Research report showcases ‘global impact, local relevance’

The University of Maine recently published its Annual Research Report, showcasing the diversity of research by faculty and students and the impact of their work on the community — and beyond.

The report demonstrates the success of interdisciplinary and collaborative research methods with stories that illustrate the positive outcomes and experience these techniques provide.

“To solve a problem, we all have to listen to each other. To change the world, you have to understand where everyone is coming from and how to communicate in a language we can all understand,” says Deborah Saber, principal investigator of the project, “Making Maine’s local food system sustainable: Opportunities to address hunger and reduce waste.”

The cutting-edge research highlighted includes projects by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty from multiple fields of study — from the sciences to the arts.

UMaine has 16 major research centers and institutes. This year’s research report spotlights the Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s innovative research and economic development projects, such as the 72-Hour Bridge and the University Transportation Center.

Kody Varahramyan, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, says the report represents the outstanding research and scholarly achievements at Maine’s flagship research university.

“As one of the nation’s select land, sea and space grant institutions, the University of Maine for over one and a half centuries has been at the forefront of educational advancements, research innovations and community impact.”

The report is online.

Contact: Christel Peters, 207.581.3571