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Marcella Sorg Will Lead Project To Analyze Data on Violent Deaths

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine and Dr. Margaret Greenwald, recently retired Chief Medical Examiner, will lead Maine’s effort in a newly announced project to analyze violent deaths. The State of Maine has received funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on violent deaths in Maine using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) over the next five years. Among other things, this grant will allow the state to gather detailed information about the relationship between domestic abuse, homicide and suicide.

NVDRS helps state and local officials understand when and how violent deaths occur by linking data from law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners, vital statistics, and crime laboratories. Using this data, public health practitioners and violence prevention professionals can develop tailored intervention efforts to reduce the incidence of violent deaths.

Dr. Greenwald and Dr. Sorg have previously collaborated to analyze statistics on drug deaths. Their work on drug deaths is nationally recognized and has provided important information to guide drug policy decisions here in Maine. Under the new grant Maine will receive $194,347 each year for five years for data collection and analysis and will compare its data with similar information from the State of Vermont.

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Elect Her this weekend

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Mary Cathcart of the MCSPC will be attending the Elect Her program at UMaine this weekend. Elect Her – Campus Women Win is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office.

This year, Elect Her will be offered at 50 campuses around the U.S., and the University of Maine is the only site that will hold this training session in Maine. Cathcart, who is the Director of the Maine NEW Leadership program, has encouraged NEW Leadership alums to participate, including those from other campuses and that are College/University partners in AAUW. Fifty students are expected at Wells Conference Center this Saturday.

The workshop agenda features UMaine presenters Jennifer O’Leary and Brianne Suldovsky, and State Senator Emily Cain, with welcoming remarks by President Susan Hunter.  The facilitator, Jessica Kelly,is the program manager in AAUW’s Campus Leadership Programs Department.

Elect Her is sponsored by American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start.

MCSPC Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Rep Seth Berry at UMaine September 23rd

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:16 am

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Majority Leader, Maine House of Representatives Seth Berry

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

House Majority Leader Seth Berry is currently serving his fourth term in the Maine Legislature, where he is also House Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. He spent the decades of the 1990s teaching in inner-city New York, and most of the next decade teaching back home in rural Maine.

A day with us at UMaine
Representative Seth Berry will be at the University of Maine for a full day of activities, including meeting with groups of UMaine faculty and students, tours of UMaine facilities, and making class presentations.


Sponsored by:

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the Foster Center for Student Innovation

Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with a past or current career as a policy maker in the state. e Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings these individuals to campus for a day, to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students.

Sorg named to National Institutes of Standards and Technology/Department of Justice committee

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 9:06 am

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center’s Marcella Sorg has been named to a joint National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Department of Justice (DOJ) Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee, based within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

NIST is establishing OSAC to strengthen the nation’s use of forensic science by supporting the development and promulgation of forensic science consensus documentary standards and guidelines, determining each forensic discipline’s research and measurement standards needs and ensuring that a sufficient scientific basis exists for each discipline. As noted on the NIST website,  “OSAC will coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community to improve quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community.”