As a public research university, the University of Maine is committed to turning knowledge into solutions to help meet Maine’s needs. It also is a go-to resource in the state and far beyond. World-class faculty, staff and graduate students lead those initiatives, and involve undergraduates — tomorrow’s leaders in these efforts.
There are so many examples of the difference made by this mission — and mind-set. Take Maine-grown grain. A quarter-century ago when the state’s dairy and potato farmers needed to diversify, and a Maine-based business was looking for locally grown grain, UMaine experts helped connect the dots. University researchers have partnered with Maine producers and businesses, contributing to the state’s economic development and culture.
And while rooted in Maine, this state grain movement has international dimensions, as well.
In this issue of UMaine Today magazine, you’ll read about important scientific and scholarly research that makes a difference in Maine and has brought the world to our door to tap the expertise of our exceptional faculty.
UMaine mycologist Joyce Longcore’s research has helped us understand a pathogen responsible for decimating frog and other amphibian populations across the globe. This fall, she received a 2017 Golden Goose Award from AAAS for her pioneering work. Across campus, for a number of years UMaine biologist Harold Dowse collaborated on circadian rhythm research with now Nobel Prize winner Jeffrey Hall. And for decades, when the international community has sought the wisdom of a Gandhi scholar, it has turned to UMaine philosopher Douglas Allen, just as the United Nations did in October.
That’s the breadth, depth and caliber of the contributions of Maine’s public research university.
Susan J. Hunter