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The Muskie School of Public Service recently prepared "Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Physical Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)", co-authored by Muskie School’s research staff members Stuart Bratesman, Louise Olsen, Cathy McGuire, Tina Gressani, Cindy Shaw, Catherine Gunn, Jasper Ziller, Karen Mauney, and Julie Fralich.
Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Networking Conference - Advancing Women in Academia to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, in Bangor, ME. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jaime Lester of George Mason University on "Women Can't Have it All? Work-life Issues in Higher Education."
Online Classroom
The Muskie School’s PPM program will offer 9 courses for distance students in the Fall 2013 semester, including classes on finance, human resources, and strategic planning.
Dr. Andrew Coburn
Maine legislators attending the Policy Leaders Academy Health Care Forum session on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, were presented with an overview and highlights of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it affects Maine's uninsured population.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funds student-faculty collaboration across all disciplines. Each year, students are awarded fellowships for a one year research project. Current UROP fellows will be on hand to discuss their work on February 27th from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Woodbury Center Amphitheater on the Portland campus. Their posters will be on display through March 1st. This is an excellent opportunity to explore what's happening in student research and learn more about UROP at USM.
Dr. Meghan Brodie, Assistant Professor of Theatre and a faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies program, will be directing Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s "Orlando" this coming April at USM.
Assistant Professor of Art Kelly Hrenko and Associate Professor of Literacy Andrea Stairs co-authored an article entitled "Creative Literacy: A New Space of Pedagogical Understanding" recently published in the journal Across the Disciplines - A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing.
Dr. Andrew Coburn, Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean of the Muskie School of Public Service, recently co-authored a policy brief as part of the study conducted by the Flex Monitoring Team with funding from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. USM is one of three institutions (with University of Minnesota and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) on the research team.
This new report funded by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, and developed by the Maine Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) of the USM Muskie School of Public Service, provides public safety drug arrest trends and recidivism rates of drug offenders admitted to probation in Maine.
Distance Education
For spring 2013, the Muskie School of Public Service will pilot a new distance education program that offers both the unlimited access and flexibility of web-based learning and the face-to-face, student-centered interaction found in traditional classroom learning experiences.

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