Shanghai social work students visit UMaine

Eight undergraduates and one professor from the social work department of Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) in Shanghai, China are here for a three-week exchange with the University of Maine School of Social Work and the Intensive English Institute (IEI) July 1—20. The students are receiving English language support from Erin-Kate Sousa of the IEI and […]

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Study finds better visual acuity is associated with less decline in cognitive functioning over time

Lower visual acuity is associated with both lower cognitive function and greater declines in cognitive functioning over a five-year period, according to a new University of Maine study. The longitudinal research by Peter Dearborn and co-investigators affiliated with the UMaine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and the Department of Psychology found lower vision […]

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Rob Wheeler

Wheeler probes how potentially lethal fungal infection eludes body’s defenses

Rob Wheeler is engrossed with a generally harmless fungus that naturally lives in and on people, but also can cause disease and death. For 16 years, the University of Maine associate professor of microbiology has been unraveling the mysteries of the fungus Candida albicans. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Wheeler a three-year $428,429 […]

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UMaine earns Gold Level Status in Exercise is Medicine On Campus initiative

The University of Maine has been recognized with Gold Level Status for the Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) initiative. This is the highest level of recognition that can be earned for the initiative, requiring the university to facilitate collaboration between multiple groups to implement the EIM-OC goals. Cutler Health Center and Campus Recreation in […]

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Emma Fournier

Social media spotlight: Emma Fournier

Hometown: Turner, Maine In May, after just three years of college, Emma Fournier earned a degree in biology with a concentration in pre-medical studies. She teamed with assistant professor Allison Gardner to identify regions in Maine most vulnerable to Lyme disease and to explore if dogs are sentinels for Lyme disease transmission. “I love to […]

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Christian Zwirner

Social media spotlight: Christian Zwirner

Hometown: Windham, Maine Christian Zwirner is a biochemistry major and Spanish minor. The former president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will graduate in December 2018. The Senior Skull vice president’s research in Rob Wheeler’s lab focused on the fungus Candida albicans, which annually causes several thousand deaths due to hospital-acquired infection. He won the Frederick […]

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