October 30, 2006
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Jenny Radsma is away on sabbatical this academic year. She has been accepted as a Fellow at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for Strategic Initiatives. She is studying at the University of Alberta in Edmonton at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology where she continues her research on tobacco cessation. Lisa Theriault, assistant professor of Nursing, continues her doctoral studies in Nursing at Rocky Mountain University in Utah. She is expected to complete her course work in August, 2007. Assistant Professor of Mental Health Nursing, Diana White, is finishing her Ph.D. in Education at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Clinical Instructor of Nursing, Bunny Pounds, is finishing her clinical hours for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky. Erin Soucy, acting director of Nursing, has begun her Ph.D. studies in Education at Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona.
Jeff Dubis, instructor of Forestry, spent the summer performing local landowner consultations including preparing two timber inventory reports. He worked with the Maine Winter Sports Center on a basic boundary surveying project. He currently is working on updates to two maps created last year for the Mountain Bike Festival that is sponsored by Northern Maine Medical Center. Jeff recently was appointed chair of the National Forest Technology Honor Society. Assistant Professor of Public Safety Administration & Criminal Justice, Tony Enerva, was successful in negotiating a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Maine Police Academy for a 100-hour, pre-training course for law enforcement students. Tony Gauvin, assistant professor of e-Commerce, continued in his efforts to move forward the Project Maine-France cooperative program. Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies, Stephen Hansen, has been actively working in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to determine if muskellunge and smallmouth bass have entered the Fish River chain of lakes. He also has been actively investigating, along with the St. John-Aroostook Resource Conservation and Development, the influence that land use and climatic change are having on water quality in the Fish River chain of lakes, and its impact on the native fish assemblage. Together with Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Dr. Kim Borges, Steve has been studying the quality of water of Cross Lake. Hansen also oversaw the independent studies of several students involved in the study of the Furbish's Lousewort -- a plant that is on the endangered species list by both the state and federal governments and is indigenous only to the St. John Valley. The long-term goal of his research is to provide insight into the possible effects of environmental and global change on the distribution and abundance of the plant. Dave Hobbins, Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies, spent the summer consulting on tree pest issues and insect identification for area residents. He attended the joint meeting of the Southwest and Northeast Forest Pathology Workshops in Canaan Valley, West Virginia in June. Dave conducted an informal forest pathology survey and collected insect/disease specimens and images for use in course offering FOR330, Forest Protection. He conducted research on the use of Global Position System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Public Safety. Additionally, he began a literature review, assembled available data, and began writing lab instructions for use of GPS in motor vehicle accident reporting. Dave presented "GIS and GPS Initiative at UMFK" to the University's Board of Visitors in July, assisted with the summer orientation programs in June and July, and advised several new forestry students. Associate Professor of Psychology, Kurt Holzhausen, has been busy writing a research paper on a bias in hypothesis-testing by groups, and has been compiling videos in preparation for a new course. Raymond Albert, professor of Computer Science, and chair of the Natural & Behavioral Science division, spent his summer completing invited reviews for the following works submitted for publication: "PHISHING the PHISHER using Web Bugs and Honey Tokens to Investigate the Source of PHISHING Attacks," and "Quality Assurance in Educational Software Development." Both article submissions were to the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, a respected forum for the substantive interchange of ideas in all areas of information systems and technology. Ray served as reviewer/judge in the Computer Society History Competition (CHC60) of the IEEE Computer Society. He also participated in Harvard University - Chautauqua 2006 Summer Faculty Development Program - entitled "Using Research-based Curricula and Tools to Promote Active Learning in Introductory Courses II" held in June at Tufts University.