Along the Mall
Along the Mall is a compilation of news about UMaine faculty and staff professional awards, presentations and publications.
James McConnon, Extension specialist and professor of economics, presented a seminar, “Assessing the Economic Impact of Cruise Ship Passengers Visiting Destination Markets: The Case of Bar Harbor, Maine,” on Aug. 9 at the National Extension Tourism Conference in Princeton, New Jersey. McConnon’s presentation was based on 2016 research conducted with Todd Gabe, professor of economics.
The results of Kelley Strout’s feasibility study geared toward protecting older adults’ cognitive health were published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing. The project is titled “GROW: Green Organic Vegetable Gardens to Promote Older Adult Wellness.” GROW as an interprofessional research effort between the University of Maine School of Nursing, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Center on Aging. Researchers engaged independent, community-dwelling older adults living in low-income senior housing with cultivating raised-bed gardens. Ten participants received ergonomic garden tools, seeds, waist-height garden beds and weekly garden education. They planted vegetables of their choosing and tended to their garden beds for 17 weeks. Cognition and nutrition outcomes were measured before and after the project. Adults successfully engaged throughout the project experienced improvement in cognitive and nutrition outcomes, said Strout, an assistant professor of nursing. Protecting older adults’ cognitive health is a public health priority, she said. Interventions targeted to low-income older adults are needed, said Strout, because these populations experience greater social and physical health disparities compared to adults in higher socioeconomic statuses.
“Heliotrope: French Heritage Women Create,” by Rhea Côté Robbins, was named a Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2017 Maine Literary Award Finalist in the Book Award for Anthology (Editors) category June 1 in Portland, Maine. Robbins is an academic and career explorations adviser at the University of Maine Advising and Academic Services Center. For the Franco-American Women’s Institute’s 20th anniversary, the anthology of written works and visual arts was published to mark the present, active, creative lives of the women of the French heritage culture. “Heliotrope: French Heritage Women Create” presents a snapshot of the French heritage women’s lives as they exist in the present. The anthology incorporates the lives of the women who make up this cultural heritage—in print, and it offers to the present and future generations a vivid compilation of voices and visuals to express modern-day, French heritage women and their creative works. The anthology builds bridges of insight and understanding for all who read and view the works. Annie Proulx is featured as well as 130 other women of French heritage.
Jonathan Borkum, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, co-authored the chapter, “Psychosocial Assessment of Chronic Pain,” in the third edition of Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine (2017) by
Edward Grew, a research professor in the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, is the guest editor of the August issue of “Elements,” an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology, published jointly by 17 societies. As guest editor, Grew wrote the lead paper to introduce the six peer-reviewed articles by researchers from England, Turkey, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. The theme issue focuses on boron, including how the fifth element in the periodic table evolved from extreme scarcity in the early solar system to its being concentrated in economic deposits in Earth’s continental crust. Boron provides insights into understanding Earth’s history, including paleoclimate, and has a possible role in stabilizing critical prebiotic compounds from which life originated.
In addition, Grew’s paper, “How many boron minerals occur in Earth’s upper crust?” appears in the August online issue of the “American Mineralogist.” It was selected as a Centennial Paper, celebrating the 100th year of the journal.
Amy Blackstone, sociology, journal article in Gender & Society, “The Economic and Career Effects of Sexual Harassment on Working Women,” co-authored with sociology alumna Heather McLaughlin.
Justin Wolff, associate professor of art history, authored the chapter A Strange Familiarity: Alexander Forbes and the Aesthetics of Amateur Film, in the book “Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915–1960.” Martha J. McNamara and Karan Sheldon edited the book, published in May by Indiana University Press. “Amateur Movie Making” is a regional and historical study that transforms readers’ understanding of film history. The book demonstrates how amateur films and home movies are testaments to the creative lives of ordinary people, enriching the experience of art and the everyday. These films produced in New England between 1915 and 1960 are held in the collections of Northeast Historic Film. More information is online.
Emily Haigh, assistant professor of psychology, is one of 53 participants selected to participate in the National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholars Program, July 31–Aug. 4 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Haigh is a member of UMaine’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. She directs the Maine Mood Disorders Lab, where her research focuses on the cognitive and biological risk factors for depression. Her research proposal for the Butler-Williams Scholars Program aims to deliver mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, an evidence-based treatment for the prevention of depression, to older adults in rural settings.
The Silver Duo, Phillip Silver and Noreen Silver, School of Performing Arts, gave a recital May 28 at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Information about the program is online.
Joshua Roiland, assistant professor and CLAS Honors preceptor of journalism, has an essay, “It Was Like Nothing Else In My Life Up to Now,” in the new book Haunted By Waters: The Future of Memory and the Red River Flood of 1997. The book was edited by David Haeselin and published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. In addition, the publication Longreads reprinted the essay on its site.
Todd Gabe, School of Economics, “The Pursuit of Economic Development: Growing Good Jobs in U.S. Cities and States,” Palgrave Macmillan (2017).
University of Maine 2017 nursing graduate Allison Scully and assistant professor of nursing Kelley Strout wrote a column in the ANA-Maine Journal that promotes patient-centered care and support of opiate prevention and treatment.
The first semester of Scully’s senior year, she completed a community health clinical rotation at Health Equity Alliance in the syringe exchange program. She helped clients in need of a place to stay, assessed injection sites for infection and helped obtain donated items for those in need.
“Supporting harm reduction programs as nurses means that we are meeting patients where they are and are fighting the stigma associated with addiction,” they wrote.
“By listening, educating, speaking out, and advocating, we are creating a shift in the mindset of the greater community to include empathy and compassion, which ultimately empowers the vulnerable to utilize the resources they need to become healthier, more productive members of society.”
A paper authored by Douglas Gardner and Mehdi Tajvidi, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, was selected for the first place George Marra Award for Excellence in Writing by the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST). Award recipients will receive a plague and a $1,000 prize at the Annual SWST Business Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in June. The paper, “Hydrogen bonding in wood-based materials: An Update,” was published in Volume 48, No. 4 (2016) of Wood and Fiber Science. More information is online.
A special issue book guest edited by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, professor of clinical nutrition, has been published. “Berry Antioxidants in Health and Disease” was published by the Antioxidants journal of the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. The book presents advances made in the past 10 years regarding the understanding of berry antioxidants’ role in maintaining health. Chapters include research that examines the molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways influenced by berry antioxidants, and how these compounds prevent or even reverse disease in cell cultures, animal models and humans.
UMaine was well represented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Vancouver, Canada, March 29–April 2, 2017. Alice Kelley, associate research professor in the Climate Change Institute, was a discussant for the symposium on “Burning Libraries: Environmental Impacts on Heritage and Science.” Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, was a discussant in two sessions — “Advancements and Prospects in Geoarchaeology Today: the GIG (Geoarchaeology Interest Group) at 20, Part 1; A.D. 600 Cultural and Environmental Transformation in Ancient Peru” — and gave another talk on “Early Fishing on the Atacama Desert Coast of Southern Peru” in a symposium on Evolutionary Adaptations and Population History of the Atacama Desert. The A.D. 600 symposium was organized and chaired by Ana Cecilia Mauricio, who received an IPh.D. in geoarchaeology from UMaine in 2015. Sandweiss also participated in his last meeting as a member of the SAA Board of Directors. Climate Change master’s student Ani St. Amand gave a paper on “Aeolian Geoforming at a Preceramic Mound in Coastal Peru,” co-authored by Kelley and Sandweiss. Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Studies Greg Zaro gave a paper co-authored by four colleagues on “From Liburnian to Ottoman: Unraveling Settlement History at Nadin-Gradina, Croatia in the General Session on European Archaeology: From the Paleolithic to the Recent Past,” and was a co-author on two other papers. Kelley and Sandweiss were also co-authors with Fred Andrus (University of Alabama) on “Productivity in a Human Context: Creating and Applying Proxies Relevant to Chicama Valley Archaeology in the symposium on Landscapes of Change: Integrated Socio-Ecological Histories in the Chicama Valley, Peru.” In addition to Mauricio; former UMaine students Peter Leach, Paul Pluta, Kurt Rademaker; and David Reid also presented at the meeting.
Vasiliki Papakotsi, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture, was recognized at the Berry Health Benefits Symposium in Pismo Beach, California for presenting one of the best research posters at the conference. The poster featured a collaborative project between the laboratory of professor Dorothy Klimis-Zacas of the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture, and the laboratory of Professor Lambris, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Two articles written by Elizabeth McKillen, professor of history, have been published. “Labor and the Legacies of World War I” was published March 20 in Labor Online. And “Divided Loyalties: Irish-American Women Labor Leaders and the Irish evolution, 1916–1923,” was in the fall/winter 2016 issue of Éire-Ireland (muse.jhu.edu/issue/35520).
Karyn Sporer, assistant professor of sociology, and Paige Toller, “Family identity disrupted by mental illness and violence: An application of relational dialectics theory,” Southern Communication Journal, 10.1080/1041794X.2017.1302503 (2017).
A study conducted by economists at the University of Maine titled “An Analysis of the Economic Impacts of Big-Box Stores on a Community’s Retail Sector: Evidence from Maine” was published in March 2017 in the The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy. The researchers and authors were: Emily Freedman, former UMaine School of Economics graduate student and research assistant; James McConnon, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics; Gary Hunt, professor of economics; and Todd Gabe, professor of economics.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, published a book chapter as a result of an invited talk he gave at a conference in Paris, France in December 2014: “Maritime aspects of early Andean civilizations,” in The Sea in History — The Ancient World, ed. by Philip de Souza and Pascal Arnaud, pp. 41–54. Boydell Press, Suffolk U.K. (2017). In addition, Sandweiss has been reappointed to a three-year term as a research associate in the Division of Anthropology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. March 17, he gave a talk at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico: “Exploracciones con Thor Heyerdahl: Pirámides Peruanas y una Conección con Cuba.” Also that day, an hour-long interview he did with Católica Radio was broadcast.
Josh Roiland, assistant professor of journalism, will join a Bangor Public Library panel Tuesday, March 28 that addresses “Fake News.” Roiland will be joined 5–6 p.m. by Joyce Murdoch, managing editor at the Bangor Daily News; Angel Matson, assignment editor at WABI (Channel 5); and Clare Davitt, reference and digital media librarian at the Bangor Public Library.
Karyn Sporer, sociology, Amy L. Anderson, & Johanna Peterson. (2017). Macro- and micro-approaches to crime prevention and intervention programs. In B. Teasdale & M. S. Bradley (eds.), Preventing Crime and Violence, Advances in Prevention Science (pp. 169–176). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Susan Gardner, professor of higher education, and Amy Blackstone, professor of sociology, “Faculty Agency in Applying for Promotion to Professor,” Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education.
University of Maine paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill will speak Friday, Feb. 17 in Boston at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 Annual Meeting: Serving Society Through Science Policy. Gill’s talk is titled “The Past Isn’t Dead: The Last 2 Million Years Can Help Biodiversity in the Next 100.” “Large herbivores appear to buffer the impact of climate change on plants, and their removal had large-scale consequences for modern ecosystems that are still playing out today,” says the assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology. Climate change, extinction and other threats facing ecosystems are not new, she says, and a number of examples in the recent fossil record can be drawn upon as analogs. And understanding how the past’s biodiversity responded to these so-called natural experiments can help people today prepare for the next century, according to Gill. Those lessons from the past can inform cutting-edge — and often controversial — conservation strategies, including managed relocation of species, de-extinction and rewilding. A UMaine Today magazine story related to this research is online.
University of Maine paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill joined 314 Action, a new online organization, aimed at recruiting scientists to run for office, The Atlantic reports. According to its website, 314 Action also seeks to strengthen communication among the STEM community, the public and our elected officials; educate and advocate for and defend the integrity of science and its use; provide a voice for the STEM community on social issues; promote the responsible use of data driven fact-based approaches in public policy and increase public engagement with the STEM community through media.
Douglas Nangle, professor of psychology and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, has been appointed to a six-year term as senior editor of Education and Treatment of Children (ETC), a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly that is devoted to the dissemination of information concerning the development of services for children and youth. A primary criterion for publication is that the material be of direct value to educators, parents, childcare providers or mental health professionals in improving the effectiveness of their services. ETC is abstracted/indexed in ERIC, Psychological Abstracts, Exceptional Child Education Resources, Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, Clinical Behavior Therapy Review, Current Index to Journals in Education, and available online to institutions through Project Muse. Nangle has been on the ETC board for more than 20 years, serving in a variety of editorial roles.
Stefano Tijerina, of the Department of Political Science, School of Policy and International Affairs, Maine Business School and Honors College, was an invited panelist at the conference “A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950–2016, Dec. 12–13 in Ottawa. Tijerina presented “‘One size fits all?’ Canadian development assistance to Colombia, 1956–84.” The sessions were held at the Department of Global Affairs Canada and were attended by officials connected to foreign affairs issues, diplomats and Canadian scholars deeply involved in issues of foreign affairs and development aid. More about the conference is online.
Frédéric Rondeau, assistant professor of French and assistant director of the Canadian-American Center, has published “Le Manque en Partage: La Poésie de Michel Beaulieu et Gilbert Langevin,” (“Sharing the Empty Spaces: The Poetry of Michel Beaulieu and Gilbert Langevin), published by the University of Montreal Press. This is Rondeau’s second book.
In October, Appetite published “Habitual chocolate intake and type 2 diabetes mellitus in the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study: (1975–2010): Prospective observations,” co-authored by psychology professor Merrill Elias. Appetite is an international research journal that highlights cultural, social, psychological, sensory and physiological influences on the selection of and consumption of food and drink.
In October 2016, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Jane Haskell became one of 600 International Association of Facilitators’ (IAF) Certified™ Professional Facilitators (CPF) worldwide and one of two north of New York. In 2012, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) awarded Haskell the national Community Development Work Individual Award for her facilitation work based on the “Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1” curriculum that she co-authored. The curriculum, used in 23 states, has more than 500 alumni from Maine. In 2009, the National 4-H Learning Priorities Steering Committee named the “Level 1” curriculum “one of seven national tools to help Build Effective Organizational Systems.” The credential indicates the facilitator is competent in each of the six core competencies that form the basic set of skills, knowledge and behaviors they must have to be successful facilitating in a wide variety of environments. More than 200 behaviors are assessed. To achieve the CPF designation, facilitators must document their experience and demonstrate knowledge of, and skills in applying, the IAF’s facilitator core competencies. This includes a written submission, interviews with an international team of assessors, an observed practicum and feedback from assessors. The IAF is the worldwide professional body established to promote, support and advance the art and practice of professional facilitation through methods exchange, professional growth, practical research and collegial networking.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Kathryn Hopkins earned the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the North American Maple Syrup Council during its annual meeting Oct. 26–29 in Burlington, Vermont. The award is presented to research professionals or maple research alliance partners for their contributions to the North American maple syrup industry and for their exhibited excellence in the field of research and/or Extension education. Hopkins, an Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources primarily in Somerset County and with maple producers statewide, is co-creator of the International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Grading School.
Patrick Cheek, lecturer in human development, presented his research about “Communication Technology Use in Nonresident Father-Teen Dyads” at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference on Nov. 2 in Minneapolis.
Jonathan Rubin, director, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, has been reappointed for a second three-year term as chair of the Environment and Energy Section of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Howard Segal, professor of history, received the Lyman Sargent Award for distinguished scholarship at the annual meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Oct. 28. He gave the keynote address on “Practical Utopias: Techno-Fixes.”
The keyboard music of composer Beth Wiemann, chair of the Music Division, School of Performing Arts, was selected to be among the works performed in a Nov. 4 concert in honor of composer Robert Ceely (1930–2015) at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia, New York City. The performance, featuring pianists Keith Kirchoff, Wen Shen, Christopher Oldfather and Daniel Colalillo, is part of the American Composers Alliance Founders Concert Series. More information in online.
Krish Thiagarajan, the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Presidential Chair in Energy in the University of Maine’s Mechanical Engineering Department, will receive three awards on Friday, Nov. 5 from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
Thiagarajan has been elected a SNAME Fellow. He’s also been named Faculty Advisor of the Year by the organization and has been given a Certificate of Appreciation.
SNAME will present Thiagarajan with his honors at its President’s Luncheon in Bellevue, Washington.
SNAME Fellows have made outstanding personal contributions to naval architecture, marine or ocean engineering, or allied disciplines through significant achievements in design, research, production, operation, education or associated management.
The Faculty Advisor of the Year Award honors a faculty member whose leadership and service qualities have contributed to the program and operations of a Student Section of SNAME.
As part of this award, a $5,000 Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student member from the University of Maine Student Section.
Thiagarajan’s Certificate of Appreciation recognizes his service as Co-Chairman of the Technical Program of the 2015 World Maritime Technology Conference.
Stefano Tijerina, Department of Political Science, School of Policy and International Affairs, Maine Business School and Honors College, was a keynote speaker in a forum on quality of life and economic development at the Eighth International Congress on Economic Development and Quality of Life, October 19–21, in, Bogotá Colombia, organized by Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Universidad La Gran Colombia. An interview with TIjerina is online.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Karyn Sporer has won the Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award from the Division of Victimology of the American Society of Criminology. Sporer will receive the award at the annual ASC conference next month in New Orleans. Her paper, “Aggressive Children With Mental Illness: A Conceptual Model of Family-Level Outcomes,” was published earlier this year in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Justin Wolff, associate professor of art history, presented “Rockwell Kent and the End of the World” at the John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art on Oct. 22 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In November 1937, Life magazine featured four lithographs by Kent (1882–1971) in an article titled “Four Ways in Which the World May End.” Wolff analyzed the so-called End of the World lithographs, which are in the National Gallery of Art collection, in the context of scientific theories about cosmic cataclysm, suspicions that European fascism portended an apocalypse, and Kent’s solidarity with a radical leftism that anticipated capitalism’s disintegration. Looking beyond their political meaning, Wolff considered as well what the lithographs elucidate about Kent’s renowned emotional intensity and wanderlust — specifically, what they reveal about his tenacious quest to acquire psychic integrity in barren lands at the ends of the world.
The first annual Eastern Maine Medical Center Regional Hospital Ethics Roundtable Oct. 21 was co-organized by University of Maine professor Jessica Miller, the clinical ethicist at EMMC. Miller chairs the UMaine Department of Philosophy, and is associate dean for faculty affairs and interdisciplinary programs. The half-day roundtable addressed common ethical issues in health care and emerging national standards for hospital ethics committees, and laid the foundation for developing and strengthening ethics expertise and resources for northern and eastern Maine. Those attending the event included UMaine nursing and pre-med students.
Robert Kates, University of Maine presidential professor of sustainability science and chair of the advisory board of the Sustainable Solutions Initiative, is the recipient of the Charles P. Daly Medal from the American Geographical Society (AGS). The distinguished award recognizes those who have given “valuable or distinguished geographical services or labors,” according to the AGS press release.
Kates is awarded the medal for this role in helping lay the foundation for sustainable geography. Throughout his career he has spearheaded groundbreaking research in the areas of hazards, hunger, climate change and community resilience and has shared this research in more than 180 publications.
“For more than half a century he has represented the discipline of geography through his innovative scholarship and through his nationally and internationally recognized professional service, exemplifying the best of our discipline,” said Douglas Sherman, chair of the AGS Honors and Awards Committee. “His dedication to improving the human condition in the face of environmental threat, especially, is inspirational.”
Kates will accept the medal at the society’s annual Fall Symposium at Columbia University on Nov. 18.
Sunil Bhandari, a University of Maine graduate civil engineering student and research assistant at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, presented a paper at the CAMX Conference, the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, held Sept. 27–29 in Anaheim, California. Bhandari was lead author of the paper “Feasibility of Using 3D Printed Thermoplastic Molds for Stamp Forming of Thermoplastic Composites,” which he wrote with Roberto Lopez-Anido, professor of civil and environmental engineering. The third annual conference, which seeks to connect and advance the world’s composites and advanced materials communities, featured more than 550 exhibits and 250 conference sessions. Bhandari, from Pokhara, Nepal, also was one of six students selected from 30 applicants to take part in a luncheon panel.
The Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine hosted the 41st Climate Diagnostics Workshop, Oct. 3–6. The workshop, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was held at the Wells Conference Center. Over 120 U.S. and international climate scientists participated in the workshop, discussing their latest research findings on topics ranging from the current state of the tropical oceans to the loss of arctic sea ice and its influence on mid-latitude climate. Several UMaine faculty members chaired sessions during the meeting and presented their research. “Its an important meeting that served to highlight climate as a signature research area at the University of Maine,” said Bradfield Lyon, an associate research professor at CCI who helped organize the meeting. “Regional and global climate processes are strongly interconnected. So, too, is UMaine’s climate research within the global scientific community.”
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, was an invited participant at the Calpe 2016 Conference on “Past Worlds: Neanderthal and Modern Human Response to Climate and Environment Change,” Sept. 9–Oct. 2 in Gibraltar, and gave a presentation on “El Niño in Ancient Peru.” This year’s Calpe Conference was organized by The University of Cambridge, together with the Government of Gibraltar and Gibraltar Museum.
Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food and nutrition, presented a webinar, “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020: Boon or Barrier to Whole Grain Consumption?” for the grain association AACC International on Oct. 6.
The University of Wyoming MFA annually hosts Eminent Writers in Residence, a program made possible with an endowment from the state of Wyoming. This year, UMaine Professor of English Jennifer Moxley will be in Laramie for a week. Holders of the residency are distinguished writers from three genres — fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The University of Wyoming’s first Eminent Writer in Residence, 2007–08, was Terry Tempest Williams, followed by Joy Williams, Edward P. Jones, Philip Gourevitch, Claudia Rankine, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Jan Zwicky, Robert Bringhurst, Rebecca Solnit, Colson Whitehead, John D’Agata, Ed Roberson, Maggie Nelson, Mark Nowak, Bhanu Kapil, and Nam Le.
Steven Barkan, interim chair, Department of Sociology, a new textbook: “Health, Illness, and Society: An Introduction to Medical Sociology” (2017). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Five members of Professor Yong Chen’s lab in the School of Marine Sciences have received external funding supports to present their fisheries research in September at the Annual Science Conference (ASC) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Riga, Latvia. ICES supports the sustainable use of the oceans through development of science and advice.
Jie Cao, a postdoctoral researcher; Mattie Rodrigue, a dual master’s student in marine biology and policy; Jocelyn Runnebaum, a Ph.D. candidate in marine biology; Kisei Tanaka, a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and environmental sciences; and Mike Torre, a Ph.D. student in marine biology will give research presentations on a spatiotemporal model applied to survey abundances of Northern shrimp, a groundfish survey run by both fishermen and scientists, a habitat suitability model for cusk using fishermen’s knowledge, American lobster shell disease, and a model of habitat suitability for sea scallops.
Some of their work highlights the importance of including fishermen’s knowledge and participation in sciences.
“Fishermen’s knowledge regarding important environmental variables for cusk is used to fine-tune habitat model development. Fishermen’s knowledge for areas where cusk are likely to be caught can also validate habitat suitability maps produced in modeling,” Runnebaum says.
All of their research is important to Maine, as these marine species are a part of many important fisheries in the Gulf of Maine.
“The shrimp population that supports important fisheries in Maine experienced a sudden decline of all life history stages in 2012. Our study could potentially improve the stock assessment and management of the fisheries,” says Cao.
“The expansion of lobster shell disease has become an emerging threat to the inshore lobster fisheries in the northeastern United States. The development of models to improve the efficiency and precision of existing monitoring programs has been advocated as an important step in mitigating its harmful effects,” Tanaka says.
Michael Socolow, associate professor of communication and journalism, is the recipient of the Best American Journalism Article Award from the American Journalism Historians Association for “‘A Nation-Wide Chain Within 60 Days:’ Radio Network Failure in Early American Broadcasting.” The Best Article Award honors rigorous research published in the journal American Journalism that “makes an outstanding contribution to developing scholarship in the field of journalism and mass communication history,” according to the AJHA website. He will accept the award at AJHA’s 35th annual convention Oct. 6–8.
Kelley Strout, assistant professor of nursing, led GROW (Green Organic Leafy Vegetable Gardens), a 15-week summer program to promote older adult wellness. A pilot study examined the ability of older adults to independently plant, tend, harvest and consume organic leafy vegetables. The program was launched in May 2016 at Brewer Housing Authority, a residential complex for older adults with low incomes. When it wrapped up the first week of September, adults had maintained 100 percent participation. They grew an abundance of vegetables and shared them with others in the complex, with an area homeless shelter and with adults in a housing complex for seniors with low incomes in Orono. John Jemison, Cooperative Extension professor, provided gardening expertise. Research assistants were senior nursing students Christina Ross and Timothy Waterman and senior nutrition students Hannah Stefi and Kristina Reichel. UMaine senior Maude Meeker provided support.
Professor of civil engineering Eric Landis presented a semi-plenary lecture in August at the World Conference on Timber Engineering in Vienna, Austria.
His lecture was titled “Performance Prediction in Wood Structures: The Promise and Pitfalls of Fundamental Mechanics.”
More than 1,200 people attended the conference, described as the world’s premier forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction.
More information is online.
Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition, made a presentation in August at the International Union of Food Science and Technology World Congress in Dublin, Ireland. “Microfibrillated cellulose as a fat replacement in frozen desserts” was her presentation topic. The paper’s co-authors are Derek Ford, who earned his master’s degree in food science at UMaine; Jason Bolton, associate Extension professor and food safety specialist; and Douglas Bousfield, professor of chemical and biological engineering.
Joshua D. Clapp, Andrew C. Young, William G. Davids, Andrew J. Goupee, all with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, published “Bending response of reinforced, inflated, tubular braided fabric structural members,” in Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 107, pp. 415–26 (October 2016).
Adriaan van Heiningen, J. Larcom Ober Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named a TAPPI Fellow for 2016. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed on a very small percentage of TAPPI’s membership. It is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the association. The 2016 Fellows were honored in May at the TAPPI Fellows Luncheon held at PaperCon in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“As a long-time educator in North America and Scandinavia, Adriaan has made significant contributions to the advancement of TAPPI and the paper industry by mentoring and educating many current scientists and chemical engineers,” said Larry Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. “In more than two decades of service to TAPPI, he’s demonstrated strong leadership and his hard work and dedication are an example to us all. He’s an outstanding choice for the Fellows Award.”
TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries and publisher of “Paper360°,” “Tissue360°” and “TAPPI Journal.”
On Aug. 15, Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, installed a new chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Sandweiss is vice president for chapter development on the national board of PKP. While in Ponce, he also gave a talk on his research: El Niño: Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Cultural en el Perú Precolombino. A local report and videos (in Spanish) are online.
Renee Kelly, assistant vice president for innovation and economic development at the University of Maine, has been selected to participate in the 6th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sept. 25–Oct. 1 in Southern Ontario, Canada. The six-day program focuses on key Canadian economic sectors, including advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, clean tech, life sciences, agri-food and financial technology. The tour includes visits in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton and the Niagara Region.
The event is sponsored by the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC); Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; the Province of Ontario; the Government of Mexico as RIAC Chair Pro Tempore 2016–18; and the Organization of American States as RIAC Technical Secretariat. More information is online.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Caragh Fitzgerald recently received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) during its annual meeting held in Arkansas in July. The award is given to Cooperative Extension educators with more than 10 years of service and who have exhibited excellence in the field of Extension education. Fitzgerald is a UMaine Extension associate professor in agriculture working primarily in Kennebec County. Her work includes production of vegetables, corn silage, and other forages, as well as season extension and soil health. She teaches and manages the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program and the Maine Harvest for Hunger produce donation program.
Balunkeswar (Balu) Nayak, assistant professor of food processing in the School of Food and Agriculture, has been selected for the Emerging Leaders Network by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He was recognized at the 2016 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago on July 16. The Emerging Leaders Network of IFT is a transformational global leadership experience designed to support the development of emerging food science professionals. The program invests in a group of talented and high-potential new professionals from around the globe, who are passionate and eager to expand their leadership skills to advance the profession. Nayak also was named the June 2016 member of the month by the IFT Food Engineering Division.
This summer, Stefano Tijerina, adjunct assistant professor and Honors College preceptor, participated in an international conference in Sao Paulo, where his research on Canada’s role in the Americas was highlighted. That same research is the subject of his book that will be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2017. Based on his exploration of the history of Canada in the Americas, Tijerina has been invited to present at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, Colombia’s central bank — Banco de la Republica, and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean in Toronto. In addition, this fall he has been invited to present at Georg-August University in Gottingen, Germany, Universidad Gran Colombia in Bogota and the Canadian Department of Global Affairs.
George Markowsky, professor of computer science and director of the UMaine Cybersecurity Lab in the School of Computing and Information Science, attended the DEF CON 24 in Las Vegas, Aug. 4–7. DEF CON is one of the longest-running and largest hacker conventions.
David Barrett’s first novel “It’s All Fun and Games,” will be published Aug. 2. The young adult fantasy tells the story of a group of high school friends who find themselves transported from their live action role-playing game into a world of magic, adventure and danger. Barrett, a lecturer in accounting in the Maine Business School, recently returned from promoting the novel at Comic-Con in San Diego, where he was a panelist. He also was a panelist at Camp Conival. The novel is the first published through Nerdist Industries and won the inaugural Nerdist Collection Contest. To learn more, like the “It’s All Fun and Games” Facebook page. The novel can be ordered on Amazon.
Habib Dagher, executive director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, was the commencement speaker at the 2016 Campus of Science and Technology graduation ceremony of St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, July 13, 2016. More information is online.
Neil Comins, professor of physics and astronomy, was invited to attend the NOVUS SUMMIT at the United Nations, New York City, July 17. The invitation-only conference showcased “voices of positive change” in the conference “where technology meets humanity to transform the world.” Held in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the inaugural summit focused on issues related to the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, known as the 2030 Agenda. Internationally recognized thought leaders and innovators addressed the nearly 600 invited delegates.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies, and director of the School of Policy and International Affairs, is the 2016 recipient of the Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award from the Council of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the interdisciplinary field of archaeological geology. The award will be presented at the business meeting of the Archaeological Geology Division, held during the society’s annual meeting in Denver, Sept. 25–28. Award recipients also will be recognized in a ceremony Sept. 25. GSA is the largest Earth science organization, with more than 120,000 members in 115 countries.
In April, “Science” asked scientists “to use exactly six words to create a story about the life of a scientist in your field.” At the time, in the Society for American Archaeology Board, professor Dan Sandweiss and his colleagues had been discussing the destruction of the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria by ISIS and the murder of the archaeologist who had directed the site for many years. Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies, and director of the School of Policy and International Affairs, sent in six words on that topic, and they are included in a selection of entries in the July 1 edition of “Science.”
ArtSpace Maynard, a gallery in Maynard, Massachusetts, will feature an exhibit by art professor Constant Albertson. “Coordinates of Collateral Damage” will run from June 8 through July 1. An opening reception will be held 5–7 p.m. Saturday, June 11.
Amy Blackstone, professor and chair, Department of Sociology, and alumna Mahala Stewart, “‘There’s More Thinking to Decide’: How the Childfree Decide Not to Parent,” in the forthcoming volume of The Family Journal. In the article, Blackstone and Stewart analyze data from interviews with childfree women and men and find that the processes by which people decide not to have or rear children are lengthy and complex. The findings put into context those from a study that sparked media attention last spring that found that couples make the decision not to have kids “after just one conversation.” Blackstone and Stewart found that the decision not to have children is not a “snap decision,” but one that people make over time. The paper will be included in The Family Journal’s forthcoming issue but has been posted to the journal’s “online first” pages.
On May 10, George Markowsky, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science, presented the three-hour tutorial, “Introduction to Cyberwarfare, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity with Demonstration of Cyber Attack Tools” at the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security held in Waltham, Massachusetts. On May 11, he presented the paper, “Producing and Evaluating Crowdsourced Computer Security Attack Trees,” which was created with Dan Bogaard, Shreshth Kandari, Daryl Johnson and Bill Stackpole of Rochester Institute of Technology; and Sanjay Goel of University at Albany-SUNY.
Kelley Strout, School of Nursing, is the lead author on an article, “Behavioral Interventions in Six Dimensions of Wellness That Protect the Cognitive Health of Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review,” published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Ali Abedi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, spoke at the sixth annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, May 11–12 in Washington, D.C. Abedi is co-founder, president and chief technology officer of Activas Diagnostics LLC, a UMaine spin-off company established in 2009. Abedi spoke about “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnostics Using Wireless Sensor Arrays.” Abedi’s presentation focused on recent discoveries relating subtle changes in sleep movements and respiratory signals to mild traumatic brain injury, as well as the wireless sensor arrays that can be used to detect the changes. Abedi’s proposed noninvasive wireless communications system has been funded by the U.S. Army, patented, and tested at university laboratories and hospitals.
The University of Maine was represented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in Orlando, Florida April 6–10. SAA Board member Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology, and quaternary and climate studies, organized and chaired the Presidential Opening Forum on Climate Change and Archaeology. Director of the Climate Change Institute and Distinguished Maine Professor Paul Mayewski led the forum, and Sandweiss co-wrote a forum presentation with Elizabeth Reitz of the University of Georgia. Sandweiss also co-wrote an invited paper with Fred Andrus of the University of Alabama in the Fryxell Symposium honoring Reitz, on “The Reitz Stuff: A Faunal Perspective on El Niño from Coastal Peru.” Paul “Jim” Roscoe, an anthropology professor, spoke “On Losing One’s Head in New Guinea: Head Rituals among New Guinea Hunter-Gatherers and Fisher-Foragers” in a symposium on “Skull Cults among Hunter-Gatherers?” Greg Zaro, associate professor and chair of anthropology, delivered a talk with Martina Celhar, Dario Vujevic and Kenneth C. Nystrom on “Nadin-Gradina and the Process of Urbanization in the Eastern Adriatic.” Alice Kelley, an associate research professor of climate studies, gave a paper co-written with recent Ph.D. graduate Ana Cecilia Mauricio; Sandweiss; and Joseph Kelley and Daniel Belknap, both Earth and climate sciences professors, on “Combining GPR and Archeological Excavations at Los Morteros: Looking ‘Inside’ a Complex Preceramic Coastal Peruvian Site.” Climate Change Institute master’s student Ani St. Amand presented a poster co-written with Alice Kelley and Sandweiss about “Impacts of Population Resettlement Due to Sea Level Rise on Archaeological Resources: A Case Study.” Other former UMaine undergraduate and graduate students also making presentations at the meeting included Kurt Rademaker, Peter Leach, David Reid and William Belcher, as well as Stephen Whittington, former director of the Hudson Museum.
Adjunct assistant professor Stefano Tijerina has received a two-week fellowship from the Kentucky Historical Society to continue research at its campus in Frankfort, Kentucky. Tijerina’s topic is “Kentucky Sons: Joseph C.S. Blackburn, Maurice H. Thatcher and the Management of the Isthmian Canal Commission, 1907-1913.” Eileen Hagerman and Jennie Woodard also visited the Kentucky Historical Society earlier this year. Hagerman, who has completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate in history, researched “‘Too Late in Asking:’ The Control of Water and the Emergence of Strip Mining in the Green River Valley.” Woodard, an instructor with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and a preceptor in the Honors College, conducted research in the Churchill Weavers collection and gave a talk in Louisville, Kentucky on women’s fashion and the workplace.
Professor of Wood Science Robert Rice received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Wood Science and Technology. The award is given in recognition of distinguished service to the wood science and technology profession. Rice is a fellow of both the International Academy of Wood Science and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. At UMaine, he oversees the Energy Testing Laboratory where research focuses on biomass, pellet and panel analyses. Rice has been a member of the UMaine community since 1990. His distinguished career in teaching and research includes his expertise with the forest products industry worldwide.
On Wednesday, April 13, Keri Kaczor, a marine professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will present work conducted with the Maine Healthy Beaches Program at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2016 Recreational Waters Conference in New Orleans. Her talk is titled “Digging in: Understanding the causes, impacts, and how best to address excessive seaweed accumulation on Maine’s coastal beaches.”
Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, assistant professor of psychology, has received a CHIPS (Child Intervention, Prevention and Services) Fellowship, funded through an NIMH grant. The CHIPS Program is a dynamic, interdisciplinary training consortium, created to bolster mental health research in the intervention, prevention and provision of services for children and adolescents. In addition to a travel award ($2,500 to attend two national meetings or meet with out-of-town mentors), Schwartz-Mette will participate in this year’s four-day, intensive institute, hosted by Dr. Bonnie Zima at the University of Los Angeles, designed to forge and develop mentoring relationships with faculty and work with them to refine career objectives, as well as develop a proposed research project. The CHIPS award follows a UMaine research award.
Ali Abedi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been invited to speak at the sixth annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, May 11–12 in Washington, D.C. Abedi is co-founder, president and chief technology officer of Activas Diagnostics LLC, a UMaine spin-off company established in 2009. The patented advances developed by the company stem from the research of Abedi and Marie Hayes, UMaine professor of psychology and the co-founder, CEO and CSO of Activas Diagnostics. Their work to develop SleepMove, a noninvasive device that analyzes sleep movement disturbances, and other innovations, including diagnostic and detection systems for mild traumatic brain injury, have been supported through the years by organizations that include NASA, the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and the Maine Technology Institute. In early March, Abedi and Hayes visited NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and presented their joint research on crew health monitoring to element scientists. They also toured NASA’s mission control, and VR and ISS labs.
Doug Nangle, professor of psychology and director of UMaine’s doctoral program in clinical psychology, with David Hansen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and UMaine alums Rachel Grover, Loyola University Maryland; Julie Newman Kingery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Cynthia Suveg, University of Georgia; and other contributors: “Treating Internalizing Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Core Techniques and Strategies,” Guilford Press (June 2016).
Pianist Phillip Silver and cellist Noreen Silver, both faculty members in the School of Performing Arts, will give two concerts in the United Kingdom in June as part of Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish music, literature and theater, sponsored by the Performing the Jewish Archive at the University of Leeds. The Silvers will perform in Leeds June 14 and York June 15. The concerts will feature the works of four composers, two of whom died in the Holocaust — James Simon and 12-year-old Josima Feldschuh. The other composers survived in exile: Paul Ben-Haim became the first internationally acclaimed Israeli composer and Hans Gál became a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.
Jacquelyn Gill, University of Maine professor of paleoecology, is part of an international team that authored “Combining paleo-data and modern exclosure experiments to assess the impact of megafauna extinctions on woody vegetation.” It was featured in the Oct. 26 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The paper recently appeared in a special PNSA feature, titled “Megafauna and Ecosystem Function: From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene.”
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology, and quaternary and climate studies, and D. Reid: “Negotiated subjugation: Maritime trade and the incorporation of Chincha into the Inca Empire,” Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology online ahead of print (2015). Reid, a recipient of the Department of Anthropology Outstanding Student Award and an Honors student, graduated from UMaine with a degree in anthropology in 2007. After working in contract archaeology, Reid returned to UMaine for a year as one of the two Honors Associates. Since 2012, he has been in the doctoral program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to the new paper, he has co-authored papers in Quaternary Research and Science, and book chapters in volumes from the University of Utah Press and a German series.
Dan Sandweiss was invited to speak at the Presidential Plenary Session on “Climate Change and Human Society Past, Present, and Future” at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in San Francisco. The professor of anthropology and climate studies presented Jan. 7 on “Nature’s Naughty Child: El Niño in Peruvian Prehistory.”
John Thompson, associate professor of physics, has been elected vice chair of the Topical Group on Physics Education Research for the American Physical Society.
Doug Allen, Philosophy, gave a keynote address at the International Summit on Peace and Harmony, Dec. 18–20 in Varanasi, organized by the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, the Malaviya Center for Peace Research and Banaras Hindu University. Allen is on sabbatical in India, where he is writing a new Gandhi-inspired book and serves as the first Visiting Chair Professor in Gandhian Philosophy at IIT Bombay.
Ali Abedi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Casey Clark and Kenn Bundy, students in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program; and Lonnie Labonte, a Ph.D. student in the program, will participate in the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE) in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 14–16. The group will present two papers: “Wireless Leak Detection Using Airborne Ultrasonics and a Fast-Bayesian Tree Search Algorithm with Technology Demonstration on the ISS” and “Collection and Analysis of Leak Spectral Signatures for Application to the ISS.” About 110 representatives from universities, government agencies and companies around the world are expected to attend. Abedi founded the conference in 2010 in Orono under the name Fly By Wireless. The conference was held in Montreal in 2011 before changing its name to WiSEE in 2013 when the event was held in Baltimore. In 2014, the conference was held at the European Space Agency facility close to Amsterdam. This year, Abedi is serving as technical program committee chair. The conference is being co-chaired by Robert Youngquist of NASA and Donald Malocha of the University of Central Florida.
In May and June 2016, Pianist Phillip Silver, professor of music, will perform under the auspices of the Rafael Schacter Institute in New York City and as part of the Israel Festival in Jerusalem. Silver will perform in Murry Sidlin’s concert-drama “Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezin Composer,” showcasing music by 15 composers imprisoned at the concentration camp in World War II. The performances are made possible by the Defiant Requiem Foundation.
Sandra Caron, professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Nov. 12–15, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her paper was titled “The Sex Lives of College Students: A Quarter Century of Attitudes and Behaviors.” Caron will presenting a paper in Dec. at the National Sex Education Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey titled “Human Sexuality in Europe: Lessons Learned.” She will be accompanied by Lauren Powers, a junior psychology major and Hayli Weitz, a junior child development and family relations major, who will co-present the paper.
Jordan Barrett, second-year student at Syracuse University, had his research “From Metric to Topology: Determining Relations in Discrete Space,” presented at the 2015 Conference on Spatial Information Theory this past October. It was one of 22 papers accepted after a comprehensive review of 52 entries. Hailing from South Paris, Maine, Barrett began the Upward Bound program the summer before his junior year of high school. The program provides resources for first-generation college students from low-income families such as scholarship opportunities, financial aid and college application preparation. The program involves a six-week summer camp at UMaine, which includes classes, workshops, community meetings and educational field trips. During Barrett’s first summer with Upward Bound, he completed a self-designed project involving aircraft navigation systems. This project became the foundation for his future work. The following summer, he began researching with Matt Dube, Ph.D. candidate in spatial information science and engineering at UMaine, who is first author on the paper and remained Barrett’s mentor even after he began at Syracuse University.
Leslie Forstadt, University of Maine Cooperative Extension child and family development specialist, received second place for the Human Development-Family Relationships award for the Northeast Region of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). Her award was announced at the November NEAFCS meeting in North Carolina. NEAFCS educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, was an invited participant in the Humboldt Lab Dahlem workshop, “Thin Ice: Facing Environment and Climate Change in Ethnological Museums,” at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 13–15, 2015. Sandweiss presented, “Nature’s Naughty Child: El Niño and Cultural Change in Ancient Peru,” as part of a panel on El Niño in Archaeological Research. The workshop was convened to advise the museum on the design and content of exhibits to be installed in a new building scheduled to open in 2019.
Ivan Fernandez, a professor of soil science who studies the biogeochemistry of ecosystems, has been appointed chair of the Secondary NAAQS Review Panel for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur, a panel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). He was appointed to CASAC earlier this year. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to carry out a periodic review and revision, as appropriate, of air quality criteria for primary and secondary standards for the six criteria air pollutants, which include sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone, carbon monoxide, lead and particulate pollution. Secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against decreased visibility, damage to animals, crops, forests, other vegetation and buildings. An early step in EPA’s new process for revising the secondary NAAQS is to develop a plan for reviewing the science associated with the secondary NAAQS. EPA has requested that CASAC provide advice on EPA’s upcoming Integrated Review Plan for Secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide, a process that begins later this fall. Fernandez is in the School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and the School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine.
Sociology majors Haleigh Moran and Katrina Ogden have received funding from Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society, to present their research at the Eastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting in Boston in March. The research is being conducted in collaboration with professor Steve Barkan, who also received funding from Alpha Kappa Delta and will attend the conference.
At the 44th Triennial Council of Phi Beta Kappa held in Denver, Oct. 8–10, 2015, George Markowsky served as chair of the Credentials Committee and was elected vice chair of the New England District of Phi Beta Kappa.
A special issue of Communications in Statistics, Theory and Methods on distribution theory and statistical methods for lifetime data is dedicated to Ramesh Gupta in recognition of his contributions. The issue’s guest editors, Syed N.U.A. Kirmani and Ram Tripathi, noted that Gupta’s widely cited work has made a significant impact on such areas as characterization of provability distributions, modeling of discrete data, study of failure rates and residual life, minimal repair, frailty modeling, weighted distributions and parametric inference. Gupta is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a member of the International Statistical Institute.
On Sept. 27, Naya Clifford, graduate student at the University of Maine, will release her new novel, Into the Woods, at the Common Ground Fair in the Maine Authors Publishing area.The novel takes the reader on an adventure across the Appalachian Trail, into the lives of a local family that finds themselves immersed in an environmental controversy. The book explores issues about environmental action, racism and religious radicalism. The print version of her book can be found online and an e-book version will be available on Amazon at the end of September. Clifford is doctoral student in the IPhD Disability Studies program at UMaine and has lived in Maine for nearly twenty years.
Seasonality in Stock and Bond ETFs (2001-2014): The Months are Getting Mixed Up but Santa Delivers on Time, by Pankaj Agrrawal and Matthew Skaves, has been published in the fall 2015 issue of “Journal of Investing.” Agrrawal, associate professor of finance, and Skaves, a lecturer in finance and accounting, are faculty members in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine. The article examines the current state of seasonality in returns using a set of 10 highly liquid exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The analysis extends beyond the traditional stock market framework to include bond, real estate and gold assets. This use of ETFs is a new approach compared with existing seasonality literature. Four well-known effects are researched — the January effect, the Halloween effect (“Sell in May and Go Away”), the Mark Twain effect and the Santa Claus rally. The article provides reference tables that include probabilities and averages for each month and for each effect. The Altman-Wald and Friedman tests are utilized for statistical significance, given the relatively short return histories for ETFs. The authors also introduce the bond-based “Safety in Summer” effect.
Robert Glover, Department of Political Science and Honors College, was selected as one of eight finalists for New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy’s (CED) 2015 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.
Charlsye Diaz, associate professor of English, was selected as the 2015 recipient of The Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr. Award for Best Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.
New Media faculty member Jon Ippolito along with John Bell were awarded a 2015 eLearning grant to extend the interactive, badge-based tutorial system built for use by digital curation and other distance education students.
Gregory Zaro, associate professor of anthropology and climate studies and chair of the Anthropology Department; and Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, were invited participants in Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society’s Partnering for Success workshop August 2–4 at the Snowbird Resort in Utah. The workshop focused on increasing the number of acceptances among students invited to join PKP. Each chapter annually invites the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors. Zaro is the president of UMaine’s PKP chapter, and Sandweiss is the northeast regional vice president and a member of the national board of directors. Phi Kappa Phi was founded at UMaine in 1897 and now has more than 300 chapters.
This fall, Professor of Philosophy Doug Allen will spend five months of his sabbatical based at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. In addition, he will spend a month serving as the first Visiting Chair Professor in Gandhian Philosophy at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai.
Steven Barkan, professor of sociology, has received the President’s Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association. The award is given for service to the organization.
Representatives from the eight universities participating in the National Hazing Prevention Consortium were at the University of Maine June 10–12 for a summit that included reviewing promising practices, challenges and evaluation case studies occurring on the different campuses to begin to build an evidence-based framework for hazing prevention to inform a nationwide dialogue. The summit was led by Elizabeth Allan, UMaine professor of higher education and president of Stop Hazing, home of the Hazing Prevention Consortium, a three-year program now in its second year. Attending the summit were representatives from Cornell, Lehigh, Texas A&M, University of Arizona, University of Central Florida, University of Kentucky, University of Virginia and UMaine.
Howard Segal, professor of history, spoke on the evolution of the University of Maine at the annual Homecoming meeting of UMaine retirees on June 2. His talk derived from the UMaine history book project he is editing.
Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, will speak on “Why Climate Change — A Socratic Exercise,” at the Midcoast Senior College, June 3 at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Thaler’s lecture is the first in a series of lectures on the theme, Global Climate Change and Maine’s Natural Resources, present and Future: Gloom and Doom or Economic Boom? Also speaking in the series on June 24 is marine scientist Andrew Pershing, addressing “The Gulf of Maine as the Frontline of a Changing Global Climate.”
“The Sex Lives of College Students: A Quarter Century of Attitudes and Behaviors,” authored by Professor of Family Relations and Human Sexuality Sandra Caron, was published in April. This second edition of “The Sex Lives of College Students” presents results of a 100-plus question human sexuality survey administered to thousands of college students ages 18–22 from 1990 to 2015. The goal is to better understand students’ sexual attitudes and behaviors, as well as trends. The findings raise awareness and provide perspective about students’ understanding of sex matters and related difficult issues, and indicate there is a long way to go before people own their sexuality. The survey results reinforce that young adults are generally comfortable pursuing sexual relationships, but often fail to openly discuss sexual issues. Some results suggest the double standard still exists; more college women than men say love is important in sex. “The Sex Lives of College Students” provides a springboard for honest dialogue about the role of sexuality in people’s lives and a forum for more public discussion of private parts. The book is available through amazon.com.
May 10 at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, Ramat Gan, Israel, Pianist Phillip Silver and cellist Noreen Silver will give a performance master class and a lecture-recital on the life and music of German-born composer James Simon, who was murdered in Auschwitz. May 16, the Silver Duo will performing works by James Simon in Prague, Czech Republic, under the auspices of the Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities. May 17, Phillip Silver will give a solo performance at Terezin Concentration Camp, under the auspices of the Schächter Foundation.
Three University of Maine faculty members and five former students presented papers April 15–19, at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco, California. Alice Kelley, Golden Undergraduate Coordinator and Instructor, School of Earth and Climate Sciences, presented “A Predictive Model for Submerged Prehistoric Sites, Northern New England and Canadian Maritimes,” coauthored with Dan Belknap and Joe Kelley, professors of Earth and Climate Sciences. Paul “Jim” Roscoe, professor of anthropology, spoke on “Beyond Defense: The Political Implications of Defense in Contact-era New Guinea.” Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, delivered a paper titled “Floods, Famines, and Fagan: Recent Research on El Niño in the Age of Andean States and Empires” in a session honoring best-selling archaeology author Brian Fagan. Former student speakers included: Louis Fortin, bachelor’s in anthropology (2006), master’s in quaternary and climate studies (2008); Peter Leach, bachelor’s in anthropology (2003), master’s in quaternary and climate studies (2007); Christopher Miller, master’s in Earth sciences (2006); Elizabeth Olson, master’s in quaternary and climate studies (2012); and David Reid, bachelor’s in anthropology and Honors (2007), Honors associate 2011–12.
Pankaj Agrrawal, associate professor of finance, co-authored “Investor Sentiment and Short-Term Returns for Size-Adjusted Value and Growth Portfolios” that was published in the Journal of Behavioral Finance. Agrrawal and co-author Doug Waggle examined the sentiment levels of individual investors between 1992–2010 to see if they offered insights into subsequent short-term market returns. “Digitizing investor sentiment to glean market behavior from big data is seen as an opportunity to extract alpha in markets that have heightened volatility. We build on the work of Kahneman and Tversky (1992),” Agrrawal says.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, was invited to present a paper on the earliest settlement of Peru at a summit April 6–9 on the state of the art in Peruvian prehistory convened by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, in Pisac, Peru. Experts on different periods gathered at the summit; intended outcomes include an edited book and exhibit content for a $150 million national museum being built near Lima.
Scott Dunning, professor of electrical engineering technology, will receive the 2015 Frederick J. Berger Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in recognition of distinguished accomplishments. It is one of ASEE’s national awards that will presented at the society’s 122nd Annual Conference and Exposition, June 14–17 in Seattle.
Ngo-Vinh Long, professor of Asian history, has been appointed a visiting senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), the most prestigious research institute in Asia on Southeast Asia. In recent years, Long has been among the international researchers and scholars presenting in ISEAS’ Vietnam Studies Programme.
Kurt Rademaker, UMaine faculty associate in anthropology and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tuebingen, and Sonia Zarrillo, University of Calgary, “Survival of the Highest,” Natural History, Vol. 123, March 2015, pp. 36–38.
Jeffrey Thaler, visiting professor of energy law and policy, will serve on an expert panel at the E2Tech Forum: Renewable Energy Incentives: Investment or Entitlement? The forum is March 25 in Augusta. Thaler will speak on renewable incentives in Maine and regionally.
Susan Gardner, associate dean of accreditation and graduate affairs in the College of Education and Human Development, and Amy Blackstone, associate professor of sociology, wrote a chapter on incivility and mobbing in the academy in the new book, Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education. Many of the book’s contributors are or have been involved in ADVANCE projects on their own campuses. Gardner and Blackstone will be presenting on their chapter as part of a panel of fellow contributors at the Southern Sociological Society meetings in March.
Jon Ippolito, a professor in the New Media program who directs the online graduate Digital Curation program at UMaine, and Richard Rinehart, director and chief curator of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, co-wrote “Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory.” The academic book on new media preservation looks at how to keep the digital culture alive in the face of rapid technological obsolescence. Ippolito has spent time during his sabbatical year promoting his book in Europe and the Americas, including U.S. venues such as the Library of Congress.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, gave a talk titled “Human Ecodynamics of Early Settlement on the Central Andean Coast” Feb. 27 at Yale University.
Mohamad Musavi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and associate dean of engineering, has been selected as a 2014 recipient of an IEEE-USA award for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the design and direction of the Bangor High School STEM Academy, part of the College of Engineering’s K–12 STEM Literacy Educator-Engineering Partnership. The award will be presented at the IEEE-USA Annual Meeting, May 16 in Milwaukee.
Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition, has been chosen to receive the 2015 General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award. The award is given to an investigator whose scientific contributions advance the understanding of the health benefits of whole grains. It will be presented at the American Society of Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, Experimental Biology 2015, March 29 in Boston. A news release about this and other ASN awards is online.
Deborah Rogers, professor of English, reviewed the exhibit “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. The review is online.
S.R. Waldstein and M.F. Elias (Eds.) (2015). Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge: Taylor and Francis. pp 1–528.
Deborah Rogers, professor of English, published in The Times Higher Ed “Undying Words, Eternal Devotion,” a review of Loving Literature 11 December 2014: 56 (print) and online.
Gregory Zaro, chair of Anthropology Department, received a grant for research to be conducted summer 2015. The grant is titled “Urban Transformation and Landscape Change at the Nadin Archaeological Site, Croatia” and is sponsored by National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration.
Maine Business School assistant professor Matt Graham has been elected director of OHI, Inc., a Maine-based, public nonprofit organization providing support and services to people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. OHI owns and operates 24 homes and the Brewer Area Food Pantry. Graham will be providing guidance on technology planning and procurement.
Peter Koons, professor of geological sciences, was made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union at the AGU meeting this past December in San Francisco. More on the prestigious award is on the School of Earth and Climate Sciences website.
Amy Blackstone, associate professor and chair of UMaine’s Department of Sociology and director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, penned the article “childless… or childfree?” published in the fall issue of Contexts. The percentage of women in the United States who have not given birth by their 40s has almost doubled since 1976, when 10 percent of women had never given birth. Blackstone writes that one question is whether people are consciously opting out of parenthood (childfree) or whether they want to have children but have not (childless). Studies, she says, indicate for childfree women, the choice is frequently linked to their desire to have careers, whereas childfree men cite as key factors the high cost of rearing children and wanting financial flexibility. Blackstone says studies also indicate higher education greatly increases women’s likelihood of being childfree, but the same is not true for men.
Susan Gardner, Amy Blackstone, Shannon K. McCoy and Daniela Véliz wrote “Effect of State Budget Cuts on the Department Climate: The human side of austerity” that ran in the November/December issue of Academe. Gardner is associate dean of accreditation and graduate affairs with the College of Education and Human Development and co-primary investigator of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE grant; Blackstone is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center; and McCoy is associate professor of psychology, all at UMaine. Véliz is a research associate with the Center for Research on Educational Policy and Practice at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. They conducted a National Science Foundation-funded survey in spring 2012 at State University (pseudonym) about the role department climate plays in job satisfaction and retention. From the 50 percent of survey responses they received from 486 tenure-track and nontenure-track faculty and staff members in 23 academic departments, researchers found that budget cuts were viewed as the primary reason for negative climates. Faculty members indicated “the greatest negative impact on their day-to-day experiences resulted from things entirely beyond their department’s control,” wrote the researchers. Budget cuts, they learned, directly and indirectly influenced faculty departments’ climates due to lack of funding, unfilled faculty positions that result in unreasonable workloads and a declining physical plant. The researchers suggested State University and others in similar financial situations “move beyond Band-Aid approaches to budgetary shortfalls and consider how more strategic, long-term efforts might better serve their faculty, staff, and students, “including hiring grant management staff, lab support staff and graduate assistants.
Michael Rocque, Chad Posick, Steven Barkan and Raymond Paternoster, co-authored “Marriage and County-Level Crime Rates: A Research Note,” published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 52:130-145 (2015).
Ivan Manev, Dean of the Maine Business School and professor of management, co-authored the article “Friends with money? Owner’s financial network and new venture internationalization in a transition economy” published in the December 2014 edition of International Small Business Journal. Manev collaborated on the piece with Tatiana Manolova, associate professor at Bentley University, and Bojidar Gyoshev, professor at the International Business School in Bulgaria.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, was an invited participant in a marine resources roundtable at the Océanides Conference on The Influence of the Sea on History: A Voyage to the Heart of Antiquity & the Middle-Ages, held Dec. 11–12 in Paris, France. The program also included a reception at the French Senate hosted by the senator from St. Pierre and Miquelon, French islands near Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Steve Barkan, professor of sociology, has an article, “Gender and Abortion Attitudes: Religiosity as a Suppressor Variable,” in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ). The full article is available online. The article will appear in a future print edition of POQ, one of the leading journals in the fields of public opinion and political science.
Stefano Tijerina, Diversity Libra Professor of History, will present a lecture at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) on Nov. 27, at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Merrill “Pete” Elias, professor of psychology and cooperating professor of biomedical sciences and engineering, with UMaine alumnus Greg Dore, National Institute of Aging, presented a seminar, “From Darkness Into Light: Blood Pressure and Cognition — Brain to Kidney,” Nov. 10 at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.
Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition, presented “Increasing Satiety to Help with Weight Control” at a meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) on Oct. 21 in Atlanta, Georgia. Camire, the 75th president of IFT, also met with students from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Auburn University, Tuskegee University and University of Georgia. Camire also was the closing plenary speaker Nov. 7 at the Advances in Food Processing: Challenges for the Future congress, organized by the Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos (ITAL) and Fraunhofer IVV, in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her presentation was titled FutureFood2050; she also toured the ITAL laboratories. Camire made the same presentation Nov. 10 at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and met with faculty members and students to discuss research collaborations and exchange opportunities between the University of Maine and UNICAMP. For more information on the IFT FutureFood2050 project, visit FutureFood2050.com.
Alice Kelley, assistant research professor with the Climate Change Institute, instructor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and cooperating assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology; and Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, organized the panel “The Archaeological Record as a Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Archive” on Oct. 19 at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In addition, Paul Pluta, a master’s degree candidate in quaternary and climate studies, presented the paper “Fluvial Deposition, El Niño and Landscape Construction at San José de Moro and Huaca del Sol, Peru,” that he coauthored with Kelley, Sandweiss and Jeffrey Quilter, director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.
When an 18th-century ship was unearthed during a 1982 pre-construction dig at 175 Water St. in Lower Manhattan, nautical archaeologist Warren Riess was called in to find out how it got there. After a year of fieldwork that included co-excavating the remains of the Colonial merchant ship, as well as more than three decades of analysis, interpretation and writing, Riess has revealed what he discovered in “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street.” Texas A&M University Press is the publisher of the 112-page book written by the research associate professor in the departments of history, anthropology and marine sciences at the University of Maine. In the book, Riess offers details about the construction of the vessel that was likely built in South Carolina and dubbed Princess Carolina, as well as information about her history as a merchant ship and why and how she came to be buried in New York City. Riess is slated to attend a reception and deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at The Explorers Club in New York City. For more information, reviews and to order a copy, visit tamupress.com/product/Ship-That-Held-Up-Wall-Street,7901.aspx.
Jeffrey Thaler, visiting professor of energy law and policy,“From Immersion with Farmers and Autoworkers to Refugees and Immigrants: 40 Years of Transformational Learning,” chapter in Putting the Local in Global Education: Transformative Learning Through Domestic Off-Campus Programs (in print, Stylus Press).
Carlos Villacorta, assistant professor of Spanish, presented his 2014 novel “Alicia, esto es el capitalismo” Sept. 12 at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Manhattan, New York. The book relates the story of a couple’s struggles to find employment and secure an education in Peru under Alberto Fujimori’s dictatorship.
Jim Bird, head of the Fogler Library Science and Engineering Center, received a 2014 Gerry Turner Excellence in Volunteerism Award from the American Folk Festival at a reception Oct. 21 at Sea Dog Brewing Company in Bangor.
Pankaj Agrrawal, associate professor in the Maine Business School (MBS), coauthored “An Inter-temporal Study of ETF Liquidity and Underlying Factor Transition (2009–2014)” that was published in the Journal of Trading in summer 2014. He also wrote “Using Index ETFs for Multi-Asset Class Investing: Shifting the Efficient Frontier Up” that ran in the Journal of Index Investing in fall 2013.
Ivan Manev, dean of the Maine Business School and professor of management, coauthored “Are pure or hybrid strategies right for new ventures in transition economies?” with Jason Harkins, associate professor of management at MBS, Tatiana Manolova, associate professor at Bentley University, and Bojidar Gyoshev, professor at the International Business School in Bulgaria. The article is slated to run in International Small Business Journal.
Janet Fairman and Sally Mackenzie co-presented “Supporting Teacher Learning and Leadership: Progress and Challenge” at the European Conference on Education Research held Sept. 3–5, in Porto, Portugal. Fairman is an associate research professor and Mackenzie is an associate professor, both in the College of Education and Human Development. They conduct research on educational leadership and school improvement.
Ellen Mallory, an associate Extension professor and associate professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, is coordinating a two-day conference on organic agriculture, “Innovations in Organic Food Systems for Sustainable Production & Enhanced Ecosystem Services,” Nov. 1-2 in Long Beach, California. Information about the event is online.
John Mahon, Maine Business School Murphy Chair and professor of management, is one of five finalists for the 2014 Faculty Pioneers Award of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. Aspen Faculty Pioneer Awards honor faculty who have “developed innovative ways to teach business school graduate students how government and business can work together to solve problems and create opportunities.” Mahon was recognized for his leadership in co-teaching with Paul Mayewski and Mike Hastings an innovative course, Abrupt Climate Change, Business and Public Policy, for students from the Maine Business School, the School of Policy and International Affairs, and School of Earth and Climate Sciences. The three Faculty Pioneer winners and five finalists will be recognized in an award ceremony at the Ford Foundation, New York City, Oct. 16.
In September, Pecan Grove Press published a poetry collection titled “The Next Unknown” by Leonore Hildebrandt, a lecturer in English. Hildebrandt’s poems recall her early years in post-war Germany, reflect on living with the land and the sea in her new-world home in Maine and comment on art and culture, often opening windows into imaginary spaces. The cover painting by Susan Hammond beautifully catches the tone of bewilderment, play and mystery. The 67-page collection costs $15 and is available at flatbaycollective.org, on campus at the University Bookstore and at other area bookstores.
UMaine College of Engineering has joined the Engineering Ambassadors Network. Sheila Pendse from the College of Engineering led a group of seven engineering students to a three-day NSF-funded Engineering Ambassadors training workshop at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Sept. 4–7. Students were teamed with their peers to prepare engaging presentations and activities to share with schoolchildren. The seven UMaine students were Devin Weaver, Elizabeth Clark, Emily Doyon, Erin Eldridge, Kevin Bois, Ogechi Ogoke and Samantha Bullard. Sara Walton, lecturer from the Department of Chemical Engineering, also joined the group. UMaine Engineering Ambassadors are student representatives of the College of Engineering. Their goal is to share with a younger audience their experiences as engineering students, inspiring others to see the opportunities available and the important role engineers play in creating solutions.
David Megquier, director of Maine Educational Talent Search and Maine Educational Opportunity Center, was one of three recipients of the Walter O. Mason Award, the top honor of the Council for Opportunity in Education. The national awards were presented at the annual conference, Sept. 7–10 in Washington, D.C. The council works in conjunction with colleges universities, and agencies that host TRIO programs to help low-income students enter college and graduate.
The University of Maine was well represented at numerous conferences in Lima, Peru in August 2014. At the first Congreso Nacional de Arqueología Peruana (National Congress of Peruvian Archaeology), anthropology faculty associate Kurt Rademaker (UMaine Ph.D. 2012) gave a talk co-authored with Gregory Hodgins, Gordon R.M. Bromley (Climate Change Institute post-doctoral associate) and Daniel Sandweiss (professor of anthropology and climate studies): “Asentamiento Tardiglacial de los Andes peruanos” (Late Glacial Settlement of the Peruvian Andes); Ph.D. candidate Ana Cecilia Mauricio gave a talk: “El sitio Los Morteros y la zona arqueológica de Pamap de las Salinas. Nuevas interpretaciones sobre el Precerámico en el valle de Chao” (The site of Los Morteros and the Archaeological Zone of Salinas de Chao. New Interpretations on the Preceramic of the Chao Valley); and Sandweiss spoke about “Ocupación temprana de la costa central andina” (Early Occupation of the Central Andean Coast). Mauricio also spoke at the Simposio Internacional: Los Orígenes de la Civilización en el Perú (International Symposium: Origins of Civilization in Peru) on “Los Morteros, el Paleoambiente de Pampa de Las Salinas y el Desarrollo de la Complejidad Temprana en el valle de Chao, Costa Norte del Perú” (Los Morteros, the Paleoenvironment of the Pampa las Salinas, and the Development of Early Complexity in the Chao Valley, North Coast of Peru). Sandweiss was a discussant at the symposium and also gave a talk: “El Asentamiento Temprano de la Costa Occidental de Sud América” (The Early Settlement of the West Coast of South America) at the Biennial Congress of the International Association of Inter-American Studies. In addition, Sandweiss helped organize the Society for American Archaeology’s second Conferencia Intercontinental and participated in that event, as well as an SAA-led conference on Improving Standards and Practices in Cultural Heritage Compliance in Latin America with representatives of the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank, the SAA, and various Latin American ministries of culture and practicing archaeologists (both events also in Lima).
Gregory Zaro, associate professor of anthropology and climate change and chair of anthropology, represented the university’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi at the 43rd Biennial Convention, Aug. 7–9 in St. Louis, Missouri. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It was founded at UMaine in 1897. The convention brought together more than 300 attendees including 175 chapter delegates. The two-day event featured a keynote address from West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee and a plenary address from generations expert and XYZ University founder Sarah Sladek. Other highlights included a panel of three provosts discussing issues impacting higher education, presentations by Phi Kappa Phi award winners, regional meetings, chapter development trainings, and elections for the 2014-2016 board of directors and regional vice presidents.
Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition, has been named the 75th president of the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific society of industry, academia and government professionals focused on food science and technology, and related areas. A news release about her appointment is online.
Aug. 9 at the Biennial Convention of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and Quaternary and climate studies, was elected vice president for the Northeast region, and one of two regional VP members of the Phi Kappa Phi board of directors. This is the first time in recent history that a UMaine Phi Kappa Phi representative (from Chapter 001) has been elected to national leadership. From 2011–13, Sandweiss was president of the UMaine chapter, and is now past president. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest collegiate honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines, with more than 300 chapters and 1,000,000 members inducted. It was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine by students who included Marcus Urann, who went on to found Ocean Spray.
Jay Rasaiah, professor of chemistry, will receive the 2014 University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumni Award Sept. 19.
University of Maine chemists were honored at the 248th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, Aug. 9–14. A four-day symposium, “Liquid State Theory: Symposium in Honor of Jay Rasaiah,” was put on by the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry and organized by Professor Alenka Luzar of Virginia Commonwealth University and Dr. Gerhard Hummer of the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. Over 40 top researchers from around the nation and the world shared their latest work in areas of liquid state structure and dynamics, properties of ionic solutions and the behavior of water and other liquids in confined spaces. The contributions emphasized Rasaiah’s influence on the field during the past six decades. His work on ion mobility and water mobility in pores is highly relevant to the emerging understanding of the transport of molecules through membranes in cells — a critical issue for understanding cell function. Some of the presenters had been students or collaborators of Rasaiah’s, while others had been influenced by his published work. Rasaiah gave a presentation about his work on ion mobility on the last day of the symposium, “Simulation studies of ion mobilty and proton transfer in water and water wires.” Two of Rasaiah’s colleagues from the UMaine Chemistry Department, François G. Amar and Scott Collins, also gave talks. The Rasaiah Symposium was supported in part by UMaine and the Maine Section of the American Chemical Society.
Mitchell Bruce, a member of the UMaine Chemistry Department for over 25 years, was one of 99 chemists who were named Fellows of the ACS at the San Francisco meeting. As of 2014, this honor has been accorded to only 859 of the society’s more than 160,000 members — about half a percent of the membership. Bruce was cited for his contributions to “fundamental aspects of electronic spectroscopy, photochemistry and electrochemistry of gold (I) thiolate complexes” as well as his “development of active learning strategies for classroom and laboratory.” His service and leadership in the ACS includes chairmanship of the Local Section Activities and Project Seed committees; the latter program promotes careers in science by awarding research fellowships to disadvantaged youth.
Liam Riordan, professor of history, will return to Glasgow, Scotland, this fall to be part of a conference in conjunction with the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s current exhibit: How Glasgow Flourished, 1714–1834. While in Glasgow as a Fulbright Scholar in spring 2012, Riordan consulted on the museum exhibit and did research in numerous Scottish archives. One of the special events connected to the exhibit will be held this October, based on the popular British Museum publication: “A History of the World in 100 Objects.” Riordan is expected to use an 18th-century portrait of George Bogle and a related account book as points of entry to discuss the “Glasgow system” of trade that linked the city and its hinterlands to trade throughout the British Atlantic and beyond. Riordan is particularly interested in what happened when the dense ties connecting Virginia’s tobacco trade to Glasgow were destroyed by the American Revolution. There are plans to film the scholars’ object commentaries and make them available online.
Jeff Thaler, assistant university counsel and visiting professor of energy law and policy, was asked by the editor of Ocean and Coastal Law Journal to write an article. The focus is on how climate change’s impact on public trust resources (e.g. oceans, wildlife, fisheries) compels a faster move to ocean-based renewable energy — and a roadmap to get there. The article is online.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, was invited to join the editorial board of the Boletín de Arqueología PUCP, an international archaeology journal published in Lima, Peru. UMaine IPhD student Ana Cecilia Mauricio is the journal’s executive editor.
Mitchell Bruce, an associate professor of chemistry, was named a 2014 fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Bruce is one of 99 scientists recognized by the society for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and making important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. The 2014 fellows represent a range of disciplines and geographic locations, from 30 of the society’s technical divisions, 57 local sections and 23 national committees. This year’s class will be recognized Aug. 11 at the society’s 248th national meeting in San Francisco. A full news release with a complete list of this year’s fellows is online.
Amy Blackstone, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, with Jason Houle and Christopher Uggen, wrote: “I Didn’t Recognize it as a Bad Experience Until I was Much Older'” Age, Experience, and Workers’ Perceptions of Sexual Harassment, published in the journal Sociological Spectrum. The research paper has been 10 years in the making, beginning with work in 2004 with Blackstone and Houle, who at that time was an undergraduate research assistant. Houle is now an assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth. The article is online.
Kyriacos Markides, professor of sociology, was invited to participate in a conference on Cyprus and deliver a lecture, “The System of Values and Moral Orientation of Cypriots in Relationship to their Political Behavior.” The conference was organized by Thoukidides, a Cypriot think tank. (For those who speak Greek or want a glimpse of the session, a clip of the panel on which Kyriacos sat online.)
Elisa Sance, a doctoral candidate in history, is attending the Forum Des Jeunes Ambassadeurs De La Francophonie Des Ameriques at the University of Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Canada. Sance was one of 50 participants chosen from 400 applicants from Canada, the United States, Caribbean and South America. June 23–30, she’s attending lectures, workshops, screenings and discussions that promote the French language and culture in the Americas with the goal of fostering exchanges between different communities and furthering knowledge of francophones in the Americas. While a graduate teaching assistant at UMaine, Sance taught French in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. In May, she defended her thesis on the Evolution of Acadian Identity in Song. For her doctorate, she’ll focus on language policies in the 1960s and 1970s in New Brunswick and their effect on people in northern Maine.
Douglas Gardner, professor of forest operations, bioproducts and bioenergy, will receive the 2014 Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) Distinguished Service Award at the society’s 57th international convention, June 23–27 in Zvolen, Slovakia. The award recognizes distinguished service to the profession of wood science and technology. In his nomination, Gardner was cited for his strong history of service to SWST, which included serving as president in 2006–07. Prior to that time, he served the society’s board of directors as a director, newsletter editor, vice president, and president-elect. He had the vision several years to make SWST a truly international professional society. Gardner is an international expert in bio-based composites and adhesives. He also has received a number of awards for his research, including the 2012 G. Peirce and Florence Pitts Weber Outstanding Researcher in Forest Resources, the 2007 Director’s Outstanding Faculty Award at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, the 2008 L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award, and a second place George Marra Award in 2010. He was a visiting lecturer at Beijing Forestry University and BOKU in Vienna, Austria, and is an honorary member of the Union of Wood Processing Manufacturers of the Slovak Republic. He was named an SWST Fellow in 2012.
Ivan Manev, dean of the Maine Business School, has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). UMaine was one of the founders of AUBG 23 years ago. More information about the board is online.
Allan Smith, an associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, has received the 2014 Bette Ann Harris Distinguished Alumni Award from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Smith graduated from the institute in 1996 with a master of science degree in speech-language pathology. The award is the highest form of recognition given to an alumnus of the Boston health sciences graduate school. The award is presented each year to an alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, achievement and service in advancing health care. Smith’s recent research efforts have focused on acoustic measurement of speech in children. Currently, he and his students are investigating ways to detect earlier signs of speech, language and reading disorders. A full news release is online.
University of Maine School of Performing Arts faculty members Phillip Silver, pianist, and Noreen Silver, cellist, will give a recital featuring music of imprisoned Terezín composers Gideon Klein, Robert Dauber, James Simon and Viktor Ullmann on June 10 as part of the Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities at American University, sponsored by the Defiant Requiem Foundation.
Professor of Management John Mahon, the John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy, has been invited to deliver the 2014 Centre for Corporate Public Affairs Oration in Melbourne, Australia, June 26. Mahon will speak on “Unprepared, Irrelevant and Confused? What Is 21st-century Public Affairs?” The annual oration is typically delivered by prominent government ministers and CEOs. Last year, the oration was delivered by Alastair Campbell, former director of strategy and communications for Prime Minister Tony Blair.
History professor Elizabeth McKillen’s book “Making the World Safe for Workers: Labor, the Left, and Wilsonian Internationalism” was published in December 2013 by University of Illinois Press. McKillen says her book explores the incorporation of American Federation of Labor leaders into policy-making circles during World War I and considers the significant opposition to President Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy programs that developed among dissenting labor and left groups in the United States, Europe and Latin America.
The University of Maine was well represented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held April 23–27 in Austin, Texas. Along with Gregory Hodgins of the University of Arizona, Kurt Rademaker, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, Gordon Bromley, postdoctoral research associate in Climate Change, and Daniel Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, spoke on “Late-glacial settlement of the high Peruvian Andes.” Sandweiss also presented “Negotiated Subjugation: The Incorporation of Chincha into the Inca Empire,” was the discussant for a symposium on “New Perspectives on the Social Dynamics and Economic Interactions of Andean Maritime Communities” and coauthored “Cultural Responses to Mid-Holocene Environmental Changes along the Pacific Coast of Peru” with Elizabeth Reitz and Dolores Piperno. Paul Pluta, Climate Change Institute graduate student, and Alice R. Kelley, Golden Undergraduate Coordinator in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, offered a poster on “Fluvial Deposition, El Niño and Landscape Construction at San José de Moro and Huaca del Sol, Peru.” Professor of anthropology Paul Roscoe presented a paper on “Military Strength, Material Distribution, and Monument Construction: Status Pursuits in Contact-era New Guinea.” Gregory Zaro, associate professor of anthropology and climate studies, talked on “Urban transformation and landscape change surrounding the Nadin archaeological site in the Ravni Kotari region of the eastern Adriatic.” Many former students and colleagues also participated.
The Society for Economic Anthropology also met last week, April 24-26, in Austin, Texas and Cynthia Isenhour, assistant professor of anthropology, was program chair. The theme of the annual meeting was “Energy and Economy.”
Edward Grew, research professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, has been appointed to the editorial board of the European Journal of Mineralogy effective May 1. Founded in 1989, the journal is one of the world’s leading publications in mineralogical sciences. It is owned by the national mineralogical societies of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Grew joins only two other U.S. scientists on the 27-member board. Grew has co-authored seven papers published in the journal, and served as a guest editor in 2007 and 2008.
School of Economics professors Jonathan Rubin, Mario Teisl and Phil Trostel presented their latest research at the second annual Maine Economics Conference, which was held April 26 at Colby College in Waterville. Rubin’s presentation was titled “Regional Credit Trading: Economic and GHG Impacts of a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard.” Teisl offered “Making or Buying Environmental Public Goods: Do Consumers Care?” and Trostel presented “The ‘Other’ Benefits of College Education.” Four graduate students in the School of Economics took part in a poster session as well. Professor of economics James McConnon served on the conference organizing committee along with faculty from Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges. More than 40 economists from around the state gathered to share research, network and establish connections with other Maine scholars.
James Bryant, engineer and project manager at the University of Maine Advanced Manufacturing Center, met with youth interested in design engineering at the first Teen Science Café for ME! event March 27 in Dover-Foxcroft. At Teen Science Café for ME! youth learn from experts about science and technology during informal, interactive programs designed to promote exploration, creativity and life-long learning. The Café was organized by a youth leadership team working with Clare Thomas-Pino and Alyson Saunders, STEM guides from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, with the support of Laura Wilson, 4-H Science professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Upcoming Teen Science Cafés will be with UMaine Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Rosemary Smith on nanotechnology and Aquaculture Research Institute associate director Anne Langston on aquaculture and marine science. The Teen Science Café for ME! program is supported by the STEM Guides Project through a National Science Foundation grant. More information is available at tsc4me.mmsa.org or by contacting Alyson Saunders, email@example.com.
Bob Kates, Presidential Professor of Sustainability Science, has received the 2014 AAG Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography. The Association of American Geographers noted Kates’ “unrelenting creativity, energy, and care for the world around him have (that have) led him to enhance and ennoble nature-society research as one of geography’s fundamental contributions to knowledge, at the same time improving prospects for sustainability from the global to the local scales.” The annual award honors an individual geographer or team of geographers who demonstrate originality, creativity and significant intellectual breakthroughs in geography.
Rich Kent, associate professor of literacy education, co-authored with Stanford University coach John Vargas, Water Polo Team Notebook, a first-of-its-kind book for water polo teams, players and coaches. The book is based on the training logs, notebooks and journals of Olympians and other world-class athletes.
Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Ali Abedi and two of his former doctoral students coauthored and presented two research papers at the 48th Conference on Information Sciences and Systems in March at Princeton University. The first paper, “Delay Minimization with Channel-Adaptive Packetization Policy for Random Data Traffic,” presents a paradigm changing theory to reduce delay in the networks for time sensitive applications such as emergency management and telemedicine. The second paper, “Power Allocation in Parallel Relay Channels using a Near-Potential Game Theoretical Approach,” utilizes the game theory concept from economics to make wireless networks more efficient and enable enhanced coverage in rural areas where multiple relays are necessary. Former student Fatemeh Afghah is now an assistant professor at North Carolina A&T State University and former student Abolfazl Razi is a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University.
Alan Kurtz, coordinator of education and autism, and Janet May, coordinator of transition and adults at the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, are two of four authors of the study, “Person-Centered Planning for Transition-Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders” published in the January–March 2014 issue of The Journal of Rehabilitation. The study explores strategies and supports used to assist transition-aged youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders participate in person-centered transition planning meetings. The quality of transition planning from high school to adult life can make a critical difference in rehabilitation outcomes of youth with disabilities, Kurtz writes. Kurtz, May and co-authors David Hagner and Heidi Cloutier from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, are collaborating on a three-year National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research project.
Martin Stokes, professor of animal and veterinary science in the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, presented “Let’s Make Good Silage” at Forage Crop Risk Management Workshops for dairy and beef producers in Lancaster, N.H. and Concord, N.H. The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension organized the February workshops.
Robert Glover, honors preceptor of political science, has been selected to receive the Donald Harward Award for Service-Learning Excellence from Maine Campus Compact. Annually, Maine Campus Compact recognizes three faculty members who have made public service an integral part of their teaching. Recipients use service-learning and/or community action as an innovative teaching tool to engage students in civic learning. Recipients also show clear evidence of reflection, community benefit and reciprocity with community partners and demonstrate a commitment to advocating for service-learning and/or community action on campus and beyond. The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Maine State House April 30.
Dan Sandweiss, professor of anthropology and climate studies, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Society for American Archaeology. His term begins in April 2014. Also this month, he published a chapter titled Early Coastal South America in “The Cambridge Prehistory.” In December 2013, Sandweiss co-edited Volume 11 of “Andean Past,” a publication series of peer-reviewed papers on Andean archaeology and ethnohistory published by Cornell University; he founded the series as graduate student in the 1980s at Cornell. In November 2013, Sandweiss was appointed joint editor of “Archaeology and Patrimony for Chungara,” a bilingual anthropology journal published in Chile and indexed in Web of Science. In October 2013, he was invited to present the closing commentary at the final meeting of the Past Crises in the Americas working group in Brussels, Belgium. Sandweiss presented “The Upside of Crisis on the Peruvian Coast: Is El Niño Always Naughty?” at the same symposium. And, in September 2013, Sandweiss was an invited expert to the UNESCO-HEADS’ First Peopling of the Americas and the World Heritage Convention in Mexico. Sandweiss spoke about “Climate, Catastrophe and Culture in the Ancient Americas: The Case of the Pacific Coast.”
Jennifer Moxley, professor of English, and Andrea Brady will read poems as part of the Poetry@Princeton program, April 16.
Cathy Billings, associate director for communications and development, Lobster Institute, has published: The Maine Lobster Industry: A History of Culture, Conservation & Commerce.
Michael “Mick” Peterson, professor of mechanical engineering, and Christie Mahaffey, UMaine alumna and research director for the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory in Orono, are two of the eight coauthors on Equine Surfaces White Paper, published by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), compiling published scientific papers and data on the effect of arena surfaces on the orthopedic health of sport horses. FEI is the governing body for equestrian events in the Olympics. The white paper is online.
Steve Evans, associate professor of English, will give an invited lecture, “Driven to Abstraction? Listening for ‘Late Style’ in Feminist Avant-Garde Poetry,” at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University, Boulder, April 22.
Music instructor Ginger Yang Hwalek has been elected director-elect of Eastern Division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). In 2016, she’ll become division director and be on the association’s board of directors. The 20,000-member MTNA seeks “to advance the value of music study and music-making to society.”
During music professor Beth Wiemann‘s April residency at Ragdale — an artist community in Illinois —she’ll continue work on her chamber opera collaboration with English associate professor Jennifer Moxley and begin work on a new composition for the Hikari Trio. UMaine faculty members Marcia Gronewold Sly, Karen Pendleton and Liz Downing will perform a song cycle of Wiemann’s on April 25 at Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival in Portland. Wiemann will also be a judge for the Bagaduce Music Lending Library Young Composers’ Competition at the Young Composers’ Festival on April 26 in Blue Hill.
March 6–7, Micah Pawling, assistant professor of history and Native American studies, was invited to participate in a seminar, “The Petition in North America: Interpretive, Spatial, Statistical and Political Approaches,” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Seminar leader Daniel Carpenter (Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and Director, Center for American Political Studies at Harvard), organized four panels over the two days: Native Voice and Native Space: Land and Representation in Native American Petitioning; Race and the Petitioning Politics of Slavery and Civil Rights; Women’s Petitioning in North American History; Economy and Empire.
Steve Barkan, professor of sociology, has been elected as a regional representative of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society.
Steve Barkan, professor of sociology, has published: Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, sixth edition, (2015); and “Why Sociology Textbooks Do a Disservice,” in A. Javier Treviňo and Karen M. McCormack (eds.), Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems (2014).
Jeff Thaler, visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics, and assistant university counsel for environmental, energy and sustainability projects, was one of five newly elected board members of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) Institute, the council’s nonprofit arm that leads programs that support innovation and entrepreneurship, cluster and economic development, and workforce development. Thaler, who also is affiliated with the University of Maine Law School, has been developing and teaching courses on renewable energy law, energy economics and law, administrative law, and climate change law and policy. He is a founder and former co-chair, and current board member of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine; a founder and third president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers; and a founder and current chair (for the third time) of the Gaudino Fund of Williams College.
The 2014 Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) Distinguished Service Award (DSA) will be presented to professor Douglas Gardner of UMaine’s School of Forest Resources at the society’s 57th international convention in Zvolen, Slovakia, June 23–27. The SWST award recognizes distinguished service to the profession — any educational, technological, scientific or professional area directly related to the profession of wood science and technology. In general, recipients of this honor are professionals who have reached high levels of attainment. In his nomination for the award, Gardner was cited for his history of service to SWST, including serving as president in 2006–07. Gardner is an international expert in his field of bio-based composites and adhesives. His numerous awards include the 2012 G. Peirce and Florence Pitts Weber Outstanding Researcher in Forest Resources; 2007 Director’s Outstanding Faculty Award, UMaine AEWC Center; 2008 L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award; and Second Place George Marra Award in 2010. He was a visiting lecturer at Beijing Forestry University and BOKU in Vienna, Austria and is an Honorary Member of the Union of Wood Processing Manufacturers of the Slovak Republic. He was named an SWST Fellow in 2012.
Political Science professor and chair James Warhola has been invited to make a presentation on U.S.-Russian relations at the U.S. Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe March 27. He will present the results of his current research and publications on Russian affairs, including U.S.-Russian relations, which are at a critically important juncture amid the political difficulties in and around Ukraine.
Christopher Rigaud, a University of Maine diving safety officer, is a guest instructor for the National Park Service (NPS) Dive Leader Program underway at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles. The 10-day program is being held to train NPS employees to be unit dive leaders at their respective parks. The course concludes March 12.
Susan Gardner, associate professor of higher education and director of the Rising Tide Center, recently published a book, Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students: A Handbook, and has been invited to give talks on this topic at the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri and Syracuse University. The book gives evidence-based strategies, tips and information for faculty who advise doctoral students to better ensure success and completion.
Mary Jane Perry, interim director, Darling Marine Center, is giving one of four plenary talks at the international biannual Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Feb. 23–28. Perry will speak on “Looking Forward to Looking Back on 50 Years of Autonomous Robotic Ocean Sensing.”
Phillip and Noreen Silver, UMaine music professors and pianist and cellist respectively, are presenting and performing this summer at the Defiant Requiem Foundation as part of the 2014 Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities. The duet will perform music of imprisoned Terezín composers Gideon Klein, Robert Dauber, James Simon and Viktor Ullmann and offer context and insight into the works on the program.
Rebekah Smith, a research associate at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, was appointed to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women by Speaker of the House Mark Eves. The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women is “a government-appointed group dedicated to improving opportunities for women and girls.” The group advises the Governor and members of the legislature about policy and social issues affecting women and girls in the state.
Jack Burt, associate professor for trumpet and Jazz Ensemble director, will present master classes at four universities in the Southeast and Middle Atlantic states — the University of South Carolina, Gardner-Webb University James Madison University and Slippery Rock University. He also will present a preliminary version of his upcoming presentation in May at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Philadelphia. The classes and presentations will center on the German rotary trumpet. Part of his presentation will include the presentation of trumpets from the UMaine German Rotary Trumpet Collection, purchased in 20005 with Faculty Research funds. In July, Burt and Laura Artesani, professor of music, will appear as soloists at the 2014 Schagerl Brass Festival, as part of “From the New World,” a recital of American music for trumpet.They will perform at Stift Melk, a Benedictine Abbey in Melk, Austria. In addition, Burt will be featured as the member of the European Brass Ensemble, both in concert and the festival, and on tour throughout Austria, and in Innsbruck, Steyr and other locations.
Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine, attended the annual meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5. PBK, America’s oldest scholastic honor society, was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Segal served as president of the University of Maine chapter for 23 years and was elected as PBK’s New England District Senator. PBK recently launched a nationwide liberal arts and sciences initiative.
Linda Silka, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and professor in the school of economics and Robert Glover, an Honors preceptor of political science, are lead co-authors of an article published in Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry as part of a Community Engaged Research Teaching and Service (CERTS) learning circle. UMaine associate professor of sociology, Amy Blackstone also contributed to the article: “Moving Beyond Single Discipline: Building a Scholarship of Engagement that Permeates High Education.” Other co-authors include Laura Lindenfeld and Claire Sullivan, associate professors in the Department of Communication and Journalism; Karen Hutchins, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism; Catherine Elliott, associate extension professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; and Melissa Ladenheim, an adjunct assistant professor in Honors.
Kyriacos Makides, professor of sociology, wrote an article, “Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality,” featured in the winter 2013 issue of the London-based Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine.
Rhian Waller, associate research professor in the School of Marine Sciences, was named a Fellow in an elite international group of adventurers who encourage scientific discovery while exploring land, sea and space. The Explorers Club was founded in 1904 and attempts to attain new heights and depths.
Christina Adcock, Canadian studies and history professor, assembled a conference on “Northern Nations, Northern Natures” international workshop in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 8-11. The workshop explored transitional and comparative approaches to northern environmental history. It also featured a series of lectures from senior researchers Ph.D. students’ from Canada, Sweden and Finland, current research progress.
Alice Kelley, associate professor at the Climate Change Institute, and Joseph Kelley, professor of marine geology, presented on Nov. 2 in Portland at the Maine Archeological Society and the Canadian-American Center’s, Eastern States Archaeological Federation Conference. The duo presented on “The Potential for Preserved, Drowned Archeological Sites in the Western Gulf of Maine. Brian Robinson, associate professor of anthropology and the Climate Change Institute, and Jennifer Ort presented at the same Eastern States Archaeological Federation Conference on Nov. 1 on “Paleoindian Aggregation Patterns in North America: Analysis of the Bull Brook Site, Ipswich, Mass. Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum, also presented Nov. 2. In addition, she co-authored a paper, “Transcending Traditions: A New Model for Native American Cultural Collaboration,” which she presented Nov. 23, at the American Anthropological Association in Chicago in a “Museum Evolution: How University Museums Continue to Advance Anthropology” session.
James Warhola, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, was featured at the Foreign Affairs Retirees of New England (FARNE) luncheon, Oct. 18 in Freeport. Warhola spoke on “The US and Russia: Time to Reset the Reset?” FARNE is composed of 150 retired, high-level foreign service officers and ambassadors.
Ali Abedi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, chaired the International Conference on Wireless For Space and Extreme Environments beginning Nov. 7 in Baltimore. The conference focused on the challenges regarding radio frequency and wireless sensing and communication in space and other extreme environments. Investigators from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency and other academic researchers were in attendance.