So much of what scientists and scholars do is rethink the world
as we know it. Whether in response to a need or in the proactive pursuit
to improve people's lives, researchers across the disciplines are
continually challenged by the possibilities.
For them, "What if?" is a call to action.
At the University of Maine, such calls to action are found across the
academic disciplines, epitomizing what the mission of a land-grant
university is all about. Susan Groce is dedicated to the environment,
both in her art and her internationally recognized efforts to pioneer
nontoxic printmaking methods and techniques.
Philosopher Jessica Miller, whose research focuses on ethical issues in
healthcare, serves as Eastern Maine Medical Center's clinical ethicist,
helping meet the special needs that arise in a rural state like Maine.
Food scientist Vivian Chi-Hua Wu is one of the few researchers worldwide
studying the natural ability of cranberries to fight food-borne
pathogens. Across campus, Paul Millard and Mauricio Pereira da Cunha
also have been conducting research to combat pathogenic bacteria by
developing molecular sensors as detectors. That research served as a
springboard for addressing a recent National Science Foundation call to
develop sensor technologies to track the origin of explosives used in
By example, these researchers encourage our students to imagine a better
world. In that way, they are in keeping with English scholar Naomi
Jacobs, historian Howard Segal and the many faculty members across the
arts and humanities engaged in utopian studies.
The sense of possibility is pervasive at UMaine. It's a great message
for the new year.
UMaine Today Magazine
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