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The Maine Health Workforce Forum was established in 2005 by the Maine Legislature to address Maine’s current and projected workforce needs. A product of the forum, the 2011 Maine Health Workforce Summit, titled "The State of the State’s Health Workforce: Aligning Resources to Meet Maine’s Needs," will include opening comments by Governor Paul LePage, as well as a panels comprised of the commissioners of DOL, DHHS, DOE, and DECD, health employers, and educators. Project Director Elise Scala and Principal Investigator Kay Dutram, together with Cutler Institute staff, provide support to the forum and are taking the lead in organizing the summit.
Professor of Biology Christine Maher studies the evolution of social behavior – the understanding how ecological factors shape the behavior patterns of individuals and influence their reproductive success. For the past 14 years, she has led a long term study of woodchucks at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.
USM's Karen Wilson and Theo Willis are two of the researchers featured in the documentary "Desperate Alewives" premiering on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, on the stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network at 8 PM.
A Cutler Institute project team, together with the Maine Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery, is working to conduct a federally mandated Quadrennial Review of Maine’s Child Support Guidelines.
USM Associate Professor of Art History and current Research Council member Kim Grant is currently writing a book "All About Process" which studies the significance of process in 19th and 20th century art, theory, and criticism.
USM Distinguished Professor of Art Rose Marasco has received the second annual University of Southern Maine Provost’s Research Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The fellowship will allow Marasco to continue her photography project, "New Work: New York."
The National Workforce Institute, a five-year collaborative project that supports the development of skilled child welfare leaders across the country. Housed at The Cutler Institute in The Muskie School, the project won the 2011 Quality Award, awarded by the National Staff Development and Training Association.
Thomas Knight, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Southern Maine (USM), in collaboration with Pat Unkefer, Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), have developed exciting new plant growth technologies capable of significantly increasing plant productivity and yield.
IT Decisions Project
The IT Decisions project, funded by the Maine Economic Improvement Foundation, has completed its first phase – a design study of an advanced employment Website. Although the study focused on the IT ecosystem (workers, trainers and employers) the system is applicable to many if not most professions. Innovative features of the design include a skills focus, where qualifications and needs are expressed in a common skill vocabulary; automatic substantiation, where worker claims to skills are substantiated by their training and experience; employer- and trainer-initiated searches, where potential workers and students are automatically identified, and a uniquely flexible matching procedure.

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