As a modern land grant, the
University of Maine is committed to growing and strengthening its
capacity to adapt to changing needs and conditions. We are constantly
exploring initiatives to strengthen our academic and research
foundations. We're seeking creative solutions to emerging problems
through the development of partnerships and collaborations that build on
Such a progressive approach requires new ways of realizing solutions,
incorporating innovation and visualizing the world around us. Examples
of that kind of thinking are just what you'll find in each of the
stories in this issue of UMaine Today magazine.
Oceanographer Larry Mayer's perspective on our coastal mudflats has
sparked new questions about how animal life on a planet could start.
Sculptor Sam van Aken's art has prompted us to reevaluate our
media-saturated culture. Instructor Ginger Yang Hwalek's inspirational
pedagogy has earned her the title of best music teacher in the nation.
The Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research is fulfilling its role
as an incubator for aquaculture innovation; in this case, a business
helping to fill the gap left by a diminishing natural resource.
And YoBons. New ways of thinking about our world don't get any sweeter
The research and creative achievement of these people and their programs
are just a sample of what makes UMaine great. This spring, we also added
a new, innovative project to further support Maine's economic
development — and the state's future.
UMaine is launching a $10.35 million research program to develop the
infrastructure for forest biorefining in Maine. The research will
provide the private sector with the science and engineering needed to
build and support a forest bioproducts industry that will add jobs in
the state. Forest bioproducts research is a priority for the university,
giving Maine an advantage in building this industry into an economic
An integrated forest biorefinery, like so many other UMaine economic
development initiatives, is part of our R&D momentum. It is key to our
emergence as a new model land-grant university and to our role as a
leader in Maine.
UMaine Today Magazine
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