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Jim Bonney

BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, guitarist Jim Bonney to premiere concerto during artist residency at USM - May 3-6

The USM School of Music’s spring semester will come to a close with a special guest artist in residence, Jim Bonney, a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Bonney for the Maine premiere of his concerto,“DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble,” which premiered at Arizona State University in 2015. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.
Photo of USM commencement 2016

USM to celebrate 137th Commencement Ceremony on May 13

The University of Southern Maine will celebrate its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. More than 900 students will take part in the morning ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Mary L. Bonauto, the civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.
Three silhouettes of Maine veterans from the Silhouette Project

Silhouette Project exhibit held on USM's Lewiston/Auburn campus

The Silhouette projects seeks to inform the public on the high rate of suicide among veterans.
USM's Muskie School's John Gale

Politico article features quote from Muskie School’s John Gale

Gale's expertise on rural health was included in a Politico article about the relationship between social isolation and health issues.
Maine State House

USM’s Flynn Ross writes op-ed for Bangor Daily News

Dr. Flynn Ross' op-ed is centered around three bills currently being looked at by the Maine House of Representatives and their effects on Maine public schools if passed.
Dr. Joy Hirsch

Yale neuroscientist to speak May 5 at USM on her exploration of the brain and human interaction

Cutting edge exploration into the way people communicate — and how their brains interact — will be the focus of a lecture by Dr. Joy Hirsch, a neuroscientist with the Yale School of Medicine. Her talk, titled "When Two Brains Collide," will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at USM's Southworth Planetarium on the Portland Campus.
Image from 2016 Thinking Matters

USM students present “Thinking Matters” research projects on Friday, April 28

Topics range from life in refugee camps and the opioid epidemic to cryptography, hydroelectricity and the use of emoji and other nonverbal forms of communication.
Environmental Science faculty and students receive check from Poland Spring rep

USM Environmental Science students' research and internships made possible by gift from Poland Spring®

Students from USM's Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program will make use of the $25,000 gift from Poland Spring towards their educational efforts working on various environmental projects surrounding water, such as monitoring the Presumpscot and Saco River watersheds.
USM President Glenn Cummings and SMCC President Ron Cantor

USM and SMCC sign agreements to address shortage of engineers in Maine

The "2+2" agreements allow associate degree graduates of SMCC 's engineering program to seamlessly enter USM's programs for mechanical and electrical engineering programs, getting two full years of credit towards a USM baccalaureate degree. The goal is to add well-educated engineers to a Maine workforce that is currently experiencing a shortage of engineers.
Photo of USM President Glenn Cummings speaking in Hannaford Hall

President Cummings featured on WCSH-6’s 'Bill Green’s Maine'

University of Southern Maine’s President Dr. Glenn Cummings was recently featured on WCSH-6’s popular local program “Bill Green’s Maine”. The interview discussed Cummings’ Maine roots as well as the future he envisions for the University.