In 2012, Professor of History Allison Hepler had commentary she provided at the Fourth International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health in San Francisco a few years ago published in At Work in the World: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health, Perspectives in Medical Humanities.
In 2012 Lecturer of Russian History and former U.S. foreign service officer Louis Sell was working on a book on the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, which is due to be published by Duke University Press. He is also on the Board and teaches at the summer school for the American University in Kosovo, which he helped found. Sell also serves on the Board of the Camden Conference in Maine, a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The Camden Conference draws some of the best minds on foreign policy to share their insights and expertise on a range of global issues with the community.
In 2011, UMF Asst. Professor of History Anne Marie Wolf had a translation (from Latin to English) published in the new edition of Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. Most of the text translated by Dr. Wolf has never been translated before. In the translated texts, Juan de Segovia describes his project of translating the Qur'an into Latin and Castilian, for which he enlisted the help of a Muslim scholar from Castile.
In 2011, Dual major (History and International & Global Studies) Sebastian Jackson of Bingham, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Fellow and used his scholarship funding to conduct a year-long, self-designed research project to research the history of language policy in 20th century South Africa, which will include a semester of study abroad at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Sebastian has also been accepted into Oxford University's Master's Degree program in African Studies, beginning in the fall of 2012.
In 2011 History major Zachary Giroux of Troy, N.H. was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used his scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project to research the Dutch West India Company's effort to maintain a monopoly of the lucrative fur trade along the Hudson River.
In 2011, UMF Professor of History Allison Hepler completed her article "From Muller to Johnson Controls: Mothers and Workplace Health in the US, from Protective Labour Legislation to Foetal Protection Policies," appearing as the final essay in Growing Expectations: Western Childbirth and Medicine Since the Nineteenth Century.
In 2011, Dual major (History and Secondary Education: Social Studies) Grady Burns of Auburn, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used his scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project to examine the influence of big cocoa on Nkrumah's Ghana and Cold War America.
UMF Assoc. Professor of History Christopher O'Brien was recently named to the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) which, among other responsibilities, reviews grant requests for historical document preservation in the state.
In 2010, Dual major (History and International & Global Studies) Sebastian Jackson of Bingham, Maine was named a George Mitchell Peace Scholar. As a recipient of the scholarship, he attended the University College Cork, on the south coast of Ireland, for the fall semester where his academic fees were waived and he received free tuition, room and board, and a $1,000 travel stipend. He is the 6th UMF student to have received the scholarship, awarded annually by the University of Maine System. The prestigious scholarship was created in tribute to former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell for his work in helping to facilitate a peace accord between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and his lifelong devotion and commitment to public service. After a competitive process, students are selected for the scholarship based on their strong academic ability, commitment to community service and exceptional leadership skills.
In 2010, History major Andrea Simoneau of Brooks, Maine accepted an internship at the Maine State Archives where she is writing brief descriptions of individuals and communities in the state during the Civil War. The narratives and supporting materials will be loaded onto the Maine State Archives Civil War Web site as part of the Sesquicentennial commemoration. The project is a joint undertaking of the Archives, the Department of Education, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the Maine Council for Social Studies, the Maine Association of School Libraries, and a network of local historical societies throughout Maine.
History major Jamez Terry, formerly of Fairbanks, Alaska, received a prestigious New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant by the Massachusetts Historical Society. The award is ordinarily given for doctoral research or to established scholars. Jamez used the grant to conduct summer research at the libraries of Harvard College, the Harvard Law School and Medical School, the Yale Law School, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and others as he worked on his senior thesis on the life of Charles Guiteau, assassin of President James Garfield. He also received a year-long Michael D. Wilson Research Fellowship to finalize his work, using the funding to travel to the Library of Congress and the Chicago Historical Society among others.
In 2010, History major Chris Herlan of Brunswick, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used his scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project examining Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution, through a new lens. The Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars program awards funding to students to conduct undergraduate research.
In 2010, History major Davyd Collinson of Farmington, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used his scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project examining the regional economic impact of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad. The Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars program awards funding to students to conduct undergraduate research.
In 2010, History major Gwendolyn Perry of Falmouth, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used her scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project to examine the effects of the Bracero Program of 1942, an agreement between Mexico and the U.S. that allowed for the temporary immigration of Mexican migrant workers to the United States. The Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars program awards funding to students to conduct undergraduate research.
In 2010, History students gave their Senior History Thesis Presentations to a campus-wide audience. Topics included: South Carolina's Reaction to the Haitian Revolution, The Impact of Title 9 at the University of Maine at Farmington, Flooding Flagstaff, Understanding Irish Music, An Analysis of Women's Rights in Iran: The Pahlavi Dynasty to the formation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, Bangladesh Advances In Cyclone Protection Between the 1970 'Bhola' and 1991 'Gorky' Cyclones.
In 2010, dual major (History and Political Science) Ethan Wiley of Sangerville, Maine was named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar and used his scholarship funding to conduct a self-designed research project exploring the Cold War in the Middle East from 1967-1973. The Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars program awards funding to students to conduct undergraduate research.
In 2010, History major Paul Kabatznick of Portland, Maine spent his winter break in Vietnam meeting with the Senior Infrastructure Specialist for the World Bank in Vietnam and then visited Laos and Thailand.
In 2010, Professor of History Allison Hepler was invited to participate in an international conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference was entitled "Perspectives on Modern Maternal Health and Healthcare, c. 1850-2000" and she will be presenting a paper on laws and policies regarding maternal health in the 20th century workplace.
In 2009, Asst. Professor of History Christopher O'Brien's "Baby Boom Families" appeared in ABC-Clio's "Baby Boom." His work appeared along with sidebar essays on Dr. Benjamin Spock and former child actor Jon Provost (who played the role of Timmy Martin from 1957-64 on CBS TV series "Lassie.")
History major Patricia Camp of Farmington recently presented her research on Women and Tattoos in 1920's America at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Assoc., held in Boston. There, she presented her work to scholars from across the country and made valuable contacts with leading researchers and professionals in the field. Patricia's trip was funded in part by a UMF Student Research Grant.
In 2009 History major Lori Green of Saco, Maine was 2009 a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar. Lori used her scholarship to fund her research project, "Jacob Cochran and the Cochranites of Saco Valley," which explores the life of early 19th Century religious mystic Jacob Cochran, who advocated polygamy.
History student Isaac Frith of Farmington, Maine was recently named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar. Isaac used his scholarship to fund his research at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston for his Wilson Research project entitled, "Joseph P. Kennedy: The Collapse of a Public Image."
In 2008, Professor of History Allison Hepler and Asst. Professor of History Chris O'Brien accompanied a group of students on a day-long tour of the textile mills in Lowell, Mass. to explore life and working conditions in 19th Century industrial America. Other recent extended field trip include trips to Washington, D.C.; Quebec, Canada; Boston and Lexington, Mass.; and several locations in Maine.
History major Jaimie Gagne of Farmington, Maine was recently named a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar. Jaimie used her scholarship funding to conduct research into primary records at the Dartmouth College library for her Wilson Research project entitled, "The Working-Class Women of the National Woman's Party."
History student Aaron Jacobs of Vassalboro, Maine recently presented his research project entitled, "Candy Coated: The Evolving Portrayal of the Berlin Blockade."
History student David Kerschner of Oakland, Maine recently presented his research project entitled, "Faster, Louder, More Fun! The Downtown Lounge and the Development and Legacy of a Music Scene in Portland, Maine."
History student Bradley Spencer of Bucksport, Maine recently presented his research project entitled, "Henry W. Ehrmann and his Influence on Reeducated German POWs."
History student Matthew Bachry of So. Berwick, Maine recently presented his research project entitled, "Will Eisner's A Contract with God and the Jewish-American Condition in Depression-era America."
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