Concussion expert and alumnus Michael "Micky" Collins, Ph.D. '91 recently returned to the University of Southern Maine (USM) to give a lecture on sports-related concussions. During his talk, Collins credited USM with making him a better researcher and an empathetic clinician, saying "I am just so thankful for the University and the education I had here."
Environmental science students have created a sustainable aquaponics lab — an ecosystem that combines raising fish with cultivating plants in water. In this symbiotic environment, the water from the baby tilapia provided nutrients for 14 pounds of harvested rainbow Swiss chard and cilantro.
USM's new Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) minor exposes students from all majors to the science behind creativity, tools they can use to train their brains, and fundamentals of entrepreneurship. It also provides an opportunity for students to correct the misperception that creativity and art are one and the same.
Since 2014, history students at USM have been finding and documenting Maine's forgotten World War I monuments, from statues in public parks to obelisks in cemeteries. These valuable archives are now the backbone of the ever-growing Maine World War I Memorial Inventory.
Leslie Odom Jr., a Tony Award winner for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical phenomenon Hamilton, surprised students from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music when he overheard them rehearsing. He listened to their performance of "Alexander Hamilton," and advised them to treat Gershwin "as if it were Hamilton."
First-in-state program to help low-income veterans
Our first-in-state Veterans Upward Bound program will be reaching out across Maine this month to help low-income veterans prepare to become college students — particularly those who would be the first in their family to graduate from college.
Learning by helping: USM's opens new Occupational Therapy clinic
Working with Lewiston-area physicians and therapists, the new Community Clinic at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College will offer specialized therapy to people who either have no insurance or have exhausted their benefits, in addition to giving OT students authentic, real-world experience in the field.
Join us on February 5 to meet our renowned faculty, explore our rigorous academic programs and research opportunities, and learn more about hands-on experiences — like internships and practicums — with community partners. (Snow date: February 6.)
USM earns federal EPA awards for recycling, food recovery
For the seventh time in four years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has honored the University of Southern Maine's efforts to reduce and reuse waste at its campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.
Unum Scholars Program a win-win for students, major employer
Launched in Maine in 2014, the program gives University of Southern Maine students the opportunity to receive training, mentorship and the ability to job shadow in various departments at a company that employs nearly 3,000 people in Maine.