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Dr. Joseph Staples and several Environmental Sciences students are doing collaborative research work with the Maine Medical Center Vector Borne Disease Lab on disease vectors that carry Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Douglas Currie has received funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program to establish a new research focus on the toxicological effects of space radiation on the central nervous system. The project will allow students to be exposed to the field of radiation biology and interact with NASA scientists.
Mechanical Engineering major Jacob Finley teamed up with Assistant Professor Dr. Mehrdaad Ghorashi after taking one of his classes to research ways to better demonstrate and measure the mechanical properties of materials. Their results were presented at the 120th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Anuual Conference & Exposition held June 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Four teams of USM faculty and students from the sciences, technology, arts and humanities have come together with industry and community partners to conduct research ranging from how Maine businesses should address cyber security breaches to better management of chronic illnesses through the use of information technology.
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This summer, the USM Muskie School of Public Service will hold a ‘Lunch and Learn’ series on critical social issues. The first, “What’s the Problem with Minimum Wage?” with Dr. Lisa Morris, associate professor of public policy and management, will be held on Wednesday, July 10, from noon to 1 pm in room 400, Burton M. Cross State Office Building, Augusta.
They will work with NASA scientists on research that uses satellite imaging and geographic information systems techniques to examine critical global climate and landscape change issues.
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According to a new report from Muskie School researchers Charles Colgan, Samuel Merrill, and Damon Yakovleff, if Maine is to ensure the quality of its drinking water, mitigate hazards of flooding, and handle the effects of stormwater, it will have to make widespread use of cost-effective alternatives instead of relying on large and expensive infrastructure improvements.
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The Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Speaking in Maine has aired two health policy colloquia hosted by the USM Muskie School in April.
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This week, the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative- directed by staff in the Muskie School of Public Service- joined the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Foundation in launching the Success Beyond 18 campaign and released a new series of digital stories, giving voice to youth and their experiences transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
Bro Code panel discussion
On April 23, the Muskie School's Justice Policy program hosted a brown bag discussion on the portrayal of gender and violence in the media that featured a partial screening of The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men and expert panel discussion.

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