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Image of Theo Willis by Portland Press Herald photographer Carl D. Walsh

USM’s Wilson and Willis part of Portland Press Herald story on return of local alewives

USM researchers Karen Wilson and Theo Willis appeared in a Portland Press Herald story on the return of alewives to Mill Brook in Westbrook. The pair, both faculty from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, helped lead an annual alewife walk to Goldilocks Falls.
photo of Theo Willis

USM's Willis joins 'Maine Calling' for alewives talk

The hour-long radio program "Maine Calling" featured a conversation with Willis, an adjunct faculty member and researcher with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, as part of its discussion of the popular fish's changing population and ongoing conservation efforts.
students holding a horseshoe crab

Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival draws nearly 700 middle school students to Portland campus

On Friday, May 19, USM’s Environmental Science and Policy department hosted its annual Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival for nearly 700 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers from York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Kennebec, Franklin and Oxford counties.
Photo of ESP Professor Rob Sanford on the set of CitiLine on Ch 5 Boston

Professor Rob Sanford’s work on Malaga Island featured on Boston’s WCVB-5

The program discussed Malaga Island, a community located off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine. Residents were evicted by the state of Maine and essentially erased from Maine's history.
Environmental Science faculty and students receive check from Poland Spring rep

USM Environmental Science students' research and internships made possible by gift from Poland Spring®

Students from USM's Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program will make use of the $25,000 gift from Poland Spring towards their educational efforts working on various environmental projects surrounding water, such as monitoring the Presumpscot and Saco River watersheds.
Photo of the Agri-Cycle Energy in Exeter, courtesy of the Portland Press Herald

Professor Travis Wagner’s work on solid waste recycling plan highlighted by local media

The pilot programs will introduce food waste collection for free in select neighborhoods. The goal is “to reduce the amount of waste sent to an incinerator or landfill,” according to the Portland Press Herald.
President Cummings interviewing guests from the School of Education and Human Development and Portland Empowered on the set of the USM update

Replay: 'The USM Update' 4/3/2017

Get an update on USM's sustainability efforts and learn how USM students are being prepared to tackle the environmental challenges facing the planet. Also, hear how USM is preparing its educators to adapt to the changing demographics in Maine's classrooms. Plus, a discussion on the findings of the first in-depth analysis of Maine's juvenile records system.

USM hosts Maine Regional Science Bowl

Nearly 100 high school students from all over Maine gathered on USM's Gorham Campus on Saturday, March 4 for the Maine Regional Science Bowl. The winning team, Cape Elizabeth, will travel to Washington D.C. this spring for the national championship.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the NSB finals competition.

USM to host Maine Regional Science Bowl on March 4

About 100 high schoolers from across Maine will compete at USM's Gorham campus Saturday, March 4, in the annual Maine Regional Science Bowl. The competition matches teams against teams in subjects ranging from biology, chemistry, space science, physics and math. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl, held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington D.C.
The winter 2017 issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement.

USM professors and recent graduate published in an international journal

USM Professors Rob Sanford and Joe Staples developed a comprehensive test about ecosystems along with recent USM graduate Sarah Snowman.

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