Who: Peter Vachon, LANCO engineer and engineering resident for USM
When/where: Thursday, September 26th12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217
Description: Peter Vachon is our new engineering resident here at USM. He will be presenting information concerning his company LANCO and their products. This will include an overview PowerPoint, a video demonstration of some of their most recent machines, and a presentation of an engineering problem they are currently trying to figure out. We don’t generally get this kind of in depth insight into the commercial and industrial side of engineering, so come and listen!
Co-op and External Programs here at USM
Who: Gregory S. Cavanaugh, USM Program Manager of External Programs
When/where: Thursday, October 3rd 12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217
Description: Greg Cavanaugh works here at USM (in this very building, in fact) and handles many of the external and industry-partnered programs that operate in this building. He is one of the resources we have here to help us get valuable experience in industry. In this presentation Greg will explain USM’s co-op program and show how you can get more involved in industry (co-op, tours, internships, etc). For anyone who doesn’t know Greg or anyone who wants to gain some experience, this lecture is a MUST.
Research: Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Sensors and applications
Who: Peter Juarez, Senior Mechanical Engineering student at USM
When/where: Thursday, October 17th 12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217
Description: Last summer I was fortunate enough to spend 10 weeks in NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) on an internship under the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. While I was down there I worked with a researcher named Dr. William ‘Cy’ Wilson. We worked on Surface Acoustic Wave sensors for use in impact detection, wireless interrogation, and strain sensing. If you’ve never heard of SAW devices (guarantee most of you have one in your cellphone), would like to hear what kind of environment it was like at NASA, or are just bored and want free food, come and listen.
USM Fusion Project: Who, What, Why?
Who: Edwin Meserve, President of the Fusion Group, Electrical Engineering student at USM,
When/where: Thursday, October 24th 12:30pm-1:45pm / Room 217
Description: Did you know that the Engineering Student Committee has a sub group called the Fusion Group? Did you know they already successfully made a fusion prototype, and are working on prototype 2? Do you know what fusion is? If you answered no to any of these questions, you should probably come out and hear what Ed has to say. Ed and his officers have been working on this project for several semesters, and have been directly funded by the Student Senate to do so. They are always looking for more help and insight, so this will be a great opportunity to learn more and join in on their research.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, several activities will be undertaken as part of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT – Catalyst grant. The grant funds a study to determine how USM can better recruit, retain and advance female faculty members in the sciences, technology, engineering and math fields, as well as in the social and behavioral sciences.
The first major activity is set for September 26th. Dr. Cathy Trower, Senior Research Associate and Research Director for the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be on campus. Dr. Trower has studied faculty employment issues, policies, and practices since 1996 and has authored numerous articles and books related to faculty employment issues.
Dr. Trower will be conducting a campus-wide symposium at 2:00 on Thursday, September 26 in Glickman 424/425. The symposium is open to all faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Cathy Trower, Senior Research Associate and Research Director for the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be on campus to discuss advancing women in STEM.
Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus
George Mitchell Former U.S. Senator
Lecture given as part of the Fall 2013 Speaker Series "Politics Then and Now, In Maine and the Nation."
Event is free and open to the public.
George Mitchell, Democrat, served as U.S. Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995, and as Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995. He successfully led the effort to enact the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, both signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Following his Senate career, Mitchell served as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland and as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
We’ve come a long way since President John F. Kennedy characterized politics as “a noble calling,” to today, when the nation’s political system is routinely described as “dysfunctional” and the political atmosphere in Washington and Augusta as “poisonous.”
Competition and cooperation co-exist in all healthy systems, side by side and sometimes cheek-by-jowel, to advance the system’s purposes. Whether it is a forest ecosystem, the human body, a large bureaucracy, or an economic system, its elements compete for resources to meet their own needs, even as they act to contribute to the survival and persistence of the system itself. Somewhere along the way from the 1960s, the U.S. political system lost sight of this important principle, threatening its public credibility, trust, and purposes.
Each speaker in the series will address these timely and important questions:
How was politics “played” in earlier times in Maine and the nation? And, how has that changed today?
How did this come about? What are the implications for the state and the nation of our continuing along this path? And, what will it take to change course?
What does Maine have to offer the nation in this regard, based on our experience here?
Brought to you by the Muskie School of Public Service and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine
Cutler Family Fund
September 26, 2013
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus
This Fall 2013 speaker series will address questions such as: How was politics “played” in earlier times in Maine and the nation? How has that changed today? How did this come about? What are the implications of our continuing along this path? And, what will it take to change course?
We are a student group on campus that meets to discuss international current events, prepares for Model UN conferences that we attend throughout the school year, and other volunteer and community outreach.
Visiting professor Philip Galinsky, Ph.D. (ethnomusicology) will lead a 90 minute performance workshop that will provide USM students with a unique opportunity to experience samba through performing it under the supervision of an expert on Brazilian music.This workshop is free and open to the public. Participation is open to USM students who attend.
Galinsky is the director of the well-known New York City group Samba New York!, which has performed on the Dr. Oz Show and the Today Show, among other venues. He has been traveling to Brazil for twenty years, as a researcher and performer, and leader of study abroad trips.
USM's Samba in Rio course is being offered in February 2014 by USM International Programs and led by Dr. Galinsky and USM's musicologist, Paul Christiansen. For more information about the winter course, visit: http://www.usm.maine.edu/music/samba-rio-0
The USM School of Music and the USM Gorham Cultural Affairs Committee jointly present Philip Galinsky in a 90 minute samba percussion workshop open USM students and the general public. Workshop participants will be USM students.