News and Announcements

Grove’ receives inaugural Hodosh Fellowship

Venessa Grove’, a Master’s student in Dr. John Zhang’s laboratory, was awarded the inaugural Ellen Keough Hodosh, PhD, Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2016 in the University of Maine Foundation for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, with a gift from Ralph J. Hodosh in loving memory of his wife, Ellen Keough Hodosh. […]

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SBE Annual Fall Gathering

It’s that time of year again!  We have picked the date for our School of Biology & Ecology Annual Fall Gathering to be held in Murray Hall& the Littlefield (Ornamental) Gardens. Please mark your calendars for Friday, September 01, 2017.  We will start in Room 102 Murray Hall at 3pm for introductions. Around 5pm we […]

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Research at Groden’s laboratory targets browntail moth infestations

Text below is an excerpt from UMaine News Update. The browntail moth is an invasive species that was introduced into northeastern North America in the late 1800s. In the past several years, the population and range of the browntail moth has grown significantly, with more than 24,000 acres in Maine defoliated by their caterpillars in […]

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UMaine researchers develop wild bee habitat assessment tool

University of Maine researchers, including doctoral student Brianne Du Clos and her advisor Dr. Frank Drummond, have developed a tool called “BeeMapper” that will allow blueberry growers to assess the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding their crop fields. Knowing the numbers and types of wild bees in the surrounding landscape will help growers […]

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Trenkmann and Smith appear on Channel 5 News

Elisabeth “Betsy” Trenkmann, Michelle Smith, the Master of Science Teaching program, Orono High School, and Murray Hall were all featured in this Channel 5 News piece http://wabi.tv/2017/05/09/ahead-of-umaine-graduation-future-teacher-stands-out-among-peers/ For more information, please refer to the University of Maine press release: https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2017/05/10/elizabeth-trenckmann-seeking-inspire-high-schoolers/

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2017 SBE Student awards, prizes, and scholarships

SBE Academic Awards Highest GPA in a major within the School First Year Bailey Carter Ryan M. LaGross Hilary A. Merrifield Sophomore Emily R. Gagne Emma R. Garner Lucia D. Guarnieri Junior Tyler J. Lang Jacqueline R. Lambert Callie W. Greco Senior Willow S. Bates Kaitlin E. Clark School of Biology & Ecology Academic Achievement […]

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Trenckmann wins two top awards at the University of Maine Student Symposium

Betsy Trenckmann, a graduate student advised by Dr. Michelle Smith, won both the best presentation in the education category, as well as the Presidential Research Impact Award! The Research Impact award is given to both the graduate student and his/her advisor in recognition of research that has a potentially significant impact to the people of […]

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Elizabeth Kilroy receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Elizabeth Kilroy received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She is working in Clarissa Henry’s lab on developing effective therapies for muscular dystrophy. Full story is available on the University of Maine website.

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Kristy Townsend Featured on the You’re the Expert Show

Dr. Kristy Townsend will be the featured scientist at the You’re the Expert event, headlining the Maine Science Festival on Saturday, March 18. This is a national public radio show and podcast out of Boston/Cambridge, featuring three comedians questioning a scientist. Tickets are available for purchase.

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Elizabeth Kilroy investigates causes of muscle dystrophy

Elizabeth Kilroy is a second-year doctoral student in the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) working under the guidance of Dr. Clarissa Henry. She is investigating genetics of muscular dystrophy, which is a group of genetic disorders that can cause progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Kilroy’s close family members are […]

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Jasmine Saros’s research is key to understanding Arctic

Jasmine Saros, Professor at School of Biology and Ecology and Climate Change Institute, led the UMaine research team on the multidisciplinary research project in the Kangerlussuaq region of Greenland that studied the complex ecological interactions in the deglaciated landscape. The team also included postdoctoral research associate Robert Northington, and graduate students Benjamin Burpee and Rachel […]

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Frank Drummond receives the 2017 NSFA Agriculture Award

Dr. Francis Drummond is this year’s recipient of the College of Natural Sciences, Food, and Agriculture – Agriculture Award. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dr. Drummond worked with the two most important industries in the state: potatoes and blueberries. He has developed an extensive and very diverse research program that uses a variety of […]

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Farahad Dastoor receives the 2017 NSFA Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Farahad Dastoor is this year’s recipient of the NSFA Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Dastoor is a primary instructor for the introductory Biology sequence, BIO 100 and BIO 200. BIO 100 is one of the foundational courses at the College of Natural Sciences, Food, and Agriculture. Taken annually by close to 900 students, it is […]

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Recipient of the 2017 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship to join Gill’s lab

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie will complete a project titled, “Conservation Challenges for Tundra Refugia under Climate Change: A Paleoecological Perspective on Subalpine and Alpine Vegetation in Maine” under the academic mentorship of Dr. Jacquelyn Gill at University of Maine and in partnership with Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing at the National Park Service. The Smith Fellowship, the nation’s […]

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