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Innovation, Higher Ed. and Econ. Development

Innovation, Higher Ed. and Econ. Development

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk delivered by Dr. Robert Kennedy, President of the University of Maine at Orono, the state's flagship land-grant/sea-grant university.

Dr. Kennedy explains his belief that U. Maine is a crucial factor in the state's future through the development of future leaders in natural resources management, composite technologies, energy initiatives and global climate change research.

Dr. Kennedy's talk was delivered at the Cumberland Club in Portland, Maine as a part of that organization's ongoing Joshua Chamberlain lecture series. The Master of Ceremonies is Cumberland Club President Paul F. Tully. The moderator, (whom you'll hear toward the end of the talk) is Brenda Garrand, Cumberland Club Board Member and President and Strategic Director of Garrand (full disclosure: Garrand is a current MPBN underwriter).

Maine's flagship land-grant/sea-grant university is defined by the ongoing development of what Dr. Kennedy calls the "New Model Land-Grant University."

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy earned a Ph.D. in botany from Berkeley and served as a professor at the University of Iowa followed by faculty and administrative appointments at Washington State, Ohio State, the University of Maryland and Texas A & M. While at A&M, Kennedy was a member of the Government/University/Industry Research Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences and was a founding director of NASA’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute, developed to study the technological and physiological impediments related to space flight to Mars.