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Portland Press Herald features Hiroshima op-ed by Rebecca Gibbons

Rebecca Gibbons marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6th with an op-ed story in the Portland Press Herald.

Professor Bischof talks Maine during WWI on public radio show

Professor Libby Bischof recently joined Maine Public’s “Maine Calling” for a discussion of the state before, during and after World War 1.
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USM alumnus Tony Shalhoub nominated again for Emmy Award

Actor Tony Shalhoub ‘77 has again been nominated for an Emmy Award for his role on the acclaimed Amazon Prime show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” In 2019, the alumnus of USM’s Department of Theatre took home the Emmy for his portrayal of Maisel’s fussy patriarch, Abe Weissman.
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IDEXX Laboratories founder David Shaw and USM President Glenn Cummings co-host “Maine Tech Economy at the Bicentennial” webinar

The importance of technology in the future of the Maine economy is the subject of a new webinar co-hosted by IDEXX Laboratories founder David Shaw and USM President Glenn Cummings. It is titled “Maine Tech Economy at the Bicentennial.” It is free and available online.
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USM economist interviewed by CBS News on financial impact of Maine’s canceled fairs and festivals

When wanted to know the financial impact of pandemic-canceled fairs and festivals on Mainers and the state’s economy, they turned to Dr. Ryan Wallace, director of the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at USM.
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USM professor highlighted in national press for COVID-19 gender data research

The work of biological anthropologist Heather Shattuck-Heidorn — a USM assistant professor with ties to Harvard University — is drawing national attention for her work to understand why more men than women are dying from COVID-19.

USM athletics cancels fall 2020 varsity competition schedule

The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics has decided to cancel its fall 2020 competition schedule for varsity sports, Athletics Director Al Bean announced today.

USM offers free Early College classes on race, social justice and social change to Maine high school students

The University of Southern Maine is reaching out to young people — particularly those still in high school — with a pair of new summer courses examining race, social justice and social change. These online classes will be free to Maine high school students, who will earn college credit for the successful completion of each of the timely classes.

New report from USM’s Cutler Institute highlights challenges for system-involved older youth

Androscoggin County could be helped dramatically with investment in system-involved youth, young people facing a variety of challenges — including homelessness, foster care, justice and mental health issues — according to a new study from the University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute. The 42-page report, “Assessing Community Assets and Opportunities – A Case Study of Asset Mapping in Androscoggin County,” calls on state, agency and community leaders to work together to leverage community assets and strengthen the continuum of care in the county. The report, the third in the Place Matters series, was authored by Mara Sanchez, Erica King, and Starsha Schiller of the Justice Policy Program within USM’s Cutler Institute.

USM offers First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship to new and returning students

The new First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship will be offered to 50 incoming and returning USM students who have been serving in first-responder roles or providing front-line critical services during the pandemic.