Susan McKay receives 2019 Presidential Public Service Achievement Award

Susan McKay, Professor of Physics and the Director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (the Maine RiSE Center), is the recipient of the 2019 Presidential Public Service Achievement Award, the University of Maine’s top faculty honor for public service.  McKay is being recognized for her leadership in transforming STEM education research at UMaine […]

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Physics graduate students earn CLAS excellence awards

The department is pleased to announce that two physics graduate students have received awards of excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).  Jaqulin Wallace has been awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019, and Matthew Parent has been awarded the College of Liberal […]

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Physics Alumnus to Present UMaine Panel Discussion

University of Maine alumnus and “father of the personal computer” Chuck Peddle will deliver the keynote at “Disruptive Innovation,” a moderated panel discussion April 5 on campus. For more information about the panel and Peddle’s work, please read the UMaine News article, which can be found here.

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Lad co-PI on $2.5M Dept. of Energy Grant

Professor Bob Lad is a co-PI with Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology colleague Mauricio Pereira da Cunha (electrical and computer engineering) on a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to improve sensor technologies in coal-based power plants.  Lad and colleagues are building on their research on wireless, surface acoustic wave “harsh-environment” sensors, particularly sensors that […]

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Speirs Wins Award at 2018 UMaine Student Symposium

Physics Ph.D. candidate J. Caleb Speirs won an award at the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium on April 17.  Caleb won in the category of Education and Human Development for his oral presentation on “Investigating Student Reasoning Patterns via Dual-Process Theory.”  Caleb’s advisor is MacKenzie Stetzer.   Congratulations to Caleb, and to Mac.   The winners […]

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Physics Students Receive Awards and Honors

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is proud to announce that two of our students have received great honors within the University. Physics major, Graham Van Goffrier has been named Valedictorian for the class of 2018. The university published a press release which can be read here. Benjamin Schermerhorn, who just successfully defended his Doctoral […]

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Comins featured for Minecraft-based “What if” Project

Prof. Neil Comins was featured this week in an article in UMaine News.  Comins is a collaborator in an NSF-funded research project incorporating alternate models of Earth’s properties and surroundings into Minecraft, based on books he has written (including What If the Moon Didn’t Exist? and What If the Earth Had Two Moons?) that hypothesize these scenarios.  The goal of […]

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