UMS Research and Innovation Speaker Series

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This series is open to everyone; 1st Monday of each month from 12-1 pm on Zoom. We will showcase research and educational programming occurring through UMS-internally funded (MEIF & RRF), federal earmark-supported efforts, and other extramurally sponsored projects. Registration is required.

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December 4 – “Why Bioengineering Needs the Humanities: Perspectives from a 2023 NEH Summer Institute on Our SHARED Future: Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Research Ethics, and Deliberation”
John Muthyala – Professor of English, USM

January 8* – “Wearable Robotics for Gait Training” NSF Career/NIH
Babak Hejrati – Assistant Professor of Dynamics and Controls, UMaine

February 5- “Tourism, Hospitality, and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) initiative
Tracy Michaud- Associate Professor of Tourism and Hospitality, USM
Karen BeeftinkAssociate Professor of Recreation and Tourism Management, UMM

March 4- “The UMaine Arctic NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program: fostering systems perspectives and community connections between Maine and the Arctic”
Jasmine Saros Professor of Paleolimnology and Lake Ecology, School of Biology and Ecology and the Climate Change Institute, UM

April 1- “Temporal and Geographic Shifts in Migratory and Resident Birds of Northern Maine”
Jason JohnstonAssociate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, UMPI

May 6- “Minority Francophone Communities in the Northeast”
Patrick Lacroix- Director of the Acadian Archives, UMFK

June 3- “Nursing Simulation-HRSA GWEP”
Sean SibleyAssistant Clinical Faculty, UM
Val HerbertAssistant Professor of Nursing, UM
Nima Sajedi-PhD Student Electrical Engineering, UM

July 1- TBD

August 5- TBD

September 9*- “UM-mini GEM Concept”
Giovanna GuidoboniDean Maine College of Engineering and Computing
Roberto Lopez-Anido
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UM

ORD Professional Development Workshop Series

This new workshop series will focus on specific funding opportunities, grant/project management strategies, research collaboration and system resources, mentoring, and much more. Open to anyone; 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month; 12-1 pm on Zoom.  Registration is required.

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December 13-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research
Panelists: Ned Rubert-Nason (Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UMFK), Beth Campbell (Maine EPSCoR Outreach and Program Manager), Melissa Maginnis (Associate Professor of Microbiology, UM), Sue Ishaq (Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, UM)

December 20-Project Management
Panelist/Presenters: Sue Ishaq (Assistant Professor of Veterinary Sciences, UM), Rachel Schattman (Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, UMF), and Peter Drown (Senior Operations Manager, UM-ASCC)

January 10- NIH Program Officers
Presenters: Anne Gershenson (program director in the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences​), Charles Ansong (Program Director -Biochemistry and Bio-Related Chemistry Branch)

January 24- “Developing, Testing, and Disseminating Reasoning Chain Construction Tools for Introductory Physics and Chemistry Courses” NSF IUSE
Presenters: MacKenzie Stetzer (Associate Professor of Physics/Acting Department Chair)

February 14- NOAA Program Officer
Presenter: Alison Krepp (Social Science and Economics Lead)

February 28- Research Impacts
Presenters: Kelley Strout (Director, Associate Professor of Nursing) , Jen Bonnet (Proposal Development Associate for Special Projects)
March 13-‘ Aquaculture Experiential Opportunities for Undergraduate Students-AquEOUS” USDA REEU 
Presenters: Meggan Dwyer (Associate Director), Scarlett Tudor (Education and Outreach Coordinator)-Aquaculture Research Institute
March 27- Undergraduate Mentoring
Presenters: Sally Malloy (Associate Professor of Genomics)
April 10-Evaluation Plans and Foundation Funding Opportunities
Presenters: Zeke Kimball (Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Teacher Education; Professor of Higher Education), Melanie Spencer (Proposal Development Associate for Special Projects-ORD)
April 24- Data Management/Measuring Outcomes
Presenters: Shane Moeykens (State EPSCoR Director), Kelsey Davis (STEM Education Research Associate)
May 8-Building partnerships- Interdisciplinary, Community, and Industry-based Research
Presenters: Cat Biddle (Director, School of Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Human Development Associate Professor of Educational Leadership), Shane O’Neill (Forest Industry Business Development Manager)
May 22- UMS Manufacturing Research
Presenters: John Belding (Director, Advanced Manufacturing Center), Roberto Anido-Lopez (Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering), Ben Herzog (Wood Technologist-ASCC), Carlos Luck (Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Department Chair-USM)