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: http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-maine-governor-paul-lepages-2014-state-of-the-state-address.html

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 http://www.winddatamaine.com 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.”

Sharon Tisher writes Op-ed for BDN

January 13th, 2014 9:18 PM

Maine should lead Washington on climate policy argue Sharon Tisher and Peter Mills in this recent Op-ed for the Bangor Daily News: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/24/opinion/maine-should-lead-washington-on-climate-policy/?ref=search

Proposal for an undergraduate International Affairs – Economics B.A. degree approved

December 29th, 2013 10:03 PM

While focused on international economics and policy, the undergrad program will also offer a strong, interdisciplinary curriculum that includes courses from departments across campus which enables students from diverse disciplines to integrate an international perspective into their studies and future careers.  The curriculum also has a strong emphasis on language and culture training.

Degree requirements will soon be available on the International Affairs website http://umaine.edu/internationalaffairs/

Proposal for two dual master’s degrees between the School of Economics and the School of Policy and International Affairs approved

December 29th, 2013 9:59 PM

The dual degrees are: 1) M.A. in Global Policy and M.A. in Economics; 2) M.A. in Global Policy and M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy. The dual-degree program is intended for students interested in the application of economics and policy in an international setting.  Students in the dual degree program earn two master’s degrees in 3 instead of 4 years.

For more information: Dual degree – ECON-SPIA

Proposed 4 + 1 program for the School of Economics is approved

December 29th, 2013 9:57 PM

The 4 + 1 program will recruit many of our best SOE undergraduate students into the SOE graduate program, while saving them time and money.  Juniors accepted into the highly competitive program will start taking graduate courses during their junior and senior years, and be able to count those courses for both their undergrad and grad degrees. The 4 + 1 effectively halves the time it takes the student to earn the masters degree.

For more information: ECO 4+1 Program