All posts by Research Shows

Research Shows

About Research Shows

Education. Jobs. Health. Poverty. Crime. Immigration. Environment. Campaigns. Rights. What does research show? Avoiding jargon, Maine’s Scholars Strategy Network explores pressing issues and democratic life.

“Were you mature at 18? Jails get it wrong by treating young adults as real adults”

Michael Rocque, Director of Research, Maine Department of Corrections Originally published in The Bangor Daily News on April 15, 2014. The notion that certain things are “set in stone” and unchanging is a popular one in the U.S. “People do not change” is a widespread belief. We tend to think of characteristics such as intelligence […]

Fact and fiction about Maine’s drug affected babies

Alison Mitchell, University of Maine originally published in the Bangor Daily News on March 18, 2014 Maine’s increase in substance-exposed births has received a lot of coverage lately. Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his plan to address the issue last week. Much of the focus of recent coverage is related to Maine’s troubling opioid abuse rate, the highest in the […]

Guaranteed income for every adult? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think

Michael Howard, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on March 4, 2014 I argued previously in a Feb. 4 BDN OpEd that unconditional cash transfers funded by a carbon tax could bring about substantial reductions in extreme poverty globally. But what about the less-than-extreme poverty in developed countries? Is there a case to […]

First a parent, then a scholar: How this Maine woman finally completed college

Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine and Sandy Butler, University of Maine originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 24, 2014 Editor’s note: In this monthly series, the authors introduce you to people who are apt to be your neighbors, are struggling to make ends meet and have been affected by specific state policies. […]

Which companies pay to play with ALEC?

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Harvard University originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 18, 2014 The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has attracted considerable attention in recent years for its role as a forum for companies to lobby state legislators. Operating since 1973, ALEC describes itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector […]

No, Kristof, academics aren’t cloistered like Medieval Monks

Originally published at Talking Points Memo on February 17, 2014. Selection below.  Nicholas Kristof wrote in his Sunday New York Times column that to the detriment of the American people, professors are missing from the great debates of our time. He blames this on scholars themselves and the larger academic culture that “glorifies arcane unintelligibility while […]

Upcoming Bangor area talks on corporate power in state policymaking

This week, we’ll be joined by guest Scholars Strategy Network member, Alex Hertel-Fernandez for number of talks in the greater Bangor area. Here is the press release for his upcoming appearances… Alex Hertel-Fernandez to speak on “Corporate Power in America’s Statehouses,” with a response from Rep. Adam Goode and audience discussion Bangor: Thursday, February 20, […]

One solution could fight both global extreme poverty and climate change

Michael Howard, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 4, 2014. Global extreme poverty is an urgent and persistent, but ultimately solvable, problem. One partial solution to such widespread poverty could also help to mitigate the growing impacts of climate change: the development of a universal dividend funded by a […]