Faculty Excellence

Hopkins ’77, ’96G is March’s Faculty Excellence Feature

Kathy Miller Hopkins ‘77, ’96G is in her sweet spot. Each March, the Cooperative Extension faculty member feels energized by Maine’s maple production. Only the second Mainer to be inducted into the North American Maple Syrup Council’s Maple Hall of Fame, Hopkins joined the University of Maine Cooperative Extension – Somerset County as a 4-H…

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Socolow Has Made a Career of Combining Journalism and History

Having worked as a broadcast journalist and studied its history, communication and journalism professor Mike Socolow brings a unique perspective to the classroom. He teaches about the history of mass journalism, and has a particular interest in the early decades of American radio. Socolow, who was raised in Washington, D.C., joined the UMaine faculty in…

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Mac Gray ’73, ’75G Builds Success

Engineering professor Howard “Mac” Gray ’73, ‘75G has enjoyed a career in construction technology both in the field and in the classroom. One of his most satisfying building projects, however, has been developing the Construction Engineering Technology program at his alma mater. Gray is the January recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award. After…

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Yong Chen aids fisheries

It’s no fish story that Prof. Yong Chen’s research on fish populations supports the development of sustainable fisheries in Maine and beyond. The fisheries scientist came to UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2000 after teaching at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Chen uses an interdisciplinary approach in his research, combining biology, ecology, and mathematical and…

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Prof. Laurie Hicks Teaches Both In and Beyond the Classroom

As art professor and curator of Lord Hall Gallery, Laurie Hicks teaches both in and beyond the classroom, through exhibitions and research. Her background in art and anthropology inform her study of cultural artifacts and art education. Hicks is a native of Oregon who joined the UMaine faculty in 1987. In layperson’s terms, what are…

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Prof. Andy Goupee Surrounds Himself with Wind and Water

Engineering Professor Andrew “Andy” Goupee enjoys the outdoors — hiking, biking, camping, and swimming, surrounded by wind and water. And wind and water are also the focus of his research interests. Goupee has conducted research on floating wind turbines, first as a research assistant professor at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and since 2014…

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Prof. Mark Brewer is UMaine’s Expert on Political Parties and Elections

Prof. Mark Brewer‘s political science expertise receives particular attention from the general public during election seasons, but his research on political behavior takes place year-round. And regardless of one’s position on current American politics, political behavior is a lively topic that receives a lot of attention these days. Brewer, the September recipient of the Alumni…

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Professor Richard Brucher does not shy away from drama

Brucher, this month’s Faculty Excellence Award recipient, specializes in Shakespeare and other dramatic works of the English Renaissance as well as modern European and American drama. He is particularly interested in early modern revenge plays, but he also studies and teaches the forms that retribution takes in modern literature and drama. His comparisons span centuries…

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Prof. Mary Ellin Logue Helps Students Young and Old

Prof. Mary Ellin Logue ’74, February recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award, is concerned with not only the UMaine students in her classroom but also very young students in their learning environments. Her particular interest and area of research is how different social and physical environmental characteristics impact young learners and their role…

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