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Jack Kartez, Professor of Community Planning & Development in the Muskie School of Public Service, is part of a project team that just received a National Science Foundation four-year grant, through the NSF’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) – Research Coordination Networks (RCN) program.
USM received a grant from the NSF STEM Scholarship Program to support deserving Maine students who want to study the sciences, technology, engineering or math. Some 19 students enrolled this fall at USM thanks to the scholarships the program provided, which awarded up to $5,000 per year per student.
USM Prof Ng
Dr. Ah-Kau Ng, a Professor of Immunology in the USM Department of Applied Medical Sciences, will be receiving support for the commercialization of his project "Monoclonal Antibodies to C-Terminal Domains of Osteopontin, a potential cancer biomarker, a tissue development factor, and an early T lymphocyte activation marker."
Hay Ball
What is that on top of that car? This is the question many in Portland have asked themselves when they see a Toyota Yaris with a ball of hay on top of it. Who owns this perfectly round ball of hay? None other than USM Professor of Sculpture Michael Shaughnessy.
Monroe Duboise
AMS Associate Professor Monroe Duboise has been appointed to the 2012-13 University of Maine System Trustee Professorship, a position devoted exclusively to honor and support faculty members who are already making noteworthy contribution to academic excellence in their campus.
The National Institute of Health awarded a grant to USM for the support of Dr. Hong Xie in her research project The Synergistic Effect and Mechanism of Arsenic on Chromium (VI). The Academic Research Enhancement Award, worth over $400,000, will fund her work for the next three years.
Professor of Criminology and Legal Studies Piers Beirne was named the third recipient of the USM Provost Research Fellowship. His research combines the unlikely fields of criminology, human-animal studies and art history, as he strives to answer questions about the work of 18th-century English artist William Hogarth and his 1751 prints, “The Four Stages of Cruelty.”
The National Science Foundation has awarded USM a three-year grant worth more than $290,000 for support of the project "Collaborative Research: AVATOL - Next Generation Phenomics for the Tree of Life." Under the direction of Departmental Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences Lisa Moore, the research project will be a collaboration with 10 other universities from across the country and The American Museum of Natural History.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lucille Benedict recently co-authored an article with Dr. Harry E. Pence (SUNY Oneonta), on QR coded student-created videos which was published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.
Basket of produce
Staff and faculty in the USM Muskie School of Public Service, including Executive Director Mark Lapping; Samuel Merrill, Director of the New England Environmental Finance Center (NE/EFC); Barbara Ives of the NE/EFC; Bruce Clary, chair of the Public Policy & Management (MPPM) masters program; Tanya Swain, a 2009 MPPM graduate, and Amanda Beal, a USM graduate, will undertake the creation of a Maine food plan with funding from a collaborative including the Sandy River Charitable Foundation, Kendall Foundation, Broad Reach Fund, John Merck Fund, and Maine Community Foundation.

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