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Inspiring Innovation

Meet Annie Houle, gender equity champion and co-founder of Wage Project ME

In 2015, Annie joined us as the keynote speaker at our signature event, ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA.

Attend Rising Tide events to hear from national champions, like Annie, and local leaders including accomplished UMaine faculty.

Save this Date: MAY 17, 2016

ADVANCING Women in Academia

More information coming soon! 


April 28: Advancing to Full.  A popular workshop where colleagues who have earned the rank of full professor share their best advice and strategies for achieving promotion, in a panel discussion format. This year’s panelists represent four UMaine colleges and the expertise of Human Resources.

Join these distinguished panelists to hear about their experiences with the promotion process: Ali Abedi (Engineering); Sue Erich (School of Food & Ag); Susan Gardner (Education & Human Development); Nate Stormer (Liberal Arts & Sciences), and HR Partner John Kidder.

2:00 – 4:00 pm,  Wells Conference Center Room 3
This event is free, and open to all faculty. Please register on or before April 21: 581-3439 or

April 26: How to Reduce Implicit Bias in Academia and Beyond.

The Rising Tide Advocates & Allies will host this special luncheon event focused on offering strategies for recognizing and addressing implicit bias on campus, and off.

11:45 am  – 1:30 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 2
All are welcome at this free event, but seating will be limited. Register early using this link to reserve your place. Call the Rising Tide Center at 581-3439 with questions about this event.

April 22: ADVANCE Career Recognition Awards Celebration.

Celebrating the significant accomplishments of women scientists enhances their status and reminds us that inspiring people are all around us! Join us at this special event where we honor the sustained achievement of Dr. Becky Van Beneden (Marine Sciences), and Dr. Adrienne White (Food Science & Human Nutrition).

Join us in Wells Conference Center as the awardees share their history and career highlights – you will be inspired!
11:15 am – Dr. Adrienne White: Research, Rotations, Relationships – A Career of Collaboration and Mentorship

11:50 am Buffet Lunch 

12:25 pm – Dr. Becky Van Beneden: Human and Environmental Health – Fishing for Answers

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register online using this link.

March 24: ADVANCE Rising Tide 5-Year Anniversary Celebration.
The Rising Tide Center offers this event to thank our supporters, and all who have participated in ADVANCE initiatives over the last five years. Our goal is to inspire women scientists at UMaine, and to sustain the celebration of the many accomplishments of women in academia.

Join Dr. Meredith Hastings, co-founder of the Earth Science Women’s Network, recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the American Geophysical Union’s Atmospheric Ascent Award as she highlights her work in atmospheric chemistry and climate change.

From Ice Cores to Cities to Oceans: Fingerprinting Reactive Nitrogen Sources and Chemistry.
1:00 pm, Buchanan Alumni House McIntyre Room
This event is free and open to the public; please register before March 14, 2016.

Thank you, Dr. Hastings, for sharing your story, and your research, with UMaine!

February 1: Academic Affairs Faculty Forum – The Status of Women Faculty at UMaine. The Provost and Rising Tide Center faculty will share UMaine study results that depict the status of women faculty.
3:00 – 4:30 pm, Memorial Union Bangor Room
Visit the Academic Affairs website to review background information relevant to this forum. 

January 28: ADVANCE Initiatives Council.
9:00 – 11:00 am, Wells Conference Center Room 2
Committee members, please RSVP to prior to the meeting.

January 20: Campus Budget Presentation
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Neville Hall 101

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ADVANCE Rising Tide Center
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 102
Orono, Maine 04469-5728
Phone: 207-581-3439E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469