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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.
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.
The University of Southern Maine Department of External Programs in the College of Science, Technology, and Health hosted an open house and panel discussion for small businesses and entrepreneurs in May in the John Mitchell Center on USM’s Gorham Campus, entitled “Leveraging University Resources For Your Startup.” The event, free and open to the public, was featured in the Portland Press Herald.

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