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February 10, 2022

UMaine Attains Highest Research Classification

The University of Maine has achieved one of its top objectives, earning the nation’s highest possible status as a research university. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recently reclassified UMaine as an “R1” institution, the top level in its 24-tier classification system. With this new classification, UMaine is one of just 146 institutions…

January 14, 2022

Veena Dinesh: Accelerating Innovation

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Veena Dinesh, whose role is to help UMaine’s innovators bring their ideas to life. As the university’s director of business incubation, Dinesh leads efforts to accelerate university innovations, coordinating several programs that help…

January 13, 2022

Meet the 2022 Alumni Achievement Award Winners

A former chief justice, a civil rights advocate, and a physician are among the 2022 Alumni Achievement Award recipients who will be recognized during an awards celebration on May 12.  The Hon. Leigh Ingalls Saufley ‘76 was chosen to receive the Alumni Career Award. Saufley was the first woman to serve as Maine’s Chief Justice…

January 13, 2022

Online Event Honors MLK Day and Addresses Civil Rights in Maine

A livestreamed event on MLK Jr. Day focused on the State of Civil Rights in Maine. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and a panel of five individuals addressed the topic and spoke about their experiences. The panelists included Maulian Dana ’06 of Indian Island, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador; State Rep. Richard Evans of Dover-Foxcroft; David…

December 10, 2021

Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy: An expansive vision of mobility

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, the husband-and-wife team of Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy, both professors of interdisciplinary disability studies and social work at UMaine, provide updates on the adaptive mobility device they invented in 2013. Called the Afari, the sleek,…

December 9, 2021

Patrick ’16, ’19G Supports Communities of Color

David Patrick ’16, ’19G is cofounder of Racial Equity and Justice (REJ), a nonprofit that provides consulting services, educational support, and professional development programs. REJ seeks to raise awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. With cofounder Desiree Vargas ’20, he works to help communities of color “survive and thrive with greater equality, justice, liberation,…

December 9, 2021

Recent Graduate Works to Help Educators Teach Native History

Nolan Altvater ’21 is working to create resources and fill gaps that will help Maine educators teach Native history and culture. The Passamaquoddy student, who is enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is coordinating with Portland public school educators and tribal leaders to develop resources and materials that will assist K-12 educators in…

December 9, 2021

Webinar Explores Black Feminism in Maine

Five panelists and a UMaine graduate student recently came together for a kitchen-table dialogue about the state of Black feminism in Maine as well as their roles as activists, community leaders, and change-makers. The webinar celebrated Black feminism as an ongoing, multi-faceted, transformative force in the speakers’ lives, as well as in communities across the United States and right here…

December 9, 2021

Governor Visits Campus to Address Climate Change

Maine Governor Janet Mills held a press conference outside Buchanan Alumni House on December 1 to mark the progress of the Maine Climate Council and announce new initiatives to combat climate change. Members of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute have worked with the state to advance measures to mitigate climate change. President Joan Ferrini-Mundy welcomed Gov.…

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December 9, 2021

Fund Established to Honor Alumna and Community Leader

Sarah Dubay ’97, ’00G, a member of the University of Maine Alumni Association Board of Directors, passed away on November 12, 2021. Sarah was a prominent civic and community leader who lived with her husband, Jeff Teunisen, in Bangor. Besides her involvement with the UMaine Alumni Association and Black Bear Athletics, she was a member…

November 12, 2021

Rob Dumas: A Focus on Food Innovation

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, chef Rob Dumas, UMaine’s food science innovation coordinator, talks about his wide-ranging work within Maine’s food system. Dumas manages the university’s Dr. Matthew Highlands Food Pilot Plant, a well-equipped research facility home to a sensory lab,…

November 12, 2021

Interactive Sculpture to Engage Community with Math

A new interactive sculpture that will be installed in Orono’s Webster Park has been designed to engage people with math. The sculpture features the sun’s rays, which help users visualize multiplication and division. The sculpture is the result of a partnership between UMaine and the town of Orono.  UMaine mathematics faculty members Justin Dimmell and…