Enjoy this outstanding edition of UMaine Today — such a fine testament to the variety of creative, scholarly and research accomplishments of our university. This issue looks closely at the fascinating activities going on all around us. You will find reports of “High achievers,” the Mount Everest expedition team, and “Framing Maine,” a beautiful photo-essay that celebrates Maine’s bicentennial and history.
Everyone learns best, and innovation happens, when engaged in doing meaningful work. This issue demonstrates many examples of teams working together to discover and learn — students with faculty, students with other students, and faculty collaborating with colleagues at other institutions. These include such pieces as “What’s the attraction?” a story about research on Maine songbirds, and “Secondhand chic,” about the culture of reuse.
Our goal moving forward is that all students — graduate and undergraduate — have the opportunity to be a part of research or scholarly activity as a fundamental part of their UMaine experience. In fact, for the 2019–20 academic year, we will focus on one of our new Strategic Values, that of “fostering learner success.” A key element of that initiative, which I call “research learning,” is to bring more research into the classroom, encouraging faculty to incorporate their own research and scholarly activity into their daily classroom explorations.
We at the University of Maine are so excited about all of the extraordinary accomplishments that are taking place on our campus, across our state and indeed, throughout the world. Enjoy these articles. And I invite you to send me an email to let me know what you think, firstname.lastname@example.org.