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.
New Work: New York is a photographic project documenting the architecture, street activity, and urban environment of Manhattan. For the academic year 2011-12, Rose Marasco was awarded the Provost’s Research Fellowship in support of her work. She will be giving an illustrated lecture at the USM Glickman Library, on the Portland campus, in Room 423-424 on Wednesday April 25, 2012 at 4 pm. The lecture will include work from several previous projects, including the Domestic Objects and Projections series, and will set this current project within the framework of her interests and commitment as a visual artist.
Three years ago, the USM Women and Gender Studies program received a major US State Department Higher Education for Development grant to partner with gender studies faculty in the United Arab Emirates. That collaboration culminated in a conference on Gender and Women's Studies in the Arab Region which took place at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates March 7-9, 2012. Six of the USM Women and Gender Studies council members will be sharing their experiences with the USM community on April 4, 2012.
Associate Professor of Music and Resident Composer Daniel Sonenberg will be presenting music from his opera The Summer King, based on the life of the Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson. The opera was completed during his sabbatical last fall. Two arias and two duets from the opera will be performed for the first time since its completion. These will be performed at the Portland Conservatory Festival of Contemporary Music on April 14, 2012
On Friday, March 23, 2012, students from various disciplines represented USM at the Second Annual State House Undergraduate Research Day held in The Hall of Flags at the Maine State House in Augusta, Maine. This event highlighted the wide-range of research work conducted by undergraduate students throughout the University of Maine System. The projects displayed showcase the many opportunities for engaged learning at Maine’s public universities.
Erika Diffin, a student in the Biology Masters degree program and her faculty advisor Dr. David Champlin, an Associate Professor of Biology, are preparing a manuscript describing their collaboration with University of New England (UNE) School of Pharmacy Professor John Schloss and Research Technician Lisa Harding.
The New Americans Project, a collaboration of the Muskie School of Public Service with Oldham Innovative Research, has released its final report, co-authored by Helen Ward and Julie Atkins of the Cutler Institute’s Children, Youth & Families Program.
In a report prepared for the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, researchers at the Muskie School of Public Service captured the first-hand experiences and input of long-term care supports and services consumers, family members, workers, advocates, and community members so that their voices might become an integral part of state-wide planning for such services and supports.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Kate Wininger will be presenting a paper at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) being held March 15-18, 2012, in Rochester, NY.


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