‘The Maine Question’ asks how nursing students help combat COVID-19

Training to become a nurse has always been rigorous. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the stress and workload for nursing students and the medical professionals under whom they train, but it also provided a new opportunity for experiential learning.  The School of Nursing at the University of Maine decided early in the pandemic to lend a […]

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Graduate teaching assistants for math preserve teamwork, engagement despite pandemic 

Collaboration fosters learning in mathematics courses at the University of Maine. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that brought isolation to many, graduate teaching assistants took measures to enable students to participate in collaborative group work in their classes.  Whether remote or in-person, 17 graduate teaching assistants ensured students enrolled in courses for precalculus, […]

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Flexibility from classroom to clinic

Nursing is a profession of action that is best taught through hands-on experience. Every student enrolled in the University of Maine’s nursing program completes 200 hours of laboratories and simulations, and 740 hours of direct care clinical experience. This resource-intensive approach pays dividends to UMaine’s nursing students, 97 percent of whom pass their National Council […]

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For UMaine Opera Workshop, the show goes on

Opera as an art form has been around for more than 400 years, and students and faculty in the UMaine School of Performing Arts were not going to let a pandemic stop their performance from going ahead. That’s why, for the first time ever, the University of Maine Opera Workshop has chosen to present its […]

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The grand challenge – Remote chemistry labs for 1,000 students

Chemistry is an experimental science, which is best taught by doing. Chemical hazards and specialized equipment tether chemistry lab courses taught at the University of Maine to sophisticated teaching labs in highly supervised, well-ventilated environments. When COVID-19 hit last spring, it prompted a grand challenge: could the introductory general and organic chemistry lab courses be […]

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UMaine students get immersive experience in engineering education

In 2019, Maine adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for K–12 schools, which call for integrating engineering concepts and practices into science classrooms. Asli Sezen-Barrie, associate professor of curriculum, assessment and instruction in the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, noticed that many science teachers have limited knowledge of engineering and rarely […]

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Campus as living laboratory

The EES 217 field course led by Kate Ruskin, a University of Maine lecturer and undergraduate coordinator in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program, met Nov. 6–8. Typically, the students in the course spend a weekend tackling a real-world environmental problem in Acadia National Park. To adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, the course this fall was […]

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Catherine Fabel

Animal and veterinary sciences seniors: Capstone stories

In the University of Maine animal and veterinary sciences capstone course AVS 401, students have the opportunity to combine their knowledge and skills with ongoing research of UMaine faculty. Some work in the laboratory or field, some assimilate decades of research literature into a review, and some fashion research into industry best practices or evidence-based […]

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UMaine students provide music mentorship for middle schoolers

COVID-19 restrictions in Maine’s K–12 schools have transformed the way that teaching looks — particularly for the state’s many music programs. With students unable to play their instruments together in-person, music educators have had to get creative to teach their students technique from home.  That’s why Philip Edelman, assistant professor of music education at the […]

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Marine science course connects distant students of sustainability science

In spring 2020, as the world locked down in response to COVID-19, Darling Marine Center director Heather Leslie considered at what moment to cancel the full summer of field courses planned at the University of Maine’s marine laboratory in Walpole. Knowing many UMaine graduate students were looking forward to immersing themselves in the interdisciplinary course […]

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