Maine citizens are facing significant challenges as we move into
the winter months. While concerns related to high energy costs and a
flagging national economy are not unique to Maine, some of the
characteristics that make our state a wonderful place to live -our
four-season environment, rugged landscape and rural nature of vast areas
- make these concerns particularly difficult.
As you will see in this issue of UMaine Today, the University of Maine
is applying its expertise and resources in significant ways to help
citizens across Maine prepare to effectively deal with the challenges
ahead. This response to state needs reflects our commitment to the
land-grant university ideals that make public universities such vital
contributors to the communities we serve.
The cover story that describes the work of University of Maine
Cooperative Extension in providing practical advice, available to all
Maine citizens, is a wonderful example. That service is having a real
impact in homes across Maine, and Extension is uniquely positioned to
provide it. The Extension collaboration with state agencies to provide
information about home heating and energy conservation, and the School
of Economics Financial Education Initiative are two more examples of
great programs, based on good ideas that come from our commitment to
making life better for Maine's people.
Throughout this issue, you will find stories about other initiatives,
such as the interdisciplinary, collaborative Biobank of Maine cancer
database project - in a state that has the highest cancer rate in the
U.S. - where UMaine is working in ways that only a land-grant university
can to help deal with some of our most serious concerns. We are proud to
serve the state of Maine in this unique way, and the depth of the
current challenges makes us more committed than ever to providing unique
assistance to the people of this wonderful state.
UMaine Today Magazine
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