Collaborating for the common good is rewarding and empowering. There is real value in working together with shared vision, understanding that there is strength in numbers, that leadership takes many forms and that no single person can think of everything.
As Maine’s public research university with a statewide mission, we’ve always been in the role of problem solving, helping discover what’s next and communicating evidence-based knowledge to meet needs. UMaine partnerships are forged among scholars and researchers in different disciplines, and with community groups and organizations to benefit the people we serve. And throughout these efforts, students can gain real-world experience and be engaged in public service.
Take the multiple UMaine research and outreach efforts to help the state address its growing human and animal health issues related to tick-borne illnesses. UMaine Cooperative Extension has long been on the front lines of tick identification. In the ongoing search for answers, UMaine faculty, staff and students are involved in research in varied fields, and in partnership with agencies such as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. And with the help of a 2014 bond approved by Maine voters, the state will soon have a new laboratory administered by UMaine Extension to improve the protection of our human health, food and natural resource-based economy.
That forward thinking is key to advancing Maine. We do it with — and for — the people of the state.
Susan J. Hunter