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STEM camps will be in session and in person

This summer, campers — more than 300 and counting — will be back on campus and in the community, building 3D printers, crafting tiny satellites, learning about the wonders of algae, and more.
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Maine North Atlantic Institute awaking new perspectives with virtual events

Too many people see the Arctic as an icy monolith. For artist Justin Levesque ‘10, it’s a fascinating and dynamic blend of culture, commerce and climate. That blend — of science and the humanities — is at the heart of a series of virtual events he is hosting in cooperation with the University of Southern Maine’s Maine North Atlantic Institute (MNAI).
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Finalists announced for inaugural USM Cubesat Design Competition

The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce six Maine middle and high schools as finalists in the inaugural USM Cubesat Design Competition (UCDC), who will construct and launch high-altitude microsatellite designs.
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Stonecoast's WISE initiative makes social justice the focus

Stonecoast's WISE initiative has deepened the MFA program's focus on diversity, equity, social justice and inclusivity.
Map of Bath, Maine

OML offers bird's eye look at post-Civil War Maine

The Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education project — "Maine's Bird's Eye Views, 1870-1905" — has gathered 80 aerial renderings of Maine communities published during the era. Each has been digitized and made available to the public online.
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USM professor talks algae education at U.S. Dept. of Energy conference

USM Professor Ira “Ike” Levine recently talked about the importance of algae education during a U.S. Department of Energy virtual Bioeconomy Conference.

Cutler Institute publishes article on innovative, evidence-based youth employment model

The Cutler Institute at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service recently released an article that documents policy and practice recommendations to address Maine’s pressing workforce needs and engage high-school-aged young people in 21st century skills development.
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Campus Construction Update (May 14, 2021)

Since the last Campus Construction Update in mid-April, the site of the former Woodbury Campus Center and 25 Bedford Street buildings on the Portland Campus has been cleared of cinder blocks, concrete, twisted steel, and other demolition debris. The plot where the Portland Commons Residence Hall is projected to be completed by June 2023 has been smoothed and leveled, and site preparation work continues apace.
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USM attracts and enrolls largest class of incoming students

VP of Enrollment Management and Marketing Jared Cash reports that when USM begins the fall 2021 semester, it will welcome its largest class of incoming students and one of its most geographically diverse and academically accomplished first-year classes in its history.
USM graduate McKellen Spiller

McKellen Spiller ’21 to commission as Air Force Intelligence Officer

McKellen Spiller '21 is the only USM senior graduating from the Air Force ROTC program this year and is the first Air Force Intelligence Officer to commission from USM in recent history.