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CEO Smith shares personal news with WEX employees

Portland, April 4, 2014 – Melissa Smith (’91), president and CEO of South Portland-based WEX Inc. shared with her board of directors and her 1,400 employees that she is expecting her first child in September. Read the Portland Press Herald story about Smith and her decision to share her news here

Smith will be at the University of Maine on April 8 from 5:30 to 7 pm to present From Orono to Wall Street: One UMaine Grad’s Journey.  This event, which is sponsored by the Maine Business School, is free and open to the public.

Promotion and tenure awarded to 15 UMaine women

UMaine News Release, March 25, 2014The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 32 University of Maine faculty members, including 15 women. View the full new story here.

Career Recognition Awards announced

UMaine News Release, March 24, 2014 – Kate Beard-Tisdale, Susan Brawley and Mary Tyler will be honored with first ever ADVANCE Career Recognition Awards in acknowledgment of their significant and sustained contributions to their disciplines and to the University of Maine.  Celebratory events include individual presentations by the trio, a panel discussion featuring the honorees and several accomplished junior colleagues, and an awards ceremony and public reception. Read the news story here, and view the schedule of events here.

Yoon awarded funds for study of depression in women

At a Glance, Feb 28,2014 – Assistant Professor of Psychology Lira K. Yoon was recently awarded $14,989 grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to continue her studies of major depressive disorder and the risk factors for women. Read the news release here.

Blackstone studies childfree families

UMaine News, Jan 30, 2014 – Sociologist Amy Blackstone says that childfree couples fulfill nearly the same functions as families with children, and research on them is needed to reflect evolving realities of American family life. Read more about Blackstone’s research here.

Hale named leader of Maine Career Connect

UMaine News Release, Feb 7, 2014 – Michelle Hale of Bangor has been named project leader of Maine Career Connect, a Bangor-based nonprofit program of the University of Maine Rising Tide Center.  Read more about Maine Career Connect, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, by clicking here.

Saros research featured in Science Nation

NSF Science Nation, Nov 4, 2013 – Professor of Quaternary Paleoecology Jasmine Saros has been tracking the impacts of climate change in the arctic by studying diatoms in the fossil record. Click here to read about the work that facilitates interpretation of the fossil record in the alpine lakes of west Greenland. 

Smith using NSF funds to enhance STEM education

UMaine News, October 18, 2013 – Assistant Professor Michelle Smith in the School of Biology and Ecology is leveraging funding from five grants, including a $6.8 million award from the National Science Foundation, to enhance science education and assessment. Read the full story here.

Waller receives NSF funding

UMaine News Release, Sept. 12, 2013 – Rhian Waller, associate research professor in the School of Marine Sciences, has received a $381,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of ocean warming on Antarctic corals. Read the full story here.

Blackstone to appear on national TV

UMaine News Release, Sept. 11, 2013 – Associate Professor of Sociology Amy Blackstone will be featured on a previously taped episode of Katie,  which is expected to be broadcast on NBC on Sept. 16. Host Katie Couric interviewed Blackstone about her theory that the main driver behind the desire to have children is socialization. Read the news release here, and check out Blackstone’s blog, which describes her experience on the show, here.


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