June 20, 2018
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‘Outstanding’ UMaine faculty members recognized

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — Three professors in sociology, chemistry and classical languages have been named recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Awards in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine.

The awards were announced in a press release issued Wednesday by UMaine.

Amy Blackstone, an associate professor of sociology, was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching and Advising Award. Brian Frederick, an associate professor of chemistry, was the recipient of the Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award. Kristina “Tina” Passman, associate professor of classical languages and literature, was the recipient of the Outstanding Service and Outreach Award.

Blackstone’s teaching and research interests include the sociology of gender, work, families, social movements and research methods, according to the press release. Her current research focuses on workplace harassment experiences across the life cycle and child-free adults.

She has involved a large number of students in independent studies, internships, work merit projects, senior thesis projects and honors theses.

Frederick’s research is in physical and theoretical chemistry. He is internationally known for his work on characterizing surfaces at the molecular scale using instrumentation in the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, including photoelectron spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy and adsorption porosimetry, as well as neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

His current work is focused on developing oxide and metal catalysts for conversion of woody biomass into transportation fuels in collaboration with members of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, an interdisciplinary team consisting of chemists, physicists, chemical engineers, forest scientists and economists focused on creating value-added products from waste wood in a sustainable way.

Passman’s research and teaching center on Latin, ancient Greek, classical studies and literature in translation. She is devoted to service to her students, the university and the belief that education is important and should be accessible to all. She is considered a pioneer in online teaching and the application of Universal Design principles to instructional design and delivery.

Passman also helped craft the initial iteration of the Maine Learning Results — outcomes assessment for K-12 education — in the areas of bilingual education and modern and classical languages.

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