A paper published by Dr. Michelle Smith in the December 2013 issue of CBE–Life Sciences Education was recently highlighted in the Editors’ Choice section of Science. The publication introduces a protocol for documenting student and instructor behavior in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. The Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS) can be used to examine interactions occurring in the classroom and inform decisions about how to create a more academically engaging environment.
The original publication can be viewed in its entirety here:
Smith, M.K., F.H.M. Jones, S.L. Gilbert, and C.E. Weiman. The Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS): A New Instrument to Characterize University STEM Classroom Practices. CBE–Life Sciences Education 12: 618-627.
College of Natural Science, Forestry & Agriculture will be holding a Graduate Student Research Awards Competition on February 27th in Room 57, Stodder Hall!
Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend!
10:10 The application of spatial modeling tools to predict abundance and assess landscape factors that impact native bees in Maine’s lowbush blueberries—Shannon Chapin, Department of Wildlife Ecology
10:30 Smolt phenology and effects of dams on the success of Atlantic salmon smolt migrations in the Penobscot River, Maine—Dan Stich, Department of Wildlife Ecology
10:50 The effects of high pressure processing on the quality and functionality of abalone meat— Brianna Hughes, School of Food & Agriculture
11:10 10 minute break
11:20 The effects of long term atmospheric nitrogen deposition on functional soil microbe communities— Corianne Tatariw, School of Biology & Ecology
11:40 Enhancing native pollinators in Maine’s lowbush blueberry fields: What to plant and how to plant it—Eric Venturini, School of Biology & Ecology
12:00 Direct simultaneous detection of various shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli strains by an optical sensing method using Oligonucleotide-functionalized Gold Nanoparticles—Irwin Quintela, School of Food & Agriculture
12:20 10 minute break
12:30 Recent climate change compared to the rapid warming at the end of the last ice age: insight from the glacial moraines of New Zealand—Toby Koffman, School of Earth & Climate Sciences
12:50 Predicting high quality sites of black ash (Fraxinus nigra) across Maine and northern New York: An approach to prioritizing preparedness and management of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis)— Kara Lorion, School of Forest Resources
1:10 Developing valley glacier flow models to estimate stability over the Holocene—Seth Campbell, School of Earth & Climate Sciences
Spring 2014 Seminar Series
Mondays from 12-1 pm in 204 Nutting Hall
Jan. 27: George Jacobson, University of Maine Climate Change Institute. ”Some perspectives on the real challenges for global and regional conservation”
Feb. 3: Daniel Stich, UMaine Department of Wildlife Ecology. ”Grass carp in the new world: aspirations, abundance, and apparitions”
Feb. 10: Mike Eichholz, Southern Illinois University. ”The current adaptive significance of biotic and abiotic influences on nest site selection in grassland nesting birds.”
Feb. 17: Dmitry Gorsky, Lower Great Lakes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ”Restoring Lake Sturgeon in the Great Lakes: A U. S. Fist and WIldlife perspective.”
Feb. 28: Joe Kunkel, University of New England. ” An Apatite for Lobster.”
Mar. 17: Allison Roy, USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. ”Watershed greening: Mitigating the effects of urbanization on streams?”
Mar. 24: Jeff Houlahan, University of New Brunswick. ”TBA”
Mar. 31: Paige Warren, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. “Human Influences on Species Interactions in Urban Communities: Insights form nationwide urban ecology research networks.”
Apr. 11: Petra Wood, USGS West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. “Cerulean Warbler and Associated Avian Species Response to Hardwood Forest Management.”
Apr. 21: Jacob Van de Sande, Downeast Salmon Federation. “Smelt restoration and conservation in Washington Country, Maine.”
Apr. 23: TBA, Distinguished Alumni Seminar.
Apr. 28: Henning Stabins, Plum Creek. “Environmental Stewardship on Private Forest Lands.
Seminars will be held on Fridays at 3:10 pm in Murray Hall, Room 102 unless otherwise noted. Light refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm.
|School of Biology and Ecology Spring 2014 Seminar Series Schedule|
Jan. 17: Andrea Nurse, M.S., Climate Change Institute, “Cypripedium arietinum: Challenges for rare plant conservation in a changing climate.”
(Host Dr. Gill)
Jan. 24: Dr. Daniel Linden, Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, “State-space models in wildlife research.”
(Host Dr. McKinney)
Jan. 31: Dr. Robert Northington, Climate Change Institute, “Linkages across ecosystems: contemporary changes and implications for the future.”
(Host Dr. Saros)
Feb. 6: Dr. Kristy Townsend, Harvard MEdical School, “Central regulation of appetite and energy expenditure by the bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPS)
(Host Dr. Tyler)
Feb. 14: Dr. Anne Hershey, UNC-Greensboro, “Methanogenesis, methane oxidation, and consumer use of methane-derived carbon in arctic Alaskan Lakes.”
Feb. 21: Dr. Chuck Lubelczyk, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, “Ecology of vector-borne diseases.”
(Host Drs. Litchenwalner and Groden; Cosponsors: SFR, NSFA)
Feb. 26*: Dr. Alison Dibble, University of Maine, “Plant Conservation: Extreme measures and backyard efforts.”
(Host Dr. Campbell). *DATE AND TIME CHANGE: Wed. Feb. 26 at 3pm.
Mar. 21: Dr. Dina Fonseca, Rutgers University, “What makes a mosquito invasive?’
(Host Dr. Groden; Cosponsors: EES, NSFA)
Mar. 28: Dr. Denise Bruesewitz, Colby College, “Nitrogen cycling along a subtropical river- estuary continuum: Response to flood and drought.”
(Host Dr. Greig)
Apr. 4: Dr. Ashley Helton, University of Connecticut, “Biogeochemical regime shifts in coastal landscapes: Effects of saltwater incursion and agricultural pollution on freshwater wetland ecosystems.”
Apr. 11: Dr. Rebecca Rowe, University of New Hampshire, ” Small mammal responses to environmental change: integrating Holocene and modern-day dynamics.”
(Host Dr. Gill)
Apr. 18: Dr. Alison Brody, University of Vermont, “Neither fungal nor floral mutualists explain the persistence of females in a gynodioecious plant.”
(Host Dr. Drummond)
Apr. 25: Dr. Subhabrata Sanyal, Biogen Idec, Inc., “Using Drosophila to study neurological disorders.”
(Host Dr. Dowse)
Apr. 28*: Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, McGill University, “From science to solutions: biodiversity research for global environmental change.”
(Host Dr. McGill; Cosponsors: SSI) *DATE AND TIME CHANGE: Mon. Apr 28, Mitchell Center, Room 101, 3 pm.
We would like to thank everyone that participated in this years SBE Silent Benefit Auction, it was a huge success! This year we raised $554.00 dollars, which shattered our previous records for raising funds for charity. The donations collected will go towards supporting the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and Ann’s House for Women!
You can pick up your item and pay for it by seeing Sue Anderson or Trish Costello (or contacting Rebecca Holberton on First Class) in the Bio Main Office in Murray Hall until 4:00 today, and during business hours on Monday and Tuesday. All items must be picked up and paid for by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday!
THANK YOU FOR MAKING HELPING MAKE THE HOLIDAY SEASON A BIT BRIGHTER FOR THOSE IN NEED! Looking ahead to next year, be sure to set aside any of those ‘hidden treasures’ you may wish to donate for next year’s auction – and contact Becky Holberton about how to donate them!
SBE would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Vivian Panes, a visiting researcher from the Philippines spending six months at the University of Maine, conducting research in Dr. Benildo de los Reyes’ molecular genetics lab. Dr. Panes is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City, Philippines where she teaches introductory courses in genetics and molecular & cellular biology.
She is a visiting research scholar through the Fulbright Scholar Program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, and are given the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research all around the world.
“Dr. Panes is working with an exotic plant that has a lot of potential pharmaceutical and nutritional applications. She is hoping to utilize the molecular paradigm I use in my molecular genetics lab to reconstruct the biochemical pathway that happens during the development of the Moringa oleifera” Dr. de los Reyes explains.
Dr. Panes is currently conducting research on the plant Moringa oleifera, a tropical tree native to northwestern India that was introduced to the Philippines in the early 1900’s. Her project is focused on RNA sequencing of the early staged Moringa plant in order to find genes that encode for enzymes that lead to lipid biosynthesis and to help identify key metabolic pathways within the plant.
Moringa oleifera is used for a variety of economic purposes around the world and is utilized for it’s high nutritional content. The leaves are rich in protein, calcium, potassium, Vitamin C as well as all the necessary amino acids that are not synthesized within the human body. The plant itself can grow up to 12 feet tall, contains compound leaves, and elongated fruits called pods.
Dr. Panes chose the University of Maine due to prior research collaboration with Dr. de los Reyes in 2008, when they started their research on Moringa.
During her six-month visit to the United States she plans on attending a variety of seminars, already attending a conference in Boston, Massachusetts and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Hopefully I will be able to introduce what I am learning here at the University of Maine to my students, and even to my colleagues, and that I can continue the research I am conducting back in my home country” explains Dr. Panes.
One hundred and sixty first-year students entered the University of Maine this September as majors in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE), even more than last year. One of the SBE’s greatest challenges is to serve an increasing number of undergraduate students, both majors and non-majors, while maintaining a strong program for graduate education and world-renowned research accomplishments. BIO100, one of our primary foundation courses, had an enrollment of 819 students in the fall semester, 12.5% more than the previous five-year average. Our introductory biology team and many graduate teaching assistants offered 46 lab sections, insuring an average of only 18 students per section. This instructor to student ratio enhances student engagement in our inquiry-based labs, using innovative manuals written and published by our own team.
Maureen Correll, SBE Ph.D student in Brian Olsen’s lab, was featured for participating in a ten state wide study under the National Science Foundation Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research program to assess the damage Hurrican Sandy had on the bird communities in coastal marshes. She is also working on the project as part of her dissertation.
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