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Teams Announced for Inaugural USM Cubesat Design Competition

Students will focus on designing high-altitude, functioning micro-satellite missions. The top three teams will advance to a build and test phase, where they will bring their designs to life using 3D printing technology, and deploy their cubesats via high-altitude balloon.
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USM nursing students helping COVID-19 vaccination effort

About 135 students from USM's School of Nursing are working to help vaccinate Mainers in sites in South Portland, Bangor and Rockland.
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BBC interviews USM's Tracy Michaud about future of Greenland tourism

Michaud, an assistant professor and chair of USM’s Tourism and Hospitality program, talked about the beauty of the huge country, which is covered by glaciers on 80 percent of its land mass.
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New report from USM’s Cutler Institute shares the stories of Maine’s system-involved young people

The 34-page report, “Transitioning From Youth to Adulthood: Mapping the Impact of Systems and Places on Youth Pathways,” collected stories from 35 young people, age 14 to 24, who experienced homelessness, educational pushout, child-welfare and youth justice involvement, or interaction with the mental or behavioral healthcare system.
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Brooks Dining Hall celebrates the coming spring with reopening of outdoor patio

After the long COVID-19 winter, University of Southern Maine students heralded the opening of an outdoor patio at Brooks Dining Hall as a sweet-but-modest victory. For the first time in a year, students on the Gorham campus were encouraged to share dining tables.
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USM nursing professor on treating COVID-19 and teaching through her own diagnosis

Nicole Gibbons, an adjunct professor in USM’s School of Nursing, is a longtime Intense Care Unit nurse at Maine Medical Center. Last November, she contracted COVID-19 and continued to teach her classes remotely.
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USM launches new innovation fellowship with support from entrepreneur and USM alum David E. Shaw ’76G, ’15H

Five one-year fellowships will be awarded to USM graduate students whose projects demonstrate bold and innovative approaches to solving human, environmental, economic and societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.
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Two USM grads honored by Maine Association of School Psychologists

The Maine Association of School Psychologists (MASP) has selected two alumnae of the School Psychology graduate program at the University of Southern Maine for its annual School Psychologist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Bernacchio, co-authors examine telehealth for international audience

One of Bernacchio’s co-authors, Anupama Ginige, a Bio-Informatics researcher at Western Sydney University, Australia, managed to complete his work despite the destructive fires that scorched so much of his country. And all three — Bernacchio, Josephine F. Wilson of Wright State University, and Ginige — managed to work together without meeting in person.
USM's New Career & Student Success Center

Board of Trustees authorizes new residence hall, career and student success center for USM’s Portland Campus

The Portland Campus Development Project will dramatically improve the student experience at USM by providing a multi-level, 218,000-square-foot Portland Commons Residence Hall with 580 beds; a three-story, 42,000-square-foot Career & Student Success Center; and a one-acre green space that will become a natural campus gateway and active meeting place for the entire USM community.