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Seven UMS students are Maine Policy Scholars for 2017-18

The Maine Policy Scholars Program welcomes seven undergraduates representing each of the seven UMS campuses for the academic-year scholarship program. One student at each campus has been chosen to conduct research on a topic of public policy importance to the state of Maine. This year’s scholars are Allison Bernier (UMF), Corey Claflin (UMaine), Sam Atwood […]

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Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Michael Thibodeau

On Thursday, Nov. 2nd, the Policy Center welcomes Michael Thibodeau, President of the Maine State Senate, as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow. Thibodeau has served in both the House and the Senate and currently represents Senate District 11 which includes all of Waldo County. Thibodeau has served on the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee, the […]

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Rubin presents at Economic Development Conference

Policy Center Director Jonathan Rubin participated in a panel on “Growth Factors of the Regional Economy” at the Eastern Maine Development Corporation’s conference  on October 16th entitled Transformation of a Region: A Technology Driven Innovative Experience. The conference was a look at the successes of the region over the past four years in recovering from […]

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Talk – The Politics of a Sustainable Coast

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions presents: The Politics of a Sustainable Coast: Money, Science, Democracy, and Climate in Southeastern Louisiana Monday, October 16 at 3pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall Speaker: Michael A. Haedicke, Associate Professor, Drake Co-sponsors:Dept. of Sociology, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Given its low elevation and high rate of subsidence, coastal […]

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Meet this year’s Public Affairs Scholars

Two UMaine undergraduates have been chosen to receive this year’s Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship. Each student will carry out a year-long research project with relevance to public policy in the state of Maine. The project culminates in a presentation at the UMaine Student Research Symposium, where each will display their findings to the […]

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Trostel presents to New England Board of Higher Education

Professor Philip Trostel gave a presentation to the Legislative Advisory Committee of the New England Board of Higher Education last week in a session entitled “Advocating for Higher Education as a Public Good.” The meeting on September 14 focused on the topic of the documenting the public benefits of higher education. The committee notes that the […]

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Marcella Sorg presenting a webinar on drug topics

Dr. Marcella Sorg, Research Professor at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, will be presenting a webinar with Dr. Lisa Marsch of Dartmouth on “Understanding the Increase in Opiod Overdoses: NDEWS New Hampshire Hotspot Study Results.” The webinar will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon. To register use this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/18de12bebdbc0a944ac87b605f06faf5 More information at […]

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Sorg’s Research on Drug Deaths in the News

The first half of 2017 saw 185 drug overdose deaths in Maine, according to data recently released by the state. Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center has tracked overdose deaths and trends for the state for years, and her research shows that the number of deaths linked to the powerful synthetic opioid […]

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Celebrating Summer Interns

The final reception for the Maine Government Summer Interns was held at the Blaine House to recognize the contribution of the student interns and their supervisors to Maine state and local government. The internship program this year hosted 39 students for summer internships in locations throughout Maine. Interns were undergraduate, graduate and law students who […]

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