College of Science, Technology, and Health


Southworth Planetarium Launches New Public Science Lecture Series

Southworth Planetarium, located on USM’s Portland campus, has launched a new monthly series of science lectures.The series will kick off on Thursday, March 15 with a lecture titled ‘Are We Alone?: Earths, Super-Earths, and Hot-Jupiters,’ presented by Dr. Julie Ziffer, Assistant Professor of Physics.

Cape Elizabeth Wins Northern New England Science Bowl

The Cape Elizabeth High School “A” Team swept through the final round, defeating Waynflete to win the 2012 Northern New England Science Bowl, held Saturday afternoon, March 3, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

USM Faculty and Students Research Indoor Air Quality in Homes Burning Wood

Last spring, a team of faculty and student researchers from the University of Southern Maine began groundbreaking research about the potential dangers of indoor air toxicity and pollution created by ash from wood and pellet stoves in Maine homes. The team’s research and findings are some of the first in this area of study.

New Degree Concentration in Community Recreation

The Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies now offers a degree concentration in Community Recreation which complements the department’s well established concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.

USM Applied Energy Program Gets ‘Dream Home’

USM’s applied energy program, which gives students hands-on experience in measuring and testing energy efficiency, has acquired its dream home.

Biology Student Researches Genetics of Alewives

Ellen McCann Labbe, a graduate student in the USM Biological Sciences Department, is researching the population genetics of river herring in the Gulf of Maine. She hopes to shed light on how landscape features and human activity have shaped the genetic differentiation between alewives in Maine watersheds.

USM Ceremony Celebrates Stantec Computer-Aided Design Lab

Representatives of Stantec and the University of Southern Maine gathered recently in USM’s John Mitchell Center, Gorham, to celebrate the completion of a $100,000 pledge from Stantec that supported construction of a computer-aided design lab.

Biological Sciences alumnae, Lisa Aschemeier, featured on

Lisa Aschemeier, a Biological Sciences alumnae, has had her thesis research published in the Journal of Mammalogy. Lisa graduated from the Biological Sciences Master's program in 2009.

CSTH Research

The USM Office of Sponsored Programs has reported extramural awards to CSTH faculty and staff, including S. Monroe Duboise, Mustafa Guvench, Krista Meinersman, Michael Wing, John Wise and Julie Ziffer; and a continuation to S. Monroe Duboise. Find more information in the March 2011 issue of "So Noted."