ANDREW ANDERSON, professor, College of Science, Technology, and Health, was awarded the Department of Engineering’s Nelson & Small Prize of $5,000 for 2014. Nelson & Small Inc. of Portland established the prize to stimulate continued development of engineering at USM and honors a person who has made special contributions to its engineering programs.
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KATHLEEN ASHLEY, professor of English, co-authored “The Performed Book: Textuality and Social Space in the Cult of Sainte Foy” in a special issue of the academic journal The Ritual Life of Medieval Europe, (Vol. 52/53 of ROMARD (2014): 233-55).
MATTHEW BAMPTON, professor of geography, has been appointed a Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Each year, the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission selects just one U.S. citizen to hold this position at the University of Edinburgh. Bampton’s six-month appointment, began this fall, will build upon prior research he has conducted with U.S. and U.K. scholars on the interactions between climate change and human activity in the Shetland Islands.
PAUL CHRISTIANSEN, associate professor of musicology, published an article titled “‘Finish It—Whatever It Takes’: Musical Propaganda in Political Ads from the 2004 Bush U.S. Presidential Campaign” in the book “Music and Propaganda in the Short Twentieth Century,” which was published this year by Brepols as volume 22 of their Speculum Musicae series. Christianen also delivered a lecture at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, on the history of music in U.S. political ads. The May 13 lecture was funded by and presented under the aegis of the European Union, the European Social Fund of the Czech Republic, and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.
CLARE BATES CONGDON, associate professor of computer science and JEFFREY A. THOMPSON, USM alumnus presented “GAMI-CRM: Using de novo motif inference to detect cis-regulatory modules” at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation on July 8, and “An Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology for Computational Intelligence Researchers” a tutorial at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence on July 6, in Bejing, China. Thompson graduated with a BS degree in computer science from USM in May. He presented the talk, which corresponds to a peer-reviewed paper that he is first author on, and helped Congdon present the tutorial.
KREG ETTENGER, associate professor of anthropology, presented “Cultural Tourism in Remote Places” at the 2014 Maine Humanities Summit, “The Humanities and Public Policy,” held at Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta, Maine on May 16.
GAIL FLETCHER, project coordinator, MIYAD MOVASSAGHI, graduate student, NAUN LOBO, research assistant, and KAREN MOULTON, electron microscopy facility manager, in the Duboise Laboratory in the Department of Applied Medical Sciences, facilitated observations of the microworld at 10,000-fold magnification using the SEPA project’s portable scanning electron microscope by 76 of Pam Trieu’s middle school students as they viewed bacteria and tiny structures on ticks and bedbugs and learned how electron microscopes differ from light microscopes. The SEPA project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has provided such “Micro- and Nano-Space Explorations of Health and Disease” to 2,376 middle and high school students since 2009.
REBECCA GOODALE, lecturer of art and coordinator of the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, is exhibiting “Threatened and Endangered: Artist’s Books by Rebecca Goodale” at the Bowdoin College Library from September 1 through December 23, 2014. Goodale will also present a lecture at Bowdoin’s Kresge Auditorium at 7 p.m. on October 28, with an exhibition reception following.
DAN JENKINS, assistant professor of leadership & organizational studies, was invited to present “Leadership in The Classroom: Developing a Leadership Curriculum” as part of the “Education and Leadership” conference held at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, on July 5. Jenkins also spent a few days there meeting with and coaching their leadership studies faculty.
AMY JOHNSON, assistant director of CEPARE, has been awarded a grant to investigate teacher preparation program accountability policies. The work will be conducted at CEPARE by Johnson with support from a team of faculty across the College of Management and Human Service: CATHIE FALLONA, associate professor of literacy education, DAVID SILVERNAIL, professor of educational leadership, CHARLIE COLGAN, chair and professor of community planning & development, and JEAN WHITNEY, associate professor of teacher education.