Students in the Spotlight

A story regarding students in the spotlight

Computer Engineering Students Place 1st & 2nd of Northeast USA Region in IEEE International Programming Contest

Posted November 3, 2011

Team Megaflops, which included two graduate students, Jason Monk and Aaron McCollough, both Master of Science in Computer Engineering students, and Forrest Flagg won first place in the Northeastern Region of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Programming Competition.  UMaine's Team ShortCircuts won second prize and consisted of undergraduate students Gabriel Noblesmith, Alexander Arseneau and Corey Birdsall.  For the full press release, please click here.  Pictured at left (from left to right) is Forrest Flatt, Jason Monk and Aaron McCollough.

Master of Arts in English Student, Rebecca Czlapinski Publishes New Edition of Gothic Novel

Rebecca Czlapinski, a Master of Arts student in the English Department, recently published a new edition of an an early Gothic novel.  Pyrenean Banditti by Eleanor Sleath was originally published in 1811; the book recounts the trials and tribulations of Adelaide, possibly the daughter of a chevalier or possibly of a peasant.  This 200th Anniversary Edition of Pyrenean Banditti reprints the unabridged text of the first edition of this engaging Gothic novel, which survives in only three known copies worldwide.  Also included in this special edition is a new introduction by Czlapinski in which the details of the life of the mysterious author, Eleanor Sleath, are revealed for the first time.

Master of Arts in History Student, Joseph Miller Named Cadet Command Instructor of the Year

Posted September 27, 2011

Joseph Miller, a Master of Arts in History student who is intending to continue on to the History Ph.D. program here at UMaine, has been awarded the 2011 Cadet Command Instructor of the Year by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.  For the full press release from the Bangor Daily News, please click here.  Photo courtesy of Brian Swartz.

Three Master of Social Work Alums Receive National Award

Posted September 23, 2011

Three Master of Social Work students who graduated in May of 2011, Lee MalvinKristianna Hall, and Robert Jones received a national award from the Influencing State Policy (ISP) committee of the Council on Social Work Education.  Each year ISP gives an award to one graduate student group and one undergraduate student group for their work on policy change at the state level.

Malvin, Hall, and Jones were recognized for their efforts to defeat a bill in the Legislature last spring which would have denied Medicaid (MaineCare) benefits to people who smoked.  Lee, Krista and Bobby documented how this was discriminatory and Lee gave testimony in Augusta.  The prize was $500 and only one is given nationally.

The three are pictured at right preparing to march at the May 2011 Commencement.

Jonathan Paul, Recent Doctoral Alum in Neuroscience Receives Dissertation Award from ISDP

Dr. Jonathan Paul, who recently completed a neuroscience Ph.D. in the UMaine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, has received the outstanding dissertation award from the International Society for Developmental Psychology (ISDP).  Paul, who finished his UMaine degree in August, is in an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch Maternal-Fetal Center.  Paul will give a presentation on his work at an upcoming meeting of the ISDP.  Dr. Marie Hayes, Professor of Psychology served as Paul's faculty mentor, and is pictured at left with Paul.

Doctoral Student in Chemistry, James Killarney Presenting at Capitol Hill Reception

Posted September 16, 2011

Chemistry Ph.D. candidate James Killarney, who works with Dr. Howard Patterson in the Patterson Research group, will present his work to members of Congress and Environmental Protection Agency administrators at a Capitol Hill Reception for graduate fellows being funded by the EPA next week.   Working in the second year of a EPA STAR Fellowship, Killarney focuses on chemometric modeling of pharmaceutical contamination in water.

Reese Inman, MFA in Intermedia Student Featured in Boston Globe


Posted September 14, 2011

Reese Inman, a Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia student has been featured in the Boston Globe for her recent exhibition at Gallery NAGA on NewburyStreet, Boston, MA.  Inman, who handcrafts paintings based on algorithms she designs, has evolved her paintings over the years, but essentially follows the same format with dots over a hazy ground.  

At right: Drift I, 2011 acrylic on panel 36x36"

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Student Sara Green-Hamann Publishes Research of Social Support Groups

Posted September 1, 2011

Sara Green-Hamann, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student whose major focus is in Communcation, has recently published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication findings from her study on social support groups.  The article titled:  "An Exploration of Why People Participate in Second Life Social Support Groups," is co-authored by Dr. Kristen Campbell Eichhorn, SUNY Oswego; and Dr. John C. Sherblom, University of Maine.  

Jackey Bailey, Doctoral Student in Ecology & Environmental Science Featured in Lewiston Sun Journal

Posted August 9, 2011

Jacolyn "Jackey" Bailey, doctoral student in Ecology and Environmental Science was featured in a Lewiston Sun Journal story.  Bailey's research focuses on aquatic biology and studying invasive plant species such as milfoil and trying to keep them out of Maine's ponds and lakes.  For the full story,click here.

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