ORONO, Maine — Four University of Maine professors were recognized at Saturday’s afternoon graduation ceremony for outstanding contributions to the university’s mission of teaching, research and public service. Professors Alfred Bushway, John Mahon, Kathleen March and Douglas Nangle received UMaine’s top annual faculty awards at the Academic Honors Convocation at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Bushway, a 1968 UMaine graduate who has been a faculty member for 33 years, was named the 2011 Distinguished Maine Professor. Bushway, who is in the department of food science and human nutrition, is noted for effectively using technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience while bringing in research grants totaling more than $1 million.
Mahon, the John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy, was awarded the Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award. A UMaine faculty member since 2001, Mahon has served as UMaine’s interim provost and as dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Health. An internationally renowned expert in the discipline of business and organizational development and behavior, Mahon is a prolific scholar whose work is acclaimed by colleagues for its quality and insights.
March, a UMaine faculty member since 1984 and a professor of Spanish, was honored the Presidential Public Service Achievement Award. She is noted for her work as an interpreter assisting defendants in court. Her school-based initiatives in Old Town, Lubec and other places have improved language proficiency while serving to inspire public service efforts. March has led five trips to Honduras, bringing UMaine students, including engineers and nurses, to provide assistance to rural residents dealing with health, literacy and infrastructure concerns.
Nangle, a professor of psychology who joined the UMaine faculty in 1994, was this year’s recipient of UMaine’s Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award. Nangle serves as director of UMaine’s clinical psychology doctoral program, a role through which he has led efforts to strengthen diversity education, effectively assess educational goals and outcomes, and to evaluate the program annually.
UM symposium to train citizen scientists
ORONO, Maine – The 2011 Citizen Science Symposium at the University of Maine, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Wells Conference Center.
The symposium is designed to share information about environmental citizen science, in which volunteers assist scientists with monitoring and data collection, according to a university press release.
Paper, poster, panel presentations and field trips will provide members of environmental organizations, volunteer managers, science teachers and others an opportunity to share their citizen science or environmental volunteer experiences and highlight the types of volunteer research being conducted with an environment-monitoring focus.
The symposium is a project of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests and the School of Forest Resources. Its goals are to advance the understanding of environmental citizen science and to encourage an atmosphere of improved communication and collaboration among citizen science practitioners.
The two-day symposium will conclude with three field trips to a vernal pool, a gravel pit and forested areas on campus.
Continuing education credits will be available for educators.
For information, contact Christine Paluga at 266-5451 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/umainecitizensciencesymposium.
Art auction, sale to benefit UMaine Honors College
ORONO, Maine — An art auction and sale by the estate of artist Arlene Thomson is being will be held Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, to benefit the University of Maine Honors College at the Buchanan Alumni House.
Thomson, the recipient of the University of Maine’s 2007 Vincent A. Hartgen Award, bestowed by the university’s Patrons of the Arts for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the arts at UMaine, died last fall, two days short of her 98th birthday, according to a university press release.
Beginning in the early 1960s, she worked as an artist, graphic designer and illustrator for the UMaine Department of Public Affairs, Central Services and University Press. Thomson retired in 1985, continuing on an as-needed basis until 1994.
The auction will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call Barbara Ouellette at 581-3264.
Seminar in restorative school practices set for June
AUGUSTA, Maine — The University of Maine’s Peace & Reconciliation Studies will co-sponsor with the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast its third annual Summer Institute in Restorative School Practices June 28-30 at the Augusta Civic Center.
Registration deadline is June 3.
The three-day institute will introduce participants to restorative school practices and restorative discipline. Within a whole school approach, these practices build caring school communities that support students, staff and administrators in feeling connected and respected, which enhances learning outcomes, Barb Blazej, a peace studies program lecturer at UMaine and director of the UMaine Youth Violence Prevention Project, said in a recent press release.
The institute will include presentations, discussion, activities, practice, videos, a panel of teachers and administrators using restorative practices, and opportunities to experience the “community circle” process.
For information, call Blazej at 581-2625 or visit http://www.rjpmidcoast.org/cms/restorative-school-practices.