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Maine North Atlantic Institute at USM hosts University of Tromsø leaders

A local reception celebrating the growing educational and trade relationship between Maine and North Atlantic countries included representatives from the University of Tromsø in Norway. The school, the world’s northernmost, has signed a partnership agreement with the University of Southern Maine aimed at exchanges, research and ongoing collaboration.

Ebben warns parents of social media's 'Wild West' on WMTW-TV

University of Southern Maine’s Maureen Ebben warned parents of the dangers of social media in a recent news story on WMTW-TV,
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USM helping Maine's small businesses thrive at best-in-nation rate

The Maine Small Business Development Centers — though the University of Southern Maine — is a leader in helping small business owners surmount first-year obstacles. The state was just chosen by the Kaufman Foundation as number one in the county for start-up businesses after their first year.
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MPH student writes BDN Op-Ed on sensible drug policy

Louisa Munk, a Master of Public Health student at USM, recently wrote a piece on sensible drug policy published in the Bangor Daily News.
Officials and students at first ever UMS Biliteracy event at USM

Bilingual Maine HS students honored at event hosted at USM

Graduating Maine high school students who receive the state's first-ever Seal of Biliteracy (acknowledging proficiency in English and another language), and who attend any school in the University of Maine System are now eligible to be awarded up to 8 credits towards college language courses. The announcement was made at a UMS event hosted by the University of Southern Maine. The event was covered by WGME13 news and Maine Public.

Maine Law students aiding local efforts to help immigrants

When University of Maine School of Law students walked into the Portland Expo — to begin a day of aiding the roughly 200 asylum seekers inside — they saw the rows of cots and the crowd and the playing children. It looked like a refugee camp, albeit a safe, clean and friendly one.

USM student interviewed by WMTW-TV for efforts to help fishing industry workers

University of Southern Maine student Levi Lucy was recently featured on WMTW-TV for his efforts to help workers on Maine fishing boats to avoid skin cancer, Lucy, a nursing student, has been working with Impact Melanoma to install sunscreen dispensers on working waterfronts.

Student filmmakers unveil documentaries and dramas for 2019 showcase

USM's Department of Communication and Media Studies Academic Film Showcase 2019 featured a diverse body of student film work. The 100-minute presentation featured live studio interviews, narratives, dramas and documentaries which took turns gripping the audience.

USM hosts Northeast conference on campus sustainability

The University of Southern Maine hosted a two-day conference on environmental sustainability on college campuses, gathering about 75 experts from colleges and universities from throughout the Northeast.
Green crab molting

USM alumna, researcher featured in Times Record article on green crab invasion

Marissa McMahan, a USM alumna and senior fisheries specialist at Manomet — an environmental research organization with offices in Brunswick — was interviewed by the Times Record about ways to mitigate the effects of the European green crab, an invasive species that feeds on clam beds and has been linked to the decline of Maine’s soft-shell clam industry.