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The Economist highlights work of USM Professor in Nicaragua

USM Linguistics Professor Judy Shepard-Kegl's work with deaf children in Nicaragua was highlighted in the current edition of The Economist magazine. The feature story, titled "Signs and Wonders," described her discovery of a new language created by deaf children at a school in Managua.

Portland Press Herald op-ed highlights cooperation between university and Maine employers

The Portland Press Herald recently published an opinion piece advocating for increasing coordination between Maine universities and employers.
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USM’s Ronald Schmidt talks about shutdown on WMTW-TV

Ronald Schmidt, an associate professor of political science at the University of Southern Maine, was interviewed by WMTW-TV about how Congressional partisanship lead to the Jan. 19th government shutdown.
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Alum-organized dinosaur event roars through downtown Portland

An event consisting of more three dozen T. rex costume-clad individuals in Monument Square on Jan. 20 was organized by two USM alumnae.
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Professor's opinion piece addresses changes to teacher certification

USM School of Education professor Flynn Ross wrote an opinion piece in the Bangor Daily News about the impact that changes to teacher certification will have in Maine.

Broad Changes to Maine's Juvenile Justice System recommended by experts at USM and U Maine Law

Maine's juvenile justice system should shift away from reliance on large facilities like Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland towards a continuum of care utilizing community-based in-home services and evidence-based out-of-home services for youth, according to a new white paper from the Justice Policy Program at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service and the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law at the University of Maine School of Law.
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USM's Jalali speaks at ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Reza Jalali, a USM Honors lecturer and author, spoke at a Farmington ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr. "Build bridges rather than walls," said Jalali in the address covered by the Livermore Falls Advertiser and the Sun Journal.
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USM athlete wrestles through adversity

In an interview with WGME TV's Dave Eid, first-year USM wrestler Raul Gierbolini shares his experience helping raise funds to rebuild his hometown in wake of devastating Hurricane Maria.
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USM's Bert Smoluk tells WCSH-TV that Bitcoin may lose all value

Bitcoin investors beware, says the University of Southern Maine’s Bert Smoluk. The professor of Finance told WCSH-TV that the cryptocurrency’s recent rise in value is a result of the Greater Fool Theory of Investing.

USM professor studies folk medicines to see how they work

USM's Mark Silber tells the Bangor Daily News about his study of folk remedies and homeopathy, such as using honey for a cold or rubbing a raw potato to cure warts to find out how they work.