Policy Center’s Rubin to Lead Academic Program as UMaine Hosts Young African Leaders

Policy Center faculty researcher Jonathan Rubin will lead the academic program as a group from the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is hosted for a six-week course at UMaine this summer. See the full press release below.

University of Maine to host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The University of Maine has been selected as one of 37 institutions nationwide as partners with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Beginning in mid-June, UMaine will host 25 emerging public management leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa for a six-week academic and leadership institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Carol Kim, UMaine vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, will co-lead the institute with Jonathan Rubin, professor of economics with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and Daniel Dixon, director of sustainability.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the 2014 flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities. Fellows are young leaders who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.

The 25 Mandela Fellows at UMaine are among 1,000 young African leaders ages 25 to 35 who were selected from more than 43,000 applications. The fellows are being hosted at institutions across the United States this summer, studying in institutes focused on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, public management or energy. In addition, fellows will participate in community programming that offers insights into American culture.

“The University of Maine’s selection as a Mandela Washington Fellowship host partner is a testament to the school’s ability to foster innovative thinking and inspire excellence,” says U.S. Sen. Angus King. “UMaine is a place where new and exciting ideas are shared each and every day, and by bringing some of the best and brightest future leaders from Africa to share their perspectives and learn from experts here in Maine, this valuable cultural exchange program will benefit everyone involved.”

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire and empower the young leaders from Africa.

The public management institute that will be hosted at UMaine is tailored to fellows who work or aspire to work in all levels of government, regional or international organizations, or other publicly minded groups and think tanks. Participants are introduced to U.S. models and best practices while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizen engagement, human resource management, public financial management, and the intersection of government with business and civil society.

In addition to UMaine, 11 other universities are hosting 2016 Public Management Institutes for Mandela Fellows, including Arizona State University, Syracuse University, Ohio State and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“UMaine is among a select group of top universities nationwide chosen to partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship and make a difference on an international scale. This is a leadership role for the university and the state that has the potential to help shape the future, not only for these outstanding emerging leaders, but their countries,” says UMaine President Susan J. Hunter.

Following their six-week academic and leadership institutes, the Mandela Fellows will meet in Washington, D.C. for a Presidential Summit. Some also will spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. nongovernmental organizations, private companies and government agencies. Upon their return, fellows receive ongoing professional development opportunities, including mentoring, networking and training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses and organizations, according to the Mandela Washington Fellowship website.

More information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship is online (MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov).

Summer Internship Application Is Open

The Maine Government Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications for summer 2016. Positions will be available in agencies of the Maine state government and in Maine municipal governments. Paid summer internships will run May 31 through August 19, for a total of 12 weeks. While most positions will be in the Augusta area, there will be others in Portland, Caribou, Madawaska, South Berwick, and Damariscotta.

Students may apply online, submitting a cover letter, resume and transcript. State and local government requests for interns are also submitted online. The deadline for applications is March 1.

To learn more and to apply:

For more information, contact
Peggy McKee

Transportation Energy Seminar

Keystone Pipeline and Low Carbon Fuels: An Update on Transportation Energy Policy
February 1 at 3pm
107 Norman Smith Hall

Speaker: Jonathan Rubin, Professor, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and School of Economics

Download the Transportation Energy Seminar flyer
The use of energy in transportation continues to be one of the largest contributors to U.S. Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. The policy framework for transportation energy is rapidly evolving due to changes in federal fuel economy standards (CAFE regulations), renewable fuel mandates (ethanol and advanced biofuels), initiatives in California and Oregon to cap the carbon content of motor fuels and changes in US regulation of petroleum including the historic lifting of the ban on exports of US-produced oil. Transportation energy use is particularly complicated because of the need to coordinate the actions of vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers and vehicle purchasers (consumers). This talk will summarize trends in transportation energy use and discuss possible future paths and policy options.

Dr. Rubin is a Professor in the School of Economics and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. He specializes in the economics of energy, light-duty transportation, greenhouse gas emissions and alternative fuels. His research investigates low carbon transportation fuels, biofuel pathways, and the potential economic and environmental impacts from trading greenhouse gases and fuel efficiency credits for automobiles and light-duty trucks. He is the Chair of the Environment and Energy Section (ADC00) of US Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. From 2008-2014 he was the Chair of the Committee on Transportation Energy, TRB. He has been an advisory panel member, Airport Cooperative Research Program 02-56 (developing an airport business case for renewable energy), S02-02 (sustainable facilities and practices), and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program 25-35 (guidebook for designing and managing rights-of-way for carbon sequestration and biomass generation)

Streaming and video conferencing are available. Please contact Carol Hamel (carol.hamel@umit.maine.edu) for details.

Author from Maine Policy Review issue on aging is interviewed on MPBN’s Morning Edition

Kathleen Mundell of the Maine Arts Commission discusses the effort to foster creativity in older Mainers in an interview with MPBN and in the latest issue of Maine Policy Review.

Listen to the interview:

Read Mundell’s article in MPR:

Acheson interviewed on high food costs

Ann Acheson of the Policy Center and John Rebar of Cooperative Extension were interviewed for a news story on high food costs in Maine.

See the story here:
Maine high above national average in annual grocery bills

NEW Leadership application deadline extended

The deadline for applications for the 2016 Maine NEW Leadership Program has been extended to February 1st, 2016. Find the NEWL application here.
For more information contact Susan D’Angelo, Program Coordinator, susan.dangelo@maine.edu, 207.581.1648.

MPBN airs latest in series focusing on aging, Maine Policy Review

Patricia Oh, coordinator of older adult services in Bowdoinham,  spoke as part of a month-long series that focuses on the challenges faced by Maine’s increasing population of older adults and how public policy is addressing them. Oh and other guests in the series contributed to the Maine Policy Review’s “Special Issue on Aging,”  produced by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. Oh wrote the essay, “The Age-Friendly Community Movement in Maine.”

Listen to the interview with Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Morning Edition.”

Rep. Ellie Espling, Policy Fellow on January 25

On Monday, January 25, Rep. Ellie Espling joins the Policy Center for the day as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow.

Ellie - ElectHER PhotoRep. Ellie Espling is the State Representative for House District 65, which includes Part of Poland in Androscoggin County, and all of New Gloucester in Cumberland County. She’s serving her third term in the Maine House and was recently elected to serve as the Assistant House Republican Leader in the 127th Maine Legislature.

Rep. Espling served on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee in both the 125th and the 126th Legislatures. She has served on the New Gloucester Budget Committee as a member and Chair and was the Chair of the New Gloucester Republican Committee.

A reception for Rep. Espling will be held from 4:00 – 5:30pm Jan. 25 at the University Club, Fogler Library.

Maine’s Aging Population

The first in a series of interviews  with authors from the special issue on aging of Maine Policy Review is available. Interviews will be broadcast on Mondays throughout the month. This week Irwin Gratz of MPBN spoke with Julie Fralich, whose article “Shaping the Health and Long-Term-Care Infrastructure Serving Older Adults: Historical Trends and Future Directions” appeared in the most recent issue of MPR.

Find “Maine’s Urgent Challenge: Dealing with an Aging Population” here:
Full text of Maine Policy Review is available on Digital Commons:

Poverty Work in the News

Ann Acheson of the Policy Center was recently interviewed about Maine poverty. Acheson has led the Policy Center’s reports on Poverty in Maine since 2003. She is quoted in two recent news stories.
Where Exactly is the Poverty Line in Maine?” is a Dec. 28 story in a series by Jay Field on MPBN:   http://news.mpbn.net/post/where-exactly-poverty-line-maine 
Some Mainers are still wondering … what economic recovery?” by Leslie Bridgers in the Portland Press Herald on Dec. 27:  http://www.pressherald.com/2015/12/27/mainers-still-wondering-recovery/