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Faculty and Staff Profiles

February 2008

This listing summarizes the recent (since January 2006) work of the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) faculty and professional staff. The listing is in two parts. The first, In Service to Aroostook County and Maine, reports on work that directly serves the people of Aroostook County and Maine. The second section of the listinge, A Community of Scholars, reports on the scholarly work of the faculty and professional staff that reaches around the State of Maine, the United States, and the world.

This listing by no means reports on the full duties of faculty and staff. Most prominently, we do not summarize the teaching, counseling, and mentoring activity that is done for our 1500 students. Nor, do we address the wide variety of contributions that faculty and staff provide in the administration of the University of Maine System and UMPI. Finally, the description of service to the community reports only matters that draw directly on the professional expertise of the member of faculty or staff. This would be a far longer report if we made mention of the work of UMPI employees as citizen volunteers, leaders of social organizations, civic groups, and religious organizations, and public officials and participants in governmental activities.

In Service to Aroostook County and Maine

Professor Dick Ayre draws on his criminal justice expertise to serve on The Youth Network Case Resolution Committee and as Director of the Aroostook County Mentoring Program in collaboration with the State Department of Corrections. Dick also served on the Ad Hoc Security Committee for the Nordic Heritage Center Biathlon program.

Professor Sue Beaudet provides physiological assessments for biathletes and cross-country skiers working with the Maine Winter Sports Center. Sue's expertise also allows her to officiate at ski races at the MWSC venues. She also works with the Girl Scouts of Maine in teaching canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.

As of 2007, Professor Barbara Blackstone is a Site Visitor for the National Athletic Trainers Association's Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education. She will visit other accredited Athletic Training programs across the United States and triangulate information for the accreditation process. Barbara also has presented programs on health issues for the Easton School Department and the Maine School Nurses Association.

Coach Mike Carlos has been the Director of the Men's Summer Basketball League. Mike has also been a consultant to the Micmac Tribe and a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club.

Professor Jean Cashman is a member of the Aroostook County Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team and a member of the Advisory Council of the Central Aroostook Mentoring Program. Jean has presented workshops on ethics to The Aroostook Medical Center. She was presented with a Merit Award by the Governor in 2007 for her work with Emergency Management Services in Aroostook County. She also served as the guest speaker at the UNE MSW graduation ceremony in May 2007.

Professor Barbara Smith Chalou is a member of Maine Reading First, the statewide literacy group that serves the Maine Department of Education. Barbara has also created the partnership with the Fort Fairfield Elementary Schools to sponsor reading tutorial programs and the annual UMPI Literacy Day.

Upward Bound Director Darylen Cote serves on the Women's Employment Issues Subcommittee of the Maine Jobs Council representing TRiO programs.

Professor and Honors Program Director Melissa Crowe facilitated a monthly workshop, specially designed for area women, that studies fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Library and Information Services Executive Director Greg Curtis is Treasurer and Board Member of the Turner Library in Presque Isle. He consults with the Maine State Librarian on library policies. Greg has presented testimony to the Maine State Legislature on library and higher education issues.

Professor Claire Davidshofer organized Foreign Language Day for area high schools. The purpose of the day was to expose students to the languages and cultures of 21 foreign nations. Claire has also assisted Maine Public Service in translating important customer messages about rights and services into French.

Professor Bill Davidshofer has organized political internships in the regional offices of Senators Snowe and Collins and Congressman Michaud. Bill also organized and participated in several colloquia on Russia and Eastern Europe for local business and government leaders. He and Professor Claire Davidshofer lead UMPI's participation in Partnership Maine France Quebec to promote collaborative activities. Maine is the only state university system in the nation with such a program.

Professor Lynn Eldershaw worked with local meditation instructor Ray Gribetz to facilitate a free five-week series in meditation for the community in Fall 2007.

Professor Clare Exner is working with President Don Zillman on a professional development course in communication skills to be offered to the region's young professionals during Spring 2008. The course is being created and facilitated in collaboration with Momentum Aroostook.

Librarian Virginia Fischer serves as the UMPI representative to coordinate the annual lecture presented jointly with The Aroostook Medical Center. This year's lecture brought psychologist and ethicist Dr. Samuel Natale to campus and the community.

Professor Alan Gordon is a member of the Maine Department of Education's Committee to develop Maine Learning Results. He has worked with Steve Richard to organize the Special Olympics soccer event at UMPI. Alan started the Aroostook Youth Basketball League and has organized several youth soccer programs and clinics.

Professor Linda Graves is Co-Director of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program of Maine. Linda serves on the Board of the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, the advisory committee for Eastern Maine Medical Center and associated hospitals.

Professor Tomasz Herzog has collaborated with the Caribou School System Partnership for College Success program. He has worked with Upward Bound on a new social studies unit and lesson plans. Tomasz also gave a mini-class on Polish language and culture during the event sponsored by the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Aroostook County Foreign Language Teacher Association.

Professor Deborah Hodgkins has organized collaborative programs with high school English faculty members. Deborah serves on the Composition Coalition, a statewide group of writing specialists from the University of Maine and Community College Systems. Her collaborative efforts seek to better prepare high school students for writing at the college and professional levels.

Professor Michael Knopp is the Assistant Curator for Chemistry at the Northern Maine Museum of Science. Michael has taught chemistry to Caribou High School students and faculty, and to home-schooled students and students in the Upward Bound program.

Professor Lisa Leduc serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Battered Women's Project and volunteers on their 24-hour hotline. Lisa is working with students to put together a Job Fair for the new Women's Re-entry Center in Bangor, which serves as a transitional program for female inmates being released.

Ms. Danette Madore has served as President of the Maine Educational Opportunity Association and the Maine representative on the New England Educational Opportunity Association. Danette has represented the Maine TRiO program at TRiO Day in Augusta and in Washington, D.C.

Professor Kevin McCartney is the Founder and Director of the Northern Maine Science Museum and the creator of the Maine Solar System Model, a scale model of the solar system that stretches along Rt. 1 from Presque Isle to Topsfield. Kevin has facilitated the visits to campus of several noted scientists, including Wesley Huntress, President of the Planetary Society and Alan Stern, lead scientist for the NASA mission to Pluto.

Mr. Michael McCormack coordinates the Partnership for College Success program, sponsored by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation with technical assistance provided by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The Program allows UMPI to partner with the Caribou School System to examine ways to support college access and success, especially for underserved and first generation students. Mike also coordinates the early college program that works with 14 central and southern Aroostook County schools through the sponsorship of the National Governors' Association.

Professor Karen McCosker serves as a Board Member of the Battered Women's Project.  Karen also serves as a scholar for the New Books, New Readers program, a Maine Humanities Council literacy program involving Caribou Adult Education and the Loring Job Corps Center.

Professor Robert Murray is working with students on three local economic development projects. In one project, a management information systems major is designing a website for the Loring Military Heritage Center. In another, a business major is conducting research on whether there is market interest among providers and customers in Aroostook County for "green landscaping" services. In the third, four recreation majors are completing a tourism marketing project by developing a historic walking tour in downtown Limestone with the assistance of History Professor Kim Sebold and the Limestone Historical Society.

Professor Sushil Oswal was invited by the Labor Department to deliver the plenary address of the all agency meeting of the Division for the Blind held in Augusta in September 2007. The topic of his address was Social and Cultural Barriers for Blind Individuals in Higher Education.

Professor Kim-Anne Perkins is a Board Member of the Battered Women's Project. She served as a Consultant to the Northern Maine Medical Center and Hospice of Aroostook. She is the president of the Central Aroostook chapter of the Maine division of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Aroostook Counseling and Evaluation Services. Kim-Anne served as President of the National Rural Social Work Caucus and the Maine chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Currently, she is a second term Board Member of the National Associates of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.

Emeritus Professor Ken Petress presented programs on China to two Upward Bound Rally groups in November 2006. Upward Bound encourages college aspirations for high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Robert Pinette is Curator of the Herbarium at the Northern Maine Museum of Science. The collection houses 20,000 specimens of plants, fungi, and lichens native to northern Maine. He has been interviewed numerous times about botany related question by WAGM-TV and frequently identifies plants and fungi for members of the public. He often gives talks to local garden clubs related to plant taxonomy and mycology (molds and mushrooms).

Professor David Putnam has completed archaeological surveys for the Maine Department of Transportation; conducted archaeological testing with students for a proposed ATV/snowmobile bridge over the Meduxnekeag River in Houlton to remove recreational traffic from the nearby I-95 Bridge; and conducted an archaeological and glacial geology survey of the Debsconeag Wilderness area for the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. David has served on the Maine School of Science and Mathematics Board of Trustees. He also served on the citizens' advisory committee convened by the Maine Department of Conservation to redraft management plans for state lands in northern Maine. David and Jeanie McGowan annually provide a day-long "Archaeology Road Show" at UMPI for the professional assessment of privately owned archaeological artifacts.

Professor JoAnne Putnam is preparing an early childhood curriculum, Our Future, which incorporates Mi'gmag culture, language, and knowledge. She consults with local schools on Indigenous Education and teaching students with special needs. She has served on the Board of the Aroostook Child Development Services and currently serves on The James School Board.

Ms. Rachel Rice, media relations coordinator, is a member of the steering committee for Momentum Aroostook, part of a statewide initiative that aims to strengthen the network of young people in Maine workplaces and entice more young professionals to locate in the state.

Professor Raymond Rice has served as an English instructor for the Aroostook Regional Gifted and Talented Program. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Contemporary Philosophy and has assisted its relocation to the UMPI campus. Rice also serves as a delegate to the MEA Representative Assembly and is participating in the Emerging Leaders Academy of the National Education Association (NEA).

Professor Shirley Rush has spoken to numerous community groups about her cross-country bicycle trip as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. She has spoken to other community groups on social work topics. Shirley recently served on the committee that organized the university's first-ever Native American Appreciation Day for the community.

Professor Allen Salo worked with his students throughout the spring and fall of 2007 to develop and administer a satisfaction survey on behalf of the City of Presque Isle, saving municipal officials an estimated $15,000. The survey evaluated the level of satisfaction local residents have concerning city services.

Professor Leo Saucier coordinated the first annual UMPI Track & Field Day. The program introduced over 80 elementary students to athletics and healthy lifestyles. Leo also completed several "how to" digital videos that have been made available online to physical education teachers around the world. Last year, he taught a mini-class on folk dances during Foreign Language Day, sponsored by the Aroostook County Foreign Language Teacher Association.

Professor Kim Sebold is working with her students on a historical research projects for the towns of Fort Fairfield and Limestone to help them prepare for their respective sesquicentennials.

Mr. Chris Smith, women's and men's cross country running coach, has served as race director of the University's Spring Runoff 5K Road Race since 1988. Chris also is the President of the Aroostook Musterds running club and has compiled the Aroostook Challenge Road Race Series points standings from 2004 through the present. He recently facilitated sessions on weight training and cross country running for the Aroostook County Action Program's Aroostook Partnerships Extravaganza Youth Summit. He also organized soccer and hoop shoot competitions for the Elk's Club.

Professor Christine Standefer oversaw a practicum during Fall 2007 that allowed her physical education students to offer gym classes to about 50 local home schooled students. In November 2007, she was named president-Elect of MAHPERD, the Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Professor Franklin Thompson offered workshops and presentations to the Presque Isle school system and to the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Topics have included Understanding Bipolar Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Accessing Special Education Services. Franklin is the School Psychologist for MSAD 1 and also serves SAD 32, Ashland, under a cooperative agreement with SAD 1.

Professor JoAnne Wallingford has worked with students in developing several databases for local civic groups. JoAnne aided in the redesign of the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce web site. She also has assisted the Future Business Leaders of America in their high school competitions.

Professor Chunzeng Wang has prepared laboratory manuals for Fundamentals of GIS.  He has worked with numerous local groups to introduce GIS skills and applications. This summer, he and two of his students saved the City of Presque Isle about $25,000 by completing a geodatabase so city workers could better maintain roadway infrastructures and their storm water management system. Chunzeng now is working to create a GIS lab so municipal officials from around Aroostook County can receive training on how to use GPS and GIS technology.

Athletic Director Rich Ward serves in the Central Aroostook Mentoring Program.

Mrs. Tammy Ward was Chair of the Maine Educational Opportunity Association which gathered 60 educational opportunity leaders from around Maine to explore the theme of Planting the Seeds of Hope: Celebrating the Harvest. Tammy is also a member of the Bridges Transitions Council, which helps youth with mild to severe disabilities with secondary education and independent living.

Professor Anja Whittington is currently serving as Consultant for Baxter State Park's work on an economic impact study to evaluate the ways in which the Park contributes to the economic viability of the local area. She serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Maine and the International Appalachian Trail Club. She is also on the leadership team for the Girls Collaborative Project of Maine. Anja is working with her students on a service learning project with the Battered Women's Project to offer children's recreational programs. She also worked with the Maine Winter Sports Center to organize a Women's Cross Country Ski Day this winter as a fundraiser for the Battered Women's Project.

President Don Zillman participates in the Aroostook Partners for Progress and LEAD [Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development]. He provides expert legal opinion for Bangor Radio Station WVOM. He helped lead the University of Maine System effort to create a graduate program for K-12 teachers living near UMPI, UMFK, and UMM. Don served on the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce Board in 2006-07. He is currently serving on the Board of the Maine School for Science and Math.

A Community of Scholars

Professor Sue Beaudet studies the physiological assessment of biathletes and cross-country skiers. Her studies have allowed her to pursue research at the high performance laboratory in Vuokatti, Finland.

Professor Clifton Boudman, founder of the University's Fine Art Program, organizes and leads annual University art study tours to cultural centers throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and the Near East. In May 2008, he heads to Egypt for his 36th annual fine art tour. His latest-one person show An Uncanny Resemblance was on display in the Reed Gallery this fall.

Professor Jean Cashman was Keynote Speaker at the University of New England (Social Work Program) Annual Community Day. She presented a workshop at the 30th National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas.

Professor Barbara Smith Chalou published Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? 160 Years Later with Lexington Books. The scholarly monograph analyzes the 19th century cautionary tales. She is working on another book titled Absent Mothers, Burning Girls, and Cinderella and is working on an article titled Agency, Alienation, and the Learning Process with colleague Dick Ayre. She helped to develop subject assessments for beginning teachers as part of the Praxis Series, serving on a committee for Educational Testing Service. She is a member of the national advisory board for the reading Praxis, is university coordinator for the Maine Literacy Partnership, is campus coordinator for the master's outreach program, and serves as the liaison between Mahidol University and Lertlah schools in Bangkok, Thailand and UMPI for a student teaching practicum partnership.

Professor and Honors Director Melissa Crowe published her poem Old Man and Nurse in the Atlanta Review, her poem Labor Aubade appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, and her essay Stabat Mater Dolorosa appeared in the Seneca Review. In December of 2006, she received a writing grant from the Barbara Deming/Money for Women Fund to finish her book of poetry Cirque du Creve-Coeur, scheduled for publication this winter by Dancing Girl Press.

Mr. Greg Curtis, Library and Information Services Executive Director, serves as a book reviewer for American Reference Books Annual. This standard treatise is published by Libraries Unlimited. He recently attended training for LIBQUAL survey administration (a system-wide libraries initiative) and coordinated the administration and results for this campus.

Professor Bill Davidshofer is working on a textbook, Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model. He plans a visit to France to continue his published studies of the ideology of the French Communist Party. He also finished two Advanced Placement primers for the College Board, one on the European Union and the other on Modern European Governments. Each thirty- to forty-page piece is meant to serve as a primer for high school teachers.

Professor Claire Davidshofer traveled to Louisville, Kentucky in June 2007 to correct the AP French placement tests.

Professor John Defelice serves on the Educational Testing Service's Test Development Committee for European History. He is the national College Board Associate for this discipline. He has spoken at three major conventions on behalf of the Board in the area of professional development. John recently had a chapter titled Inns and Taverns published in The World of Pompeii from publisher Routledge. Another chapter he authored, titled Women, Slaves and Society in Rome's Empire and the Early Church, was published in 2007 in The Light of Discovery: Studies in Honor of Edwin M. Yamauchi from Pickwick Publications. This summer, he will teach a seminar course for college students and area high school faculty on how to prepare to teach AP History.

Professor Lynn Eldershaw presented preliminary findings from her research conducted in Alberta on palliative home care at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Conference held in Toronto, Ontario in November 2007. She co-authored the article Through a Painted Window: On Narrative, Medicine and Method, which appears in a 2007 issue of International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Her chapter Shambhala International: The Golden Sun of the Great East will be published in the forthcoming book Wild Geese: The Study of Buddhism in Canada by McGill Queens University Press.

Librarian Virginia Fischer serves as a book reviewer for American Reference Books Annual, published by Libraries Unlimited.

Professor Emeritus Stuart R. Gelder studies the biology of non-parasitic, crayfish worms that live on freshwater crayfish in the northern hemisphere. During the last 25 years, he has had 24 UMPI undergraduate assistants, of whom 10 became co-authors on research papers, and five graduate students based at other universities. He has authored or co-authored about 70 research papers, including a chapter in the leading book on North American freshwater fauna, and is currently working on a monograph about crayfish worms. His work has appeared in such journals as Invertebrate Biology, the International Journal of Limnology and in a workbook for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Professor Andy Giles' photographic and historical work documenting World War II in the Pacific has received national attention. He has served as an exhibit consultant for the new U.S. National Park Service's American Memorial Park Museum on Saipan. The Mayor of Tinian Island, Northern Marianas retained Professor Giles to help organize the 60th anniversary commemoration of the atomic strike missions. He has completed two documentaries - one of them a Telly Award winner - about World War II in the Pacific. This work has made him a regular tour guide for veterans' visits to the Pacific Islands prominent in the Pacific War. His 20-year retrospective exhibition at the Reed Gallery was praised in the prestigious journal Art in America. His photographic exhibit portraying life in Aroostook County has been shown at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland.

Professor Linda Graves recently finished writing and editing Clinical Chemistry with co-author Robert Sunheimer of the State University of New York.  Her third book for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Series for Prentice Hall has the expected publication date of August 2008.

Professor Tomasz Herzog coauthored, along with 3 other Polish scholars, a book Praca w Polsce - Dobry Start (Working in Poland - a Good Beginning), which was published in Fall 2007 by Warsaw University Press, Poland. A new training program for social workers based on this book has started in Poland. Tomasz contributed to another book, also published in Poland, writing on Forms of Help to the Elderly - from Experiences of the American Catholic Organizations. His book review will be published in the peer reviewed Przeglad Politologiczny (Political Science Review), Poland. He also serves on the Praxis Social Studies National Advisory Committee and wrote an article on sociopolitical changes in Central Europe after 1989 for the College Board/AP European History.

Professor Michael Knopp engages in synthetic organic chemistry research at Oswego State University. His primary focus has been on reactions involving highly toxic thallium. His work seeks to replace thallium with other metals to reduce the risks of toxicity. Recent research has explored the role of the nitrate ion in thallium reactions. Professor Knopp also attended a POGIL [Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Laboratory] conference in October 2007 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Professor Lisa Leduc has presented several papers at the American Society of Criminology. Topics include: Feminist Pedagogy, Restorative Justice, Pardon Reform, Violence Against Women, and Sexual Assault Policy. She attends the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in March 2008 to co-present, with one of the University's seniors, a paper on parole options for Maine.

Dr. Zhu-Qi Lu's paper New Constructive Proof of Graham's Theorem and More New Classes of Functionally Complete Functions was published in the September 2007 issue of the Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Education.

Professor Kevin McCartney adds to his list of almost forty peer reviewed articles. His primary recent work involves silicoflagellates, microscopic fossils found in deep ocean sediments. The research takes place in connection with the Ocean Drilling Program. Under Kevin's guidance, one recent student, Robb Engel, discovered a new species of silicoflagellate. Professor McCartney also is the author of two chapters in the second edition of Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists.

Professor Karen McCosker is the author of poems in the books Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews and Never Before: Poems about First Experiences. She presented her work at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. Her poem Adagio was published in the April 2007 issue of Bangor Metro.

Professor Sushil Oswal's most recent publication is One Tribe Among the Host of Living Tribes in the book Writing Environments, edited by Sidney Dobrin and Christopher Keller for SUNY Press in Albany. The college division of the National Council of the Teachers of English has appointed Sushil to its Committee on Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction for a period of three years. The committee will make recommendations for improving online writing instruction across the country and produce a book-length bibliography of resources for university and college professors. Professor Oswal is responsible for the chapter on accessibility in this bibliography.

Mr. David Ouellette, executive director of the Central Aroostook Council on Education, a partnership between seven local public school systems and the University, has presented research on generational poverty and the implications for instructional strategies to audiences of pre-K to12 teachers and educators throughout Maine. Last summer, he conducted a session at the Annual Summer Institute in Human Rights for Teachers at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.

Professor Emeritus Ken Petress is the author of five publications since 2006. They include The Value of Precise Language Usage in Reading Improvement, Perils of Teaching Mandates in the Journal of Instructional Psychology, and Questions and Answers: The Substance of Knowledge and Relationships in College Student Journal.

Professor Robert Pinette's research goal is to document the fungi and plants of northern Maine. He is preparing a web site on mushrooms, titled mainelymushrooms.com, which is expected to launch in 2009.

Professor David Putnam arranged a partnership with the University of Toronto to conduct geophysical remote sensing on the rock glaciers of the Deboullie Lakes Ecological Reserve and at several archaeological sites in Aroostook County in July 2007.  He and his son, Aaron, a Ph.D. student at UMaine and Columbia University, collaborated on a journal article reporting the Deboullie Lakes rock glacier data. They plan to submit the manuscript to the Journal of Quaternary Research in the spring of 2008. Professor Putnam authored three technical reports in 2007, and co-authored the grant proposal for the CAMSP grant, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) partnership with the public schools. He also delivered a keynote lecture "Exploring the culture history of a boreal refugium in interior northern Maine" at the Maine Archaeological Society's fall meeting at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Professor JoAnne Putnam is the author of four books and nine book chapters. Her latest chapter is Cooperative Learning for Inclusion, to appear February 2008 in The Psychology of Inclusion: New Directions in Theory and Practice published by Routledge Falmer with faculty at Cambridge and Birmingham Universities, UK. .Professor Putnam presented lectures at five cities in Sweden on the topic of inclusive education. Her research in that area recently brought a delegation of 35 Swedish principals to campus and the New Sweden School District to learn about inclusive education research and practices in Maine. Professor Putnam was the keynote speaker at the St. Johns, Newfoundland conference on Students with Down Syndrome.

Media Relations Coordinator Rachel Rice gave a presentation on public relations and working with the news media during Delta Kappa Gamma's statewide workshop held in Belfast in October 2007.

Professor Raymond Rice recently published two papers: The Challenge of Philosophy at ‘Service U' in Contemporary Philosophy as well as Anton Bruckner, Hegelian Dialectics, and the Politics of the Academy in The Bruckner Journal. His paper Franco Solinas Has a Bullet for You, Gringo, which he co-authored with UMPI alumnus Theodore Van Alst, has been submitted to Film Quarterly. His paper Symptoms of Love and Hate in Romeo and Juliet is under review by Shakespeare Quarterly. Professor Rice has presented his work at academic conferences in San Diego, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Storrs, Connecticut. He is also working on two book-length projects: a manuscript with Theodore Van Alst titled The Good, the Bad, and the Left: Gringo/Meticcio Dialectics in the Spaghetti Western (Peter Lang Publishing) and Anxious Subjects: Revenge and the Market Place in Jacobean Drama.

Professor Leo Saucier has created the Digital Video Resource for use in physical education classes. The Resource is part of the UMPI Physical Education website and discusses movement skills.

Professor Kim Sebold prepared a consultant's report for the Maine Department of Wildlife and Inland Fisheries entitled Cultural Use of Nonesuch River Marsh. She is currently gathering land records pertaining to the uses of the salt marshes along the Delaware Bay. The project will compare the uses of the Delaware Bay marshes with the uses of marshes along the Gulf of Maine. Professor Sebold and her students assisted in the writing and publishing of the book, Forgotten Times:  Presque Isle's First 150 Years by Richard Graves.

Professor Alice Sheppard gave a presentation on cartoon humor at the 2007 International Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Her presentation, titled Of Rolling Pins and Roses: Cartoon Images of Senator Margaret Chase Smith, was based on her sabbatical research from Fall 2005.

Mr. Chris Smith, men's cross country running coach, attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Summit, held in Dallas, Texas last spring.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Sonntag engages in research examining Terror Management Theory with colleagues at Lander University in South Carolina, as well as research examining the factors that influence evaluations of teaching effectiveness. Two recent research projects on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus have involved a senior psychology major and examined the influence of death anxiety on disgust reactions and tested aspects of a comprehensive model of death anxiety. Dr. Sonntag is concurrently working on a project examining the influence of physical attractiveness on student ratings of teaching effectiveness. His most recent publication appeared in the journal Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education and examined the relationship between ratings on RateMyProfessors.com and a standardized instrument of teaching effectiveness. He is also collaborating on a project with several UMPI professors using GIS technology to map a local cemetery.

Professor JoAnne Wallingford and four UMPI students presented their work on UMPI's MIS lab to the Higher Education User Group Conference in Las Vegas. Professor Wallingford and UMPI student Grayson Page presented their work on the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce software development project to the Higher Education User Group Conference in 2006 in Nashville.

Professor Chunzeng Wang is the co-author of four peer-reviewed publications, including those appearing in the International Geology Review, Resource Geology, Ore Geology Reviews, and the Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Japan. He presented his findings on Mars Hill geology and the Jinshan gold deposit of south China at Geological Society of America conferences. Professor Wang recently had one of his geological maps, a bedrock geological map of the Fletcher Peak 7.5 minute quadrangle of Downeast Maine published by the US Geological Survey. He also recently was selected as the only Maine representative to attend the national STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] Summit, which was organized by the Federal Department of Education and the National Science Foundation and was held in December in Washington, D.C.

Professor Anja Whittington serves as a co-chair for the Women's Professional Group for the National Association for Experiential Education. In the past year, she has presented at two national conferences on her research examining girls' wilderness programs. She also attended the National Association for Experiential Education Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas where she gave a workshop presentation and led the Women's preconference workshop. Her current presentation titled Why Girls-Only Programs? will be conducted in April.

Professor John Zaborney is completing the book Slaves for Rent: Slave Hiring in Virginia, 1760-1860.  His work on slavery and slave hiring has appeared in the Oxford Encyclopedia for the Modern World, The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, and the Encyclopedia of Antislavery and Emancipation. Professor Zaborney has reviewed works on slavery for the North Carolina Historical Review, the Historian, and the New England Historical Association Newsletter. He pursued research work at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond with support of an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship.

President Don Zillman presented his work on changes in the regulation of energy in the United States at conferences in Rome and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work appeared as a chapter in Regulation of Energy and Natural Resources published by Oxford University Press and as a chapter in the Proceedings of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute.

President Zillman published his study of military service by members of Congress in the Maine Law Review and has commented on the subject for various media sources. He completed the biennial update to Maine Tort Law with Jack Simmons and Jane Gregory He published Strategic Legal Writing with co-author Evan Roth for Cambridge University Press in 2008 and is co-editor and author of Moving Beyond the Carbon Economy, scheduled for Oxford University Press publication in 2008. He presented papers in September 2007 to the Danish Energy Bar in Copenhagen on recent developments in energy regulation and to the University of Aarhus graduate seminar on wind energy projects in Maine. He also spoke in October 2007 at Bowdoin College's Symposium on green campus development.

Professor Richard Lee Zuras' biography appears in the 2007-2008 edition of Who's Who in American Education. His biography has recently appeared in editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Education, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. His fiction has most recently appeared in StoryQuarterly, Chicago Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review, and Weber Studies. He has held fiction scholarships at Wesleyan and Bread Loaf. Professor Zuras is preparing his recently penned novel The Bastard Year for submission to agents this summer.