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Marathon Bears: UMaine students to participate in latest running of Boston road race


Three hours and 16 minutes after starting, Magen Ellis finished her first marathon and never wanted to run another again.

“I felt awful. I couldn’t walk down the stairs normal for about a week,” said Ellis, a fourth-year early childhood development student at the UMaine College of Education and Human Development. “I walked backwards. It’s extreme pain. When I finished my marathon, I said I never wanted to do it again.

“But when I found out I qualified for Boston, I changed my mind.”

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Kent Book Reviewed on National Website

A book written by Rich Kent, a UMaine associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, was reviewed on the National Writing Project website. The reviewer, UMaine alumna Emilie Brand Manhart, wrote that “Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports,” offers a balanced presentation of writing with athletes, including successes, missteps and lessons learned.

Madden, Allan Named to Florida A&M Anti-Hazing Committee

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees announced Thursday University of Maine professors Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden have been named to the FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee, according to a news release from the Tallahassee school.

Allan and Madden are co-directors of The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention, and led a landmark 2008 study on student hazing.

FAMU’s seven-member, independent committee is tasked with providing recommendations on determining the most effective and indelible approach to end hazing on campus. The FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee will work in unison with the ongoing efforts of the FAMU community to address the issue of hazing. The committee will examine issues such as how hazing has been handled at other universities, how students can resist hazing and how to best govern Florida A&M’s marching band, known as the Marching 100.

UMaine expert interviewed for Florida hazing article

National hazing expert Elizabeth Allan, a UMaine faculty member, was interviewed by the Florida Times Union about the death last week of a Florida A&M student who was a drum major the school’s marching band. Allan, who in 2008 released a national hazing study with fellow UMaine faculty member Mary Madden, told the newspaper many perpetrators know hazing is wrong, but often don’t interpret what they’re doing as hazing.

Caron comments in N.Y. Daily News ‘cougars’ story  

Sandra Caron, professor of family relations and human sexuality at UMaine, was interviewed for perspectives in a New York Daily News story Monday about older women dating younger men, 42-year-old Jennifer Lopez and a 24-year-old member of her dance troupe, in this case. Caron said the definition of “older” is changing and couples look for vitality and maturity in one another.

Washington Post interviews UMaine hazing expert 

Comments from UMaine Professor Elizabeth Allan, a national expert on hazing in college and university environments, were included in a  Washington Post story about hazing at a high school in suburban Maryland. Allan said hazing is, on the surface, about being included, but even seemingly harmless antics can set the stage for other forms of hazing or abuse.

Grant to help teachers with student language barriers

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the College of Education and Human Development have received $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education to continue and expand efforts to better prepare current and future teachers of children who speak no English, or limited English, or even Franco-American or Native populations whose culture is embedded in language.  The project also will study the impact of its teacher training efforts and contribute to a growing body of scholarship on STEM and ESL education through a longitudinal study.  A news release has more.

Caron research in Huffington Post 

The Huffington Post features a blog entry based on research conducted by UMaine Prof. Sandra Caron and her former student, Nicole Proulx.  In a 2006 study, Caron and Proulx looked at marriages where the wife is at least ten years older than the husband.

New York Times column features Milardo’s perspectives

Robert Milardo of the UMaine College of Education and Human Development faculty was quoted in a Friday New York Times column examining the role of aunts in contemporary families.  Milardo is the author of a 2010 book, “The Forgotten Kin.”

Family relations research comments on nuclear families

Robert Milardo, UMaine professor of family relations, was quoted in a Lewiston Sun Journal report about U.S. Census rates that show there are fewer nuclear families living in Maine. Milardo told the newspaper the increasing numbers of single men raising children without spouses is interesting because traditionally, single-parent fathers have had difficulty maintaining involvement with their children.


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