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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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