A hemlock forest on the University of Southern Maine (USM) Gorham campus is about to get "smart." The forest, popular for both recreation and education, will host new remote environmental monitoring technology. The Smart Forest project provides real-time access to data online, opening up exciting opportunities for collaboration, research, and hands-on learning.
Professor Lucille Benedict has found a way to help students earn better grades in chemistry while helping a local business improve its product. Students are learning to analyze the chemical makeup of beer and are sharing their results with Allagash Brewing Company, who benefits by having a partner for lab testing.
The 4th annual PortFringe Fest in Portland showcased the talents of many USM Theatre students and alumni, as well as professionals from across the county. With 50 productions over 10 days, the festival involves USM students as performers, crew members, organizers, volunteers, and other roles.
Ziffer, LaSala, and Gleason discuss water on Mars on 'Maine Calling'
USM professors Julie Ziffer, Jerry LaSala, and Ed Gleason chatted about the significance of the recent discovery of water on Mars and if, someday, humans will be able to colonize the Red Planet on the October 7th edition of the MPBN program.
Melissa and 'Doc' Costello - 'Mr. and Mrs. USM' - leave largest bequest in USM history
For those who knew, or simply interacted with Melissa '52 and Dr. Richard "Doc" Costello, generosity and enriching the lives of USM students just came naturally to the couple. Now, thanks to the largest bequest ever received in the history of the university, $1.65 million, Melissa and Doc will continue to touch the lives of numerous students for years to come.
USM Chamber Singers to perform 'The Joyous Sounds of Latin America' Dec. 1
The USM Chamber Singers represent the university’s most outstanding vocal performers, conducted this season by Nicolás Alberto Dosman, visiting assistant professor of choral conducting. The group performs a diverse repertory centered on a cappella literature of the Renaissance Era and the Twentieth Century, and this semester will delight us with the joyous sounds of Latin America.
USM delegation builds relationships and explores collaborative partnerships in Iceland
Led by President Glenn Cummings, a group of USM faculty and expert staff joined a larger delegation from Maine in attending the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, and met with their academic counterparts at two universities, as well as business entrepreneurs. From connections made, USM has begun exciting new partnerships that will expand workforce opportunities, cultural exchange, and economic development for our students and all of Maine.
USM honors veterans’ in-uniform education with credits toward degrees
Studies completed aboard Navy ships, beneath the roofs of Army tents or inside Air Force hangars are earning new respect at USM, where a growing number of programs are awarding academic credit to veterans for instruction they received while serving in the U.S. military.
Osher Map Library 20th anniversary Map Masterpiece Exhibition features rare maps and guest curators from Maine's own luminaries
The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML) ends its 20th anniversary year with an exhibition highlighting masterpieces from its collection - the rarest of historic maps including the first modern printed map from 1475 and examples of woodcut, copperplate, and lithographic map printing from the 15th through the 19th centuries.
USM Students explore Gothic shock with visit to Body Worlds exhibit at Portland Science Center
Students in Professor Lisa Walker's Women, Medicine and Gothic Fiction course recently visited the popular exhibit to explore the connection between the genre of literature that often features pursued heroines, suffering bodies and tortured minds and the revealing "Body Worlds."