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UMaine Today Magazine 

March / April 2004 Features:

Prejudice and Punishment
Prejudice and Punishment

UMaine sociologists Steven Barkan and Steven Cohn have studied the influence of racial prejudice on white Americans' views of crime and punishment. Their results: prejudicial views about African-Americans are associated with greater support by whites for the death penalty and harsher sentencing of convicted criminals, the use of excessive force by police, and increased spending on law enforcement.

 
Evolving Before Our Eyes
Evolving Before Our Eyes

Most people consider evolution to be ancient history, but not biologist Michael Kinnison. Kinnison studies Trinidadian guppies - half-inch long, brightly colored inhabitants of jungle rivers - and other fish to understand the dynamics of contemporary evolution. Using modern advances in genetics, he is helping to cast new light on Darwinian theory and rewrite conservation strategies.

 
High Anxiety
High Anxiety

UMaine psychologists are studying anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and phobias, in an effort to find a cost-effective and drug-free, cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment.

 
Primary Source
Primary Source

The University of Maine's digital library is poised to enter a new phase when funding is secured to construct an addition and renovate Fogler Library. The expansion is indicative of the new role large libraries play today as state-of-the-art facilities with the services needed to democratically provide everyone with access to information.

 
Securing the Home Front
Securing the Home Front

University of Maine research initiatives are contributing to national homeland security efforts. Drawing from their expertise in information technology, chemistry, environmental monitoring and structural engineering, UMaine scientists are pushing our ability to detect threats early, gather information and give an advantage to those who maintain vigilance.

UMaine Today
Creativity and Achievement at the University of Maine
Volume 4 Issue 2

 

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