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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded the USM Muskie School with a Susan Harwood Training Grant to support a program aimed at home care assistants and workers in small, community-based nursing homes.
Mark Silber, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, is working on an oral history photo-documentary project with Museum L-A.
Dr. Luisa S. Deprez, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology is working with Dr. Sandra S. Butler, University of Maine Professor of Social Work and Graduate Program Coordinator in the UM School of Social Work, on a yearlong, monthly Bangor Daily News feature series that began on Sept. 1, titled “The People Next Door: Struggles in the Changing Economy.”
Dr. Bruce Thompson’s research addresses environmental factors that impact early childhood language and cognitive development. He currently has two interconnected projects that focus on emergent metacognitive reasoning in early childhood and the role of gender and family socioeconomic status.
The University of Southern Maine, as a member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium, has received funds to award undergraduate ($2000) or graduate ($5000) student fellowships plus $500 towards travel. Open to USM students pursuing a career in physical science, life science, computer science, engineering, K-12 teaching of science, or in the management of science with a strong science background.
CSTH Professor of Geosciences Mark Swanson is currently involved in local Continuing Geologic Investigations which involve detailed structural mapping of coastal locations in Maine. Many of the areas are publicly accessible national, state, and town parks; including nature preserves and other natural areas in the state.
CAHS Professor of American & New England Studies Donna Cassidy is currently curating an upcoming exhibition for the Portland Museum of Art.
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.

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