Public Engagement Fellows Share Research with Legislators, Policymakers

Public Engagement Project fellows Jonathan Wynn, Erin Baker, Erica Scharrer, Julie Brigham-Grette and Scott Garman at the State House.
Public Engagement Project fellows Jonathan Wynn, Erin Baker, Erica Scharrer, Julie Brigham-Grette and Scott Garman at the State House.

Five Public Engagement Project fellows visited the State House May 9 to share their research and explore synergies in meetings with 16 state representatives, senators and other policy leaders.

The group included Jonathan Wynn, sociology, Erin Baker, mechanical and industrial engineering, Erica Scharrer, communication, Julie Brigham-Grette, geosciences, and Scott Garman, biochemistry and molecular biology. They were accompanied by PEP director Amy Shalet, sociology.

"In their meetings with lawmakers, the PEP fellows shared research relevant to a range of policy areas, including urban cultural policy, newborn screening and public health, energy policy, policy responses to rising sea levels and media literacy education. We hope that these initial meetings can be springboards for ongoing collaborative relationships through which UMass researchers can share their expertise with Massachusetts lawmakers," said Schalet.