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

January 27, 4-6 PM

Place: TBA

The Public Professor

Hear PEP Steering Committee member Lee Badgett speak about her forthcoming book, The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World

Advisory Board's Linda Tropp Attends Congressional Briefing on Police Reforms

A panel of experts discusses the need for police reform to regain community trust. Capital News Service photo by Alessia Grunberger

Advisory Board's Linda Tropp testified at a hearing on November 5th in Washington D.C. on ways to improve law enforcement practices and get rid of racial profiling. "Given the cues we regularly encounter and receive about different racial groups in our society, it is likely that most Americans in the United States would exhibit some degree of implicit bias favoring whites,” said Linda Tropp at this forum.

"Community Trust of Police Requires Reforms Experts Say" was published on November 4, 2015 in Capitol News Service

Advisory Board's Lisa M. Troy is cited for her research on physical activity's impact on postmenopausal compared to premenopausal women

Lisa Troy, nutrition, has conducted research that shows some type of physical activity have a greater impact on the body composition in postmenopausal compared to premenopausal women. Her research has been featured in many articles and news sources. 

Advisory Board's Linda Tropp was interviewed regarding racial tensions and perceptions

"Behavioral manifestations of anxiety such as less eye contact, shifting away, standing farther back, or maintaining great social distance may be due to racial anxiety, but in actuality, they might be interpreted by the perceiver or the person you're interacting with as racial hostility or rejection" said Linda Tropp in a recent interview regarding racial tensions and perceptions. This interview, "How do we improve dialogue about race relations",  was conducted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on the PBS Network on October 9th, 2015. 

Advisory Board's, M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics and Director of CPPA) discusses the UMass new school of public policy

As a result of a large scale modernization effort, the University of Massachusetts has recently begun the development of a new school of public policy. The new school, which would be an evolution of the existing Center for Public Policy and Administration, seeks to bridge gaps between not only the curriculum of the social sciences but that of the entire university. M.V. Lee Badgett, the current director of CCPA, outlined the motivations for the school, which she says will expand on CCPA’s previous focus.

The article "UMass developing new school of public policy" was published in The Massachusetts Daily Collegian on September 22, 201

AAAS Fellows Panel-Bridging Policy and Careers

September 25, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room 162 Campus Center

Would you like to know more about AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships and Congressional Fellowships, and how they facilitate careers in academia, non-profits, government and industry? This panel of advanced degree holders (mechanical engineering, molecular biology, neuroscience, resource and resource economics) will discuss their fellowships in the executive and congressional branches of government and describe how these experiences led to current roles at Biogen, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMass Med).  This event is co-sponsored with Graduate Women in STEM. Pre-registration is required

2015 Fellow Sylvia Brandt interviewed on asthma and global warming for Yale's series on climate change

Child with Asthma

Like an elephant on your chest. Like breathing through a straw. These are ways asthma sufferers describe how their constricted airways feel. Families and society are constricted as well, by the enormous costs of this chronic lung disease. Some parents have to quit their jobs to care for asthmatic children, who are also more likely to struggle in school. And climate change is causing more, and more severe, cases of asthma.
The article
and audio interview "Asthma and Global Warming"  was published  July 30, 2015 on Yale Climate Connections.

Inaugural Public Engagement Faculty Fellows to Share Insights

2015 Fellow Sylvia Brandt with Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)

Five faculty members who received training as part of the inaugural Public Engagement Project (PEP) Faculty Fellowship Program last spring will discuss their experiences at a panel titled “Making Your Research Public” on Monday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 in 804-09 Campus Center.

During their fellowship program, fellows presented research to policymakers, created websites for the broader public, initiated collaborations with the Boston Museum of Science and Boston Public Market, and disseminated a brochure on healthy sleep habits among pre-school directors. They also placed opinion editorials, developed press releases and news advisories, and had their research covered in over 50 media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, PBS News Hour, Scientific American, The Conversation, Huffington Post and The Academic Minute.   

Photo: 2015 Fellow Sylvia Brandt with Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)