As part of its continuing commitment to intellectual community, the University of Maine at Augusta Research Colloquium (UMARC) series is a venue for UMA faculty, staff, and sponsored students to present completed scholarly works to their peers. The series provides a forum for the presentation of all UMA research (as defined by the Faculty Senate in 2010) including scientific investigations, innovations in education, creative works, and theoretical considerations. Priority is given to those who have not already presented at the Research Colloquium.

The Research Colloquium series takes place during the noon hour using technology to connect UMA’s multiple campuses and Centers. The time reflects our commitment to inclusion, a traditional lunch hour for staff and the time between morning and afternoon classes for faculty and students. Ensuing discussion promotes collaboration through the exchange of ideas and the development of relationships across colleges, programs, departments and disciplines.

2024 Schedule

  • “Not in My Backyard!” — Human Trafficking in Maine: Jessica Sidelinger, first-year Justice Studies student; Sharon Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies
  • The Experience of Homelessness in Hawai’i: Krissy Gleason, Visiting Professor of Community Psychology
  • The Case for Graph-Partitioning Algorithms as an Additional Redistricting Constraint for State and/or Federal Legislative Districts: Matt Dube, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
  • Worming Around with Cognitive Enhancers (and Human Aging Implications): Amber Howard, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • An Objective Mathematical Approach to the Identification of Potential Gerrymanders: Matt Dube, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
  • All Cannabis is Medicinal: Understanding the Body’s Endocannabinoid System and how ‘Marijuana’ Heals: Carey Clark, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Third Woman, Third Wheel: Gender and Translation in Natalie Clifford Barney’s Women Lovers, or The Third Woman: Chelsea Ray, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
  • Enhancing Pedagogy and Research with Pre-attentive Attributes: Matt Dube, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
  • Book Talk: Finally, A Song from Silence: Kati Corlew, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Supreme Court Preview and Review: Jim Melcher, Professor of Political Science, University of Maine at Farmington
  • Psychology of Climate Change: Kati Corlew, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Strategies to Improve Student Participation in Online Discussions: Tim Surrette, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Alligators in the Parlor: Visual Technologies, Circulation, and Disruption: Elizabeth Powers, Assistant Professor of English
  • Cross-border Parental Abduction and The Problem of Domestic Violence: Sharon Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies
  • Faculty Panel: Research Across the Disciplines II: Timothy Surrette, Amber Howard, and Sharon McMahon-Sawyer
  • Interdisciplinary Therapies: Kati Corlew, Jen Mascaro, Ellen Taylor, and Tamara Hunt
  • Disaster, Climate Change, Food, Ecology and Dystopia: Kati Corlew, Sandra Haggard, Colleen Coffey, and Sarah Hentges
  • History, Rhetoric, and Texts: Rob Kellerman, Tom McCord, and Elizabeth Powers
  • Yoga: Theory, Practice, Application, and Expression: Carey Clark, Nicole Caruso, Kati Corlew, and Sarah Hentges
  • Compute This: Math, Science, Complexity and Art: Lester French, Larry Whitsel, Rick Nelson, and Lynn Twitchell
  • Wham, Bang, Pow! Graphic Novels and Intersectionality: Lisa Botshon, Peter Precourt, and Kati Corle
  • Examination of Interdisciplinary Disciplines Sarah Hentges
  • Social Science Panel on Interdisciplinarity: Kati Corlew, Ken Elliot, Lorien Lake-Corral and Charles Waugh
  • Faculty Panel: Research Across the Disciplines I; Lisa Botshon, Professor of English; Rosie Curtis, Lecturer in Architecture; James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science; Peter Milligan, Professor of Biology; Carey Clark, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Moderator
  • Humanities Panel on Interdisciplinarity: Sarah Hentges, Jeff Sychterz, Kay Retzlaff, Rob Kellerman, and Ellen Taylor
  • High and Low: Steel Sheds, Steel Towers and the Rise of Modernism: Amy Hinkley, Assistant Professor of Architecture; Eric Stark, Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Online Education in the Year 2030: A Look Forward: James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science
  • Assessing Information Literacy: Looking Back and Moving Forward; Jodi Williams, Associate Professor of Information & Library Services; Ben Treat, Director of Library Services; Hirosuke Honda, Director of Assessment
  • How Many People Are You? Shaping Your Day for Success: Steve Moro and Jon Potter, Adjunct Faculty in Communication
  • Housing Discrimination in Maine: Audit Studies and the Importance of Social Research to Social Justice: Jill Hunter, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • Tales for the Trustee Professorship and Sabbatical: Social Practice, Studio Practice, the Collaborative Process and the Gift of Time: Peter Precourt, Associate Professor of Art
  • Let’s Talk Turkey: Peter Milligan, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Teaching and Living Internationally: Chelsea Ray, Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature
  • Open Maine: Making Politics Social: James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science
  • Separating Words From Thought: Spoken and Written English, Varied Perspectives — A Roundtable Discussion: Michelle Lisi, Director of University College Virtual Academic Writing Lab and Tutoring (VAWLT) Project
  • The Cultural Impacts of Climate Change: Dr. Kati Corlew, Assistant Professor of Social Science
  • Why Americans are Not Bilingual: Yarissa Ortiz-Vidal, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
  • To Stay Here and Die Here For My Country: Climate Change in Tuvalu: Dr. Kati Corlew,
  • Adult Development and Higher Education: The Unstated Curriculum: Chip Curry, Student
  • Women and Fitness in American Culture: Sarah Hentges, Assistant Professor of American Studies
  • The Price of Complacency and the Strength of Will: John G. Shattuck, Adjunct Professor of Mental Health and Human Services
  • Teaching and Living Internationally: Tom Giordano, Ellen Taylor, Lisa Botshon, Mary Lewis Davitt, and Chelsea Ray
  • Sci-Fi Live: From William Gibson to Ray Kurzweil: Mojca Krevel, Professor of English, University of Ljubljana
  • We Can Get There From Here: Designing Online Interaction: Mina Matthews and B.J. Kitchin, University College E-Learning Specialists
  • Women and Fitness in American Culture: Assistant Professor of American Studies Sarah Hentges
  • Why Americans are Not Bilingual: Yarissa Ortiz-Vidal, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
  • The State of Academic Integrity at UMA: Laura Rodas, Coordinator of Community Standards and Mediation
  • Poetry, the Iraq War, and the Legacy of Trauma: Jeff Sychterz, Assistant Professor of English
  • Orientalism: West Meets the Middle East: David Farmer, Adjunct Professor of Art
  • Six Great Ideas in Computer Science: Mark Goodridge, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: What’s in a Name?: Sarah Hentges, Kay Retzlaff, and Jeff Sychterz
  • She Blinded Me with Science! The Case for Information Literacy in Our Classrooms: Assistant Professor of Information and Library Services Vincent Livoti
  • Roundtable Discussion: Putting Ideas into Action — Civic Engagement: Val Marsh, Coordinator of Civic Engagement
  • Roundtable Discussion: Distance Education: The Challenges and Triumphs: B.J. Kitchin, eLearning Specialist II
  • Showtime! Using Drama, Speech, and Debate in the Workplace: Adjunct Professors Steve Moro and Jon Potter
  • French in Maine: A Community-Based Approach: Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature Chelsea Ray
  • Presidential Mini-Grant Research: a Student Symposium: Assistant Professor of Mental Health and Human Services Terry Adams
  • Alcohol, War, and Automobiles: Constructing Masculinity and Navigating Power in Mad Men: Assistant Professor of English Jeff Sychterz and Adjunct Instructor of Interpersonal
  • The Psychoneuroimmunology of Mind-Body Healing: Assistant Professor of Nursing Carey Clark
  • Optimism, Pessimism and Locus of Control: How Do They Affect Your Academics?: Professor of Psychology Charlie Grunder
  • Mouths and Minds Wide Open: The State of Maine & Oral Cancer: Assistant Professor of Dental Health Danielle Furgeson and Clinical Teacher Nancy Foster
  • Housing Discrimination and Fair Housing Tests in Maine: Elyse Apantaku, Pine Tree Legal Foundation
  • Should Caffeine Be Limited to Adults Only?: Assistant Professor of Mental Health and Human Services Kim Lane
  • Science Denial, a Threatening Social Phenomenon: Reality and Response: Adjunct Professor Philip Gerard
  • A 15th-Century Life of St. Cuthbert: or, Why Read Medieval Saints’ Lives?: Associate Professor of English Robert Kellerman
  • From Shebeens to the Governorship: How the Irish ‘Made It’ in Belfast, Maine: Associate Professor of English Kay Retzlaff
  • Matters in Maine: Measuring Individual Health, Well-Being, and Life Satisfaction: Assistant Professor of Social Science Catherine Turcotte
  • Nurses’ Experiences of the Practice of the Peerspirit Circle Model from a Gadamerian Philosophical Hermeneutic Perspective: Assistant Professor of Nursing Kristen Lombard
  • Wild Blue Yonder: How Bangor, Maine, Decided to Reinvent a Neighborhood, an Air Base, and its Downtown: Lecturer in Liberal Studies Tom McCord
  • Culturally-Appropriate Care: What The Youth are Saying: Adjunct Professor Kathleen Fox
  • Carol Dweck’s Mindsets: A Workshop for Faculty and Students on Expanding our Potential: Associate Professor of Mathematics Christine LeGore
  • American Fitness from Jane Fonda to Wii Fit: Critical and Creative Explorations of Women, Exercise, and Transformation: Assistant Professor of American Studies Sarah Hentges
  • Publics and Places: An Architecture of Democracy: Associate Professor of Philosophy Greg Fahy
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Anne Fensie

UMA Lecturer II & UM Doctoral Student

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Teri St. Pierre

UMPI Director of Early College & Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Jennifer Jain

UM Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Engaged learning during distraction: A case study of successful working moms in distance education

Thursday, February 29, 2024 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Zoom™

Adult learners are a significant proportion of distance learners and many of these students are working mothers. Several instructional design models center the learner, and this requires understanding the learner needs, strengths, and context. There is a gap in the literature describing the experience of modern working mother students in distance education. To understand this experience, the researchers interviewed and observed six academically high-achieving working mother students as they participated in their distance education courses during the pandemic. A discourse analysis approach was utilized to analyze the data. This extreme sample revealed several strategies that these students used to be successful despite their challenges. The findings suggest that understanding the experiences of distance learners as they study in the home are important for effective course design. More specifically, working mothers face significant distractions in their study environments, but the cognitive load can be reduced by making use of their prior knowledge, scaffolding instruction, and encouraging social presence. Additional strategies from the literature that address these constructs are provided for instructors and instructional designers.

Pivot for Funding and Professional Development

Monday, April 22 2024 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Zoom™

Join Veronica Nargi, Learning Experience Design Librarian at UMA, in a webinar that showcases various features of Pivot RP for advancing professional development and research pursuits. Pivot RP is a UMS-provided tool that allows faculty and staff to navigate the world of funding opportunities, scholarships, and conferences. Throughout the session, we will sample the user-friendly features of Pivot RP, demonstrating its versatility in aiding individuals in academia. Together we will learn how to utilize this tool in order to streamline the process of identifying funding sources tailored to specific research goals. Whether seeking financial support for research endeavors or pursuing avenues for professional growth through scholarships and conferences, Pivot proves itself an indispensable ally. If you are struggling to find funding opportunities or would like to diversify your professional research portfolio, please consider joining us for this demonstration.

Veronica Nargi

Veronica Nargi

UMA Learning Experience Design Librarian


Jennifer Long

UMA Assistant Professor of Biology

The effect of human feeding on Canada jay (Perisoreus canadensis) aggressive behavior and potential for nest predation

Tuesday, September 24, 2025 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Zoom™

My research looks at the effect of human feeding on Canada jay behavior in Maine and New Hampshire. To survive the winter, Canada jays store hundreds of food morsels throughout their territory. Canada jays will eat just about anything, including insects, berries, carrion, and the eggs and nestlings of other birds. They often have close interactions with people and can become accustomed to eating human food. Concern has been expressed that Canada jays attracted to wilderness recreationists might increase predation pressure on nesting songbirds. To address this concern, I began to compare jay behavior and nest predation levels between sites where no human feeding has been observed, and sites located at popular lunch spots for hikers, where feeding has been well documented. During May and June, I capture and color band Canada jays to track individuals, record their behavioral responses to people on their territory, and use artificial nests with game cameras to study nest predation. Preliminary results show that in areas where the jays are routinely fed by humans, jays approach closer to humans, usually landing on someone’s hand to take food, and spend much more time near people. In areas where they are not fed, they rarely approach people, showing no interest in human food. In terms of their predation on songbird nests, in areas where they are fed, jays find nests in less time and find more nests in fed compared to not fed areas. Results suggest that feeding jays may have an impact on breeding songbirds.

Conceptual Neighborhoods – A Future Step for Spatio-temporal Decision Support Systems

October 2024 (Date TBD) 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Zoom™

In spatial and temporal reasoning, a mathematical construct known as a conceptual neighborhood graph takes relations between objects and forms a graph between them explaining systematic transfers between the relations. The relations are nodes, while the transfers are edges. Over the past few decades, research has been done on numerous relation sets to identify salient patterns of transfer in these relations. What has not been accomplished is to develop an information system that accounts for this logic, a key piece for moving into decision support systems based on principles of human cognition. In this presentation, I will detail research into conceptual neighborhoods of important relation spaces undertaken by my students (undergrad and grad) and I that pave the way for the future of spatio-temporal decision tools.

Matt Dube

Matt Dube

UMA Associate Professor in Data Science, Computer Information Systems, and Applied Mathematics