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The program’s combination of law and public health provides invaluable interdisciplinary knowledge and skills for students interested in law and the public health policy sphere.
Shannon Sockalexis
Student Shannon Sockalexis figured people might feel uncomfortable with her story, bored with its history or merely walk on by. So the student artist -- acting on a suggestion by USM Art Gallery Director Carolyn Eyler -- made a comic strip. In seven panels, Sockalexis tells a tiny piece of the lies and lost resources that punctuate Penobscot history.
USM's Lorrayne Carroll introduced Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for its Portland Ballet production at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Carroll, an associate professor of English at USM, spoke about the classic story before the performance. The dance was accompanied by a live orchestra, which was conducted by Professor Robert Lehman of the USM School of Music.
Sascha Deri tests out unique biofuel source for rocket launch
Sascha Deri an alum of USM Engineering plans to start an aerospace company in Maine.
Muskie School of Public Service members outline plans for Portland
Richard Barringer and Joseph McDonnell of USM's Muskie School of Public Service, and Ryan Wallace from USM's Maine Center for Business and Economic Research contributed to an Op Ed about Portland's population growth.
Betty Robinson
WCSH-TV honored Betty Robinson, the former dean of USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, with a 2016 6 Who Care award. The award, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism in Maine, spotlighted Robinson for her work at the Tree Street Youth Center in downtown Lewiston. The center was co-founded by USM alumna Julia Sleeper.
Photo of the East Bayside Community Mosaic Mural outside of Coffee by Design in Portland's East Bayside Neighborhood.
Co-sponsored by USM's Art Department and the School of Social Work, and by Portland-based Coffee By Design, the community art project has gained attention for its inspirational attempt to bring a diverse community together.
Ryan Wallace
An Auburn company's decision to spin-off a successful niche business into its own division — creating precision environments for growing medical marijuana — drew praise from Ryan Wallace, the director of the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at USM, in a news story published Oct. 16 in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
The USM Board of Visitors is an active group of volunteers who assists President Glenn Cummings in a range of activities including advocating for the university and raising private funds.
Forest with foliage
The University of Southern Maine along with the University of Maine will receive $115,000 for their University Center Economic Development Program.


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