Faculty News

Brichacek receives $1.2M NIH grant to study glycans

University of Maine research to provide molecular-level understanding of glycan-associated disorders, such as inflammation, pathogen infection and cancer, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Matthew Brichacek, UMaine assistant professor of chemistry, leads the research to develop methods to synthesize glycans — a family of carbohydrates — that can […]

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Vekasi selected for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Program

A University of Maine political scientist is one of 12 scholars selected to participate in the two-year U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program, designed to identify and support American professionals with the potential to become Japan specialists and policy experts. Kristin Vekasi, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of […]

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Press Herald interviews Walker about Speech Therapy Telepractice Program

Judy Walker, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about the Speech Therapy Telepractice program she founded five years ago. In her former role as the chairperson of the department, Walker said she was regularly getting calls […]

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Kent speaks with MPBN about benefits of writing for student-athletes

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network interviewed Rich Kent, an associate professor of literacy education at the University of Maine, for the report, “UMaine professor: Writing boosts performance of Maine’s student-athletes.” “Writing is a powerful way to learn,” said Kent, who also is a coach with more 30 years of experience guiding athletes in more than […]

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Camire speaks with BDN about nutrition for older bicyclists

Mary Ellen Camire, a University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition and past president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “How good nutrition helps bicyclists keep pedaling as they age.” Nutritional needs for bicyclists change as people age, especially after age 50, […]

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Wagner, Dill featured in WVII report on coming spruce budworm outbreak

Robert Wagner, the Henry W. Saunders Distinguished Professor in Forestry at the University of Maine and director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit; and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for Part I of the report, “The return of the spruce budworm.” During […]

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Olsen recommends local habitat protection to save saltmarsh sparrows

When Laura Garey wades into tidal marshes at sunrise to survey saltmarsh sparrows, the University of Maine graduate student also spies deflated balloons, trash and pollutants. These reservoirs at the intersection of land and sea also are increasingly being damaged by coastal development, sea-level rise and more frequent storm surges. All of which makes it […]

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Waller explores spectacular coral colonies in Glacier Bay

Rhian Waller received an incredible gift to celebrate the National Park System’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The University of Maine associate professor led the first-ever extensive expedition of the underwater fjords in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. “Glacier Bay National Park is such an amazing area, it’s very hard to put it […]

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Rubin a transportation expert at national conference

Jonathan Rubin, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and professor of economics, and chair of the Environment and Energy Section, U.S. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, will be one of the experts presenting on transportation at the Washington, D.C. conference, U.S. Energy Policy in the 2016 Elections and Beyond: Incremental or […]

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UMaine Humanities Center awards $10,000 to faculty grant projects

The University of Maine Humanities Center (UMHC) has awarded more than $10,000 to seven faculty grant projects, including several based in the community. Spring 2016 UMHC Faculty Grants were awarded to: Constant Albertson, associate professor of art, to support the new media component of her ceramic art project, “Coordinates of Collateral Damage.” Kirsten Jacobson, associate […]

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