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 2017

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

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Cyanobacterial Blooms in Highland Lake, ME, William Lambeth, Rachel Henson, and Michael Morrison

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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

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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

Submissions 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 Pogg, 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, Frankie St. Amand

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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