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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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USM launches fully online Master's in Literacy Education degree program

The M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education will start by offering two online courses in fall 2021 and two in spring of 2022. All will be seven-week courses and asynchronous, which means students don’t have to attend class at a set time.
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Campus Construction Update (April 5, 2021)

Now that Woodbury Campus Center has been razed to make way for the Portland Commons Residence Hall, you might be wondering what’s next. First, there’s a little cleanup work to do — about 650 tons’ worth.
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USM School of Nursing student gives President Cummings his best shot

March 26, 2021, was a long-awaited and exciting day for USM President Glenn Cummings as he received the first of his two COVID-19 vaccines at the Northern Light Health clinic in South Portland.
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A Conversation with Lorrie Spaulding, Director of Veterans Services at USM

Lorrie Spaulding is the Director of Veterans Services and the School Certifying Official (SCO) for USM's Division of Student Success. USM's Veterans Services is a resource for veterans, service members, and their families.
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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.
Taste of Normal Barbecue on the Gorham Campus

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.