News and Announcements

School of Biology & Ecology Annual Holiday Gathering

School of Biology & Ecology Annual Holiday Gathering will take place on Friday, December 08, 2017 from 5pm – 7pm in the Murray Hall Lobby and lab hallway. Make up storm date, if needed, will be the following Friday, 12/15/17, same times. We will have a bartender serving beer and wine and will have an […]

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Research by Goody and Henry is featured on UMaine’s front page

Link to a recent study describing effect of influenza virus on organisms afflicted with muscle dystrophy is featured on the front page of the University of Maine website. The study was conducted by assistant research professor Michelle Goody, associate professor Clarissa Henry (both with School of Biology and Ecology), professor Carol Kim (Department of Molecular […]

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Springer Publishing releases a new biogeochemistry textbook by Cronan

Dr. Christopher Cronan, Professor of Biology and Ecology, has published a new textbook – Ecosystem Biogeochemistry: Element Cycling in the Forest Landscape – in the Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography, and Environment series.  The book is available in hardcover (ISBN 978-3-319-66443-9) and e-book (ISBN 978-3-319-66444-6) versions from Springer International Publishing AG.

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Jeff Hall receives Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. Dr. Jeff Hall was an adjunct faculty member at the School of Biology and Ecology in 2005-2012. His primary […]

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Longcore wins the Golden Goose Award

Dr. Joyce Longcore won the 2017 Golden Goose Award. This is a very prestigious award that recognizes the tremendous human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact. The award was originally envisioned by Representative Jim Cooper […]

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Henry, Townsend, and collaborators receive an NSF MRI grant

The University of Maine was awarded $497,000 by the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program to acquire a Leica TCS SP8 Digital LightSheet microscope. The PIs are Clarissa Henry, Rob Wheeler, Kristy Townsend, Leif Oxburgh, and Andre Khalil. LightSheet microscope is superior for imaging living organisms because the low light illumination and high-speed image […]

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Carter and Kilroy win GSBSE awards

Erin Carter won the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) service award and 3rd Place, Governor John E Baldacci Award for Best Oral Presentation. Elisabeth Kilroy won 3rd place, Poster competition, and Best photo in the photo competition. All awards were presented at the 2017 GSBSE annual meeting.

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Former student dedicates book to Vadas

Dr. John H. Andrews, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, dedicated the second edition of his book Comparative Ecology of Microorganisms and Macroorganisms to Bob Vadas. Dr. Andrews took Bob’s classes in Ecology and Marine Phycology in 1967 and 1968. Both subjects became pivotal, lasting influences in his […]

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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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