School of Economics Professors and Students attend Maine Water and Sustainability Conference

April 2nd, 2014 4:14 PM

IMG_20140401_082336  Kay Mann of Green Energy Maine wrote about the event held:

“On April 1, 2014, Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center presented a daylong session on “Maine’s Energy Future” at the 2014 Maine Water & Sustainability Conference, held at the Augusta Civic Center. The Chair of the session was Dr. Caroline Noblet, University of Maine School of Economics.

This session examined Maine’s energy future and the different options and strategies being proposed and implemented to further the state’s energy security. Presentations included research and applications related to the economic, environmental and social impacts of: renewable energy technologies under development in Maine including tidal, off-shore wind and bioenergy; the transition from reliance on oil; the role of efficiency in lowering energy needs and the potential for using Maine’s biomass and waste stream.”

You can read about various  presentations at

Grad student Stephanie Whalley selected to speak at sold out TEDxUMaine 2014 The Student Experience.

March 30th, 2014 7:34 PM

Stephanie’s talk is titled: “Toward a Sustainable Energy Future: A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis of Electricity Options for the United States.”

Abstract: The term “sustainability” has become a popular catch phrase in recent years. Many recent definitions of sustainability emphasize the importance of meeting growing energy needs of both present and future generations while addressing social, environmental, economic and technological limitations. The electric power sector is the single largest consumer of primary energy in the United States, making the sustainability of the sector an essential component of national sustainability goals. Some researchers have compared technologies based on one measure of sustainability such as land or water use, emissions, or cost but very few have attempted to compare multiple electricity generating technologies across many criteria spanning the four main areas of sustainability. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is a unique tool that allows multiple measures to be included and weighted and results in an overall ranking of technologies. This research uses MCDA to compare the sustainability of 13 commercially available electricity generating technologies in the United States using the criteria of job creation, the levelized cost of energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, land use, and capacity factor (the amount of electricity generated in a year divided by the maximum electricity that could be generated based on the facility rating). The resulting sustainability ranking is a helpful summary tool for analyzing the overall sustainability of electricity generating technologies which can be useful for policy making.

Alum Ewa J. Kleczyk, to be Honored at 2014 Woman of the Year Ceremony!

March 14th, 2014 7:54 PM

Ewa will be honored on May 1 in New York City. The event is hosted by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) which is the leading not-for-profit global organization committed to helping women in healthcare achieve their leadership goals at every stage of their career. Ewa Kleczyk will be honored with a Luminary Award, which recognizes previous Rising Star recipients who have made significant impacts on the healthcare industry and/or experienced significant career advancements since receiving their Rising Star Award. Ewa first received the Rising Star award in 2012. Since becoming a Rising Star recipient, Ewa has been inspired to get involved in women’s mentoring and professional development, change her career path and achieve her goal of leveraging her quantitative skills to work directly with pharmaceutical clients, and ultimately become an active leader.

Governor LePage cites Professor Gabe’s report on the maple syrup industry

March 5th, 2014 6:23 PM

At a Blaine House event, the Governor touted the industry by citing Todd Gabe’s new study highlighting the economic impact of Maine’s Maple Industry.

“Maine’s maple industry contributes an estimated $27.7 million directly to the Maine economy,” said Governor LePage. “The new study also shows that Maine’s maple industry has an annual statewide economic contribution, including multiplier effects, of an estimated $48.7 million in output, 805 full- and part-time jobs and $25.1 million in labor income. Most importantly, this industry has a huge potential for additional job creation.

Other key findings of the study by University of Maine Professor of Economics Todd Gabe:
Maine has the third largest maple industry in the United States.  Maine’s maple industry is characterized by a relatively small number of farms accounting for the vast majority of syrup that is produced.  Maine’s licensed maple syrup producers have been in operation an average of 24 years, and many of the farms appear to span multiple generations.  Maine’s maple industry—which counts the licensed producers, and sales at retail food stores and businesses impacted by Maine Maple Sunday—generates 567 full- and part-time jobs, and $17.3 million in labor income.”

See the Maine Sun Journal story!

Professor Jim McConnon’s research used in Governor’s 2014 State of the State address

March 1st, 2014 11:07 AM

Dr. McConnon’s research on micro-businesses was used in Gov. LePage’s speech
under the Job/Economy section. See highlights of the speech at:

Maine’s Honorable Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap visits SOE

March 1st, 2014 11:04 AM

The Honorable Secretary was on campus as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow at the invitation of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. The Honorable Secretary sat down for an hour with Drs. Noblet and Teisl, and graduate student Travis Blackmer. He was impressed with the programs and initiatives at UMaine and pointed out that faculty devotion to students was the most important and impressive part.

Elyse Doyle, SOE undergrad, spent last summer on a wind energy internship

February 26th, 2014 7:02 PM

doyle-windElyse contacted and surveyed over 400 Maine businesses to build an online supply-chain database for future wind developers.  She also created a monthly, “wind energy in Maine,” newsletter for industry members and the public, and gave wind presentations to elementary age students.  Finally, she presented her elementary school presentation to teachers from around the world who attended College of the Atlantic’s summer course focused on how to teach about wind energy in the classroom.  We are happy to say that Elyse is now an SOE graduate student.

Alum Arthur Jones, Senior Managing Economist,CBRE Econometric Advisors presents seminar and gives SOE grad and undergrad students career advice

February 15th, 2014 2:31 PM

Mr. Arthur Jones came to campus on January 24th to give a seminar titled “Understanding the New Economy” to a full house of faculty and students. His talk was highly interesting and generated a lot of good discussion. Mr. Jones also graciously met with three groups of students interested in gaining some career advice. Each session ran a little over an hour and I believe he was losing his voice by the end!

Here is his background from CBRE EA’s website.

Mr. Jones directs CBRE EA’s Office and Industrial commercial real estate forecasts and is responsible for guiding its U.S. macro and regional economic outlooks. Mr. Jones has experience in regional economics, labor market outcomes and income inequality. Before joining the firm he was an economist with the U.S. Census Bureau, where he authored numerous publications on income trends and survey methodology. He was also a regional economist with Moody’s Analytics. He holds both undergrad and grad degrees in economics from the University of Maine.

Undergraduate Garret Sullivan Returns from Russia

February 15th, 2014 2:26 PM

Garrett spent last semester as an intern in the Economics section of the United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia.  Garrett: created presentations for the Ambassador on various topics, researched key Russian political figures, proofread and performed research for speeches given by embassy officials, and served as a note taker for a variety of diplomatic meetings. He learned to be highly adaptable as each day presented a new and interesting scenario. Though most business at the embassy was conducted in English, he spoke almost exclusively Russian outside of work.

Mike Montgomery highlighted in Choosing the Right College 2014-15

February 1st, 2014 12:09 PM

Mike Montgomery highlighted as a high quality economics faculty in “Choosing the Right College 2014–15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Outstanding Lesser-Known Institutions.”