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Maine Food Strategy Project Team

Faculty members of the Muskie School of Public Service are currently serving on the project team for Maine Food Strategy - a phased multi-year effort to develop a food system strategy to enhance value-added Maine food for Maine people and position the state as a center of production.

Environmental Science Research Collaboration

Dr. Joseph Staples and several Environmental Sciences students are doing collaborative research work with the Maine Medical Center Vector Borne Disease Lab on disease vectors that carry Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Space Radiation Project Funded

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Douglas Currie has received funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program to establish a new research focus on the toxicological effects of space radiation on the central nervous system. The project will allow students to be exposed to the field of radiation biology and interact with NASA scientists.

An Engineering Student Teacher Team

Mechanical Engineering major Jacob Finley teamed up with Assistant Professor Dr. Mehrdaad Ghorashi after taking one of his classes to research ways to better demonstrate and measure the mechanical properties of materials. Their results were presented at the 120th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Anuual Conference & Exposition held June 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Interdisciplinary Research Teams Funded

Four teams of USM faculty and students from the sciences, technology, arts and humanities have come together with industry and community partners to conduct research ranging from how Maine businesses should address cyber security breaches to better management of chronic illnesses through the use of information technology.

School Ranking Re-Considered: Op-Ed article by Prashant Mittal

In the May 20th issue of the Portland Press Herald, Mittal highlights the problems with the current grading system and offers a better alternative: a statistically sound and robust algorithm to rank and grade high schools.

Policy colloquia broadcast on MPBN Speaking in Maine

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Speaking in Maine has aired two health policy colloquia hosted by the USM Muskie School in April.

Bernotavicz Publishes Article on Child Welfare Leadership Model

This article, co-authored by Freda Bernotavicz, describes the child welfare leadership and competency models developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) and provides examples of how their application in a national training and capacity-building program has led to personal leadership development and systems change.

Rural Center Research Staff Well-Represented at National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Annual Conference

Karen Pearson and Erika Ziller each presented findings from their research on The Evidence for Community Paramedicine in Rural Areas and Rural Implementation and Impact of Medicaid. John Gale gave two presentations on Rural Health Clinics (Identifying Relevant Quality Measures and Readiness for Practice Transformation) as well as on Critical Access Hospital Community Activities under Health Reform. Zach Croll displayed his findings from the Critical Access Hospital Community Benefit project as part of the NRHA poster session.

The Power of Design

Currently on display in the Portland Museum of Art, Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx features an interactive exhibition that showcases the power of design. It includes a 17-foot-tall tower featuring mulitple levels of screens with images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. The interactive media featured on the tower was designed and programmed by USM's Professor of Art Raphael Diluzio, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science Stephen Houser, and Visiting Artis Programmer Matthias Oostrik.

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