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Harold W Borns Symposium

The Harold W. Borns, Jr. Symposium is an annual event that features presentations and discussion by Climate Change Institute graduate students and faculty on emerging research and topics related to global environmental change.   


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2015 Harold W. Borns, Jr. Symposium

Save the Date!   April 9 - 10, 2015 - Stodder Hall, University of Maine

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David Clayton Smith Lecture

Kirk Maasch (Professor, School of Earth & Climate Science and the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine). Foot Steps of the Ancient Great Glacier of North America: A Long Lost Document of a Revolution in 19th Century Geological Theory


UMaine Alumni Lectures

Bonnie Newsom (Member of the Penobscot Nation & President, Nutalket Consulting; PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst), (MS, Quaternary Studies, UMaine, 1999).  Pots Along the Penobscot: An Archaeological Case Study Exploring Human Agency, Identity, and Technological Choice

Alan Wanamaker (Assistant Professor, Iowa State University), (PhD Earth Sciences, UMaine, 2007).  A Millennium Long Reconstruction of Hydroclimate from Portugal (Iberian Peninsula) Derived from Speleothems: Implications on the Pervasiveness of the North Atlantic Oscillation during Medieval Times



The Churchill Award for Outstanding Exploration (2015)
Ana Cecilia Mauricio
Harold W. Borns Symposium - Best Presentation Award (2015)
1st Place:  Benjamin Seliger
2nd Place:  Jennifer McCabe
3rd Place:  Jessica Scheick
Harold W. Borns Symposium - Best Poster Award (2015)
1st Place:  Abigail Bradford
Student Outstanding Service Award (2015)
Charles Rodda

The University of Maine Alumni Association - 2015 Black Bear Award

Daniel D. Churchill '63

The Black Bear Award is presented annually in appreciation of outstanding service to the University through multiple endeavors. The award is inscribed with the legend: “For devotion and loyalty to the highest traditions of the University of Maine.”

Since his retirement, this engineering physics major has worked tirelessly on behalf of his alma mater. He joined the Executive Committee of the Class of 1963 and became the first Chair of the Advisory Board of the School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA). As Chair, he is fully and positively engaged. He maintains close communication with SPIA faculty and board members and works with students and UMaine administrators, who respect his leadership and seek his guidance.

During his tenure as chair, SPIA has grown into a first-rate graduate school. With a distinguished background in finance and leadership, this dedicated alumnus has helped to expand the School’s connections, including those with Secretary Cohen, Dickinson College, and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi. He has also increased opportunities for graduate students by establishing the Churchill Internship Fund.

Besides his active involvement in SPIA, he is a loyal supporter of the University’s Climate Change Institute (CCI). He offers his skills, energy, and encouragement, advocates for the CCI, and attends symposia and field trips. Wishing to further help the CCI, he and his wife created a fund that enables graduate students to do off-campus research that addresses the interaction of humans and the natural world.

In recognition of his generous support he and his wife, Betty, received the 2014 Stillwater Presidential Award.

For his active involvement, hard work, and generous contributions to the University of Maine, we are proud to present the Black Bear Award to Dan Churchill, Class of 1963.

Nate Briggs ’02, ’05G, Chair, University of Maine Alumni Association



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