College of Science, Technology, and Health


A team of researchers from the University of Southern Maine has been working in collaboration with Biovation, a manufacturing company based in Boothbay, Maine. The team, which includes two undergraduate chemistry students, is being led by Dr. Lucille Benedict, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Biovation has challenged the researchers to investigate and analyze very precise amounts of gaseous chlorine dioxide that is present in a given volumetric space.
Faculty member Ben Towne spent his February break in Lake Placid, NY, serving as an athletic trainer for the United States Bobsled and Skeleton teams.
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.
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.
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.
USM is hosting “CreateMaine,” featuring a free, public panel of three Maine entrepreneurs sharing their paths to success. Cindy Thompson of Transformit; Tony Boffa of the Tony Boffa Band; and Emily Danchuk, intellectual property attorney will inspire with their tales of starting a business in Maine.
The Department of Engineering at the University of Southern Maine is pleased to welcome Micki Meggison, Director, Technical & Process Improvement of Sappi Fine Paper North America.
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’s applied energy program, which gives students hands-on experience in measuring and testing energy efficiency, has acquired its dream home.
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.


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