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Curtis Bohlen
Curtis Bohlen, Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, gave a talk entitled "Casco Bay at USM: Towards Place-based Academic Excellence." The talk was held on Friday, December 14, 11 AM, in the Glickman Library Events Room on the 7th floor.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded USM a grant to fund the "Southern Maine ADVANCE IT Catalyst" project. The project hopes to build a more diverse faculty that can serve USM's non-traditional and female students while improving the university's efforts to recruit and retain more women students in the STEM and social science fields.
Dr. Stephen Pelsue, Associate Professor of Applied Medical Sciences, and CSTH Associate Dean, has been awarded $47,000 to support his commercialization project Pilot Project to Develop a Biomarker for Inflammation and Cancer.
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.
A new student research journal, dedicated primarily to highlighting the accomplishments of the numerous students engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity from all academic fields at USM, is now ready to receive submissions from current USM students.
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.

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