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.
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.
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.
Researching "Hogarth's Animals"
As the recipient of the 3rd annual USM Provost’s Research Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year, Professor Piers Beirne examined the pervasiveness of animals in Hogarth’s art, focusing on the 1751 print collection The Four Stages of Cruelty, in light of how the animals are portrayed and the artist’s interpretation of animal cruelty.
Meet CAHS' New Associate Dean
Dr. David Carey Jr., a Professor of History, Women and Gender Studies, was recently named Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS). His research focuses on the indigenous populations in Latin America, specifically those who live in Guatemala.
For the Love of Cinema
Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ariel Rogers arrived at USM last September as part of the team developing a Film Studies minor at USM. Her research is centered on how the experience of cinema has transformed in conjunction with different movie technologies.
Maine and its Aging Population
The Muskie School of Public Service recently prepared "Chartbook: Older Adults and Adults with Physical Disabilities: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)", co-authored by Muskie School’s research staff members Stuart Bratesman, Louise Olsen, Cathy McGuire, Tina Gressani, Cindy Shaw, Catherine Gunn, Jasper Ziller, Karen Mauney, and Julie Fralich.
Advancing Women in Academia
Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Networking Conference - Advancing Women in Academia to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, in Bangor, ME. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jaime Lester of George Mason University on "Women Can't Have it All? Work-life Issues in Higher Education."
Where Theatre and the Feminist Intersect
Dr. Meghan Brodie, Assistant Professor of Theatre and a faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies program, will be directing Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s "Orlando" this coming April at USM.