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U.S. News names Portland a best place to live in America

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland, Maine, the eighth-best place to live among the 150 most populous cities in the U.S., the safest place to live in the country, the ninth-best place to live for quality of life, and the 33rd best place to retire.
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Video: USM School of Nursing students featured in the Maine Monitor

Watch best friends and USM School of Nursing students Fabiola Jenson and Fartun Hirsi share how they are pursuing their goals of graduation and becoming nurses while raising children at their respective homes.
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USM's Admissions success featured on NPR's Marketplace

The record-setting size of the University of Southern Maine’s incoming class of 2025 — fueled by a 33% increase in out-of-state students — caught the attention of National Public Radio's Marketplace.
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USM researcher working to understand gender and race difference among COVID-19 deaths

Researchers at the University of Southern Maine and Harvard University have released a new report examining COVID-19 deaths and their discovery that African-American women are dying at rates higher than men in other racial and ethnic groups.
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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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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.
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USM contributes to CDC understanding of COVID-19 spread

Faculty and staff from the University of Southern Maine contributed to a new analysis and narrative being used by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control to better understand the spread of COVID-19.
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Harold Alfond Foundation makes historic commitment of $240 million to UMS

The Harold Alfond Foundation has made an historic commitment of $240 million to the University of Maine System, the eighth-largest gift ever made to a U.S institution of higher education and the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England.
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U.S. News Highlights USM’s Social Mobility and Engineering in New Rankings

US News and World Reports’ just-released college rankings highlight the University of Southern Maine’s place among the top public universities in the Northeast. The university’s recognition — as an overall top public school, for social mobility and for its strong engineering program – highlight USM’s rising stature in Maine and throughout the country.
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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.

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