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Interdisciplinary Research Teams Funded

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.

School Ranking Re-Considered: Op-Ed article by Prashant Mittal

In the May 20th issue of the Portland Press Herald, Mittal highlights the problems with the current grading system and offers a better alternative: a statistically sound and robust algorithm to rank and grade high schools.

Policy colloquia broadcast on MPBN Speaking in Maine

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Speaking in Maine has aired two health policy colloquia hosted by the USM Muskie School in April.

Bernotavicz Publishes Article on Child Welfare Leadership Model

This article, co-authored by Freda Bernotavicz, describes the child welfare leadership and competency models developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) and provides examples of how their application in a national training and capacity-building program has led to personal leadership development and systems change.

Rural Center Research Staff Well-Represented at National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Annual Conference

Karen Pearson and Erika Ziller each presented findings from their research on The Evidence for Community Paramedicine in Rural Areas and Rural Implementation and Impact of Medicaid. John Gale gave two presentations on Rural Health Clinics (Identifying Relevant Quality Measures and Readiness for Practice Transformation) as well as on Critical Access Hospital Community Activities under Health Reform. Zach Croll displayed his findings from the Critical Access Hospital Community Benefit project as part of the NRHA poster session.

The Power of Design

Currently on display in the Portland Museum of Art, Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx features an interactive exhibition that showcases the power of design. It includes a 17-foot-tall tower featuring mulitple levels of screens with images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. The interactive media featured on the tower was designed and programmed by USM's Professor of Art Raphael Diluzio, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science Stephen Houser, and Visiting Artis Programmer Matthias Oostrik.

Gale Publishes Article on Rural Vets and Health Care Issues

John Gale publishes article on rural veterans' health care issues. Evolving population trends — the aging of rural veterans, the growing number of female veterans and rates of homelessness among veterans — place significant demands on VA and rural delivery systems. Coordination among health care providers is essential to increasing the availability of services and expanding veteran outreach programs.

Muskie School brings experts and community together for health policy colloquia

The Muskie School of Public Service hosted two health policy colloquia this April to promote informed discussion throughout the state regarding MaineCare coverage options under the ACA and the implications of Vermont’s move toward a single-payer system.The series, sponsored by the Muskie School Board of Visitors, examines critical policy issues within the state and nation.

Experimental Linguistics

Quantitative methods became common in linguists over the last decade or two. One focus of Professor of Linguistics Wayne Cowart’s work is the intricate, intuitive, untutored sense of sentence structure that guides the speech of children long before they come to school. This intuitive capacity to judge how 'good' a sentence form is persists through adulthood, is largely unaffected by schooling, and appears to reflect fundamental features of the human cognitive system of language. Recently, Dr. Cowart has been aided by Mia Harrow-Martelliti, a student intern from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics doing a directed study fulfilling some of her high school requirements.

Casco Bay at Muskie

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) at the Muskie School of Public Service has entered into a contract with Maine Department of Transportation to monitor a tidal wetland restoration project in Harpswell, ME. The contract is part of CBEP’s ongoing efforts to understand both tidal wetland restoration and the effects of sea level rise on the long, narrow wetlands characteristic of the Casco Bay shoreline.

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