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Replay: 'The USM Update,' November 2019

USM Update taping November 2019

Welcome to the November episode of “The USM Update.” In this episode, University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests to talk about groundbreaking research in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences; how students are gaining global leadership skills in USM’s Maine Model United Nations program; and, finally, how USM’s Food Studies Program has partnered with Sodexo to bring sustainable seafood to USM dining facilities. Watch the full show now, or watch each segment individually.

Read more about "The USM Update."

"The USM Update," November 2019


1. Tracing, understanding pollution in Casco Bay

First up, Cummings sits with Tyler Walsh, a senior General Biology student, and Curtis Bohlen, director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP). Walsh spent his summer interning with CBEP to better understand nutrient pollution in Casco Bay using a novel approach to data collection involving a "water quality robot." The goals of the overall project — of which Walsh's internship was a part — were to assess when nitrogen levels are high, to help identify sources of pollution entering the bay and to help inform future policy decisions around mitigating nitrogen pollution. Read more about Walsh’s internship.

2. Model UN teaches global leadership

Next up on the show we welcome Timothy Ruback, director of the Maine Model United Nations Conference program (MeMUNC) at USM. Ruback talks about the program and its annual conference in May, which draws nearly 600 high school students and advisors who tackle issues of national and global importance. Joining Ruback are USM students Dylan Bell (Political Science) and A.J. Dusseault (Mechanical Engineering), who detail their experience in the program, and how it has given them leadership skills to take onto their careers.

3. USM makes waves with sustainable seafood initiative

Rounding out the show, we welcome Olivia Doucette, operations manager at Sodexo, USM’s dining services provider. Sodexo recently achieved the goal of sourcing 100% Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested® white fish, making them Champions in the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) seafood program. The distinction is the culmination of research conducted by Assistant Professor of Food Studies, Jamie Picardy, and her students over the past two years. We welcome Picardy and her former student Eden Martin, who worked on the project, to outline the educational and economic impact of the project. Read more about Martin’s work as a Food Studies student.

About "The USM Update"

"The USM Update" is a monthly, half-hour program covering all things about the University of Southern Maine — from groundbreaking research to workforce development initiatives and more — hosted by University President Glenn Cummings during the academic year.

The "Update" is produced by the USM Office of Public Affairs in partnership with the University's Communication and Media Studies Department and several media partners in Southern, Central and Coastal Maine covering more than 40 communities with a combined population of over 400,000 people. 

New episodes air on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 p.m. on the Portland-based Portland Media Center (formerly Community Television Network/CTN5) channel 5. Viewers outside the Portland area should check their local listings.