News and Announcements

Biology Undergraduate to earn degree after 11 years of hardship

UMaine undergraduate Courtney Hatton will be graduating this May after 11 years of obstacles in her way to her degree.  Despite being confronted with years of hardship as she worked to earn her degree in biology, she persevered to achieve her academic goals.  You can read her full story here. Published April 19, 2019.

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Kate Ruskin named Fellow by the Second Century Stewardship

Dr. Kate Ruskin – lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Sciences – has been awarded a fellowship to conduct research in Acadia National Park by the Second Century Stewardship for 2019.  You can find more information about this award here. Published April 19, 2019.

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Frank Drummond and Andrei Alyokhin Receive ESA Awards

Congratulations to Andrei Alyokhin and Frank Drummond!  Alyokhin and Drummond both received prestigious awards from the Entomological Society of America.  Alyokhin was awarded the Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Distinguished Award in Extension.  Drummond was awarded the Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Distinguished Award for Teaching.  These awards are given to entomologists who […]

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Brian Olsen testifies in the chickadee debate

UMaine’s Brian Olsen recently testified during the debate over the specific chickadee that should be Maine’s official state bird – a heated debate over the Black Capped Chickadee or the Boreal Chickadee.  You can listen to piece, or read the transcript here! Published March 1, 2019.

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Danielle Levesque Interviewed by the Journal of Experimental Biology

Assistant Professor of Mammology and Mammalian Health, Danielle Levesque, was recently interviewed by the Journal of Experimental Biology, where she talks about how she got to where she is today.  To learn more about Danielle Levesque, you can find the interview – “Early-career researchers: an interview with Danielle Levesque” – here. Published Jan. 7, 2019.

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Kristy Townsend receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Kristy Townsend, assistant professor of neurobiology, who recently won an NSF CAREER Award in the form of a $1 million grant for her research project, Novel Mechanisms of Adult Neurogenesis!  The aim of the project is to increase access to biomedical programs and encourage student research – first through senior capstone research projects, […]

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Jacquelyn Gill receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Jacquelyn Gill, assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology, who has recently won an NSF CAREER Award for $800,000 for her research project, Environmental Change and Extinction on the Mammoth Steppe!  This project aims to use data collected to build a virtual reality to act as a teaching device and help students gain […]

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Spring 2018 Tissue Competition

BIO335 (Human Anatomy) recently closed the semester with this year’s Tissue Competition. Teams of students recreated a tissue of their choice, highlighting the tissues functionality and specialty. The judging was based on three criteria: relevancy, accuracy, and distinctiveness. Two teams were awarded first place with their models of skeletal muscle, and stratified squamous cells. For […]

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Genes to Genomes publishes an interview with Michelle Smith

Genes to Genomes, a blog from the Genetics Society of America, published an interview with Michelle Smith and her PALM mentee, Christopher Baker.  The PALM (Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring) network is an NSF-funded project established to allow faculty and postdoctoral fellows to gain hands-on experience and mentorship in bringing evidence-based, effective active learning strategies into […]

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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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