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USM nursing professor on treating COVID-19 and teaching through her own diagnosis

Nicole Gibbons, an adjunct professor in USM’s School of Nursing, is a longtime Intense Care Unit nurse at Maine Medical Center. Last November, she contracted COVID-19 and continued to teach her classes remotely.
David Shaw

USM launches new innovation fellowship with support from entrepreneur and USM alum David E. Shaw ’76G, ’15H

Five one-year fellowships will be awarded to USM graduate students whose projects demonstrate bold and innovative approaches to solving human, environmental, economic and societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.
Lisa Backman and Lisa Howe

Two USM grads honored by Maine Association of School Psychologists

The Maine Association of School Psychologists (MASP) has selected two alumnae of the School Psychology graduate program at the University of Southern Maine for its annual School Psychologist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Bernacchio, co-authors examine telehealth for international audience

One of Bernacchio’s co-authors, Anupama Ginige, a Bio-Informatics researcher at Western Sydney University, Australia, managed to complete his work despite the destructive fires that scorched so much of his country. And all three — Bernacchio, Josephine F. Wilson of Wright State University, and Ginige — managed to work together without meeting in person.
USM's New Career & Student Success Center

Board of Trustees authorizes new residence hall, career and student success center for USM’s Portland Campus

The Portland Campus Development Project will dramatically improve the student experience at USM by providing a multi-level, 218,000-square-foot Portland Commons Residence Hall with 580 beds; a three-story, 42,000-square-foot Career & Student Success Center; and a one-acre green space that will become a natural campus gateway and active meeting place for the entire USM community.
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Behind the scenes with Ballet at USM

Hear Tzianabos and teaching colleague Vanessa Beyland share their insights on teaching ballet at USM in this behind-the-scenes look at ballet by USM Multimedia Specialist Zach Boyce.

USM researchers complete first-of-its-kind study on rising use of alternative sentencing program in Maine

Cases of deferred disposition, which give defendants the chance to earn reduced or dismissed sentences, rose 12.8% from 2014 to 2017. This finding comes from the recently released report, “Use of Deferred Dispositions in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases in Maine.”

USM receives $100,000 from Hannaford Supermarkets to help support diversity and equity in educational opportunities

USM will use the $100,000 donation from Hannaford for its Access to Education Fund, which focuses on creating a diverse student body by helping members of traditionally underrepresented groups, first generation college students, students of diverse backgrounds or students coming to Maine from an international location, such as asylum seekers. The donation will fully fund the scholarship for two years and is anticipated to help a total of 24 students access higher education opportunities.
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Nursing students 'grateful' to help with vaccine effort

In January, University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced that more than 250 nursing students from throughout the system will be volunteering to help end the public health crisis this spring by participating in Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination deployment. More than 100 of those students will come from USM’s School of Nursing.

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.