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Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

Upcoming Events

U.S. Supreme Court Justice
A conversation with a member of our nation’s highest court 
9.9.15 | 7:30 p.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield
*Free and open to the public*

Advisory Board's, M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics and Director of CPPA) was quoted in article on Phillipines companies being urged to expand benefits for LGBT employees

Phillipines LGBT couples

Businesses should consider extending health care and familial benefits to employees and their partners in same-sex relationships to make workplaces more responsive to the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT), said M.V. Lee Badgett in a recent interview. A more inclusive set of policies for LGBT employees could bring improved productivity she added  “I think a lot of it has to do with having specific policies about nondiscrimination. Businesses can have their own policies about that and make them very clear” . 

The article "PHL companies urged to expand benefits for LGBT employeeswas published in Business World Online/Phillipines on September 2, 2015

2015 Fellow Paul M. Collins, Jr. was quoted on his research on Justice Clarence Thomas in The New York Times

Justice Clarence Thomas

Paul M. Collins Jr. was mentioned in The New York Times about his research on the choice of words used by Justice Clarence Thomas. He came to the conclusion that there might be a link between Justice Thomas’s approach to arguments and the high rates of seemingly borrowed language in his opinions. 

The article  "Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice of Few Words, Some Not His Own" was published in the New York Times on August 27, 20

Advisory Board's, M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics and Director of CPPA) spoke at a forum at the Philippines House of representatives on how inclusive policies for LGBT might lead to greater productivity and economic growth

Advisory Board's, M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics and Director of CPPA) spoke in a forum hosted by the committee on women and gender equality at the House of Representatives in The Phillipines on August 17, 2015. She is quoted in the article "Inclusive policies for LGBT linked to greater productivity, economic growth", published on Business World Online on August 17, 2015


2015 Fellow Michael A. Rawlins says he commends President Obama for his new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the country

Massachusetts should have little trouble adapting to President Barack Obama’s new rule on reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions because the state already passed a more aggressive plan, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. Along with climate scientist Michael Rawlins and spokesmen for energy providers in western Massachusetts, Rosenberg applauded the plan.

Rawlins adds additional comments in the article "Massachusetts has more aggressive plan than new federal rule reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions", published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on August 6, 2015.

2015 Fellow Nilanjana "Buju" Dasgupta Joins New NSF Initiative to Increase STEM Participation

NSF INCLUDES is a multi-year comprehensive national initiative to catalyze improvement in the preparation, participation, advancement, and potential contributions of those who have been traditionally underserved in the STEM fields.

As a member of the National Science Foundation's Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners that have been Underrepresented for Diversity in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES), Nilanjana "Buju" Dasgupta, (Psychological and Brain Sciences) summarized the first planning meeting's discussions and breakout sessions for France Cordova , the new director of the NSF and founder of the new initiative.



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