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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Angiogenesis: An Alternate Approach To Cardiovascular Disease Treatment, Scott Ouillette

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Impact of road salts (NaCl) on winter water quality in Mill Brook, Westbrook, Maine, Devin Page

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Developing New Tools for the Old Tree of Life, Kenneth Parnow, William Lambeth, Kelsi Jackson, Jesse Florendo, Jin Mao, Hong Cui, and Carrine Blank

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A Poet In Space: Identity Construction Through Hybridity, Jonathan Pessant

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Shared Experiences of Women in Politics, Esther Pew

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Racialization of Heroin Use and the Emergence of a Public Health Issue, Ellen Pogson

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Therapy with Mental Health Providers: A Study of Self-Stigma and Help Seeking Behaviors, Katrina Records

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Social Work and the Environment, Stephanie Rendall

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Rehabilitation for Surgically Repaired Acetabular Labrum, Courtney Roberts, H Dean, and S Holland

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Connecting The Unconnected: Understanding Creativity At Work, Kate Rogers

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Examining Psychological and Social Factors of Grandparent Kinship Providers, Arsenio Santamaria

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Behavioral Health Unit: Case Study at the Portland Police Department, Anne Sedlack

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Teach-Back Method: Improving Health Outcomes, Katherine Smith

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Narrative Study of the New England Innocence Project, Sami-Jo Stubbs and Steven Doyle

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Excel Programming For A Visual Degree Progress Report, Brady Therrien

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New American Barriers to Higher Education, Tonya Thurlow

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Assessing Readability of Spanish and English Caregiver Forms of Norm-Referenced Adaptive Behavior Rating Scales, Sarah Tremblay

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Post-surgical Rehabilitation for the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Daniel Webb, S DiBiase, and T Grant

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Evolution and Innerworking of a Car Differential, Aaron Weiss and Caleb Loiselle

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The Impact of Incarceration for Women who have Children: A Phenomenological Study, Chelsea White

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Design verification of MEMS Resonators with FEM Simulator, Joshua Wiswell

Capstones from 2015

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Fluids Dynamics & Heat Transfer Lab Design, Bruce Gerry

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Water vapor Uptake Across the Cocoon Wall of the introduced Pine Sawfly Diprion similis (Hartig) (Hymenoptera: Diprionidae, Elizabeth Henderson

Dexterous Prosthetic Foot Design, Kevin Hutchens, Zachary J. Stewart, Matthew Gordon, and David Manzenberger

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Research and Design of Supportive Exoskeletal Aides for the Physically ChallengedAn Initial Investigation Into The Fundamentals And Rudiments Of Building A Full Body ExoskeletonMark, Mark Jacobs

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Habitat Fragmenta-on in the Sebago Lake Watershed, Jared Lank

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An Outdoor Classroom to Improve the Student Experience and Connect the Community, Chelsea Malacara

Maine's Breastfeeding Gap: How Initiation and Duration Differ by Socioeconomic Status, Zoe Miller

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Inside Out: Properties of the Klein Bottle, Andrew Pryor, Jennifer Daigle, and Deirdra Brown

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Analog Filter Design System using Mathematica and System Modeler, Tatjana Samardzic

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An Investigation to Remotely Sense Mineral Leeching Through Soils, Paul C. Shaffer

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Remote sensing of beachrock and other geomorphological indicators of sea-level rise on Lesvos, Greece, Ani St. Armand

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Accuracy of Optical Character Recognition Software Google Tesseract, Joshua A. Suitter

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Utilization of an Electronic Best Practice Advisory Decreases Brain Computed Tomography in an Academic Emergency Department Setting, Donald Szlosek

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Noise Control by Structure and Material, Brian Tarling

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Topological Manifolds, Grant Wilson

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The Truman Show: Scalable generation of artificial network traffic for cyber security research, Adam Wirth

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Organic Solar Cell at Room Temperature, Deedra Zeeh

Capstones from 2014

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Nutrition affects onset and duration of wandering behavior in tobacco hornworms, Megan Bentzel

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Habilitation Training Curriculum: Is It Useful?, Ryan K. Cole and Christine Wyman

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Pillow Talk: The Epigenetic and Physiological Effects of Sleep Deprivation, Jennifer D. Cotter

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Inhibition Mechanisms of Type 2 Diabetes, JaLise Maree Cotton

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LED Array Design to Simulate Solar Radiation for Indoor Testing of Solar Cells, Brent Dube

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Trends in Youth Marijuana Use: Comparison of Maine and National Data, Macklin Gaynor

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The Physics of a Space Elevator, Trevor Hamer

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Conservative Treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Deficiency, Brandan Holmquist

The Role of CD33 in the Pathology of Alzheimer's Disease, Megan Hutcherson

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Evaluation of the CARE Program at Goodall Hospital’s Center for Women’s Health, Nicole Hutzler and Lindsey Stockwell

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A Qualitative Study of English Language Learners in the Portland Public Schools, Victoria A. Hynes

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Jacqueline Knowles