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Linda Tropp (FRS '09-'10) to Participate in Upcoming Seminar, "Where We Stand and What We See"

Linda Tropp will be one of five panelists on the upcoming seminar,  "Where We Stand and What We See", hosted by the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). The seminar will address the following questions: in what ways does our social position affect the academic work that we do? Does one’s position in society produce "epistemic advantages," allowing someone to see things that others cannot? If there is, what can social science do to accommodate such things? What do such issues imply about the possibility of knowledge in social science?

The panel brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to discuss whether and how "where we stand" affects "what we see" and "what we can know" as scholars. The seminar is scheduled on Thursday, November 29, 2018  from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and will be located in E20 Machmer Hall, UMass Amherst. Click here for more information. 

Tatishe Nteta (FRS ’14-’15) Quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education on the Correlation Between College Education and Political Beliefs

What is it about a college degree — especially when filtered by race and gender — that so starkly correlates with political beliefs? In the social sciences, a college degree is more than just a piece of paper, said Tatishe M. Nteta, an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It’s an indicator of a set of networks and worldviews provided by the campus and classroom experience. “People who have a college degree tend to be friends with, tend to work with, tend to live in neighborhoods with individuals who also have college degrees,” Nteta said. In a recent paper, Nteta and his colleagues studied voter samples from the 2016 election to analyze what had driven the so-called education gap among white voters.Read more here.

Lisa Wexler (FRS '07-'08) Receives $3.5 Million Grant to Expand Suicide Prevention Pilot Program in Rural Alaska

The intervention, “Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide” (PC CARES) was developed by Lisa Wexler and Cris Smith at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues from Northwest Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wexler and colleagues pilot-tested the program in 10 far-flung Native Alaska communities over the past year. They recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to expand the project, “re-envisioning it to adapt to a new region,” as she explains. Read more here.