In the April 2018 episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings continues in talking about the University's many workforce initiatives, this time in the fields of biology, aquaculture and engineering. Watch the full show now.
First, we hear from Dave Champlin, USM associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and corporate partners from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute to talk about an exclusive internship partnership between the two institutions. We also speak with Ron Helderman, a USM senior, who has completed the internship and who was recently featured in the Fall/Winter 2017 edition of "USM Connects" magazine for his work. Watch now.
Cummings then speaks with USM Assistant Professor of Biology Rachel Lasley-Rasher and her friend and colleague, Marissa McMahan, senior fisheries specialist at Manomet (and USM alumna), who is working with USM intern Erica Ferrelli to establish a new fishery in Maine and New England harvesting the invasive European green grab. The crabs, which prey on some of Maine's most vital seafood industry products, are now finding their way to dinner tables in restaurants across Maine — adding to Maine's growing restaurant and hospitality industry. Ferrelli — whose internship is funded by the Canis Major program, with wages provided by the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. Check out this exciting research.
In the final segment from the April 2018 episode of "The USM Update," we hear from USM's new Employer Relationship Manager, Chanel Lewis — who, with Kelly Brewer, a USM alumna and Director of Engineering for Tilson Technologies, and Dan Means, a full-time USM student and full-time employee at Tilson — talks about how the University is providing not just internship, but employment, opportunities for students in their fields prior to graduation. View now.
"The USM Update" is a monthly, half-hour program covering all things USM. New episodes air on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 p.m. on the Portland-based Portland Media Center (formerly CTN) on channel 5, and also statewide on 14 community stations in Southern, Central and Coastal Maine — a range of stations covering 50 communities with a combined population of more than 463,000 people.