Students in the Spotlight

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Intermedia MFA Student, Ryan Guerrero Conducting Two-Day Mural Painting

Posted July 25, 2011

Ryan Guerrero, Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia student, who received his B.A. in Studio Art from UMaine, will conduct a two-day mural painting project in downtown Orono and on campus July 26-27 as part of his graduate thesis.  Guerrero will spray paint the murals with a Maine theme on four plywood panels forming a 16-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall canvas.  “The audience can expect to see how graffiti/street art can be used in a positive way within a community as well as educating others who are unfamiliar with the art form, showing that it can help beautify the area and its surroundings,” Guerrero says. “Plus, it’s interesting to have conversations with people that would stop and ask questions about what I was painting or give compliments. It makes people’s minds curious as to what I’m painting, and there’s the enjoyment of seeing someone finish the piece, especially when you watch it from start to end.”

Physics Doctoral Student, Kevin Roberge Serves as Camp Director of Space & Energy Camp at UMaine

Posted July 20, 2011

Kevin Roberge,  a doctoral Physics student is the Camp Director for the first Space and Energy Summer Camp here at UMaine, which was organized by the Department of Astronomy and Physics.  Roberge hopes that the week-long camp will spark an interest in studying science.  The Space and Energy Camp was also featured on WABI (Channel 5).

Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering Student, Abolfazl Razi Awarded Best Paper

Posted July 1, 2011 

Electrical and Computer Engineering doctoral student, Abolfazl Razi won the best paper award at the 4th Annual CANEUS/IEEE International Fly-By-Wireless (FBW '11) Conference held in Montreal, Quebec this June.  His paper titled, "Interference Reduction in Wireless Passive Sensor Networks Using Directional Antennas", was chosen from a field of 38 entries.

Jason Bolton in Good Shepherd Food Bank Story

Posted June 29, 2011

Comments from UMaine Cooperative Extension Food Safety Specialist and UMaine doctoral student in Food & Nutrition Science, Jason Bolton are included in a Lewiston Sun Journal story about Maine’s Good Shepherd Food Bank.  As it turns 30 years old, Good Shepherd Food Bank is evolving in its work to meet the needs of Mainers.  One possibility is an investment in food processing equipment for use in its Mainers Feeding Mainers program.

Rob Hogg, MS in Wildlife Ecology Student in Bangor Daily News

Posted June 24, 2011

The Bangor Daily News report about UMaine research involving Dr. Steve Coghlan, a freshwater fisheries ecology expert, Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology student Rob Hogg and their colleagues showcases their study of sea lamprey and their impact on stream ecosystems.  For the full story, including video please click here

Sarah Morehead, Master of Arts in Economics Student Publishes Financial Planning Book

Posted May 20, 2011

A Master of Arts in Economics student and personal financial planner Sarah Morehead has recently published a book, I Hate Money! Understanding Your Financial Attitude, presenting the basics of finance and consumer attitudes that can interfere with sensible handling of money and credit.  See the news release from UMaine News for more information.

Krista Slemmons, Doctoral Student in Ecology and Environmental Science Receives Prestigious Park Service Grant

Posted May 17, 2011

Doctor of Philosophy student in Ecology and Environmental Science, Krista Slemmons is one of 11 nationwide recipients of the 2011 National Park Service George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship.  Slemmons will use the $12,372 grant to investigate how climate-induced changes in alpine glaciers alter phytoplankton communities and lake habitats in Glacier National Park, which is located in northwest Montana. In the first year of the grant, she will examine historical aerial photos of glaciers from the park’s archive to identify lakes in watersheds that have lost glaciers. In July 2012, Slemmons will spend 10 days in the park taking lake sediment core samples and looking at the changes in algae over time to determine if algal changes are related to the loss of glaciers.  For more on this story, click here.

Master of Social Work Student, Elissa Rowe Writes Op-Ed Piece for Bangor Daily News

Posted April 26, 2011

Master of Social Work student, Elissa Rowe wrote an op-ed piece that was published in the Bangor Daily News that advocates support of LD 18, An Act to Extend the School Year in which the school year would go from 180 days to 185 days. Rowe writes that Maine is behind other states and countries in terms of length of school year, and that some special children regress during longer summer vacations.  For the full piece, please click here.  

Nicole Gogan, Master of Business Administration Student Named Brewer's Economic Development Specialist

Posted April 26, 2011

Nicole Gogan, a Master of Business Administration student, who will be graduating on May 7th, has been named Brewer's Economic Development Specialist.  Chosen from a field of 43 applicants, she supplemented her UMaine course work with involvement in the Knowledge Transfer Alliance, an interdisciplinary effort that brings UMaine expertise to bear in helping businesses address issues and create strategic direction.  Please visit the Bangor Daily News story for more information.

Women in Science Honored at 2011 Earth Day Reception

Posted April 26, 2011

 

Multiple UMaine graduate students were honored for their participation in the sciences at the 2011 Earth Day Reception held in April, 2011 at Fogler Library.  Two graduate students were awarded the 2011 Edith Patch Award; Doctor of Philosophy student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Vanessa Coats and Master of Science in Marine Bio-Resources student, Haley Viehman, were honored for the distinguished research they have done here at the University of Maine.  Coats’ research focuses on the Japanese barberry plant while Viehman researches the impact of tidal power on marine life.

In addition, Allison Byrd, a Master of Science in Ecology and Environmental Science student, and Rachel Palmer, a Doctor of Philosophy student in Biomedical Sciences were honored at the Reception. Byrd is studying the potential effects of climate change on the loon population in Maine and the nation. To read more about Byrd’s research, please click here; http://umaine.edu/nsfaresearch/research-spotlight/ecology-environmental-science-spotlight/loon-lakes/.  Palmer is currently researching the potential harmful effects of the antibacterial agend, triclosan – used in many household products.

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