The University of Maine has one of the top 10
graduate programs in environmental history in the country. Now a new
endowment could help it develop into an international center.
The Col. James C. McBride Endowment established in
the University of Maine Foundation will create new graduate research
opportunities, courses, lectures, a national conference on New England
environmental history and a campus database of New England and Eastern
Canadian scholars in the field.
The endowment highlights the importance of the
natural sciences in history, says UMaine environmental historian Richard
Judd, who has been named the first Col. James C. McBride Professor. It
also will further collaboration among researchers in a variety of
disciplines, including forestry, sustainable agriculture, marine
sciences, wildlife, tourism, Native American studies and folklife.
James McBride, a North Dakota native, graduated from
UMaine in 1954 with a degree in economics. His extensive military career
included tours in Korea and Vietnam. He died in 2003 and is buried in
Arlington National Cemetery.
Professor of History Richard Judd is the first Col. James C. McBride
Professor. Judd's research focuses on the Maine forest industry and the
roots of conservation in New England, Oregon and the nation. He is the
author of five books related to environmental history.
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