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UMF Partnership Helps Student Interns Gain Skills and Career Experience

Hayley Smith-Rose Summer 2013

UMF’s new program to increase student’s experiential learning is yielding measurable success, according to a recent article in the Morning Sentinel. Only two years after its launch, the Partnership for Civic Advancement is seeing student internships triple. Celeste Branham, UMF vice president of Student and Community Services and director of the Partnership, sees the program as a way for students to “test career interests, to network and to gain skills.” UMF senior Hayley Rose-Smith interned at True Oldies 93.5 last summer and has accepted a job with Mountain Wireless, the station’s parent company.

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UMF Explores the Future with “Nature, Nurture and Technology: Biology’s Next 150 Years”

FARMINGTON, ME (January 27, 2014)—As the University of Maine at Farmington celebrates its first 150 years, the Department of Biology looks forward to what the next century and a half might hold. These intriguing possibilities will be explored with the series “Nature, Nurture and Technology: Biology’s Next 150 Years.”

Events in this fourth academic discipline in the 2013-14 Farmington Forum Series will be held on Monday, Feb. 3; Monday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 12., and are free and open to the public.

RP134-033To open the series, Aric Rogers, assistant professor of regenerative biology at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, will present the keynote presentation, “Aging and Life Expectancy in the 21st Century.” Rogers’ work focuses on understanding how life-extending interventions work across different species and applying what is learned to extend human health and longevity. MDIBL is using the small roundworm to study how gene expression is remodeled under conditions that extend lifespan.

Rogers received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and carried out postdoctoral studies at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging under the guidance of Dr. Pankaj Kapahi. He is the recipient of a K99/R00 Transition-to-Independence Award from the NIA/NIH.

Complete schedule of events in the “Nature, Nurture and Technology: Biology’s Next 150 Years” Series:

Monday, Feb. 3

“Aging and Life Expectancy in the 21st Century”
Keynote presentation by Aric Rogers
7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

Monday, Feb. 10

Reception
6 p.m., North Dining Hall C, UMF Olsen Student Center

“The Next 150 Years in Biology”
Panel discussion with Ronald Butler, UMF professor of biology; Drew Barton, UMF professor of biology; Mary Schwanke, UMF professor of biology;  David Maclaren ‘98, Merrimack College, associate professor of biology and Kristin Beale ‘07, postdoctoral research associate at the Harvard Medical School.
7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Reception
6 p.m., North Dining Hall C, UMF Olsen Student Center

“Science, Technology and Society: Looking backward to move forward”
Presented by Jim Fleming, a professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College and a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York.  He has written extensively on the history of weather, climate, technology and the environment. His most recent books are” Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control” (2010) and “Toxic Airs: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Perspective (2014).”
7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

The “Nature, Nurture and Technology: Biology’s Next 150 Years” Farmington Forum Series is sponsored by the UMF Department of Natural Sciences.

Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series will feature a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. Events will include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

For additional details, please visit the calendar of events on the UMF 150th Anniversary website at http://150.umf.maine.edu/.

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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Media contact: Jean Doty, UMF professor of biology, at jeandoty@maine.edu or 207-778-7366
EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/01/RP134-033.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo

UMF Answers the Question “Why English?” with Three-Day Farmington Forum Series, Jan 29-31

FARMINGTON, ME (January 22, 2014)—In continuing tribute to the University of Maine at Farmington’s distinguished academic life over 150 years, the University proudly presents “Why English?” a three-day celebration of English at UMF.

RP134-032RicksThe third academic discipline in the 2013-14 Farmington Forum Series, “Why English?” explores, through a host of engaging events, how studying literature enriches peoples’ lives. Events take place from Wed., Jan. 29, through Fri., Jan. 31, and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Featured is Sir Christopher Ricks, a British literary critic and scholar, who will present the keynote address, entitled “More Than One Waste Land.” Ricks is Warren Professor of the Humanities and co-director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University.  Previously, he was professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 2004-2009. A member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement. RP134-032Waldman

In addition, notable writers Adelle Waldman and Evan Hughes will offer a “Literature for a Living” workshop and readings from their works. Waldman’s recent book, “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.,” debuted this past summer to exceptional reviews. It has been called one of 2013’s best books by The New Yorker, The National Post, Slate and many others. It was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Notable Book by the Washington Post. Waldman’s writings have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.
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Hughes tells Brooklyn’s story through the eyes of its greatest storytellers with his 2011 book, “Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.” A Fort Greene-based critic and journalist, he has written articles about literature for such publications as The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, n + 1 and the London Review of Books.

Complete schedule of events in the “Why English” series:

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Faculty Roundtable on T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”
11:45 a.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Reading Methodologies: Approaches to T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”
This panel, which will include papers by students and faculty, will explore a range of methodological approaches to Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” Daniel P. Gunn, UMF interim provost and vice president for academic affairs will respond.
2:30 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

A Collaborative Performance of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”
7:30 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Thursday, Jan. 30

Literature for a Living workshop
Interactive workshop with notable writers Adelle Waldman and Evan Hughes
2:25 p.m., , The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Reading by Adelle Waldman and Evan Hughes
7:30 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center

Friday, Jan. 31

Keynote Address “More Than One Waste Land” with Sir Christopher Ricks—British literary critic and scholar
11:45 a.m., Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

“What Can You Do with an English Major?”
UMF alumni in fields such as broadcasting, education, law and graphic design discuss how they navigated the transition from UMF to their current professional lives.
2:20 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

“Pursuing an Academic Career in English”
UMF alumni currently in Ph.D. programs in English describe their experience.
3:30 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

English Alumni Reception
5-7 p.m., UMF President’s House. Open to UMF alumni.

Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series will feature a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. Events will include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

The “Why English?” Farmington Forum Series is sponsored by the UMF Department of English.

For additional details, please visit the calendar of events on the UMF 150th Anniversary website at http://150.umf.maine.edu/.

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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Media contact: Kristen Case, UMF assistant professor of English, at kristen.case@maine.edu, or 207-778-7239

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/01/RP134-032Ricks.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Amy Wilton Photography

UMF Energizes Spring Semester with 150 Healthy Habits Initiative


FARMINGTON, ME (January 21, 2014)—
According to the latest research, 150 minutes of physical activity a week improves an individual’s overall health. With that in mind, and in the spirit of its continuing 150thAnniversary celebration, the University of Maine at Farmington is kicking off the 2014 spring semester with the “150 Healthy Habits” health campaign.

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UMF president Kathryn A. Foster (center), is joined by (left to right) UMF registered nurse Lisa Lisius and UMF Health Center student health advocates Mallory Smith, Colleen Ward and James Maloney-Hawkins as they kick off the spring semester 150 Healthy Habits initiative.

Created by the UMF Health Center and its staff of student health advocates, this semester-long initiative provides UMF students, staff and the general public with healthy habit suggestions to encourage physical activity,  propose healthy lifestyle choices and promote overall wellness.

“This is a great start to the semester,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “It’s so important to the campus and the community to keep information about wellness and healthy choices at the forefront. We’re looking forward to this exciting, new initiative and the positive impact it can have on everyone’s well-being.”

Beginning the fourth week in January, a different UMF office, student club or organization will suggest 10 healthy habits each week, for 15 weeks. Suggestions will include practical, everyday actions individuals can take to help them be successful in making positive, healthy choices. These ideas will be posted on the UMF Student Health Center website at http://studenthealth.umf.maine.edu, the center’s Facebook page and throughout campus.

In addition, four free and open to the public health-related talks will be held throughout the semester. Each will include a 30-minute lecture; a panel discussion with a question and answer time moderated by Dr. Susan Cochran, director of the UMF Student Health Center; and healthy snacks provided by Aramark.

Scheduled talks include:

Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29
New Year, New You? How Easy Is It To Change Your Health Habits? What Factors Influence Your Health Behaviors?
Dr. Ali Geshnizjani, UMF assistant professor of community health, will discuss the current research on the social and behavioral factors that determine our health habits. Come hear what we know about how to improve your chances of making positive behavior changes.
Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26
Stress: Friend or Foe?
Stress management ideas and strategies are everywhere—online, in magazines and books, offered in seminars and workshops. The implication is that stress is bad, something to be coped with, managed, eliminated. Dr. Natasha Lekes, UMF assistant professor of psychology, will present an alternative approach to stress and suggest ways to respond constructively to stress.
Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 19

Simple Food Rules for Living Well: Looking at diet and nutrition basics in the midst of all the media hype and controversies
Presented by Bryn Doiron, registered dietician
Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16
Knowing and Growing: A conversation about local farming, whole foods and overall health
Denise Boothby, registered nurse and UMF faculty member, will bring her background as an educator, nurse, mother and farmer’s wife to discuss the benefits of growing food to all dimensions of health, for both individuals and communities.
Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center

UMF staff and students will also be offered the opportunity to participate in the March Madness Activity Challenge. This will be a wellness initiative in which participants challenge themselves to get 150 minutes of exercise every week in March.

For additional details, please visit the calendar of events on the UMF 150th Anniversary website at http://150.umf.maine.edu/.

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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 Media contact: Lisa Lisius, UMF registered nurse, at lblisius@maine.edu, or 207-778-7204

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/01/RP134-031.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption: UMF president Kathryn A. Foster (center), is joined by (left to right) UMF registered nurse Lisa Lisius and UMF Health Center student health advocates Mallory Smith, Colleen Ward and James Maloney-Hawkins as they kick off the spring semester 150 Healthy Habits initiative.

“BUMP”—Visually Stunning Whale Exhibit—Opens at Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF Campus, Jan. 24

RP134-030FARMINGTON, ME (January 16, 2014)—An opening reception for Dan and Frank DenDanto’s “BUMP” will be held from 5-8 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 24, in the Flex Space Gallery in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs through March 16.

This science-based art installation exhibits the bones from three different whales. Most likely the casualties of collisions with ship propellers, the whales are displayed as separate bones, each individually suspended at eye-level.

Brothers, Dan—a whale articulation specialist, and Frank—a project manager and designer, work as a team to create the visually-stunning exhibit. Set to the sound of whale songs, their hands-on exhibit invites the audience to touch the bones of these magnificent creatures, which one can imagine, appear to move with the tide.

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Emery’s lower level will feature oil paintings by Nora West, Kingfield artist and painter; and “The Perfect Christmas Egg” original art by Kelly Ellerbrook, UMF assistant technical director. The art installations run through early March.

The “BUMP” exhibit was made possible with the help of the College of the Atlantic and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.

Regular hours for the Emery Flex Space Gallery after Jan. 24 are: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Teachers are encouraged to schedule a time for their students to experience the “BUMP” exhibit. Please contact Jayne Decker at jdecker@maine.edu for more information.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu, or 207-778-7319.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/01/RP134-030.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted Photo


 

 

UMF Grad Honored by President Obama for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education

Holly Doe news

Holly Doe, UMF 1994 grad, pictured with one of her classes at Pelham Elementary School, Pelham, N.H.
Photo courtesy of Lesley University

Holly Doe, 1994 UMF graduate, has been invited to the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education. Recently featured in the Kennebec Journal, Doe is a technology integration specialist in the Pelham School District in Pelham, N. H., where she promotes the integration of mathematics and science concepts into all subject areas. She is also a leader in robotics education and has taught robotics to students as young as first grade. Doe earned her master’s degree from Lesley University.

 

 

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President Foster Joins Area Leaders with Goals for New Year

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UMF President Foster sees 2014 as, “one of the most exciting times in our (UMF’s) history”, according to a recent article in the Morning Sentinel where top area leaders offered their thoughts on the New Year. Foster noted the year’s significance as the 150th year since the school was chartered making it Maine’s first public institution of higher education. A priority for the University is to continue growing its strong relationship with the region through the UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement that connects students with community and business groups for out of the classroom learning, said Foster.

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UMF Launches Graduate Certificate Programs to Help Educators Expand Professional Credentials

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Contact:
April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director of Media Relations
207-778-7081
april.mulherin@maine.edu

UMF Launches Graduate Certificate Programs to Help Educators Expand Professional Credentials

FARMINGTON, ME (December 20, 2013)—
The University of Maine at Farmington Office of Educational Outreach is offering four teacher education certificate programs to help educators throughout the state remain current in their field and prepare to seek greater career opportunities.

Graduate certificates provide an accelerated and affordable way for educators to learn new skills while strengthening their resume with updated professional credentials. “These certificate programs provide teachers with an opportunity to develop a specific area of interest and expertise, often meeting the expressed needs of schools or districts,” said Katherine Yardley, UMF associate provost and dean of the college of education, health and rehabilitation.

UMF launched three teacher education certificate programs in September, 2013, including those for Math Leadership, Gifted and Talented and Administration.  New for the 2014 spring semester, is a certificate for Applied Behavior Analysis. This recently-added certificate program focuses on skills and knowledge necessary to work with children with autism and behavior issues.

Each of these certificate programs is comprised of four, three-credit courses taught by a member of the UMF faculty. Courses are structured according to a blended model that includes both online and in class instruction, with some classroom learning taking place at educational institutions around the state.

Information and applications for these UMF certificate programs are available online at http://gradstudies.umf.maine.edu/certificate/.  January application deadlines vary according to program or when course is filled.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media contact: Sandra Macarthur, UMF director of Educational Outreach, at sandra.macarthur@maine.edu, or 207-778-7186

 

UMF Opening of Dan DenDanto’s Whale Exhibit “Bump” Postponed

FARMINGTON, ME (December 17, 2013)—Due to the recent storm and expected inclement weather, the opening of the interactive exhibit “Dan DenDanto and Frank DenDanto: BUMP,” at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus has been postponed. The opening reception was scheduled for Dec. 20, 2013, but will now be delayed until a day in early January, to be announced at a later date.

A science-based art installation, “BUMP” exhibits the bones from three different whales. Most likely the casualties of collisions with ship propellers, the whales are displayed as separate bones, each individually suspended at eye-level. Brothers, Dan—a whale articulation specialist, and Frank—a project manager and designer, work as a team to create the visually-stunning exhibit.

While the opening of the DenDanto exhibit has been delayed, the work of Nora West, Kingfield artist and painter, is still scheduled from Dec. 20 – March 3. West will be exhibiting A Plein Air – summer – oil paintings from Monhegan Island to Katahdin and home again, along with larger local landscapes of the western mountain area. Kelly Ellerbrook, UMF assistant technical director, will also exhibit the paintings from her book, “The Perfect Christmas Egg” on Friday, Dec. 20. Both exhibits will be on display in the downstairs area of Emery.

“Walking with Horses,” featuring musicians Seth Wegner, Lena Kendall and Zak Kendall, will perform in the Emery Performance Space from 5-8 p.m., on Dec. 20, with a suggested admission donation of $5.

The Emery Community Arts Center will be closed from Dec. 24–Jan. 1, for the Christmas holiday.

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Media Contact: Jayne Decker, Director of Emery Community Arts Center, at jdecker@maine.edu, or 207-778-7319.

UMF Announces Fall 2013 Wilson Undergraduate Research Scholars and Fellows

FARMINGTON, ME (December 17, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce ten Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows for the fall 2013 semester. This competitive undergraduate research award partners top student researchers with expert faculty mentors to help students gain experience, insight and skills in their career interests.

Georgia Qualey, a history major at UMF, is using her Wilson award to research the affect the Eisenhower Interstate System had on the rural areas of Maine it passed through. A native of Sherman in Aroostook County, Qualey is interested in how the northern branch of I-95 in Maine shifted town centers and transformed some parts of the state from isolated to accessible.

In her fourth year at UMF, Qualey is excited about the way her research has helped her connect what she has learned in various academic disciplines. “My Wilson project is helping me put the tools and resources I’ve acquired at UMF into action,” said Qualey.

RP134-027The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice-a-year including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. The fall 2013 awardees include two Wilson Fellows: Christa Bonney, from Rangeley and Simone Thiry, from Berkeley, Calif. The Scholars include: Lauren Breton, from Livermore Falls; John Buys, from Palmyra; Sean Cabaniss, from Vassalboro; Cidney Mayes, from Farmington; Georgia Qualey, from Sherman; Joshua Richardson, from Canton; Ruby Rockwell, from Greenville and Nathan Sylvester, from China Village.

The program provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. It was established by Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

Fall 2013 Wilson Fellows:

Christa Bonney – Rangeley
A junior majoring in biology, Bonney is working on the development of a live imaging technique and a sustainable diabetic model in adult zebrafish. Her faculty sponsor is Jean Doty, professor of biology.

Simone Sisneros-Thiry­ – Berkeley, Calif.
A senior with a dual degree in secondary education-math and mathematics, Thiry is exploring the lattice of set partitions and transition matrices of symmetric functions. Her faculty sponsor is Paul Gies, associate professor of mathematics.

Fall 2013 Wilson Scholars:

Lauren Breton – Livermore Falls
A senior with a double major in English and secondary education-English, Breton is examining the impact the genre label “young adult literature” has on readers and its likelihood to be assigned in school. Her faculty sponsors are Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English, and Clarissa Thompson, associate professor of secondary English education.

John Buys – Palmyra
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Buys is exploring the phenomena of the turn-of-the-century divorce novel and gender identity contextually with archival research in cultural documents. His faculty sponsor is Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English.

Sean Cabaniss – Vassalboro
A sophomore majoring in secondary education-math, Cabaniss is researching the relationship between the velocity and accuracy of baseball pitches from the windup and the stretch. His faculty sponsors are Lori Koban, associate professor of mathematics, and Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics.

Cidney Mayes – Farmington
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Mayes is combining the study of Jane Austen’s writings and the digital humanities into a curriculum for high school students and teachers. Her faculty sponsor is Misty Krueger, visiting assistant professor of English.

Georgia Qualey – Sherman
A senior majoring in History, is exploring the northern Maine section of the Eisenhower Interstate System and the impact it had on the towns it went through. Her faculty sponsor is Allison Hepler, professor of history.

Joshua Richardson – Canton
A senior majoring in mathematics, Richardson is examining properties of the palindromic automorphism group of a free group. His faculty sponsor is Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics.

Ruby Rockwell – Greenville
A senior majoring in geology, Rockwell is investigating small subalpine lakes in the western Maine mountains and how bedrock and vegetation influence their stability. Her faculty sponsor is Julia Daly, associate professor of geology.

Nathan Sylvester – China Village
A junior majoring in visual and performing arts, Sylvester is creating, filming and producing a pilot episode of a comedy television series. His faculty sponsor is Teal Minton, assistant professor of creative writing.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Nicholas Koban, associate professor of mathematics, at nicholas.koban@maine.edu or 207-778-7117

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2013/12/RP134-027.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption:  Left to right, back row: Christa Bonney, Lauren Breton, Cidney Mayes. Middle row: Simone Sisneros-Thiry, Joshua Richardson, Georgia Qualey. Front row: Sean Cabaniss, John Buys, Nathan Sylvester. Ruby Rockwell is not pictured.