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Marcella Sorg’s research on drug overdose deaths in Maine

Research conducted by Marcella Sorg, PhD, of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, for the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner shows that in 2016 there was a nearly 40% increase in deaths due to a drug overdose from 2015. The overwhelming majority of these deaths, 84%, were caused alone or in […]

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MCS Policy Center is hiring

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time Research Associate or Senior Research Associate. The Policy Center is a nonpartisan, independent research and public service unit of the University of Maine. Our research is interdisciplinary, cutting across departmental lines to bring together faculty, students, and external policy experts […]

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Marcella Sorg Will Receive 2017 Presidential Public Service Achievement Award

Research Professor Marcella Sorg will receive the 2017 Presidential Public Service Achievement Award for her contribution to the university. The award will be presented at the President’s Faculty Recognition Luncheon May 13. Sorg is a research professor at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with joint appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Climate Change […]

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Barbara Leonard will be Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, April 4

Barbara Leonard, President and CEO of Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), will be the next Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow on Tuesday, April 4th. Leonard joined the MeHAF team in 2007 and has played a leadership role in philanthropic and public health program development, administration, management and evaluation at the state and national level. Leonard has developed initiatives such […]

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Trostel Study Referenced in Bangor Daily News Op-Ed

Professor Phil Trostel’s study PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE: The Fiscal Payoff of Investment in Early Childhood Development in Maine was referenced in a Bangor Daily News opinion article March 27 entitled A commitment to poor children’s well-being is key to Maine’s future prosperity. Authors argue that public investment in early childhood development is essential to Maine’s future and […]

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Trostel interviewed on ABC/Fox News

Policy Center and School of Economics Professor Philip Trostel was interviewed for a story which aired March 17 on his research on Mainers’ saving for retirement. Trostel’s recent report for the AARP examines the fiscal costs of insufficient saving for retirement. His study indicates that Mainers aren’t saving as much as they should. Trostel estimates the […]

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MCS Library Scholarship awarded to Waterman

UMaine senior Madison Waterman has been awarded the Margaret Chase Smith Library Scholarship for 2017. Madison is a Political Science/Spanish double major. She will be conducting research for her Political Science capstone project examining the perceptions of women as candidates for national office. Madison plans to examine Senator Smith’s archives related to her nomination and presidential […]

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Trostel’s Report on Retirement Savings in Maine is Available

A final report by Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and School of Economics Professor Philip Trostel on “The Fiscal Implications of Inadequate Saving for Retirement” is now available. This study estimates the future costs to taxpayers from new retirees in Maine and in the United States. According to AARP Maine, one-third of Mainers 65+ rely entirely […]

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State Treasurer Terry Hayes, Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow

Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes visited UMaine on February 23 as part of the Center’s Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows (DMPF) Program. The program brings prominent Maine policy makers to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage with faculty on research and public policy issues, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students. […]

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New Issue of Maine Policy Review

The latest issue of Maine Policy Review is now available for download on Digital Commons. MPR Volume 25, number 2, features an essay from Maine Sen. Angus King on climate change and articles on  topics of healthcare, bond referenda, international trade, and municipal waste reduction. Commentaries address the Arctic Council, the presidential election, and financial literacy. This […]

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