Meeting the Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
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 Students at Bioinfomatics and Biomedicine Conference
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.
Reading First: Early Literacy for Every Child
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.”
Researching Genetics and the Environment
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.
Women's Literary History in America
Eve Raimon, Professor of English and a member of the USM Women and Gender Studies Program has published articles on topics ranging from higher education curriculum reform rhetoric to the interdisciplinary challenges of team-teaching "What is Race?"
Thomas Coryat: The First Tourist
9Benjamin Bertram, Professor of English and member of the Research Council, will discuss Coryat's Crudities (1611), a guest lecture in conjunction with the viewing of The Grand Tour and the Development of Tourism: 1600-1690. The discussion will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Sam L. Cohen Educational Center of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education.
Personal Agency & Cognitive Stage Development
Twelve years ago, LAC Leadership Studies’ Leigh Mundhenk became interested in how students develop personal agency – the belief that they have the authority to manage their own lives. This interest emanated from observations that some students expect the teacher to be the classroom authority and simply lecture, while others enjoyed seeing themselves as constructors of knowledge, with classroom discussion and debate. Understanding cognitive stage development has been the focus of most of her scholarship, having written about its application in career counseling, leadership readiness, and student self-assessment.
The 2011 Health Workforce Summit
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.
Kinship Behavior in Social Organization
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.
"Desperate Alewives" documentary features USM researchers
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.