Research Programs & Public Service

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Maine’s Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Needs

MCS Policy Center Director Jonathan Rubin presented a talk describing the current state of Maine’s electric vehicles and infrastructure to the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Summit on April 26, 2019 at the Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, Maine. With a new legislature and administration in place, Maine energy policy is a priority in Augusta […]

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Maine Policy Scholars begin their research

Six University of Maine System students are participating in the Maine Policy Scholars Program for 2019. The students from USM, UMF, UMM, UMPI, UMA, and UMaine have started their research projects on a policy topic of their own choosing that is relevant to Maine. These topics include first-generation college students, resources for victims of human […]

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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 Monday, April 15, 2019. Eligibility criteria: • Be a Maine […]

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MCS Recipe Research Collaborative

The Policy Center is leading a collaborative research project on campus which includes students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about food. The researchers are curious about the role of food, recipes, and cooking in politics and public life, and are eager to share those lessons with a broad range of audiences – from students to […]

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Sorg’s Research Shows Slight Decrease in Drug Deaths

The Maine Office of Attorney General has released the most recent measure of drug deaths in Maine in a report compiled by Professor Marcella Sorg of the Policy Center, revealing a slight decline since the previous year. The 2018 third-quarter drug death report found that from January to September, the total number of drug-related deaths was […]

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Trostel interviewed for Mainebiz article on Maine’s labor market

Policy Center and School of Economics Professor Philip Trostel was interviewed for the recent Mainebiz article on Maine’s tight labor market as indicated by it’s relatively low unemployment rate. Trostel points out that despite the low unemployment rate other data are not indicating that the labor market is especially favorable for workers. In particular, wages have […]

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Faculty Fellows Program trains UMS faculty leaders

The Faculty Fellows Program has kicked off its fifth year of training, welcoming select faculty from UMS campuses who wish to develop their leadership and communication skills. Twenty six faculty members representing all seven campuses recently gathered at UMaine for leadership training and team building. Subsequent meetings will focus on helping faculty better communicate their […]

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Susan Corbett is Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, Dec. 5th

Susan Corbett, Founder and Director of the National Digital Equity Center, will visit UMaine as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow on Wednesday, Dec. 5th. Ms. Corbett is a preeminent authority on rural broadband deployment and works closely with economic development and rural organizations to advance internet and wireless technologies and their adoption. In the fall of 2017, […]

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