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The Fall 2013 issue of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Newsletter Undergraduate Research Highlights featured the results of research by environmental science alum Gordon Lane and Associate Professor of Environmental Science Travis Wagner in the area of recycling containers and their influence on municipal household recycling rates.
Earlier this month, the USM Muskie School of Public Service co-hosted the 15th Biannual Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders Conference, the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the justice system.
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.

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