Did you miss this webinar? Please use this link to have all your questions about vaccine safety answered.
The UMaine Institute of Medicine, UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center and Northern Light Health collaborated to host a vaccine education webinar open to students, employees and the public at noon on April 15. The webinar was moderated by Kelley Strout, Ph.D., Director of the UMaine School of Nursing and included the following panelists:
Jim Jarvis, MD, Northern Light Health
Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, Department of Health and Human Services
Save the Date - The Microbes and Social Equity Symposium
The Microbes and Social Equity working group and The University of Maine Institute of Medicine present an inaugural symposium on:
“Microbes, Social Equity, and Rural Health”
June 14 – 18th, 2021
Format: virtual meeting, Zoom platform.
Microorganisms are critical to many aspects of biological life, including human health. The human body is a veritable universe for microorganisms: some pass through but once, some are frequent tourists, and some spend their entire existence in the confines of our body tissues. The collective microbial community, our microbiome, can be impacted by the details of our lifestyle, including diet, hygiene, health status, and more, but many are driven by social, economic, medical, or political constraints that restrict available choices that may impact our health.
Rural Health and Wellbeing Grand Challenge Grant Program awards announced
The University of Maine System Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF) Advisory Board has announced the award of 14 new internal grants for the 2020–21 academic year. These one-year projects will foster research and development activities in three important areas: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants; Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaboratives (IURCs); and UMS Research Collaboration Networks.
Applicants were required to establish collaborations between two or more UMS campuses and to facilitate full research participation of undergraduate and graduate students.
This grant program aligns with the UMS Research and Development Plan FY 20–24, and will continue work sparked by the Rural Health and Wellbeing Grand Challenge Initiative.
Tedesco-Schneck publishes article in Journal of Nursing Education
April 6, 2021
Mary Tedesco-Schneck, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, published her research, “Script Concordance and the Think-Aloud Approach Through the Lens of Cognitive Apprenticeship Theory” in the Journal of Nursing Education. Tedesco-Schneck’s research is one of the many ways UMaine School of Nursing faculty engage in scientific teaching to promote nursing practice.
Research Highlight: School of Food and Agriculture
April 13, 2021
Express cited a scientific study by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a University of Maine professor of clinical nutrition, that highlights the benefits of consuming berries.
2021 UMaine Student Symposium announces award winners
In a virtual platform, 569 students showcased 338 research and creative works at the 2021 UMaine Student Symposium held on April 16.
The sixth annual symposium provided an opportunity for the public to view student research and scholarly work – all online due to COVID-19.
The free public event was organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), Student Government, and the Graduate Student Government as part of Maine Impact Week.
The Institute of Medicine (IoM) requests proposals in the areas of health and life sciences for a seed grant program. This grant program is meant to support the goals and objectives of the Institute. This program requires two or more full-time UMaine or UMM faculty to work together on a pilot project aimed at collecting preliminary data/proof of concept leading to submission of a related significant proposal by July of 2022. Preference will be given to projects that require collaboration across departments and/or colleges. Proposals must be received by May 15, 2021.
Interested UMaine and UMM faculty members should submit an application package using our InfoReady Review grant application submission portal.
2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
The University of Maine has been invited to nominate a single candidate to compete in the 2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. Eligibility is described at this link.
Student Spotlight: Gerren Welch, Institute of Medicine Fellowship recipient
The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research announced in November the first winners for two recently established fellowship programs. Supported by the Office of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, CUGR created the UMaine Institute of Medicine and UMaine Artificial Intelligence fellowships this year and awarded fellowships to fourteen undergraduate students for the 2020–2021 academic year. Undergraduate proposals were awarded $1,200 each.
Gerren Welch is an undergraduate student majoring in physics and minoring in biology and mathematics. He is researching the computational analysis and classification of SHG images of cancerous pancreatic tissue based on collagen fiber alignment in the lab of Dr. Karissa Tilbury.
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