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USM announces Fall 2020 Dean's List
An incredible 1,364 students have received the distinction, a marker of academic excellence and high achievement. Dean's List students hail from across Maine and the nation — 22 states and Puerto Rico are represented in this semester's list, as are 4 countries.
USM researcher John Gale facing COVID challenges as newly elected president of National Rural Health Association
At a time when health experts in every state struggle to protect their rural populations — where COVID-19 is taking so many lives — a University of Southern Maine researcher is leading the National Rural Health Association. On January 1, John Gale began a year-long term as the association’s elected president.
USM joining partnership to help Greenland prepare and shape tourist industry
The new partnership — the Arctic Education Alliance — will build vocational education programs that support training in sustainable tourism, hospitality, and land and fisheries management in Greenland. The project will foster collaboration between U.S. and Greenlandic education communities and expand educational and economic opportunities.
USM Campus Food Pantry expands with gift from Martin’s Point Health Care
A $5,000 donation from Martin’s Point Health Care will help address an urgent need for many students at the University of Southern Maine (USM): food insecurity. The gift has enabled USM to open a new food pantry location on its Gorham campus, where students can pre-order online and pick up their food and supplies in person.
USM’s McQuade earns a pair of honors for Criminology book
USM Criminology professor Brendan McQuade recently earned a pair of prestigious honors for his examination of incarceration and the growth of surveillance in his book, “Pacifying the Homeland: Intelligence Fusion and Mass Supervision.”
USM storytellers collaborate for new book about the Presumpscot River
USM Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford co-edited the recently published book “River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot” — and he had a raft of USM faculty and staff collaborators on board for the project.
TRIO doubles federal funding with new grant to help STEM students
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $2.6 million to USM’s TRIO program to augment its work with students who have a low income, a disability or are the first in their families to attend college. The just-announced funding — arriving in two, five-year grants — expands TRIO advising to target students pursuing fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The new funding, $1.3 million, allows TRIO to advise 120 STEM students.
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.
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 ranks among most affordable online schools in the nation
A just-released report on affordable online schools has named the University of Southern Maine as its Number 33 school in the nation. The organization — Online Schools Report — compiles practical information for college seekers and publishes its ranking of the top 50 affordable online schools.