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University of Southern Maine is proud to be a part of The Inaugural Conference of the United Arab Emirates' Gender and Women's Studies Consortium entitled "Gender and Women's Studies in the Arab Region."
The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) project at the University of Southern Maine, directed by AMS Associate Professor S. Monroe Duboise and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was featured in the January 19, 2012 edition of the Gorham Times.
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.
Dr. Louis F. Gainey, Jr.'s article "The Effects of Temperature, Season, and Nitric Oxide on Clearance Rates in Isolated Gills of the Heterodont Clams Mercenaria mercenaria and Arctica islandia," was published in the December 2011 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (Vol. 409, pp. 160-165).
David Gagne, a student in the computer science program, mentored by USM Professor Clare Bates Congdon, was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) 2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.
LAC Leadership Studies Professor and Research Council co-chair, Liz Turesky focuses her research on "Women in Leadership," an organizational behavior and development perspective about continuous improvement practices in the public and private sectors and engaged student learning pedagogy, particularly Kolb’s experiential learning model applied to coaching, career development, leadership development, and student learning about leadership. What's really exciting about her research is the way in which she studies the multicultural perspective of women leaders.
In 2010/2011, Cutler Institute research associates Helen Ward and Barbara Wirth developed a DVD and training curriculum demonstrating how to address the developmental needs of young children in the welfare system. Both pieces are designed so that other states can customize with state-specific information. Already, these materials have attracted the attention of policymakers at the national level who are interested in disseminating training in other states.
USM undergraduates David Gagne and Jeffrey Thompson presented their research this month at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM) in Atlanta, Georgia, November 12-15, 2011.
Early Reading First (ERF) is a project of the U.S. Department of Education, which provides funding to transform existing early childhood education programs that work with children at-risk for school failure into preschool centers of educational excellence. The mission of ERF is to “ensure that all children enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills for continued success in school.”
USM Associate Professor of Computer Science Clare Bates Congdon is part of a team of scientists throughout northern New England that is researching how genetics and the environment work together to trigger and prevent disease.

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