Stories for Alumni and Friends

Portrait of Abby Irvine

Abby Irvine: Social work major passionate about helping others

People undergoing treatment for narcotic abuse at Northern Light Acadia Hospital received blankets and self-care items from staff on Christmas Day. Each present came with a handwritten card from Abby Irvine that contained one of 83 positive affirmations: “I am worthy of love and respect.” “I am proud of what I accomplish every day.” “Small […]

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Fogler Library receives American Kennel Club collection to aid genetic research

The American Kennel Club donated a collection of books containing international pedigree lines dating back to approximately 1860 to the Fogler Library at the University of Maine to support genetic research. The gift was inspired by Laurie Connell, a research professor in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, who discovered the uncataloged volumes in the American […]

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In Sweden, Waller shares in-depth knowledge of cold-water corals

Rhian Waller’s front yard is a 660-foot-deep fjord. The long, narrow sea inlet nestled between cliffs in Tjärnö, Sweden is home to a host of marine species, including seabirds and harbor seals. And corals. Until January 2020, the fjords also will be areas of exploration for Waller, a University of Maine marine scientist based at […]

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Animal and veterinary science students take learning abroad

Nine UMaine animal and veterinary sciences students and David Marcinkowski, an associate professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, traveled to Prince Edward Island this month for the New England Dairy Travel Course. The annual travel course is a cooperative effort between the New England land grant schools, including UMass, UNH, UVM and UMaine. […]

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Student spotlight: Arielle Spalla

Arielle Spalla, a junior pre-med microbiology major, will graduate in the spring, travel for a year and read books she hasn’t had time for during her undergraduate career. Then she’ll enroll at Tufts University School of Medicine. For her capstone, she’s doing a literature review for the lab of Melody Neely, an associate professor of […]

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Portrait of Linda Archambault

Student spotlight: Linda Archambault

Hometown: Bristol, Maine Linda Archambault, a biochemistry Ph.D. candidate, works in UMaine associate professor of microbiology Rob Wheeler’s lab. Last summer, she was selected as a teaching assistant for an internationally recognized practical course on fungal infectious diseases at the Marine Biological Laboratory and received the 2018–19 Janet Waldron Doctoral Research Fellowship. Archambault earned a […]

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Portrait of Colin Eimers

Student Spotlight: Colin Eimers

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina Soon after biology major Colin Eimers graduated from Bates College, he began earning his Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in marine sciences at UMaine. He’s researched and documented optimal ocean conditions for young oysters for the Georgetown Aquaculture collaborative of Georgetown, Maine. Eimers appreciates the practicality of the marine diversification project […]

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Crowdfunding efforts underway for new sugar house, international nursing trip

The University of Maine Foundation’s crowdfunding platform is designed to empower students, faculty and staff to raise funds for specific projects, events and activities. Through the power of small contributions from a large number of people, Fill the Steins connects the UMaine community to student and campus needs. The most recent campaigns seek funds to […]

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Portrait of Jaelee Vanidestine

Student Spotlight: Jaelee Vanidestine

Hometown: Orrington, Maine After graduating with a marine science degree from Maine Maritime Academy, Jaelee Vanidestine headed to Alaska, where she collected data for commercial stock assessments for the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Seeking additional knowledge and skills, Vanidestine returned to Maine to earn a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in marine sciences. “I applied […]

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