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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.
The Patient Safety Academy has announced the recipients of the inaugural Rising Tide Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to best practices in patient safety. Recipients of the 2013 Rising Tide Award include: Linda Brady of Maine Medical Center; Kathy Day of Maine Quality Counts; and Douglas Salvador of Maine Medical Center.
Affordable Care Act Colloquium
On August 19, the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine hosted “The Affordable Care Act: What’s Next for Maine?” to discuss the impact of Affordable Care Act provisions and options for Maine individuals, businesses, and policymakers.
The MYTC is one of 21 founding partners – and one of only a few rural sites – to receive funding from the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF), designed to support collaboratives across the country that, according to the Aspen Institute, “harness the power of cross-sector collaboration to make substantive progress for opportunity youth.”
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.
Public Policy and Management Classroom
This summer, the USM Muskie School of Public Service will hold a ‘Lunch and Learn’ series on critical social issues. The first, “What’s the Problem with Minimum Wage?” with Dr. Lisa Morris, associate professor of public policy and management, will be held on Wednesday, July 10, from noon to 1 pm in room 400, Burton M. Cross State Office Building, Augusta.
They will work with NASA scientists on research that uses satellite imaging and geographic information systems techniques to examine critical global climate and landscape change issues.

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