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Summer Internships Underway in Maine Government

The Maine Government Summer Internship Program is underway with a total of 56 interns placed in Maine state and municipal governments. Of these, 42 students are placed in state jobs in Augusta and Portland, and 14 are in municipalities ranging from Portland to Saco to Rumford. The jobs range from engineering to communications to planning […]

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Dr. Sorg’s research reveals increasing role of fentanyl in Maine drug deaths

Dr. Marcella Sorg’s research on drug deaths is in the news, revealing the increasing role of fentanyl. The figures on drug deaths recently released by the Attorney General and the Chief Medical Examiner were compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. The first quarter figures show that […]

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MCS Public Affairs Scholar named Outstanding Graduating Student

One of the Policy Center’s public affairs scholars, Katelyn Manzo, of Etna, Maine, has been named the Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Manzo, who majored in computer science, is both a Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholar and a UMaine Presidential Scholar. Since 2016, Manzo has been a Maine Learning […]

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2018 Maine Policy Scholars Honored

The 2018 class of Maine Policy Scholars (MPS) was recently honored during a special graduation ceremony on the University of Maine campus in Orono. One student from six of the seven campuses of the University of Maine System pursued a yearlong program of applied research in an area relevant to Maine public policy. Issues addressed […]

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Mary Cathcart will receive an honorary UMaine degree

Mary Cathcart, senior policy associate at the MCS Policy Center since 2004, will receive an honorary UMaine degree at this year’s commencement on May 12. Cathcart is the founder of the Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership program which is in its tenth year. She previously served four terms in the Maine Legislature and […]

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2018 Public Affairs Scholars Present Their Research

The 2017-18 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship recipients, Katie Manzo and Julianna Ferguson, gave poster presentations of their research this week at the University of Maine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. A graduating senior in the School of Computing and Information Science, Manzo’s research focused on developing a website […]

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Maine Releases 2017 State Drug Death Statistics

In an interview this week on the radio show “Wabanaki Windows” on WERU Dr. Marcella Sorg discussed the report on Maine drug death statistics for 2017 with radio host Donna Loring. The State of Maine saw 418 drug-induced deaths in 2017, according to figures recently released by Attorney General Janet Mills. Drug overdose deaths increased […]

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Eliza Townsend, Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow April 9

The Policy Center welcomes Eliza Townsend, Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Women’s Policy Center, to UMaine as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow on Monday, April 9th. Eliza represented Portland for four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. During her tenure, she served two years on the Human Resources committee, and […]

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Research Scholarship Opportunity

Apply now for the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship An academic-year scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $3500 to support an independent research project focused on a public policy topic. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The deadline for student applications is noon on Friday, April 6, 2018. Eligibility criteria: • Be a Maine […]

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The Policy Center and Road Salt, from Maine Public

In today’s story from Maine Public, “Maine’s Snowy Roads May Be Treated With ‘Magic,’” Policy Center director Jonathan Rubin is interviewed on the topic of road salt use in Maine. Reporting on the innovative use of additives by both the City of Bangor and MaineDOT to help road salt stick better, the article refers to […]

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