Dr. Luisa S. Deprez, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology is working with Dr. Sandra S. Butler, University of Maine Professor of Social Work and Graduate Program Coordinator in the UM School of Social Work, on a yearlong, monthly Bangor Daily News feature series that began on Sept. 1, titled “The People Next Door: Struggles in the Changing Economy.”
Dr. Bruce Thompson’s research addresses environmental factors that impact early childhood language and cognitive development. He currently has two interconnected projects that focus on emergent metacognitive reasoning in early childhood and the role of gender and family socioeconomic status.
The University of Southern Maine, as a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium, has received funds to award undergraduate ($2000) or graduate ($5000) student fellowships plus $500 towards travel. Open to USM students pursuing a career in physical science, life science, computer science, engineering, K-12 teaching of science, or in the management of science with a strong science background.
CSTH Professor of Geosciences Mark Swanson is currently involved in local Continuing Geologic Investigations which involve detailed structural mapping of coastal locations in Maine. Many of the areas are publicly accessible national, state, and town parks; including nature preserves and other natural areas in the state.
CAHS Professor of American & New England Studies Donna Cassidy is currently curating an upcoming exhibition for the Portland Museum of Art.
Faculty members of the Muskie School of Public Service are currently serving on the project team for Maine Food Strategy - a phased multi-year effort to develop a food system strategy to enhance value-added Maine food for Maine people and position the state as a center of production.
Dr. Joseph Staples and several Environmental Sciences students are doing collaborative research work with the Maine Medical Center Vector Borne Disease Lab on disease vectors that carry Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Douglas Currie has received funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program to establish a new research focus on the toxicological effects of space radiation on the central nervous system. The project will allow students to be exposed to the field of radiation biology and interact with NASA scientists.
Mechanical Engineering major Jacob Finley teamed up with Assistant Professor Dr. Mehrdaad Ghorashi after taking one of his classes to research ways to better demonstrate and measure the mechanical properties of materials. Their results were presented at the 120th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Anuual Conference & Exposition held June 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Four teams of USM faculty and students from the sciences, technology, arts and humanities have come together with industry and community partners to conduct research ranging from how Maine businesses should address cyber security breaches to better management of chronic illnesses through the use of information technology.


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