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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.
Associate Professor of Sociology John Baugher was recently received a summer grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This prestigious award, worth $6,000, was awarded to Baugher for his grant proposal "Understanding the Emotional and Spiritual Journeys of Hospice Volunteers: A Humanistic Inquiry."
Science C-wing Lab
An open house celebrating the completion of the new Undergraduate Research Center will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity to visit and tour the newly completed research area located on the 3rd floor, C-wing, of the Science Building.
USM has received an NSF grant worth over half a million dollar to support a STEM Scholarship Program to improve educational opportunities from entry to degree completion for 41 academically talented and financially needy incoming freshmen and community college transfer students who are interested in STEM careers in Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Technology Management.
Thinking Matters 2012
On Friday, April 27th, 2012, the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College will convene for Thinking Matters, their annual University-wide exhibition of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement, to be held on USM’s Portland campus. Event begins at 8:30AM at Sullivan Gym.

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