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.
Join us in welcoming our Professor of Neuroscience candidates as they present a research seminar talk as well as a teaching demo!
Presenter # 1
Research Seminar: Monday, Novemeber 18th at 3:10 PM in Murray room 106.
Teaching Demo: Tuesday, November 19th from 10:00-11:00 AM in Murray room 304.
Presenter # 2
Research Seminar: Thursday, November 21st at 3:30 PM in Murray Hall room 102.
Teaching Demo: Friday, November 22nd from 10:00- 11:00 AM in Murray Hall room 300.
Presenter # 3
Research Seminar: Monday, December 2nd at 3:10 PM in Murray Hall room 106.
Teaching Demo: Friday, December 3rd from 10:00-11:00 AM in Murray Hall room 304.
Presenter # 4
Research Seminar: Thursday, December 5th at 3:30 PM in Murray Hall room 102.
Teaching Demo: Friday, December 6th from 10:00-11:00 AM in Murray Hall room 300
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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Support our local Charities! Participate in the 2013 SBE Silent Benefit Auction!
Bring in your donated items to Becky Holberton, Rm 221 Murray Hall by November 8th.
All items will be on display in the Murray Hall Foyer. The bidding will begin in Murray Hall at noon Monday, November 11 and ends at noon on Friday, November 22nd.
All proceeds benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and Ann’s House Women’s Shelter- Manna Ministries!
If you have any questions contact Rebecca Holberton on First class.
Dr. Michelle Smith, SBE Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, is the lead investigator on four projects and co-principal investigator on another. She aims to improve nationwide science instruction and assessments, and was granted $6.8 million in total funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The projects, three of which are in collaboration with other universities, involve a variety of UMaine members including: administrators, faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students, undergraduates and area K-12 teachers.
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The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership has an employment opportunity for undergraduates students in STEM (sceince, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. They are recruiting for the Maine Learning Assistant Program and need to fill 22 paid positions in STEM courses for next spring. These courses include: Bio 350: Concepts of Genetics, ERS 201: Global Enviromental change, SMS 422: Biology of Fishes, CHY 122:Introduction to Chemistry, PHY 122: Physics for Engineers/ Physical Sciences II, and SMS 491: English Literacy for Marine Science. The MLA program is a great opportunity for outstanding STEM undergraduate students. They will work closely with faculty and assist them in implementing innovative instructional strategies in college courses while having the opportunity to explore their interests.
To learn more, attend the MLA Open House: Thursday, October 24, 4:15-5:45 in the Hill Auditorium (165 Barros Hall)
Food and beverages will be provided!
For more information click here.