Biological Sciences Professor Publishes Article

Dr. Louis F. Gainey, Jr.'s article "The Effects of Temperature, Season, and Nitric Oxide on Clearance Rates in Isolated Gills of the Heterodont Clams Mercenaria mercenaria and Arctica islandia," was published in the December 2011 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (Vol. 409, pp. 160-165).

Research Award Honorable Mention for USM

David Gagne, a student in the computer science program, mentored by USM Professor Clare Bates Congdon, was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) 2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.

Perspectives on Successful Women Leaders

LAC Leadership Studies Professor and Research Council co-chair, Liz Turesky focuses her research on "Women in Leadership," an organizational behavior and development perspective about continuous improvement practices in the public and private sectors and engaged student learning pedagogy, particularly Kolb’s experiential learning model applied to coaching, career development, leadership development, and student learning about leadership. What's really exciting about her research is the way in which she studies the multicultural perspective of women leaders.

Meeting the Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System

In 2010/2011, Cutler Institute research associates Helen Ward and Barbara Wirth developed a DVD and training curriculum demonstrating how to address the developmental needs of young children in the welfare system. Both pieces are designed so that other states can customize with state-specific information. Already, these materials have attracted the attention of policymakers at the national level who are interested in disseminating training in other states.

USM Students at Bioinfomatics and Biomedicine Conference

USM undergraduates David Gagne and Jeffrey Thompson presented their research this month at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM) in Atlanta, Georgia, November 12-15, 2011.

Reading First: Early Literacy for Every Child

Early Reading First (ERF) is a project of the U.S. Department of Education, which provides funding to transform existing early childhood education programs that work with children at-risk for school failure into preschool centers of educational excellence. The mission of ERF is to “ensure that all children enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills for continued success in school.”

Researching Genetics and the Environment

USM Associate Professor of Computer Science Clare Bates Congdon is part of a team of scientists throughout northern New England that is researching how genetics and the environment work together to trigger and prevent disease.

Women's Literary History in America

Eve Raimon, Professor of English and a member of the USM Women and Gender Studies Program has published articles on topics ranging from higher education curriculum reform rhetoric to the interdisciplinary challenges of team-teaching "What is Race?"

Thomas Coryat: The First Tourist

9Benjamin Bertram, Professor of English and member of the Research Council, will discuss Coryat's Crudities (1611), a guest lecture in conjunction with the viewing of The Grand Tour and the Development of Tourism: 1600-1690. The discussion will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Sam L. Cohen Educational Center of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education.

Personal Agency & Cognitive Stage Development

Twelve years ago, LAC Leadership Studies’ Leigh Mundhenk became interested in how students develop personal agency – the belief that they have the authority to manage their own lives. This interest emanated from observations that some students expect the teacher to be the classroom authority and simply lecture, while others enjoyed seeing themselves as constructors of knowledge, with classroom discussion and debate. Understanding cognitive stage development has been the focus of most of her scholarship, having written about its application in career counseling, leadership readiness, and student self-assessment.