Innovative teaching and creative work – whether in a classroom, in a lab or in a studio – are the heart of any dynamic university culture. At University of Southern Maine, it is showcased at Thinking Matters, a one-day, once-a-year conference, that is a capstone that reflects what's going on all year long in departments all across campus. It promotes the high quality student-faculty research collaborations and opportunities available to both graduate and undergraduate students.

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Capstones from 2017

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Trauma & Substance Use, Kaitlyn Arnold

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Parenting a black child in America: Fears and Experiences, Tonya Bailey-Curry

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Instructional Learning Aids for Gear Train Analysis in Machine Dynamics, William M. Bartholomew

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Making Random - Cryptography and the Generation of Random Sequences, Samuel Barton

Evolving Jurisdiction Under the Federal Power Act: How Should FERC Navigate Needed Integration of the Growing Distributed Generation of Electricity, Victoria Barton

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Postsurgical Rehabilitation of a Rotator Cuff Tear, Anthony Belanger, R Shea, and J Preble

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Pilates and Yoga as Alternative Interventions for the Treatment of Chronic Lower Back Pain in the Primary Care Setting: An Evidence-­‐Based Practice Project, Corinna Bellwood

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Quality Control of Quilted Products with a Computer Vision Approach, Richard M. Bigega

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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Helping Individuals With SPMI Gain and Sustain Employment, Jill Blackstock and Emile Castonguay

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Effects of Political Environment on Individuals and Relationship, Ariana Blethen

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Effects of size on dominance behavior in male fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax, Heather T. Bondeson

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Aggressive Displays in Male Betta splendens Based on Color Patterns, Julian Bones and Thomas Johnson

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Consideration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Schizophrenia: An Evidence-Based Practice Project, Kati Boucher

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Meat, plants, or both? A food preference study in Siamese fighting fish, Betta splendens, Kim Bouradee and Kim Boutavee

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Physical Activity Levels & Successful Aging, Ryan R. Bourque

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DNA barcoding reveals a new morphotype of the sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima, Dallin Brimley, Zakery Ford, Travis Gould, Brandon Guerra, Emily Haggett, Ian Jones, Elyse Johnson, Ken Peterson, and Matthew Prout

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Hand Cranked Generator For Mobile Devices, Kyle Brown, Monique Butoto, Stephen Cain, Steven Corio, and Brock Stevenson

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Leadership in a South African Context, Sara E. Brown and Elsbeth K. Paige-Jeffers

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Metabolic Costs of Blood Flow Restriction Training Under Moderate Load to Failure, Ian Byron, Chris Chessie, Matthew Smith, and Logan Carman

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CRISPR/CAS9 Genome Editing System and its use in Infectious Disease, Dustin Daws

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Using a mini-artificial language to investigate question-formation: Does underlying production pressure affect surface form?, Sarah Dinsmore, Laura Shaw, Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross, and Marissa Willette

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The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Training on Strength and Hypertrophy; Is it Worth it?, David Donovan, Clarissa El-Hajj, Ryan Koenig, and Seth Wing

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Occupational Therapy Services in Postsecondary Education Settings, Marissa Eldridge and Courtney Kromko

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Which Leads to Higher Medication Substitution Treatment Retention – Methadone or Buprenorphine?: A Systematic Literature Review, Magalloway Field and Amy Rowe

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Using stable isotopes to quantify restoration progress in a restoring northern New England salt marsh, Briana Fischella, Tristan Taber, and Meg Thurell

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Addressing the Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Childhood Obesity: An Inter-­Professional Approach, Lorande J. Furey

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Cultivating Awareness of Identities and Ideologies in Academic Writing, Josh Gauthier, Trish Hodgkins, Katelyn Parsons, April Tarmey, and Vic Schalk

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Addressing the Relationship between Food Security and Oral Health in Low Socioeconomic Populations: An Inter-Professional Approach, Elizabeth Guerdan

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Analysis of biopharmaceuticals with FlowCam ® 8100 integrated with an Automated Liquid Handler (ALH), Jean Paul Habumugisha

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Experience of Adults with Special Needs in Sexual Education Programs, Kate C. Hallissey

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A look at Lichen Elemental Concentrations and Lichen Diversity from Edge to Interior in Canco Woods, Ericka Hutchinson and Jade Deshaies

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Virus Testing Across Multiple Platforms, Ryan Ignaciuk and Louis Hychko

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Therapist Experience Treating Female Sexual Assault Survivors, Melinda Irving

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Room Acoustics: Measurement and Correction with a Portable Digital Signal Processor, Azad Jalali

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Conservative Treatment for an Achilles Rupture, Krystyn Keating, Braden Heal, and R Ingram

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LCSW-Perceived Therapeutic Alliance and Job Satisfaction A Correlational Pilot Study, Daniel J. Kelly

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“Real Possibilities” in the Age of Successful Aging: An Exploratory Content Analysis of AARP Magazine’s Feature Article, Noah Krell

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Social Workers’ Experiences Using Self-Advocacy on the Job, Jessica Labbe

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Veterans Experience Using Acupuncture as an Alternative Treatment, Stacy Leet

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Haiti: Beauty on Edge, Jarvis Thanex Louis, Lisa Willey, and Nate Cronuaer

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Effects of water quality on boldness and movement of the common periwinkle (Littorina littorea), Sharon Mann

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A Study of Methods for Detecting Gene Expression of the Sterol Biosynthetic Pathway in the Microalgae Strain Heterosigma akashiwo, Jessica C. Mayhew, Marcia Ackerman, and Mike Lomas

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Laser Microphone, Michael McKee

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The Experiences of Asylum Seekers who are Temporarily Housed by Faith Communities while Experiencing Homelessness, Nicholas Meintel

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A Genetic Perspective into the Progressive Loss of Limbs in Snakes, David Miller

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Perceptions of Successful Aging Among Maine Elders with Physical Limitations: Insights from Qualitative Interviews, Madeline Minor and Rebecca Knight

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Innate food preference in the larval tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, Michael Morrison

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The Student Experience of Sexual Education in Maine Public Schools, Grace Nevins and Michael Johnston

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Rehabilitation of a Post-Surgical Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair, Emily Nicholson and L Webber

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Treatment Alternatives to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Evidence-Based Project, Katherine Oberwager