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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Submissions from 2019

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Interrupted Progress: Water and Sanitation in Haiti, Emily Bauer

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Experiences of Veterans with PTSD and SUD in an Outpatient Setting, Andrew Breault and Hannah Shifflett-Kohler

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Exploring the Effects of Dam Removals on Zooplankton in Penobscot Estuary, Erin Bucci and Karen Wilson

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Comparing methods and technologies for assessing vertical size distribution of American beech leaves (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh), Adeline Casali

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Does Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Benefit Adults with Physical Dysfunction?, Kayla Chamberlin and Deanna Richards

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Accuracy of Self-collected Vaginal Swabs in the Diagnosis of Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginal Candidiasis, and Trichomoniasis, Anna Chase

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The Use of Blockchain Technology to Solve Common Challenges in the Supply Chain, Michael Cohen

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Benefits of Onsite Health Programs in the Corporate Setting, Nathan Cook

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LGBT+ Teens, Social Media Use & Depressive Symptoms, Megan Curtis and Danielle Ryder

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Leadership Development in a Virtual Work Environment, Sylvia Dion

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Perspectives on Malaga Island: From Scorn to Shame to Sympathy, Darcie Drew

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Fake Service Dogs: Leading by Example, Joshua Ferguson

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Opioid Use Disorder at Delivery Hospitalization in Maine: Prevalence and characteristics (2009-2017), Sarah Gabrielson

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Perceived Supervisor Accessibility and its Effects on Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant

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Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations: Overcoming Cultural, Language, and Physical Barriers, Jaye Goulet

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The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Relation to Opioids, Kay Hanson, Kimberlee Lamoth, and Amelia Smith

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Quantifying Atlantic Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) Larval Abundance throughout Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Hannah Haskell, Britney Evangelista, and Alex Loftis

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Affect and Gambling: What does rhetoric have to do with sales?, Katherine Hast

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Evidence and Interventions for Children with Handwriting Deficits, Josephine Hatch

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Density of Hemigrapsus sanguineus and Carcinus maenas in Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Valerie Huston, Teresa Martel, and Zimzim Mohamed

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The Experience of Social Workers Who Utilize Therapy Dogs in Practice, Kathryn Jochems

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Expanding International Health Curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency at MMC, Brian King, Hassan Mahmoud, and Anthony Pastore

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Professional Impressions and Experiences of the Complex Needs of Human Trafficking Survivors, Jackie Klock and Kelsey Haynes

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Opioid use Treatment via Telemedicine: Treatment Options for Rural Maine, Benjamin Knapp

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Synthesis and Analysis of 6-acetyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine, a Major Contributor to ‘Mousy’ Off-Flavor in Sour and Wild Beers, Liesel Krout

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Influence of indirect cues and vegetation density on foraging behavior in snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus), Zachary Lankist

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Measuring Birth Trauma Rates in Maine Using Public Data, Mike Lapika

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Convolutional Neural Networks for Protein Image Classification, Nick Littlefield

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A Thematic Analysis of Adults’ Reflection on Childhood Experiences Being Parented by an Adult with Mental Health Issues, Jennifer Luja and Meg O'Malley

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Male Determining Gene Nix May Bring an End to Transmission of Diseases through Mosquitoes, Mohammed Mahdi

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Child Poverty, Physical & Mental Health in Maine, Katelyn Malloy

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The Androscoggin BioBlitz: a Citizen Science Biological Survey in New Auburn, Maine, Sam H. Matey

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Functional Feeding Groups of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates on Natural and Artificial Leaves in Forested Stream Habitats in the Sebago Lake Land Reserve, Sam H. Matey and Kala Freytag Wistar

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Generational Differences in Organizational Culture, Andrew McClement

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Distribution Of The Aquaponics Microbiome And Their Division Of Labor, Nathan Melo and Jacob Corney

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Facilitating Return to Work Among Individuals with Mental Illness Through Occupational Therapy Interventions, Cleo Miller and Blakelee Jordan

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What Gun Safety and Access Policies did Participants Think would be Effective in Preventing Accidental Gun Deaths?, Bridget O’Keefe and Stephen White

Thinking Matters Lightning Talk: James Phillips, James Phillips

Thinking Matters Lightning Talk: Mariah Reed, Mariah Reed

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Sensitivity Analysis of an Airfoil using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Itay Savion

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Post Millennial Generations in the Workforce, Tarynne Scott

Thinking Matters Lightning Talk: Sigrid Sibley, Sigrid Sibley

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Perceptions of Mental Health: Eight conversations with Mainers from Africa, Teresa Sosa and Emelda Ogweta

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The Incidence and Impact of Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Comparing Public University Staff Member Experiences in the Northeast, Tracy St. Pierre

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Diversity of Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria in a Sample Aquaponics Ecosystem, Joshua Trombley and Haley Depner

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Improving Safety on the Road through Occupational Therapy Intervention, Katherine Uschmann and Zachary Childs

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X-inactivation and Epigenetics, Serena Weston

Thinking Matters Lightning Talk: Kiley Wilkens, Kiley Wilkens

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The Role of Motivation and Cognition in Adults with Schizophrenia, Jaime Willard and Evangeline Abraham

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Cyberbullying and Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth: Is There a Connection?, Holly Wright and Victoria Wilson Townley