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Research associate, Ballingall cited in COVID19 traffic data report in PPH

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center research associate, Katheryn Ballingall was cited in an article in the Portland Press Herald titled “Smartphone, traffic data reveal sharp reduction in Mainers’ mobility.” The article discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected traffic patterns throughout the state of Maine as Mainer’s shelter in place. Each county in the […]

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Latest issue of Maine Policy Review published online

Volume 29, Issue 1 of Maine Policy Review is now available online. Although the journal is not being printed due to COVID19 limitations, the entire issue is available to read through MPR‘s Digital Commons website. The issue contains engaging policy content on a variety of topics including: Rural Nursing Homes Workforce Development Maine’s Wine Industry OSHA […]

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MCS Policy Center Launches Maine Policy Matters Podcast

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is excited to announce its podcast series, Maine Policy Matters. The focus of this podcast is the exploration of policy matters at the local, regional, and national levels as well as to highlight how policy decisions in Maine matter at the local, regional, and national levels. The double play […]

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$3,500 scholarship opportunity for UM students

Apply now for the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship In honor of Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s many years of service to the citizens of Maine and the nation this scholarship provides assistance to undergraduates who have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and who show promise for future leadership in, and contribution to, public affairs.  Senator […]

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Tierney publishes op-ed in Bangor Daily News regarding 2020 election

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center affiliated faculty member, Dr. Amber Tierney published an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News this month titled, “Want to Win an Election? Think More Like an Activist”. In it, she argues that we cannot dismiss Joe Biden’s reversal of fortune in the Democrat presidential primaries by saying “well, that’s politics” […]

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MCSPC Naloxone Team Co-Develops Mobile App to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Maine’s Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the University of Maine, has released a free mobile app that provides key information to help reduce deaths from opioid overdoses. The app, OD-ME, contains naloxone administration instructions for both intranasal Narcan and intramuscular naloxone, and step-by-step audio and visual guidance on how to perform rescue breathing. […]

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Director Rubin presenting at the Smart Prosperity Institute in Ottawa

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center director, Jonathan Rubin, is presenting at the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa. The Smart Prosperity Institute is hosting the annual symposium of Greening Growth Partnerships & Economic and Environmental Policy Research Network where Rubin is highlighting his research titled “Reducing GHG Emissions in Transport: State Best Practices […]

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Using Mathematics to Understand Maine’s Opioid Epidemic

Cole Butler, a mathematics major at the University of Maine, is working alongside Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Faculty Fellow Dr. Peter Stechlinski to develop a mathematical model for understanding the opioid crisis in the state of Maine. Butler, who received a Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs scholarship from the Center, contends that the opioid […]

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MCS Public Affairs Scholarship Provides $3,500 to support undergraduate research

Apply now for the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship The MCS Public Affairs Scholarship is an academic-year scholarship 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 applications is noon on Friday, April 10, 2020. Eligibility criteria: • a […]

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DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew visits campus as Policy Center DMPF

On Thursday, February 20, 2020 Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew Ph.D. was the guest of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. Commissioner Lambrew was chosen as one of this year’s Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows. Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are individuals with past or current careers […]

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