2017 Undergraduate Assistantship Awardees

Optimizing stand composition and forest regeneration strategies by improving understanding of important biological controls

Principal Investigator: Alessio Mortelliti (UMaine, Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology) Partners: Joseph Zydlewski (US Geological Survey), Brian Roth (UMaine, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests) Aaron Weiskittel (UMaine, School of Forest Resources), and Laura Kenefic (US Forest Service) Abstract: Forests and forest products play a major role in Maine’s economy and 97% of the forest […]

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Development of a Device for Measuring Peripheral Neuropathy and Treating via Subcutaneous Drug Delivery

Principal Investigator: Kristy Townsend, UMaine School of Biology and Ecology Partners: Rosemary Smith, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Leonard Kass, UMaine School of Biology and Ecology; Todd O’Brien, O’Brien Medical, LLC.; Nuri Emanetoglu, Ali Abedi, & Scott Collins, UMaine Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Abstract: Peripheral neuropathy, or the dying-back of nerves, is […]

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Development of nitrogen guidelines for feed and malt barley in Maine

Principal Investigator: Lakesh Sharma, UMaine/UMPI Cooperative Extension Partners: Sukwhinder Bali UMaine/UMPI Cooperative Extension; Jim Dwyer, UMaine Cooperative Abstract: Barley has the potential to be a successful rotational crop that can benefit Maine’s economy, create more jobs, and be profitable for growers. At present, Maine’s barley economy represents approximately $2.4 million in crop value. Currently, Maine’s […]

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Distributed Differential Pressure Measurement for assessment of building infiltration rate

Principal Investigator: Wilhelm Friess, UMaine Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Partners: Andrew Goupee, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Keith Berube, UMaine Mechanical Engineering Technology; Michael Davis, USM Mechanical Engineering Abstract: The proposed work to be carried out by an undergraduate student supported by the 2017 RRF Undergraduate Assistantship will expand ongoing computational activities with a proof of concept […]

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Testing neuromuscular electrical stimulation as an adjuvant therapy for muscle aging and muscle disease

Principal Investigator: Clarissa Henry, UMaine School of Biology and Ecology Partners: Karissa Tilbury, UMaine Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering Abstract: Proper development and homeostasis of skeletal muscle tissue is vital for health of vertebrate animals throughout their lifespan. Skeletal muscle function enables posture, breathing, and locomotion; and also impacts systemic processes – such as […]

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Low-cost breathing simulator for medical training

Principal Investigator: Caitlin Howell, UMaine Dept. of Chemical and Bioengineering Partners: Qian Xue, UMaine Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Robert Bowie, Down East Emergency Medicine Institute, Valerie Herber, UMaine School of Nursing; Denham Ward & Micheline Chipman, Hannaford Simulation Center Abstract: The use of simulations to train doctors and nurses is of growing importance in the […]

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Remote Monitoring of Breathing Rate using UAV mounted FLIR in Medical Search and Rescue

Principal Investigator: Karissa Tilbury, UMaine Dept. of Chemical and Bioengineering Partners: Robert Bowie & Vinal Applebee, Down East Emergency Medicine Institute Abstract: Medical search and rescue needs in the state of Maine will continue to increase and further tax local medical service as adventurous tourist continue to test their own physical limits. Forging a partnership […]

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Rural Youth Workforce Readiness and Community Connections

Principal Investigator: Mindy Crandall (UMaine, School of Forest Resources) Partners: Jessica Leahy, UMaine School of Forest Resources; Nicole Gayer Bernsen, UMaine School of Forest Resources, Dawna Blackstone, Appalachian Mountain Club; Barbara Baker, Cooperative Extension Abstract: This project focuses on rural youth in forest-based communities in Piscataquis and northern Somerset Counties, two areas with economic challenges and […]

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