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PSI CHI Honor Society Chapter inducts 18 new members

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UNE PSI CHI Chapter's most recent inductees
UNE’s PSI CHI Chapter, representing outstanding achievement in psychology, animal behavior or neuroscience, today announced the induction of 18 new undergraduate members. The induction ceremony was held on April 10, 2014, under the supervision of PSI CHI faculty advisor Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.

Inductees for the 2013-2014 academic year are: Erin Bibber, Brennah Campbell, Jessica Chance, Nickalaus Collins, Katherine Cone, Kristin Dechene, Kristine Franklin, Lauren Hayden, Katherine Grondin, Kelsey Kansanniva, Nicole Keaney, Rebecca Krivitsky, Cassidy Lund, Alyssa Mazzariello, Raelyn Murphy, Janelle Sherman, Kerribeth Szolusha, and Emily Warner.

Founded in 1929 during the International Congress of Psychology, PSI CHI is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). With the stated mission of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship in the science of psychology, PSI CHI has grown to become one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with more than 1,100 chapters and over 537,000 members. The University of New England's chapter was formed in 2010 under the direction of Linda Morrison, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology.



Posted on: 4/18/2014

Environmental Issues students teach about recycling in Biddeford schools

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Kaylie Viens and Emily Vasseur teach about recycling to Biddeford school children
Kaylie Viens, Emily Vasseur, Chris Keller, and Alexandria Rowlee, students in the Introduction to Environmental Issues course taught by Rick Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Environmental Studies, are collaborating with Biddeford Public Schools and the Biddeford Solid Waste Commission to teach a recycling curriculum to elementary and middle school children in Biddeford.

The students chose to participate in this endeavor as part of their Experiential Learning Activity assignment. The project also includes helping the schools assess and improve their recycling programs.

Peterson has been involving Introduction to Environmental Issues students in this partnership with Biddeford Primary School since 2003.

Posted on: 4/18/2014

Four students present at Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference

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On April 14, 2014, four UNE students gave presentations at the 70th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, which was held in Portland, Maine.

Jenna Cava, a master’s student in the Department of Biological Sciences, presented “Why come back home?  Investigating the factors that influence natal philopatry in migratory passerines.”

Cassandra Smith, an environmental science major and geographical information systems minor (’13), discussed “The effects of latitudinal variation on the body size of the black-capped chickadee:  A test of Bermann’s rule.”

Shane Murphy (Environmental Studies ’15) gave his talk on “Factors that affect tidal marsh bird diversity in the Saco estuary of Southern Maine.”

Finally, David Rankin, a master’s student in the Department of Biological Sciences, presented “The effects of forest stand improvement practices on forest breeding avian occupancy and abundance in Vermont.”

Posted on: 4/16/2014

SSHP students and alumni give back by giving advice

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L-R: Greta Astrup '15, Jonathan Balk, PharmD '13, Alexandra Malinowski '14 at the UNE SSHP Residency/Post-Match Workshop, held at UNE's College of Pharmacy
On March 26, 2014, the UNE Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy chapter held a Residency/Post-Match Workshop at the College of Pharmacy.

Speaking about their current resident experience (to which they were “matched” by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Matching Program) and giving pointers to fourth-year students were: Kelly Grossman (’13) PharmD, VA Maine Healthcare, and Jonathan Balk (’13), PharmD, Houston Methodist Hospital.

Also, offering advice were fourth-year students Katherine Lam, Lori Schidroth, Ali Malinowski, and Ali Paplaskas.

Topic discussions included setting a timeline, searching for residencies, and interviewing skills that will benefit the Class of 2015.

According to the website of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Matching Program, students in the residency programs “are provided the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills that can be applied in any position and in any practice setting.”

Posted on: 4/15/2014

College of Pharmacy celebrates inaugural Pledge of Professionalism

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Students in the College of Pharmacy's class of 2015 recite the Oath of the Pharmacist at the college's inaugural Pledge of Professionalism event.
The UNE College of Pharmacy celebrated its inaugural Pledge of Professionalism event in Ludcke Auditorium April 9, 2014, as pharmacy students in the class of 2015, clad in their white coats, vowed to extend the professional knowledge, attitudes and behaviors developed in the classroom during their first three years into various pharmacy practice settings during the fourth year.

The transition to full-time experiential education is a significant step in the professional development of the student pharmacist.  In addition to reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist, which they first recited in 2011 at their White Coat Ceremony, the students received a patch, commissioned specifically to celebrate this transition, to be worn on their white coats, which they will wear during their rotations.

Addressing the class of 2015 at the event were class advisor Assistant Professor Lisa Pagnucco, BSPharm, PharmD, BCACP; class president, Wael Alkhalil; Dean Gayle Brazeau, Ph.D.; and a current fourth-year pharmacy student, Garlic Jones, who gave the students sound advice.

As part of the event, students placed note cards with their five-year plans and other select information into a time capsule to be opened at their five-year reunion.

Posted on: 4/11/2014

Emily Horton works as health promotion coordinator for Healthy Androscoggin

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Emily Horton with new graduates of the teen cooking class at the Root Cellar in Lewiston
Emily Horton, a student in the Master of Public Health program, has been working as health promotion coordinator for Healthy Androscoggin (one of the state’s Local Healthy Maine Partnerships) in Lewiston, Maine.

She works on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) Education Grant, providing nutrition education and cooking classes throughout Androscoggin County. “It’s important to remember” said Horton, “that it is possible to shop healthy while on a budget.”

The classes have been taught at public schools, community centers, child care centers, shelters, food pantries, and many more locations throughout the county. Horton notes that this “wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration of community partners. Slowly, and after lots of hard work, we are helping to change the way people eat, shop, and cook.”

Posted on: 4/09/2014

Rachel Patchel to present at National Student Nurses Association annual conference

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Rachel Patchel, a nursing student in the class of 2014, wrote an evidence-based practice project abstract titled, “Using Guided Imagery to Improve Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer,” that was accepted for presentation at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) annual conference on April 9, 2014.  She is passionate about improving health outcomes for patients diagnosed with cancer by implementing evidence-based care.

Patchel’s presentation at NSNA marks her third evidence-based dissemination opportunity.  She presented her project in November 2013 at the "Improving Patient Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Practice" poster presentation in the Department of Nursing.  Her abstract underwent blind peer review and was selected among the top five highest scoring abstracts in her class.  Subsequently, her abstract was submitted and accepted for presentation at the UNE Research Day in December 2013.

Posted on: 4/07/2014

Students make a splash at the Maine Water and Sustainability Conference

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Ten students in Christine Feurt's Environmental Communication class presented posters at the Annual Maine Water and Sustainability Conference in Augusta.

The 20th Annual Maine Water and Sustainability Conference is the premier scientific meeting in Maine for showcasing and sharing research about all aspects of water science and sustainability solutions. Students in the Environmental Communication class, taught by Christine Feurt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sustainable Communities, co-director of the Saco Estuary Project, and assistant lecturer, presented eight posters highlighting the diversity of undergraduate contributions to sustainability science, environmental studies and marine science.

Marine science major Brenda Rudnicky (’15) earned first prize in the undergraduate poster competition for her poster, “Abiotic Influences on the Juvenile Fish Assemblage of the Saco River Estuary.” Rudnicky’s poster presented her on-going research aimed at learning how abiotic factors like water temperature, salinity, pH, and dissolved oxygen influence populations of juvenile fish using the Saco River estuary.

Marine science major Carolyn Wheeler (’14) earned the second place prize in the competition for her poster, “Determining Sex Ratios and Sexual Maturities of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) in the Saco River, ME.”  Wheeler presented her work developing and testing innovative methods using portable ultrasound technology to determine the sex and fertility of Atlantic Sturgeon.

Both Rudnicky and Wheeler will receive cash awards, and their names will appear on a plaque maintained at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center on the University of Maine Campus in Orono.

Six additional posters developed by UNE undergraduates were accepted into the conference. Three of the posters focused on the sustainability work of students involved in experiential learning projects in UNE classes.

Andrew Mahoney (Environmental Science ’16) presented, “Sustaining the Saco River: Projects to Promote Awareness” based on seven sustainability projects completed as part of the fall 2013 Sustaining Water class.

Jennifer La Comfora (Environmental Studies ’14) presented her project from her Landscape Ecology course, taught by Michele Steen-Adams, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, which was titled “A Scenario Approach to Sustainable Forest Management in Kennebunk, Maine: Undergraduate Experiential Learning at the University of New England.” Working in collaboration with the Maine Department of Forestry, students in this class developed scenario based forestry plans.

Ryan Curran (Communications ’16) presented “Sustainability Power of Omeka, Capturing the Flow of Information on the Saco River” highlighting his work in the Digital Humanities class, taught by Michael Cripps, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of English, in which he developed a digital archive for information related to the Saco Estuary Project.

Eugenio Hernandez (Environmental Studies ’16) shared his research on student awareness of wastewater treatment on campus “What’s in the water? Exploring connections between environmental awareness and stewardship.”

David Hague (Environmental Studies ’15) presented his work using GIS to track the spread of invasive species in “Mapping as a Tool for Documenting the Invasive Phragmites australis along the Saco River Estuary.”

The final UNE poster was presented by members of Fossil Free UNE, Kelsey Oullette, (Environmental Studies ’14) and Jesse Pirtel (Environmental Studies ’15). Their poster “Fossil Free UNE: How Divestment Fosters Sustainability” was of special interest to Bates College students attending the conference where divestment efforts were successful.


Posted on: 4/03/2014

Alexandra Malinowski and George Allen named AACP Walmart Scholars

AMalinowskiCollege of Pharmacy student Alexandra Malinowski and Associate Professor George Allen, Pharm.D., of the College of Pharmacy, were recently named American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars.

Malinowski and Allen are one of 85 student/faculty pairs that were selected.  They will receive a $1,000 travel scholarship to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Grapevine, Texas in July.





Posted on: 4/01/2014

Jessica Hering and Benjamin Katz present at 2014 NURDS symposium

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Jessica Hering and Ben Katz
Jessica Hering (occupational studies major and psychology minor ’15) and Benjamin Katz (psychology major ’17) recently presented research they are currently conducting with Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, Ph. D., assistant professor, Psychology Department at the 2014 Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium (NURDS). held at the University of New England.

The presentation, titled “Coherence differences in skilled and less-skilled readers,” examined whether or not reading skill influences the monitoring of both local and global coherence while reading as well as the ability to recall text information.

Results showed that less-skilled readers often did not recognize the inconsistency in text at the global level and also did not show improved recall of portions of the text that require deeper processing. The finding suggest that less-skilled readers do, indeed, struggle with comprehending information that is transferred into their long term memory, and text may need to be altered specifically for less-skilled readers to improve their comprehension.

Posted on: 3/31/2014

Emily Boulton and Lauren Hayden present at 2014 NURDS Symposium

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Emily Boulton and Lauren Hayden
Together with faculty mentor, Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, Ph.D, assistant professor of psychology, Emily Boulton (Psychology ‘16) and Lauren Hayden (Psychology ‘16) presented a poster titled “How Subtle Changes in Text Can Alleviate Deficits in Less-Skilled Readers” at the 2014 Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium (NURDS).

In their presentation, Boulton and Hayden outlined how adding a reinstatement sentence after unrelated text can affect reading comprehension. Participants in this study read text that introduced a protagonist who was either moderately or highly motivated to accomplish a goal. Reaction times were taken on target sentences which were consistent or inconsistent with the goals stated earlier.

The results revealed that under high motivation of the protagonist to complete a goal, adding a reinstatement sentence allowed less-skilled readers to demonstrate the same pattern of comprehension as skilled readers. The findings were discussed within the context of basic cognitive processes that underlie successful reading comprehension.



Posted on: 3/31/2014

Benjamin Katz and Jessica Hering present at 2014 Eastern Psychological Association conference

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Psychology major Benjamin Katz (’17) and occupational studies major and psychology minor Jessica Hering (’15) recently presented research they are conducting with Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychology, at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Boston.

The poster presentation, titled “Factors that influence less-skilled readers’ ability to monitor global coherence” examined how individual reading levels influence the ability to name a probe as well as integrate distant text information. The results showed that even though less-skilled readers often activate necessary information they do not seem to integrate the information. These results provide preliminary evidence that text modification could have an impact on readers’ levels of coherence.

Posted on: 3/31/2014

Cara Fowler and Sarah Lamberton present at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility

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Cara Fowler ’14, an applied exercise science (AES) major, accompanied by Sarah Lamberton, AES ’15 and research advisor Assistant Professor Lara Carlson, Ph.D., FACSM, recently presented at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Saco, Maine.

Fowler led the presentation titled “Diabetes and Exercise” in which she explained the benefits of physical activity to those diagnosed with diabetes. She focused on the role of exercise on increased glucose uptake into active muscles, enhanced insulin sensitivity, and improvement of cardiovascular risk factors such as lipid profiles and visceral adiposity.

Fowler and Carlson added that resistance exercise training has also been gaining recognition for improving the enhancement of insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control, while it also has the added benefits of increasing muscle strength, bone mineral density, and lean muscle mass.

Carlson has a faculty appointment with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Posted on: 3/28/2014

Sarah Hendrick and Ashley Oddy present at American Society for Clinical Pharmacology

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Ashley Oddy and Sarah Hendrick
Sarah Hendrick and Ashley Oddy, members of the College of Pharmacy’s class of ’16, recently returned from the national meeting of the American Society for Clinical  Pharmacology and Therapeutics, which was held March 19-22, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia.

At the meeting, Hendrick and Oddy gave a poster presentation on their work examining the role of human genetic variation among kidney transplant patients in a gene that encodes a drug transporter important in the pharmacokinetics of transplant drugs.  The title of the poster was “Influence of ABCC2 Haplotype and Calcineurin Inhibitors on Mycophenolic Acid Pharmacokinetics in Stable Renal Transplant Recipients.”

The research, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported project, was conducted in collaboration with Dan Brazeau, Ph.D., associate research professor and director of genomics, analytics and proteomics in the College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Kathleen Tornatore of the University of Buffalo.


Posted on: 3/26/2014

UNE students present on digital humanities, Sherlock Holmes, wartime comics, and suffragette bicyclists at NURDS 2014

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Students majoring and minoring in humanities programs at UNE – including English, History, Liberal Studies, and Philosophy --- presented their projects at the sixth annual Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium (NURDS) hosted by UNE on March 8, 2014.  They joined undergraduates from Acadia University, Dartmouth College and Worcester State University on two panels that explored the literary, historical, and social dimensions of diverse cultural practices spanning the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, both chaired by Susan McHugh, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of English.

English major and philosophy minor James Muller (’13) and marine science major/English minor Meghan Danley (’14) co-presented “Digital Estuary: Exploring the history and biology of the Saco River.”  Together they explained how a research project begun in an English course titled Doing the Humanities Digitally taught last fall by Michael Cripps, Ph.D., associate professor in the English Department, has become a fully funded internship for both of them this spring.

English major/history minor Hillary Cusack (’14) presented “Magnifying Transatlantic Relations: Twentieth Century Stereotypes in Sherlock Holmes Novels.”  Funded by a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grant last summer, Cusack did archival research in Boston under the direction of her adviser Cathrine Frank, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of English, to uncover the politics behind the representations of UK, US, and Irish peoples in Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective fictions.

History/ business administration double major and political science minor Dylan Wing (’14) presented “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,” a senior capstone project on the World War II cartoons of and by soldiers that were published in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes presently being directed by Rob Alegre, Ph.D., assistant professor in the History Department.

Liberal studies major and education minor Kathleen McGrath presented “Two Wheels Towards Equality: Women and the Bicycle Ride into a New Century,” a senior capstone project examining the role of bicycle technology in advancing physical as well as social mobility for women coming of age at the turn of the twentieth century and its consequences for suffragette politics, directed by Elizabeth De Wolfe, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of History.  

Posted on: 3/25/2014

UNECOM’s Tim McLerran awarded Sarnoff Cardiovascular Fellowship

TMcLerranTim McLerran, currently a first-year medical student in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, was recently awarded a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Fellowship, which will fund him in a year-long research project at a leading U.S. cardiovascular research laboratory of his choosing and will provide mentorship to him throughout his career.  He is the first doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) student ever to receive the award.

McLerran is hoping to spend his research year studying cardiovascular metabolomics, the study of cell activity throughout the body through the measure of small-molecule metabolites present in the bloodstream.  He stated: “We have seen a massive increase in the incidence of cardiovascular disease in recent years, and the study of the metabolome has great potential to help us understand how these diseases develop and what we can do to prevent or reverse them. In this year of research, I hope to become acquainted with the technologies and paradigms that will define next-generation medicine.”

McLerran will take next year off from medical school in order to participate in the research fellowship.

Fellows are selected on the basis of intellectual and academic achievement, as well as leadership ability.

The Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation was started by the estate of the world-renowned cardiovascular physiologist Stanley Sarnoff, M.D., who believed that providing research opportunities to the most promising medical students would entice them to enter the field of cardiovascular research.

Posted on: 3/24/2014

MPH student Robert Stanley receives promotion

Master of Public Health (MPH) student Robert Stanley was recently promoted by his employer, the Florida Medical Training Institute (FMTI), located Tampa, Florida, from the position of lead instructor to education supervisor.

FMTI provides training and certifications for paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), as well as CPR classes for the general public. In addition, FMTI plans to begin offering continuing education classes for providers, developing community health programs, and integrating courses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) into its curriculum.

Stanley believes that being enrolled in UNE's MPH program was a major factor in his promotion.

He also works as a paramedic for Pinnellas County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).


Posted on: 3/21/2014

Alex Bellows, Kayla Britt, and Janelle Sherman present at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association

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L-R: Janelle Sherman, Kayla Britt, and Alex Bellows
Psychology majors Alex Bellows (’14), Kayla Britt (’16) and Janelle Sherman (’16) recently presented on research that they are currently conducting with Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston.

The presentation, titled "Self-protection Following Rejection:  Rejection Reduces Connection Motivations among Highly Relational Individuals," examined how rejection affects implicit motivations for connection among those high (vs. low) in relational self-construal. In the control condition, people high (vs. low) in relational self-construal had stronger implicit motives for connection. In the rejection condition, people high and low in relational self-construal did not differ in motivations. This was due to a decrease in connection motives among people high in relational self-construal.

Results suggest highly relational participants suppress connectedness goals following rejection.

Posted on: 3/17/2014

Victoria Bryan presents at Eastern Psychological Association annual conference

VBryanPsychology major Victoria Bryan (’15) presented on research she is currently conducting with Nicole Baker ('14) and Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, at the annual conference for the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston..

The presentation, titled "Thin Is In:  Social Rejection Increases Internalization of a Thin Societal Ideal," examined whether rejection from close others (e.g., friends, family, romantic partners) influences participants' perceptions of their body, including what they desire to look like and what they believe society wants them to look like.

Results revealed that participants in the rejection (vs. control) condition reported that society wanted them to look significantly thinner. Such findings suggest that rejection heightens awareness of a thin societal ideal, which could lead to the development of eating disorders.

Posted on: 3/17/2014

Shelby Peterson and Alex Bellows present at Eastern Psychological Association annual conference

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Senior psychology majors Shelby Peterson ('14) and Alex Bellows ('14) recently presented on research that they are currently conducting with Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, at the annual conference for the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston.

The presentation, titled "The Benefits of Perspective-taking in Close Relationships," examined how implicit self-esteem influences perceptions of relationship closeness after a perspective-taking manipulation. Results indicated that participants low (vs. high) in implicit self-esteem reported significantly lower closeness in the control condition. However, in the perspective-taking condition, people low and high in implicit self-esteem did not differ in closeness. This was due to a significant increase in closeness among low implicit-self-esteem participants.

Results suggest perspective-taking is one method by which relationship closeness can be improved among people with low implicit self-esteem.

Posted on: 3/17/2014

Beth Giguere wins CUR Psychology Research Award

BGiguere2Beth Giguere ('14) recently presented on research that she is currently conducting with Julie Longua Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, at the annual conference for the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Boston.  Giguere was awarded the EPA CUR Psychology Research Award for her work.

Giguere's presentation, titled "Social Support and Social Networking:  Attachment Style Moderates Support Seeking on Facebook," used a daily diary methodology to explore whether participants use Facebook as a way to seek social connection in response to daily interpersonal conflict.

Analyses revealed that avoidantly attached participants used Facebook for longer periods of time on days they reported more (vs. less) interpersonal conflict, suggesting that avoidants may use Facebook as a less intimate form of social reconnection following negative daily events.

 

Posted on: 3/17/2014

Shannon Cardinal and Brett Peterson present with Robert Alegre and Jennifer Tuttle at Maine Women's and Gender Studies Conference

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Shannon Cardinal (English/History/Education majors '16) and recent UNE graduate Brett Peterson (Psychology/Sociology majors '13) presented with Robert Alegre, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, and Jennifer Tuttle, Ph.D., professor of English and Dorothy M. Healy Chair of Literature and Health, on March 8, 2014, at the Maine Women's and Gender Studies Conference at the University of Maine - Augusta.

Cardinal, Peterson (who is currently conference coordinator for UNE Conference Services) Alegre and Tuttle presented a panel on “Humanities Approaches to Experiential Learning in Women’s and Gender Studies.” UNE students pursuing the minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as UNE students more generally, have many opportunities for experiential learning outside the classroom; not surprisingly, given UNE’s association with the health sciences, recent examples focus on issues of women’s health, with students interning at Sexual Assault Services of Southern Maine and working to improve women’s health services in Sekondi, Ghana.  Less familiar are the opportunities for students to learn and apply practical skills via the humanities.

The presentations focused on two humanities internship examples: Cardinal's work for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, a venue for feminist literary history; and Peterson's work for AddVerb Productions, a nonprofit organization that uses performance to address a wide range of social issues, from domestic violence to LGBT youth culture.


Posted on: 3/10/2014

Ryan Camire and Stephanie Brule present at Society for Neuroscience NH Chapter

Ryan Camire (Nursing ‘15) and Stephanie Brule (Neuroscience ‘14), presented three posters with Colin Willis, assistant professor of pharmacology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and lab manager Holly Beaulac at the New Hampshire Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience meeting at Dartmouth on February 21, 2014. Students Brittney La Shier, Annie I. McGregor and Emily Lauria also contributed to the research.

The posters were:

Integrin receptor mediated oxidative stress modulates blood-brain barrier integrity.  Ryan B. Camire, Brittney La Shier, Holly J. Beaulac, Colin L. Willis.

Triptan-induced modulation of blood-brain barrier integrity: an in vitro study.  Stephanie A. Brule, Annie I. McGregor, Holly J. Beaulac, Colin L. Willis.

Migraine medication induces blood-brain barrier dysfunction.  Holly J. Beaulac, Stephanie A. Brule, Ryan B. Camire, Emily Lauria, Colin L. Willis.

All three posters investigated different parts of the same overarching questions that guide the research in Willis’ lab:  How is blood-brain barrier integrity regulated, and how does its dysfunction contribute to headache and neurodegenerative disease?

Understanding the mechanisms modulating blood-brain barrier integrity, both internally (oxidative stress) and externally (medication-mediated changes) can unravel novel approaches for preventing or treating chronic headache and possibly, the neuronal degeneration associated with diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

This research was supported in part by a SURE award from the College of Arts and Sciences (Stephanie Brule) and a WCHP summer stipend (Ryan Camire).

Posted on: 3/07/2014

Natalie Hardman and Heather McIlroy recognized as Outstanding Future Professionals

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Sport management majors Natalie Hardman ’14 and Heather McIlroy ’14, both Sport Management majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, were recently recognized as “Outstanding Future Professionals” (OFP) by the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD).  Hardman and McIlroy were also honored by the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (March 1, 2014).

The Recognition took place at MAHPERD’s annual conference in Rockport, Maine, on Monday, November 5, 2013.  Each year the Colleges and Universities of Maine, with academic programs in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport-Related professional fields, are encouraged to nominate two OFPs from their institution.  UNE has participated in this program since 2006, identifying outstanding future professionals from both Sport Management and Applied Exercise Science and, more recently, sport management majors.
 
Hardman, from Kalona, Iowa, arrived at UNE in the spring of 2011.  She has earned Dean’s List Honors status each semester (six) at UNE and is on-track to complete her degree program in seven semesters.  In addition to her major in sport management, Hardman will earn a minor in business administration.  Committed to her career preparation, she has completed a 12-credit internship (minimum 480 hours) with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels.

Hardman has participated three seasons as a member of the women’s varsity cross-country team, earning recognition as a member of UNE’s 2012 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship team (2012).  She was further recognized by the team with the Coach’s Award for Dedication (2011) and as the Most Valuable Runner (2012).  In her final year, Hardman helped UNE to CCC Championship status again (2013); earn a 6th place showing (out of 47 teams) at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships; and, earn a top twenty finish in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III New England Regional Championship.

Hardman serves as the Secretary of the Business Students’ Association (January 2012-Present); as a member of the new Sport Management Club; and she has worked part-time as a painter for the UNE Facilities Department.

McIlroy, from Watertown, Massachusetts, has achieved Dean’s List Honors status every semester (seven) at UNE.  In addition to her major in sport management, she is earning minors in business administration, mathematics, and secondary education.  She has also completed a 12-credit (minimum 480 hours) internship with the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs.

McIlroy is active as a UNE Leader Scholar, and she serves as a member of UNE’s residential and housing staff (residential advisor/area coordinator in Featherman Hall).  Further, she’s been involved with Edge (a Christian-based club); as the Treasurer of both the Education Club and of Alpha Phi Omega; a member of the Activities Program Board (APB); the SCUBA Club; the Math Club; and, the Sport Management Club.  Finally, McIlroy has worked in the Multicultural Lounge, and as a tutor with the Student Academic Success Center.

Following the MAHPERD Conference in November, both Hardman and McIlroy were both chosen as the OFPs to represent MAHPERD at the Eastern District Conference (EDA) of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).  While attending the EDA Conference in Newport, Rhode Island (February 26-March 1), they had an opportunity to attend OFP sessions from 13 other states.  All of the OFPs from the Northeast were each recognized at a special event on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Hardman and McIlroy will also be recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at the AAHPERD National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, at a special event to be held on April 3rd.

Posted on: 3/07/2014

Lindsay St. Louis and Denise Giuvelis co-author publication in ‘Journal of Medicinal Chemistry’

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Two UNE alums, Lindsay St. Louis (Neuroscience ‘13) and Denise Giuvelis (Medical Biology ‘08) collaborated with Edward Bilsky, vice president for research and scholarship, director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, and professor of pharmacology, as well as researchers at the University of Arizona, to publish an article in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

The article, titled ““Can Amphipathic Helices Influence the CNS Antinociceptive Activity of Glycopeptides Related to β-Endorphin?” extends the group’s previous research in understanding the chemistry and pharmacology of endogenous opioid peptides and how they interact with membranes and receptors.

St. Louis is currently working on her master’s degree in Pain Research, Education and Policy at Tufts University, while Giuvelis serves as laboratory manager and senior research scientist in the Bilsky laboratory and co-coordinator of UNE’s behavioral neuroscience core.

Read the article online ahead of print


Posted on: 3/05/2014

Alumni and current students of John Streicher’s lab present research at NEURON

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Past and present students of John Streicher (back) at NEURON
Former and current students of John Streicher, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, presented with him their research at the 25th annual Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON), which was held on February 23, 2014’ at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Connecticut.

The NEURON conference is a student-centered regional research conference, designed for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their work and develop as scientists. About 350 attendees were present, showcasing about 100 original research posters over a broad range of neuroscience topics, from spider brain morphology to detailed behavioral studies in rodents.

Streicher’s students included UNE 2013 alumni and current Streicher lab technicians Justin LaVigne and Katie Edwards, presenting their work on endogenous opioid and cannabinoid signaling and kappa opioid receptor regulation of cancer cell proliferation, respectively.

UNE class of 2014 students Katherine Pangilinan and Kyle Hong presented their work on the roles of Phosphatidylethanolamine-Binding Protein and Annexin A4, respectively, in regulating mu opioid receptor signaling.

The last Streicher lab presenter was class of 2015 student Nathan Mullen, who presented his work on the identification of activated kappa opioid receptor signaling complex proteins. These projects represent the breadth of study in the Streicher lab, focused on the regulation of opioid receptor signal transduction cascades, and using this knowledge to create novel strategies for drug discovery for the treatment of chronic pain.

Posted on: 3/04/2014

Ph.D. student Virginia McLane, Ling Cao and Colin Willis Publish in ‘Journal of Neuroimmunology’

VMclaneVirginia McLane, a doctoral student working under the mentorship of Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology, and Colin Willis, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, both of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, has had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroimmunology.  McLane is a graduate student in the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) program, which partners with UNE and other institutions across Maine to offer biomedical research opportunities to doctoral students.

Titled “Morphine increases hippocampal viral load and suppresses frontal lobe CCL5 expression in the LP-BM5 AIDS model,” the paper explores the effect of chronic morphine on brain inflammation and blood-brain barrier permeability in a mouse model of HIV/AIDS. This work will form the foundation for McLane’s thesis on the detrimental interaction between opiate abuse and HIV-related cognitive disorders.

McLane’s stipend is supported by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function at UNE.  The research presented in the paper was funded by the COBRE grant as well as a UNE Vice President for Research (VPR) mini grant and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.

Posted on: 2/27/2014

Casey Cottle publishes paper in ‘Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research’

CCottleCasey Cottle (Applied Exercise Science ’12) a current student in UNE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is the primary author of a paper that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Cottle collected the data and completed the study as an undergraduate student.

Lara Carlson, Ph.D., FACSM, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Exercise Science and the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences (CEN), and research advisor Michael Lawrence, M.S., motion analysis lab manager served as coauthors.

In the paper, the authors discuss sled towing as a popular method of training to shave precious seconds off of sprint times, noting that in the past researchers have struggled to identify a loading scheme that is most appropriate to improve sprint performance in the acceleration phase.

The purpose of the study was to examine different loading schemes of assigned percentages of body weight (BWT) to see if they would produce significantly greater propulsive ground reaction force impulse (GRF), peak propulsive GRF, or greater propulsive rate of force development (RFD) than in un-weighted sprint starts. The study concluded that loading with 20% BWT was sufficient to increase propulsive GRF impulse.

Read the article ahead of print

Posted on: 2/18/2014

Brian Bisson and Robert Morrison present at 2014 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Las Vegas

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Brian Bisson, DPT '13, and Robert Morrison, DPT '12, at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bisson presented “The Functional Movement Screen In‐line Lunge’s Relationship to Limb Dominance, Power, Speed, and Balance Measures,” and Morrison's presentation was titled “Proper Transitioning to Barefoot/Minimal Footwear Running.”

Posted on: 2/17/2014

Amina Sadik publishes article

asadikAmina Sadik, Ph.D., M.S., MEdL, is the author of a new article published in the Medical Science Educator, the journal for the International Association for Medical Science Educators(IAMSE).   The article is based on her MMEL applied project.

Sadik teaches biochemistry at Touro University/Nevada, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Full citation:
Amina Sadik and Leticia Rojas (2014). How to Identify At-Risk Medical Students based on Learning Style, Personality Indicator and Learning Strategy Tests – a Mixed Method for a Pilot Study. Medical Science Educator DOI: 10.1007/s40670-014-0016-3.

Posted on: 2/03/2014

Student-athletes participate in Cycle4Care

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Student-athletes participate in Cycle4Care in the Portland Campus Finley Recreation Center
More than 120 University of New England student-athletes participated in Cycle4Care on the night of January 31, 2014, on UNE's Portland Campus. Held from 4 p.m. until midnight, Cycle4Care is an indoor spinning extravaganza that benefits the Cancer Community Center.

UNE is the defending champion of the Collegiate Challenge, which includes students from University of Southern Maine and Saint Joseph's College. The winner of the Collegiate Challenge is the institution that raises the most money. Totals from this year's event will be tallied and made public in the next few days.

Posted on: 2/03/2014

Peggy Cyr co-authors new article

Peggy R. Cyr M.D., M.S., MEdL, (MMEL ‘10);  Kashi A. Smith Ph.D.; India Broyles, Ed.D., director of the Master’s in Medical Education Leadership program; and Christina Holt are authors of a new article titled “Developing, Evaluating, and Validating a Scoring Rubric for Written Case Reports.”

The article was published in the International Journal of Medical Education.

Full Citation:
“Developing, Evaluating, and Validating a Scoring Rubric for Written Case Reports,” (IJME), February 10, 2014; 5:18-23, DOI: 10.5116/ijme.52c6.d7ef

Posted on: 2/03/2014

Starla Blanks delivers keynote address for UNE’s MLK Celebration

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Starla Blanks, center; with Donna Gaspar Jarvis, left, UNE’s director of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Services; and Denise Bisaillon, UNE’s director of Graduate Programs in Public Health
On January 30, 2014, Starla Blanks, MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Public Health student in the School of Community and Population Health, delivered the keynote address for UNE’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic visit to UNE. The speech was titled “Health Empowerment Through Community Engagement.” 

Blanks is the director of Health Promotion and Policy with Morehouse School of Medicine’s Community Voices: Health Care for the Underserved in Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, she focuses on health equity and how policy can impact health disparities.

Students, faculty, and staff from UNE’s graduate health professional programs attended the event along with Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOW) who work in the city of Portland providing care for the community’s underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees.

Blanks said, “All people have a right to health,” adding that people from the same community are treated differently when it comes to access to good care and that a person’s income, education, and housing are all potential barriers.

She encouraged the promotion of health equity through community engagement, culturally competent interventions, and community-wide polices, noting that policies including economic, child care, and transportation all impact access to care. She said that health empowerment can arise by increasing access to items that promote better health such as fresh fruits and vegetable and safe walking trails.

Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Francis College, now UNE, in May of 1964.

Posted on: 1/31/2014

Heather Tatsak and Andrea Taatjes co-author book chapter

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Heather Tatsak (Psychology ‘13) and Andrea Taatjes (Psychology ‘13) served as co-authors for a chapter in a new book titled Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum.

Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, served as student mentor for the research and is one of the chapter’s primary authors along with Victor Benassi, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of New Hampshire.

The edited book addresses important concepts, principles and theories in cognitive psychology and their application related to the science of learning.

The chapter is on “The Influence of Guiding Questions on Skilled- and Less-Skilled Readers’ Understanding of Written Discourse" and describes the results of a study assessing the effect of guiding questions on comprehension and retention levels of expository text.

The results indicated that participants who scored lowest on a reading assessment measure benefited the most from the guiding questions indicated by significantly higher rates of delayed recall.


Posted on: 1/30/2014

Wilson File publishes in 'Pediatric Blood and Cancer'

WilsonFile2Wilson File, M.D. (MMEL ‘14), recently published his curriculum project for the MEL 604 course.  "Do pediatric hematology/oncology fellows receive communication training?" appears in Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

File and his colleagues are also presenting an abstract on this curriculum -- Breaking Bad News in Pediatrics: Intern Curriculum -- at the 8th annual Innovation in Health Science Education Conference 2014, in Austin, Texas.

Posted on: 1/22/2014

Olivia Hebert, Lindsey Lavin, and Jodi Marks co-author article in 'Animal Behavior' journal

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Olivia Hebert (Medical Biology '13), Lindsey Lavin (Animal Behavior '14), and Jodi Marks (Animal Behavior '16) served as student co-authors of an article that was published in the most recent issue of the journal Animal Behavior. Teresa Dzieweczynski, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate research coordinator, served as mentor for the research and publication.

The article, "The effects of 17a-ethinyloestradiol on boldness and its relationship to decision making in male Siamese fighting fish," is the sixth publication for Hebert and the first for Lavin and Marks based on their work with Dzieweczynski.

This study is the first to find that endocrine disrupting chemicals can disrupt behavioral syndromes and lays the foundation for the assessment of other pharmaceuticals on behavioral syndromes and boldness in Siamese fighting fish and other aquatic organisms.

Posted on: 1/21/2014

Renee Page helps secure USDA Farm to School Grant

Renee Page, MPH, CLC, a 2008 graduate of the Master of Public Health program and assistant director of Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (HCCA), recently helped lead HCCA to secure a $100,000 USDA Farm to School Grant to Increase Access to Local Foods in School Meals.

Page, who did her final project in the MPH program on assessing local food access and use in school meals in southern Kennebec County, will work with MSAD 11 Gardiner Area Schools and RSU 38 Maranacook Area Schools to connect them with two existing local food online buying clubs, Kennebec Local Food Initiative in Gardiner and Maranacook Local Foods Buying Club in Readfield, to develop resources and processes to streamline ordering, delivery, and food processing, which are known barriers to sourcing local foods.

The grant also provides funding for school nutrition training and equipment. HCCA hosts a FoodCorps Service Member who builds and tends school gardens, delivers agricultural-based nutrition education, and will engage youth in promoting local foods in school meals. This project will serve as a pilot for replication and expansion throughout the region and develops the infrastructure necessary for successful local food procurement to incorporate more local, fresh foods into school meals while supporting local farmers and growers.

First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced the award, which she supported.

Read Pingree's announcement.

Posted on: 1/09/2014

Raymond Keller presents research at American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week

RKellerRaymond Keller, a second year medical student, gave an oral presentation on his research at the annual American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4, 2013. The title of the presentation was "Localization and cellular distribution of urea transporters in the human integument."

The session was sponsored by the American Physiological Society's Epithelial Transport Group and the American Heart Association.

Posted on: 1/08/2014

Kelsey Ouellette named Camden Conference’s Simmons Scholarship recipient

KOuelletteKelsey Ouellette (’14), of Winthrop, Maine, an environmental studies major/education minor, has been selected as this year’s recipient of The Camden Conference’s Mathew R. Simmons Scholarship.

Ouellette, a Dean’s list student throughout her college career, has demonstrated her involvement in her field with activism on a variety of environmental and social issues, including serving as vice-president of the student environmental group, Earth’s ECO, and participating as a member of UNE’s Habitat for Humanity Club.

Rick Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Environmental Studies, describes Ouellette’s “commitment to high quality academic work, enthusiasm and passion for learning and strong critical thinking skills.”

Applicants for the scholarship were asked to submit a short essay on why they would like to attend the conference. Ouellette wrote: “The Conference will help me understand more about political issues of food and water around the globe, which I can then relate back to my work.  I am especially interested to learn about how politics differ globally in relation to this topic and how I might be able to make a difference in this sector.”

The Simmons Scholarship was created by the Camden Conference in memory of Mathew R. Simmons, a longtime supporter of the conference and keynote speaker at the 2002 conference. The scholarship provides the chance for a student to attend the conference, lodging in Camden, and opportunities for the student to interact with speakers, conference attendees, and other students.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend Conference.

Posted on: 1/07/2014

MMEL graduate Leonid Skorin publishes in ‘Journal of the American Osteopathic Association’

LSkorinLeonid Skorin Jr., DO, OD, MS., MEdL (’11) and his colleague Jacob Bollman, OD, published a clinical image article on Abducens Palsy in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Posted on: 1/07/2014

Aidan McParland wins travel award to present research at fruit fly conference

AMcParlandAidan McParland (’15), a major in medical biology and oceanography, is one of eleven undergraduates who recently received Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards from the Genetics Society of America (GSA). The awards will be used by the students to attend the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, March 26–30, 2014. These 11 recipients are college juniors, seniors, or post-baccalaureates conducting academic research using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism.  The award winners will give poster presentations on their research to more than 1,500 undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, university faculty and others.

McParland’s presentation is titled “Steroid signaling modulates nociception in Drosophila melanogaster” and describes his investigation of whether or not decreasing function of steroid hormone prevents pain in the fruit fly.  The principal investigator of the research is Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

The Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards were established in 2011 in memory of its namesake, who was a long-time GSA member, a dedicated undergraduate educator at Emory University for 35 years, and an active member of the Drosophila research community and the genetics community at large. This is the third year the Victoria Finnerty awards have provided funding for undergraduates to attend the annual Drosophila Research Conference.

GSA is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators, working to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular to the population level.

Posted on: 12/04/2013

Nine undergrads contribute to research presented at Bishop’s University in Quebec

Nine UNE undergraduate researchers contributed to work that resulted in a seminar presented by Amy Keirstead, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, on November 1, 2013.

Robyn Gaudet (Chemistry, ’13), Annie Leslie (Neuroscience, ’13), Sean Naughton (Biochemistry and Medical Biology, ’13), Amber Zablowsky (Medical Biology, ’11), Tyler Rioux (Medical Biology, ’13), Emily Wells (Chemistry, ’14), Lindsey LaPointe (Chemistry-Secondary Education, ’15), Peter Caradonna (Biochemistry and Medical Biology, ’13) and Regina Scalise (Chemistry, ’13) contributed to Keirstead’s research activities at UNE that investigate the use of ionic liquids for a variety of green chemistry and nanotechnology applications.

Keirstead’s talk was titled “Once Upon a Photon: Using Photochemistry to tell the Ionic Liquids Story.”  Also contributing to the research were Jerome Mullin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry of Physics, and Henry Tracy, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern Maine.

Posted on: 11/18/2013

Regina Scalise and Peter Caradonna co-author work presented at 41st Ontario-Quebic Mini-Symposium

Regina Scalise (Chemistry ’13) and Peter Caradonna (Biochemistry and Medical Biology ’13) co-authored work on an oral presentation that Amy Keirstead, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, gave at the 41st Ontario-Quebec Mini-Symposium, held November 1-3, 2013, in Montreal, Quebec.

The presentation, titled “1,1-Dimethyl-2,3,4,5-tetraphenylsilole as a Molecular Rotor Probe to Investigate the Microviscosity of Imidazolium Ionic Liquids,” included contributions from Jerome Mullin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and Henry Tracy, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern Maine.

This work is part of Keirstead’s ongoing research program that investigates the use of ionic liquids for a variety of green chemistry and nanotechnology applications and was funded by the Maine Space Grant Consortium Education and Seed Research grant.

Posted on: 11/18/2013

Tyler Rioux presents undergraduate research results at the 41st Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Mini-Symposium in Montreal, Quebec

TRiouxTyler Rioux (Medical Biology ‘13) attended the 41st Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Mini-Symposium, held November 1-3, 2013, in Montreal Quebec, where he presented a poster titled, “Using the Photo-Fries Reaction to Quantify the Cage Effects of Ionic Liquids.”

Emily Wells (Chemistry ’14) was a student co-author on the poster.

Rioux’s presentation was the result of the work he has been carrying out under the direction of Amy Keirstead, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, since the summer of 2013, through support from the Green Family Foundation and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

Posted on: 11/18/2013

Dan Carey, Tim Griffith, and Tim Luttik take third place in Applied Exercise Science College Bowl

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Dan Carey (’14), Tim Griffith (’14), and Tim Luttik (’15), all students in the Department of Applied Exercise Science, participated as a team in the Applied Exercise Science College Bowl at the New England American College of Sports Medicine Conference, which was held in Providence, Rhode Island, on November 14, 2013.  The students placed third out of 19 teams.

Thirty students and eight faculty members from UNE were in attendance to cheer on the team and provide moral support.

Organizers of the event remarked that this was the largest field of College Bowl teams and the most challenging board of questions in the history of the event.

Casey Boucher, M.S., CES, CSCS, assistant clinical professor;  Shireen Rahman, M.S., ATC, clinical instructor; and Heath Pierce, M.Ed., RSCC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, HFS, assistant clinical professor, all in the Department of Applied Exercise Science, were instrumental in preparing the team for competition.

Posted on: 11/18/2013

Cara Fowler presents research at NEACSM and receives Undergraduate Research Experience Grant

CFowlerCara Fowler ’14, an applied exercise science major, recently presented her research titled "Agility Performance is Impacted by Acute Cold Exposure" as a finalist in the Student Investigator Research Award at the New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) conference in Providence, Rhode Island.  She was one of only five undergraduates who presented.

During the spring semester, Fowler, as the principal investigator, and her classmates from an environmental physiology course, developed and taught by her research advisor Lara Carlson, Ph.D., FACSM, traveled to Iceland in May for the data collection.

At the conference, Fowler also received the NEACSM Undergraduate Research Experience Grant for her cold exposure and performance research.

Michael Lawrence, M.S., from the Department of Physical Therapy, assisted with the data analysis. 

Posted on: 11/15/2013

Sthembi Mtombeni presents at Africa Emergency Medicine Conference and publishes work

SMtombeniSthembi Mtombeni MD (MMEL '14) presented an abstract from her MMEL applied project “A needs assessment survey for an innovative health-care business course for graduate doctors” at the fourth Africa Emergency Medicine Conference (AFEM) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The abstract is published in the AFEM Journal.

Mtombeni also published a commentary on improving medical education through faculty development, which was published in the University of Zimbabwe 's Health Education Leadership (HEALZ) program newsletter in October 2013.

Mtombeni has medical training and work experience in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.

Read the commentary.

Posted on: 11/15/2013

Geoffrey Miller to conduct simulation workshop at University of Hawaii

GMillerGeoffrey Miller (MMEL ‘15) will conduct a simulation workshop at the Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 17-20, 2013.

Miller is assistant professor at the School of Health Sciences and director of the Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning.  He is also associate fellowship director for Simulation in Medical Education at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters.

Posted on: 11/14/2013

Jasbir Jaswal presents at CARO-ACRO in Montreal

Jasbir Jaswal, M.D., a student in the Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership (MMEL) program, and India Broyles Ed.D., associate professor for medical education and director of MMEL, presented a poster/discussion session titled “Competency-based Applied Physics Curriculum for Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Residents” at the annual joint scientific meeting of the Canadian Association of Radiology Oncology (CARO-ACRO) and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists, held September 18 – 21, in Montreal, Canada.

Jaswal is a fifth-year resident in radiology oncology at the University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.

Posted on: 11/14/2013

Michael Spear presents at American Academy of Pediatrics

mspearMichael Spear M.D., M.S., M.EdL (MMEL ‘13) presented a poster of his Master’s in Medical Education Leadership applied project, “The Use of Role Play for Interdisciplinary Teaching of Communications Skills in Palliative Care,” at the national conference of American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in Orlando, Florida, on October 26, 2013.

Spear is partner at Christiana Neonatal Associates in Delaware and professor of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Posted on: 11/14/2013

Joseph Sungail, Kimbereley Alpert and Juliet Maurukas co-author article in ‘Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology’

JSungailJoseph Sungail (M.S. Marine Sciences ’10) served as first author of an article that was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Co-authors were A. Christine Brown, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Biology; Kimbereley Alpert (Marine Biology ’08); and Juliet Maurukas (Marine Biology ’09).

The article is titled “Prey selection by Gulf of Maine green crabs (Carcinus maenas), rock crabs (Cancer irroroatus) and American lobsters (Homarus americanus): A laboratory study.”   It examines prey selection preferences among juvenile green crabs, rock crabs and American lobsters in a laboratory setting with a limited selection of prey items.

The results of the study suggest, somewhat contrary to expectations, that while the three species have different claw morphologies, they select similar prey when presented with a size range of mussels and barnacles. This overlap of resource utilization could have implications for all three species. The simplified model utilized in the lab gives a base line of non motile prey preferences in an “ideal situation.”

Posted on: 11/08/2013

Photo of UNE rowers featured on row2k website

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A photograph of UNE’s rowers was recently posted on the row2k.com website, a source of news, results, interviews and general information about the sport of rowing.  Rowing was offered this fall through the Student Involvement Office.

The photograph, taken by Brian Wallace, assistant director of The Campus Center and Student Involvement for Recreation and Wellness, captures the rowers on the Saco River in their final row of this, their first season.

View the website

Posted on: 11/06/2013

Natalie Ingram and Margaret Williams to attend 19th Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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Natalie Ingram (Marine Science '14) and Margaret Williams (Biochemistry '14) have been chosen to attend the 19th Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) November 11-15, 2013. This year's conference of 195 countries will be held in Warsaw, Poland.

The opportunity is sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as a part of its commitment to education on climate change.  Ingram and Williams will be blogging, tweeting, and updating various social media sites to evoke youth conversation about this topic.

Sources of funding that have allowed the students to participate in the UNFCCC include the UNE College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Department of Environmental Studies, Maine ACS, NACSETAC, the James Sulikowski Research Lab, and the generosity of friends and family.

Join the conversation online, on Twitter, and on Facebook

Posted on: 11/06/2013

UNE’s Academy of Student Pharmacists receive Regional Award for Operation Self Care

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L-R: Nicole Chasse ‘15, Nikki Withrow ‘17, Irene Okeke ‘15, Lindsey McIver ‘15, Jess Dizon ‘15, Assistant Professor Meghan Sullivan, Lydia Kouletsis ‘16, Marcus Zavala ‘16, Amanda Hody ‘16 and Michelle Mejibovsky ’15

The College of Pharmacy’s Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) recently received the 2012-13 Regional Award for Operation Self Care at the ASP’s Midyear Regional Meeting in Washington, D.C.   The award honors the ASP Chapter that has demonstrated significant contributions in self care community service.   Pharmacy student, Tiffany Tran, was also recognized for outstanding service and leadership.

UNE’s ASP is an organization of student pharmacists focused on educating the community about heartburn prevention and the proper use of over the counter (OTC) and herbal remedies.

Meghan Sullivan, Pharm.D., assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, serves as the UNE’s ASP faculty advisor.

Posted on: 11/05/2013

Brittany Cain and Andrew Thibeault win Clinical Skills Competition

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Brittany Cain and Andrew Thibeault, pharmacy students in the class of 2015, recently won this year's Clinical Skills Competition (CSC).   A record number of teams (14) participated in the competition this year.

The CSC is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with physicians in providing direct patient care.

Cain and Thibeault will represent UNE at the national American Society of Health-System Pharmacists competition on December 7, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

Posted on: 11/01/2013

Lindsay Forrette, Krystal Mannion and Alyssa Russell co-author article in 'Behavioral Ecology'

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Lindsay Forrette (Animal Behavior '13), Krystal Mannion (Animal Behavior and Marine Science '15), and Alyssa Russell (Animal Behavior '12) co-authored an article with Teresa Dzieweczynski, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology, that was published in the most recent issue of the journal Behavioral Ecology.

The article, "Male behavioral type affects female preference in Siamese fighting fish” is the first publication for Mannion and Russell and the fourth publication for Forrette from their time in the Dzieweczynski lab.

This study is one of the first to explicitly link differences in male personality to differences in female choice in fishes. The article is also a component of Dzieweczynski's research program on examining the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of individual variation in fish behavior.

Posted on: 11/01/2013

UNE Students share research on Saco River Estuary Project at Campus Compact Field Trip

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UNE students ran a beach seine as part of the Campus Compact Field Trip

Eight UNE students shared their research experiences working on the Saco River Estuary Project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, at the Campus Compact Field Trip, hosted by UNE on October 25, 2013.

The event was titled “Sustaining Quality of Place on the Saco Estuary through Community-based Ecosystem Management – Best Practices for Engaging Students in Sustainability Science.”

Samantha Mills (sociology) shared her research as a sustainability intern at the Wells Reserve, working with stakeholders and writing a stakeholder assessment to guide future work on the estuary. Katie McDermott (marine science) shared her research on water quality monitoring and pollution detection. Kayla Smith (graduate student Marine science), Natalie Ingram, Ashleigh Novak and Melanie Kolacy (marine science) ran a beach seine and discussed the fish sampling protocols they are using on the river. Sarah Cowles and Shane Murphy (environmental science) told the group about their work in tidal wetlands, documenting both rare and invasive species in the estuary.

The workshop was attended by people from Maine and New Hampshire universities, nonprofits and high schools.

Students at UNE are learning about sustainability science as part of a Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative project on the Saco Estuary. The Saco River Estuary is a living laboratory for ecological studies and a place to learn about community-based ecosystem management through classroom activities and interdisciplinary research.




Posted on: 10/28/2013

Starla Blanks participates in rare reunion of former United States Surgeons General

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Starla Blanks and Richard H. Carmonia, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th U.S. Surgeon General (2002-2006)
On October 3, 2013, Starla Blanks, MBA, a Master of Public Health student in the School of Community and Population Health, participated in a conference conducted by The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Blanks participated as part of her position as the Director of Health Promotion and Policy at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. In this position she focuses on health equity and how policy can impact health disparities.

The conference was titled “Underserved and High Risk Populations in the United States: Taking Action for Comprehensive Primary Health Care Renewal.” The conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, and featured Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, a panel discussion with several former U.S. Surgeons General, and other notable figures in the field of public health.

Posted on: 10/24/2013

Katie Dunbar ’10 gains notoriety for humpback whale photo

Photographs by Katie Dunbar, a 2010 graduate of UNE who majored in psychobiology and minored in art, were featured in a story on October 22, 2013, on the website grindtv.com.  Dunbar, a research assistant, took captivating photographs of humpback whales during a Monterey Bay Whale Watch voyage.  The images, including an especially stunning one in particular, have been widely shared on Facebook.

Dunbar captured “the rays of the setting sun transforming water pouring from the whale’s tail fluke into the color of lava” according to the article.  The photo “also shows two other humpbacks, and the blow of another in the distance.”

Dunbar is quoted in the article:  “As a biologist, of course, I am thrilled to see so many whales here to feed, the abundance of a recovering species.  But as an artist, I relish the opportunity to see such beautiful creatures, especially in such aesthetic conditions.”

Read the article.

Posted on: 10/23/2013

Mainebiz interviews OT alum Heather Shields on her services for older drivers

hshieldsMainebiz on Oct. 14th interviewed UNE occupational therapy alum Heather Shields '97 who is offering pre-driving assessments, on-the-road driving evaluations and follow-up personalized driving rehabilitation programs to drivers whose ability to operate a motor vehicle safely might be impaired due to a medical condition such as a stroke or as a result of the natural aging process.

"I came up with the name Pathways Rehabilitation Services,” Shields said, “because people can choose their own path through independent driving and community mobility. Besides being a certified occupational therapist, I'm also a certified Class B driving instructor. I saw a huge need in this area, because there are only a few people doing this service in the state and there's nobody else who's bringing the service to the client. And that's what really sets me apart: I can do these driving assessments and trainings right at people's homes and in their communities." Read the entire interview.

Posted on: 10/23/2013

Nathan Furey ’09 named Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

nfureyNathan Furey, a 2009 UNE graduate who majored in marine biology and environmental science, currently a doctoral student in forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, has been named as a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient.

Furey, who was UNE’s first Barry Goldwater Scholar (for the 2008-2009 academic year), will receive $50,000 each year for three years as a Vanier Scholar.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are Canada’s most prestigious programs for doctoral students working in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities.

Furey stated: “Winning a Vanier Graduate Scholarship provides affirmation that the work I’m doing is valuable and that I, as an ecologist, have the potential to positively impact the science.  More importantly, being a Vanier Scholar brings recognition to those who have made my experiences, progress, and potential possible.”

Launched in 2009, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program’s goal is to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain the world’s top doctoral students by providing successful candidates with significant freedom to pursue and complete doctoral studies.  Vanier scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in their graduate studies.

Posted on: 10/21/2013

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