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USM President Glenn Cummings congratulates Nursing graduates at the 2020 Drive Through Pinning Ceremony.

Video: August 2020 Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony

A sudden downpour couldn't dampen the spirits of more than 40 nursing students, their families, and USM faculty and staff, who gathered on Friday, August 21, for a drive-through pinning ceremony on the Gorham Campus.
Portrait of Idella Glenn, Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact

New Leaders Join USM Efforts to Improve Equity and Diversity

Even before Idella Glenn began her work as USM’s new Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact, she began talking with folks within USM and among the local communities. There were emails and phone calls and Zoom meetings. Her work was too important to wait for her start date or her arrival in Maine, she said.
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Muskie School and UM Graduate and Professional Center hosting free COVID-19 webinar series

The defining issue of 2020, COVID-19, is becoming a fall class. Following up a popular summertime webinar, USM’s Muskie School of Public Service and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center are offering a semester-long webinar series on the Covid-19 pandemic that weaves together perspectives from public health, policy, law, and business.

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.
USM President Glenn Cummings and Tony Shalhoub '77

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.