In his 1916 volume, History of the University of Maine, Merritt Fernald wrote about the new day in American education that dawned with the establishment of public research universities. The mathematics professor who was named acting president at UMaine’s founding defined research as “diligent, protracted investigation, especially for the purpose of adding to human knowledge,”and noted with delight how undergraduates conducted agricultural experiments “as a foundation for their own instruction,” all while addressing Maine’s needs.
That approach to engagement by students and faculty for the greater good is time-tested at UMaine. It is evident in our century of research in Acadia National Park that has benefited the state, nation and stewards of tomorrow — our students. UMaine’s leadership in aquaculture has been ongoing for more than four decades, and is now in its most exciting chapter with the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), established with a $20 million National Science Foundation grant.
For the past decade, one of the state’s most successful partnerships — the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering — has trained the next generation of biomedical scientists and engineers, and since 2009 in collaboration with Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, our top pre-med students have been fast-tracked to be Maine’s next generation of physicians.
Those stories and others in this issue focusing on UMaine research and creative achievement spotlight our dedication to turning knowledge into solutions to accomplish what matters for Maine.
Susan J. Hunter