December 16th, 2013 5:34 PM
Did you ever wonder what lies deep underneath your feet? Or how Maine got here? The Earth sciences course ERS 101 – Introduction to Geology will be offered during the spring semester starting Jan. 13 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The class meets Mondays, with a lecture from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and laboratory from 1-4 p.m.
Topics include mineralogy, formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, geologic time, weathering and soil formation, glaciation, deserts and desertification, coastlines, earthquakes and seismology, and evolution of mountain belts and plate tectonics. Laboratory work includes the study of rocks and minerals, interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photographs and geologic features in preparation for a one-day field trip in late spring. The course is open to all, and offers three lab science college credits.
ERS 101 is taught by retired East Carolina University Department of Geological Sciences professor David Lawrence. Lawrence holds geology degrees from Beloit College, University of Washington and Birmingham University. He worked for several summers for mining and metals exploration companies, and two years for an oil company. He also taught geology and geophysics at the College of Charleston and East Carolina University. In his research, Lawrence has investigated metamorphic and plutonic rocks, and structural geology in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Washington, Colorado, South Carolina and North Carolina; and collected and analyzed gravity data in North and South Carolina.
December 16th, 2013 5:11 PM
If you are considering a career in traditional or alternative health, or if you are interested in learning about how the human body works, consider taking a course in anatomy and physiology this spring at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Jan. 15- May 7.
The four-credit intermediate-level lecture and laboratory course focuses on the structures and functions of the human body. Students will study organs and organ systems, and how body structure relates to function and life processes. The anatomy and physiology course (BIO 208/210) is required for most traditional and alternative healthcare and medical fields, as well as for majors in biology, veterinary medicine and other life sciences.
Students learn practical knowledge relevant to health, wellness, nutrition and everyday living. In the lab, they study skeletal structures and muscles, learn to measure physiological responses to exercise, learn about nervous system responses and examine tissue types using the microscope.
The lecture will be delivered online; the laboratory will meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon, followed by a recitation session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Introductory Biology (BIO 100), the prerequisite course, will also be taught at the Hutchinson Center this spring.
Jan Pitcairn, assistant research professor in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine, will teach BIO 208/210. She holds a Ph.D. is in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida, where she researched gene regulation of Alzheimer’s beta-amyloid precursor proteins. Pitcairn has taught anatomy and physiology and other life science courses for more than 14 years, and helped develop the laboratory manual used for this course.
December 16th, 2013 5:02 PM
The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a three-week “early college” summer science course, INT 188 Introduction to Integrated Science and Career Exploration, July 1-18.
The course is designed for first-year college students and high school juniors and seniors interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subjects and who want to explore career options, build science skills, gain research experience and/or strengthen academic skills in preparation for college.
Students will integrate basic science, math and thinking skills to explore real, relevant and engaging problems. They will practice skills such as graphing and data analysis, critical thinking and science writing, and will work with peers and scientists to conduct an open-ended research project and present their findings in a poster symposium at the conclusion of the course.
Students in INT 188 also job-shadow in one or more STEM-related job settings during the three-week course, and share and discuss their work interests among peers, faculty and job mentors. Students research and map out a college and career path of their choosing in a STEM field.
Students completing INT 188 earn one college credit. Tuition is $279; scholarships are available. Students must submit an application for the course by May 16, 2014, as enrollment is limited. The class meets three days a week from July 1-18 for coursework; flexible additional time will be required for research and job shadows.
December 16th, 2013 5:01 PM
Thinking of how you can change the direction your life is going in? Need someone to help you brainstorm the next path in your life? Thinking you want to start college – or perhaps finish that college degree you started years ago? Thinking you need a second chance? In addition, are you wondering how you will pay for college?
We have a number of scholarships that are available just for students taking classes at the UMaine Hutchinson Center. These scholarships are for current or new students. Stop in or go to our website to download the Scholarship Application Packet. If you call us, we can also mail you the Scholarship Application Packet. Last year we awarded over $41,000 in local scholarships to Hutchinson Center students! Some of the local scholarship funds include: Best of the Best, United Med-Coast Charities, Ann & Harris Bixler, Ira M. Cobe (sponsored by Maine Community Foundation), Shirley & Ronald Jarvella, Fred Hutchinson, Andrew Kuby (Rotary sponsored), Senior College, Midcoast AAUW and Seaport Family Practice Health Professional.
Call the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast at 338-8000 and schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisor/Student Services Coordinator, Patty Libby. If you need advising, financial aid resources, help signing up for courses, or someone to talk to about where to begin, this is the place to start. Our motto is, “Education to fit your lifestyle.”
Registration is just underway for the Spring semester – so you are just in time to take the next step in your career or educational path. Spring courses start the week of January 13th.
December 9th, 2013 3:19 PM
Anyone interested in learning more about health care programs offered locally by the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) is invited to attend a special information session at University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The videoconference session will take place on Thursday, December 12, from 4:00 to 5:00PM.
Part of the University of Maine System, UMFK is a small campus at the top of Maine on the Canadian border whose goal is to focus on the needs of rural communities in Maine and nationwide. The campus seeks to be Maine’s premier rural public university; educating students to become responsible citizens committed to environmental stewardship through experiential learning. The Princeton Review selected UMFK as a “Best Northeast College” for the sixth year in a row in 2011.
UMFK offers a variety of programs online. University of Maine Hutchinson Center provides students personalized support and a range of resources to help them succeed in their studies. UMFK degree and certificate programs in health care include Health Information Technology, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Management, and Nursing.
For more information about UMFK degree programs available through University College and the December 12 health care degrees information session, please contact the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000.