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|VOLUME 17 NUMBER 2, FALL 2009|
This annual event is a collaboration with the Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch.
Entomologist and children's author Edith Patch was an international expert on
aphids. Patch was hired at UMaine in 1904 after spending the first year working
without a salary. She proved herself capable of being a female in the male-only
field of entomology and in 1930, she was named the first woman president of the
Entomological Society of America. Today, Braeside, Patch’s home, houses the Dr.
Edith Marion Patch Center for Entomology, the Environment and Education, and is
on the National Register of Historic Places. Mary Bird, instructor of science
education, serves as the coordinator of the Edith Patch Center.
The 2009 celebration, held in the University Club on April 19th, focused on the current generation of women science students and this year’s Edith Patch award recipients. The Edith Patch Awardees, Lauren Kolb and Elizabeth Anne Lewis, both gave presentations about their research. Informational poster sessions were facilitated by students Jacquelyn Zimmerman and Christa Straub. Refreshments included a selection of appetizers prepared by the Friends of Edith Patch from recipes in the Patch Cookbook.
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