinhard Moratz
  • Balunkeswar Nayak
  • Brian Robinson
  • Mary Shea
  • Ebru Ulusoy
  • Faren R. Wolter

 

2014–2015 CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowship Winners Announced

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowships for 2014–15.

The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-supervised research, and awarded by the President’s Office.

Each fellowship provides a $1,000 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. The awards are supported through a PRE-VUE grant with additional funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF).

The winning projects:

  • Wilson Adams of Barrington, Rhode Island, bioengineering, “A device for entrapment and microinjection of larval zebrafish”
  • Gwendolyn Beacham of Farmington, Maine, biochemistry, “Characterization of lysogeny regulation in the Cluster E mycobacteriophage Ukulele”
  • Jennifer LF Burnham of Bangor, Maine, microbiology, “Vaccine awareness assistance within the Greater Bangor area healthcare system”
  • Nina Caputo of Canaan, New Hampshire, chemistry, mathematics and environmental sciences, “Fluorescence monitoring of contaminant mixtures in surface fresh water”
  • Tyler Carrier of Barre, Vermont, “Cellular and molecular responses of sea urchin embryos to dissolved saxitoxins from the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense”
  • Nicklaus Carter of Franklin, Maine, bioengineering, “Magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles”
  • Joshua Deakin of Hampden, Maine, business, “Rituals in restaurants: Exploring how newcomers learn organizational culture”
  • Vincent DiGiovanni of Belmont, Massachusetts, biology and chemistry, “New approach to the treatment of Type 2 diabetes using inhibitors based on the acarviostatin family of natural products”
  • Nathan Dunn of Berwick, Maine, mathematics and computer science, “An enhancement of the P301dx application using advanced statistics”
  • Robert Fasano of Jefferson, Maine, physics, “Initialization of composite galaxies in dynamic equilibrium”
  • Scott Forand of Hermon, Maine, new media, “Tiny tactics”
  • Thomas Fouchereaux of Yarmouth, Maine, new media, “Commentrain”
  • Samuel Gates of Old Town, Maine, computer science, “Multi-tag radio frequency indication for indoor positional tracking system enhanced with accelerometer for fall detection”
  • Allison Goodridge of Bowdoin, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Motors and power: Generating physical phenomena for examination of spatial cognition and impulse response in virtual environments”
  • Katrina Harris of Ellsworth, Maine, business and microbiology, “Characterization of the integration morphology of mycobacteriophage ChipMunk including de novo assembly of the genome”
  • Hina Hashmi of Veazie, Maine, microbiology, “Is the ubiquitous antibacterial agent triclosan an uncoupler of mammalian mitochondria?”
  • Leslie Hood of Bangor, Maine, new media, “Epitaph: A humanistic approach to mortality and human-computer interaction”
  • Meghan Hurlburt of Union, Maine, computer science, “Noninvasive monitoring using radio frequency indicator technology: An inexpensive solution for independent aging in place”
  • Eliza Kane of Deer Isle, Maine, anthropology, “The geochemistry and historical ecology of a burnt Mississippian house at the Lawrenz Gun Club site in the central Illinois River Valley”
  • Charm Tharanga Karunasiri of Caribou, Maine, biochemistry, “Characterizing the catalytic domain of Calpain 5”
  • Jay Knowlton of Camden, Maine, biology, “Transplacental arsenic exposure effects on mouse hepatic protein expression”
  • Kathryn Liberman of Sumner, Illinois, marine science and aquaculture, “Developing a zebrafish model for Saprolegnia parasitica to investigate pathogenesis and alternate treatments”
  • Jason Lively of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Earth sciences, “Neutralization capacity of major rock types found in Maine”
  • William London of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Experimental characterization of fatigue response of mechanically fastened joints in 3-D woven carbon composites”
  • Isaiah Nathaniel Mansour of Fairfield, Connecticut, marine science, “A comparative study of the hemocyanins of the giant keyhole limpet (Megathura crenulata) and the red abalone (Haliotis rufescens)”
  • Zakiah-Lee Meeks of Bangor, Maine, biology and pre-medicine, “Methylation patterns in OPRM1 and COMT variants during opioid withdrawal in the neonate”
  • Alexander William Moser of York, Maine, mechanical engineering and mathematics, “Clean CNG snowmobile”
  • Chelsea Ogun of North Providence, Rhode Island, anthropology, “Promoting and advancing climate education in Maine middle and high schools”
  • Brenden Peters of Orono, Maine, computer science, “Low-power device for indoor mapping and navigation”
  • Samuel Reynolds of Ellsworth, Maine, psychology and biology, “Investigating the role of NMDA receptors in long-term ethanol withdrawal”
  • Jena Rudolph of Old Town, Maine, human dimensions of climate change, “Assessing the efficacy of scenario building to alter perceptions of climate risk and stimulate climate adaptation planning”
  • Andrea Santariello of Tolland, Connecticut, marine science and zoology, “How prey selection contributes to Arctic tern breeding success and chick health at fledging”
  • Julia Sell of Cushing, Maine, physics, “Development of a combinatorial deposition method to allow for rapid synthesis and testing of nanolaminate thin film structures”
  • Adam Simard of Shelburne, New Hampshire, microbiology, “JCPyV internalization: Insight into scaffolding proteins and associated intracellular binding domains of serotonin 5-HT2 receptors”
  • Dustin Sleight of Orono, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Dynamic motion control: Generating physical phenomena for examination of spatial cognition and impulse response in virtual environments”
  • Bryer Sousa of Shapleigh, Maine, chemistry and mathematics, “Two-temperature model molecular dynamics study of the coalescence of metal nanoparticles”
  • Margaret Stavros of Freeport, Maine, biochemistry, “Prenatal exposure to methadone’s effect on the oxytocin receptor pathway”
  • Cody Thies of Pittsfield, Maine, psychology, “Adrenergic modulation of voluntary ethanol intake in C3H/HeJ mice in a chronic intermittent exposure protocol”
  • Ethan Tremblay of Mariaville, Maine, economics and journalism, “An examination of the pro-social impacts of local food purchasing”
  • Ryan A. Wahle of Round Pond, Maine, new media and Spanish, “New age versatile furniture”
  • Emily Whitaker of Westport Island, Maine, molecular and cellular biology, “Identification and characterization of mycobacteriophage Ukulele integration site attP”

UMaine Mentioned in E&E Publishing Articles on Ocean Energy

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The University of Maine was mentioned in two Environment & Energy Publishing articles that focused on ocean energy. The first article mentioned the new wind and wave laboratory being built at UMaine. W² is the world’s first wind and wave lab to feature a rotating open-jet wind tunnel above a 100-foot-long by 30-foot-wide by 15-foot-deep wave basin. The tank will be used to test offshore wind technology and marine hydrokinetic devices, according to the report. The second article cited UMaine’s efforts to monitor ocean energy’s effects on wildlife and fishermen.

VolturnUS Platform Featured in Windpower Monthly Article

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Windpower Monthly published an article about the platform of VolturnUS, a prototype that’s one-eighth the scale of a full-size offshore wind turbine that was deployed off the coast of Castine in June 2013. VolturnUS was created by the University of Maine-led DeepCwind Consortium. During its deployment, the platform has experienced storm conditions allowing UMaine to gather data on how it copes in rough seas, the article states.

UMaine Mentioned in Forecaster Article on Portland STEM Education Expo

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The University of Maine was mentioned in an article by The Forecaster about a new STEM education event held in Portland. According to the article, Portland Public Schools, in partnership with EnviroLogix, held the first STEM Exposition, which showcased science, technology, engineering and math projects and demonstrations that were created by students, businesses and post-secondary schools. UMaine was one of several institutions to exhibit at the event. The Bangor Daily News also carried the report.

Former Mechanical Engineering Professor John Lyman Passes Away

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

John Robert Lyman, a mechanical engineering professor who taught at the University of Maine from 1948–1991, passed away Oct. 31, 2014. His obituary is online.

Wind and Wave Facility Featured in Engineering News-Record Article

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Engineering News-Record reported on the new wind and wave laboratory being built at the University of Maine. During the summer of 2014, UMaine broke ground for an $8 million facility that will house W² — the world’s first wind and wave lab to feature a rotating open-jet wind tunnel above a 100-foot-long by 30-foot-wide by 15-foot-deep wave basin. The facility, which is an expansion of the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and is being constructed by Cianbro Corp., will be used to create waves and wind from different directions converging at a point and creating a storm. A beach at one end of the wave basin will enable coastal engineers to study erosion, seawalls, breakwaters, and the impact of sea-level rise on communities. “It will allow us to build a model of a city and apply seven potentially new environments to evaluate the effects of sea-level rise,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center.

MacRae Quoted in Press Herald Article on Portland Gas Smell

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Jean MacRae, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about a rotten gas smell that came from construction work under the Casco Bay Bridge and spread into downtown Portland. According to the article, the smell was most likely from mercaptan, a chemical that’s added to natural gas to make it smell. Mercaptan is harmless and dissipates quickly in the air, the article states. MacRae said the chemical is often confused with hydrogen sulfide, which smells the same but is a much stronger and more dangerous chemical. MacRae said it’s also possible the smell came from natural substances in the soil breaking down slowly until they were exposed to oxygen, but she doubts enough organic material has built up at the site for that to be likely, the article states.

UMaine Offshore Wind Project Featured in Real Clear Politics Article

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The University of Maine’s offshore wind project was the focus of the Real Clear Politics article, “Offshore wind power’s promising but complicated future.” The article mentioned the first successful year of VolturnUS, a prototype that’s one-eighth the scale of a full-size offshore wind turbine that was deployed off the coast of Castine. VolturnUS was created by the UMaine-led DeepCwind Consortium. Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at UMaine, spoke about the turbine’s first year. “We’ve had excellent results with the program,” he said. “The unit is essentially a floating laboratory — there are 60 sensors on it that measure the motion of the unit, stresses in the unit. We compared the data to our predictive models and it turned out very accurate.”

FBRI Team Hired to Study Garbage-to-Energy Technology for Maine Towns, BDN Reports

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News reported the Municipal Review Committee (MRC), an organization that represents the trash interests of 187 Maine towns, is partnering with the University of Maine to research if new garbage-to-energy technology will work in Maine. The MRC board agreed to hire a team from UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) led by Hemant Pendse, a UMaine professor who leads the FBRI research team focused on creating and commercializing new bioproducts. The team will study the operations of Fiberight, a Maryland company, to determine if its “Trashanol” technology that distills municipal solid waste into ethanol, biogas or compressed natural gas will work in Maine, according to the article. The study is expected to start around Nov. 1, and the MRC would like to have a completed report before the annual meeting in January, the article states. WLBZ (Channel 2) also carried a report on the study.