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USM to celebrate 137th Commencement Ceremony on May 13
The University of Southern Maine will celebrate its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. More than 900 students will take part in the morning ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Mary L. Bonauto, the civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.
Yale neuroscientist to speak May 5 at USM on her exploration of the brain and human interaction
Cutting edge exploration into the way people communicate — and how their brains interact — will be the focus of a lecture by Dr. Joy Hirsch, a neuroscientist with the Yale School of Medicine. Her talk, titled "When Two Brains Collide," will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at USM's Southworth Planetarium on the Portland Campus.
USM students present “Thinking Matters” research projects on Friday, April 28
Topics range from life in refugee camps and the opioid epidemic to cryptography, hydroelectricity and the use of emoji and other nonverbal forms of communication.
USM Environmental Science students' research and internships made possible by gift from Poland Spring®
Students from USM's Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program will make use of the $25,000 gift from Poland Spring towards their educational efforts working on various environmental projects surrounding water, such as monitoring the Presumpscot and Saco River watersheds.
USM and SMCC sign agreements to address shortage of engineers in Maine
The "2+2" agreements allow associate degree graduates of SMCC 's engineering program to seamlessly enter USM's programs for mechanical and electrical engineering programs, getting two full years of credit towards a USM baccalaureate degree. The goal is to add well-educated engineers to a Maine workforce that is currently experiencing a shortage of engineers.
President Cummings featured on WCSH-6’s 'Bill Green’s Maine'
University of Southern Maine’s President Dr. Glenn Cummings was recently featured on WCSH-6’s popular local program “Bill Green’s Maine”. The interview discussed Cummings’ Maine roots as well as the future he envisions for the University.
USM’s Geography-Anthropology Student Association holds 11th annual Flint Knapp-In event
For over a decade, GASA has organized and hosted an on-campus event in which attendees are taught to make stone tools, practice ancient spear hunting techniques and learn about prehistoric peoples.
Maine universities' positive report on environmental sustainability noted by USM
Just in time for Earth Day 2017, a sustainability report was recently issued by the University of Maine System for its seven public universities, including the University of Southern Maine. Among the positive news is the System's creation of a new investment policy linked to sustainability. USM's own sustainability leader Aaron Witham and EcoRep Asia DiBenedetti offer their thoughts on creating a sustainable future.
'Molded by the Flow' world premiere receives extensive media recognition
Judy Harrison of the Bangor Daily News called the show "a triumph of academic cooperation that allowed students and faculty to create a multimedia production that envelops theatergoers with sights and sounds that not only tell a set of particular stories but evoke strong memories of their own experiences in Maine."
USM celebrates Earth Day this weekend and all year long with events and initiatives
The University of Southern Maine will host a variety of events to celebrate Earth day this year, including the 5th annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day, the Great Maine Bike Swap and an Earth Day panel discussion.