Thank you for reading this edition of UMaine Today. We love to share the stories of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and this magazine is one of the best ways we have to let people know the exciting pursuits that take place all around us. Our subtitle, “Creativity and Achievement at the University of Maine,” is so apropos again in this issue, starting with the cover artwork, Eduardo, by senior Madison Suniga, that points to a feature on teaching career success for student artists.
Articles highlight how UMaine researchers are working to find solutions for state, national and global challenges, such as working on a pest management program for wild blueberry growers, improving rural education in Down East Maine or studying the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.
A pervading theme throughout all of the research is that of collaboration — faculty working with students, faculty and students working with communities, researchers partnering with colleagues at other universities or the National Institutes of Health. Those combined efforts help to accelerate finding solutions and provide extraordinary learning opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.
UMaine Today is a celebration of great dedication and outstanding individuals — like Philip Silver, music professor/historian, or 97-year-old Hazel Goodwin, 4-H volunteer extraordinaire, or 15 UMaine nursing students who traveled to Costa Rica offering medical services to underserved residents. Please take time to discover how the University of Maine community is creating and achieving in 2019. Every story is special. If you are like me and two issues per year are not enough, find more informative and revealing stories year-round on Facebook (University of Maine) and Twitter (@UMaine).
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