RSCA Programming includes presentations by faculty (individually or as a group), including those aimed at promoting interdisicplinarity and collaboration. Examples include scholarly presentations and posters, discussions, exhibits, performances, book and poetry readings or other avenues that enable us to share with each other. Other types of events include topically focused debates, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events that promote RSCA.
Upcoming RSCA Events:
Thursday, April 17th
6pm, Gerald Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland Campus
RSCA Spring Celebration
Thursday, April 23rd, 4pm to 6:30pm
In recognition of the creative energy that fuels our scholarship, we will come together as a community for the annual Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.
Past RSCA Events:
Celebration of Gerontology Scholarship at USM
Tuesday, April 8th
4pm to 6pm
109/110 Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus
Join us for a lively presentation on trends, opportunities, & research in community based services for vulnerable older adults. USM scholars will share their recent work during this highly interactive event. Come meet your collegeaus, learn about scholarship on campus, and network.
Libra Professor Annette Kolodny
Tuesday, April 8
7:30 to 8:30pm, Gerald Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland Campus
This lecture draws on Penobscot texts, including a tale from oral tradition told to Dr. Kolodny by Penobscot Nation elder James Sappier, to examine legal bases for early European claims about the discovery of North America. Early explorers’ narratives assert that they "discovered" lands previously unknown (and unclaimed by) any Christian, but Eastern Algonquian stories of first contact undercut these descriptions of "wonder" and undermine the European assertions.
Mining For “Gold” in Landfills
Monday, March 10
4:45 to 5:50pm, 7th floor, Glickman Library
Presentation by faculty member Travis Wagner. Professor Wagner's research is based on a case study of ecomaine's profitable multi-year metals recovery project.
USM Trustee professorship Lecture and Faculty Commons RSCA Faculty Presentation by S. Monroe Duboise, Associate Professor of Applied Medical Sciences
Thursday, January 30th
9am to 10:30am
7th Floor, Glickman Library
USM Associate Professor of Applied Medical Sciences, S. Monroe Duboise, was awarded the University of Maine System Trustee Professorship at USM for the 2012-2013 academic year. In this Trustee Professorship Faculty Presentation, Dr. Duboise will present his research, updating the community on the status of his research. He will briefly describe the background of his research interests and summarize the results of his prior research that led to the development of the vaccine. He will share highlights of his scholarly journey, including collaboration with other researchers and the integration of his research into teaching and his work with students and the community.
Conceptualizing Cooties: Exploring the Impact of Expert Versus Intuitive Models of Contagion in Daily Life
A one hour talk on two decades of research on the intuitive psychology of contagion (the “magical contagion concept”), its nature and operation in everyday life across multiple domains, from food choices to social impression management to preventing illness to public acceptance of recycled water, followed by a discussion period.
Ecocriticism in Unexpected Places
Friday, September 27th
10am to 11:30am, 4th floor of Glickman Library
Kent Ryden presents his ongoing, diffuse project on ecocriticism in unexpected place in which he applies the principles of literary ecocriticism or “texts,” broadly conceived, that one wouldn’t necessarily think of as amenable to such analysis. In this talk he will draw on examples from the fields of mathematics, print culture, and music.
Share your ideas for topics, workshops, & activities.
Faculty Commons is a collaborative initiative. We welcome USM community suggestions on topics, presenters, and projects.