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Presque Isle, ME, United States

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is part of the University of Maine System. Located in Presque Isle, UMPI offers studies in career and professional fields, teacher education, health and human services, arts and science, and the natural environment. The University also offers associate degrees, articulated transfer arrangements, non-degree certificates, continuing education for practicing professionals, and a very unique online learning project, UMPI OpenU, which allows participants to take an online UMPI course for free as long as they aren't seeking college credit. Its campus radio station is WUPI and its student newspaper is the University Times. Wikipedia.

Csiernik R.,University of Kings College | Csiernik A.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health | Year: 2012

A study of 142 Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) from across Canada found a vibrant range of programming. The focus of programming remained upon the individual provided by professionals, but there were a significant minority of EAPs that had branched out and were offering services to enhance organizational wellness. All programs offered voluntary assistance with one third having a formal referral route and one third including mandated counseling for performance issues. The majority of organizations were using third-party counseling services external to the workplace though one third of the programs still employed internal counselors whereas a minority still had active peer components. The study clearly indicated the lack of utility for capping counseling services and found that the average use of uncapped services was less than the artificial ceilings the majority of organizations had placed upon the counseling that was allowed to be provided to employees. There was a lack of uniformity in terms of how utilization rates were calculated underscored by the finding that there were more than 20 different definitions in use for what a case was. This is a clear example of the need for the EAP field to come together to develop agreement upon key empirical fundamentals for the profession. The study also discovered a drift away from essential program underpinnings including fewer joint labor-management committees to administer programs, less development of formal EAP policies to govern programs, and fewer organizations engaging in new employee orientation and ongoing promotion and staff training. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

McCartney K.,University of Maine at Presque Isle | Witkowski J.,University of Warsaw | Witkowski J.,University Of Szczecin | Harwood D.M.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Marine Micropaleontology | Year: 2010

Recent studies of Santonian and Campanian sediments from several sites in northern Canada identified two new silicoflagellate genera, many new and unusual species, a Santonian assemblage of Variramus and abundant specimens of the poorly known genus Cornua. This allowed a reassessment of Variramus with information from three new species, and transfer of V. loperi into the new genus Schulzyocha, along with five new species that form an unusual assemblage in the early Campanian. A second new and unusual genus, Umpiocha, and two new species of Cornua provide knowledge of a previously unknown diversity of silicoflagellates in the Santonian. The first appearance of Lyramula is now dated as early Campanian. The occurrence of C. poretzkajae in early Campanian offers new information on the early history and timing of the transition from Cornua to Corbisema. Sediments from higher in the Campanian show development of Corbisema apical plates, and unusual new skeletal morphologies of Arctyocha.These and other discoveries present an improved understanding of early silicoflagellate evolution. Most of the recently described species lack a basal ring, though many of the skeletal morphologies allow for interpretation of a basal plane. Variramus lacks an obvious basal plane, suggesting a more primitive skeletal symmetry, which is interpreted to have given rise to Lyramula (also lacking an apparent basal plane and not known to produce double skeletons). Recent discoveries of rare double skeletons for Corbisema, Schulzyocha and Vallacerta show the skeletons rotated with respect to known Cenozoic configurations. This information, along with a better understanding of Cornua and knowledge of the enigmatic Umpiocha, provides an opportunity to fill part of the 35-40 million year gap between the previously known Albian and late Campanian/Maastrichtian silicoflagellate occurrences. These new interpretations of early silicoflagellate evolution are presented in the context of studies by Deflandre, Gleser and other previous research. © 2010.

Breton W.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
International Journal of Special Education | Year: 2010

Many studies have investigated the adequacy of the preservice preparation of special education teachers but few studies have investigated the preparation of special education paraprofessionals. This study investigated one rural state that does not have an identified system of formal preservice training programs for special education paraprofessionals. Special education paraprofessionals in Maine were queried regarding their perceptions of (1) the adequacy of their training, (2) the effectiveness of their supervision, and (3) their current training needs in order for them to successfully meet their mandated role responsibilities to serve students with disabilities. Findings indicated that most respondents perceived that they were inadequately prepared for their duties and received minimal supervision. Findings also suggested that a very high level of consistency existed among the respondents with respect to their current most critical training needs. Findings further suggest that a major need exists for states and individual school districts (1) to develop and enforce competency based requirements for the employment of special education paraprofessionals, (2) to provide opportunities for quality professional development for these individuals, and (3) to ensure that special education teachers are adequately trained to fulfill their mandated supervisory responsibilities with respect to paraprofessionals.

Valverde-Barrantes O.J.,Kent State University | Smemo K.A.,Kent State University | Feinstein L.M.,University of Maine at Presque Isle | Kershner M.W.,Kent State University | Blackwood C.B.,Kent State University
New Phytologist | Year: 2015

Summary: Few studies describe root distributions at the species level in diverse forests, although belowground species interactions and traits are often assumed to affect fine-root biomass (FRB). We used molecular barcoding to study how FRB of trees relates to soil characteristics, species identity, root diversity, and root traits, and how these relationships are affected by proximity to ecotones in a temperate forest landscape. We found that soil patch root biomass increased in response to soil resources across all species, and there was little belowground vertical or horizontal spatial segregation among species. Root traits and species relative abundance did not explain significant variation in FRB after correcting for soil fertility. A positive relationship between phylogenetic diversity and FRB indicated significant belowground overyielding attributable to local root diversity. Finally, variation in FRB explained by soil fertility and diversity was reduced near ecotones, but only because of a reduction in biomass in periodically anoxic areas. These results suggest that symmetric responses to soil properties are coupled with complementary species traits and interactions to explain variation in FRB among soil patches. In addition, landscape-level dispersal among habitats and across ecotones helps explain variation in the strength of these relationships in complex landscapes. © 2014 New Phytologist Trust.

Fard A.N.,Artemia Research Center | Gelder S.R.,University of Maine at Presque Isle
Acta Zoologica Bulgarica | Year: 2011

Narrow-clawed crayfish, Astacus leptodactylus ESCHSCHOLTZ, 1823, collected from Aras Reservoir, provided the first record of Branchiobdella kozarovi SUBCHEV, 1978, in Iran. A review of the distribution of B. kozarovi in the Euro-Mediterranean subregion (BÂNÂRESCU 1990) is described and places the new information in context. As A. leptodactylus is an important commercial crayfish, its potential for introducing B. kozarovi into new areas in the subregion is considered.

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