College of Science, Technology, and Health


October 2013

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Women, Science and the Night Sky

Women, Science and the Night Sky

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth Street, Portland
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In conjunction with the USM Office for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, the Women and Gender Studies Program presents...

Women, Science and the Night Sky: A Panel Discussion

October 8, 2013
2:45- 4:00pm
USM Planetarium
70 Falmouth Street
Portland Campus

Panel discussion accompanied by planetarium slide show in the dome.

Devil Girls and the History of Astronomy” by Lucinda Cole (Women and Gender Studies, USM) and Robert Markley (University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign, English)

My Asteroid” by Julie Ziffer (Physics)

Women Scientists Teaching Women Science” by USM and Chemistry Professor Emerita Nancy Gordon

FMI: / 780‐4289

All Ages Welcome
Reception to follow

Cosponsored by: USM ADVANCE Catalyst grant devoted to the role of women in the sciences, Southworth Planetarium and Women & Gender Studies

Attendees are encouraged to attend "Night Sky," a comedic drama written by Susan Yankowitz and directed by Assunta Kent (USM Theater and Women & Gender Studies) being performed in Russell Hall, Gorham Campus from Oct 10th through the 13th.

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2:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Science Cafés in the Atrium

Science Cafés in the Atrium

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Portland Public Library
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Jennifer Dean
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Join us for Science Cafés in the Atrium!

Held at Portland Public Library on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Researchers from USM’s College of Science, Technology, & Health will share the real stories behind their research in Maine and why it’s important to us today, and in the future. 

The Science Café format is an informal approach to discussing and understanding scientific research and its relevance to people in their everyday lives.

Currently scheduled discussions include:

  • October 10 - Edward Sihler, Cyber Security: Edward Snowden and Who's Watching You
  • November 14 - Edward Sihler, Cyber Security: A History of Modern Codes and Cyphers
  • December 12 - Edward Gleason, Southworth Planetarium Manager: Astronomy 101

The events will be held in Portland Public Library’s open, glass-walled atrium that faces Monument Square in Portland and will offer light refreshments in an informal, casual atmosphere. Students, young professionals and anyone interested in getting the inside look at what scientists are doing – and why – are invited to attend.  The events are free and open to the public.

Sponsoring organizations:

The College of Science, Technology, and Health is a progressive unit of the University of Southern Maine that provides educational, research, and service opportunities relating to the application of science, technology, and health to the medical, industrial, educational, and business communities.  For more information, contact


Cornerstones of Science – bringing science to life in local libraries since 1999 - is the award-winning science literacy initiative based in Brunswick, Maine.  The mission of Cornerstones of Science is to connect people of all ages to science and technology through great books, programs and events at public libraries. For more information, contact


The library mission is to serve the Greater Portland Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The library's services support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members.  


5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
People of a Feather

People of a Feather

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, October 14, 2013, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lee Auditorium, room 133, Wishcamper Center
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Dave Champlin
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Director Joel Heath will be at USM to introduce a screening of his award winning documentary:

People of a Feather

Monday, Oct. 14th, 7:00PM., Lee Auditorium, room 133, Wishcamper Center

Admission is FREE

Sponsored by Biodiversity Research Institute:     

and the USM Biology Club:

Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America. The eyes of a remote subsistence culture challenge the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle.

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jackson Lab: Future of Science

Jackson Lab: Future of Science

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus

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Jackson Lab: Future of Science

Meet Maine researchers who are leading the search for tomorrow’s cures and educating the next generation of great scientists.

Reception and Presentation
Jackson Laboratory, a Maine-based nonprofit biomedical research institute that is improving human health and science education.

Free for USM Students

Thursday, October 30th, 2013
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center
USM Portland Campus

Hear from students who are benefiting from JAX Education Programs, including USM student Jennifer Ditano, who was a 2013 JAX Summer Student.

Distinguished Speakers include: Jackson Labs student

  • Thomas Litwin, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Education
  • Gareth Howell, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Jennifer Trowbridge, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor

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Student Testimonial:

"Three concepts embody my experience as a member of the 2013 Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program: direction, preparedness, and inspiration.  Daily exposure to a diverse collection of research fields allowed me to confidently solidify my own career and educational directions.  One-on-one instruction, support, and guidance from my mentor [Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge] and her laboratory team prepared me far beyond any textbook or lecture for the trials and triumphs of a career in biomedical research.  Complete immersion in the world of research problems, discoveries, and the underlying human compassion that drives today's leading researchers have inspired anew my desire to create a place for myself among these individuals. In short, my time at the Jackson Laboratory has helped me to take the first great steps from student to scientist."  Jennifer Ditano, USM Student

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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