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The Center Welcomes Dominic Piacentini – Research Associate

In August, Piacentini graduated with a PhD in Anthropology and Environmental Policy. Before beginning his graduate studies at the University of Maine, his research investigated the ways in which conservation policies of protected areas — like national parks and wildlife management areas — impacted rural communities’ access to culturally important medicinal plants. At the University […]

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Maine Policy Review Volume 32, Number 1, Available Now

Maine Policy Review, a leading publication focusing on policy analysis and research in Maine, is excited to announce the availability of Vol. 32, No. 1, on MPR’s Digital Commons site. Print copies have been mailed to subscribers. Vol. 32, No. 1, starts off with the Margaret Chase Smith essay by Richard Judd, which offers a history of Maine’s conservation […]

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Maine Policy Matters Launches Season 4

Maine Policy Matters, the Center’s official podcast, is back for season four. This season will feature interviews with experts on timely topics relevant to the state of Maine. Episodes will include interviews with Ali Abedi, Peter Schilling, and Salimeh Yasaei Sekeh on AI in higher education and research; Rebecca Schaffner, Chris O. Yoder, Brian Kavanah, […]

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Maine Monitor Interviews Soucier About Providing Naloxone in Schools

The Maine Monitor spoke to Daniel Soucier, a research associate at the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, about the benefit of having medication like naloxone that rapidly counteracts drug overdoses available in schools. ”In a lot of ways it’s like having a fire extinguisher on site or say a life preserver on a […]

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The University of Maine Center on Aging and the University of Southern Maine’s Catherine Cutler Institute in Collaboration with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

The University of Maine Center on Aging and the University of Southern Maine’s Catherine Cutler Institute have formed a new policy partnership in association with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center to focus exclusively on aging-related policy issues in Maine. The new Consortium for Aging Policy Research and Analysis (CAPRA) will provide a “go-to” entity […]

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Margaret Chase Smith Library 34th Annual Maine Town Meeting

Jim Melcher is a professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington. Every September for Constitution Day at UMF, he reviews Supreme Court cases from the previous term. Because he spoke at the Library in May this year, he was able to cover four cases from the previous term and three from […]

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