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 2018

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Meditation as a Tool for Blood Pressure Management, Maggie Ray

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USM’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CLRC) Social Media Outreach, Heather Roberts

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“Older Adults and Their Experiences with Home Care and Assisted Living”, Faith Robinson

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Driving Predictability for Individuals with Neurological Disorders: Occupational Therapy Services, Julie Roy and Caroline Dunn

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Family-Centered Care Outcomes in a Preschool Setting, Victoria Schalk and Cathy Lane

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Assessing Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment Within the Home, Kate Sobanik and Melinda Blais

Thinking Matters Lightning Talk: Erik Squire, Erik Squire

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Breaking Down Barriers: Technology and Dementia, Jamie Sullivan and Kristin Desrochers

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Making Soap Green, Asia Sweet

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Social and Emotional Learning in Portland Public High Schools, Makenzie Thompson

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Expanding the Concept of Play, Allison Vachon and Kylie Lyon

Thinking Matters Lightning Talk: Morgan Wheeler, Morgan Wheeler

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What Are The Experiences of Pet Bereavement?, Morgan Wheeler

Submissions 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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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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International Collaboration and New Technology Reveal Rare Genes that Determine Height, Nicolle Dauphinee

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

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