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

April 27, 2016 9:00 am

Free Webinar: From Publication to the Public: Expanding your research beyond academia

Join Maria Balinska, Editor of The Conversation US, previously of BBC London, and a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard (need we say more?) as she addresses these questions and some of your own in a free, one-hour webinar. She’ll also present some success stories from other researchers as well as one place to start for you and your colleagues – The Conversation US, an independent, non-profit media organization that publishes news analysis and commentary written by academics and edited by journalists aimed at the general public. (In other words, a team of professional editors who work with scholars like yourselves to apply their expertise to topical issues and to unlock their cutting edge research, all at no cost to you.) Register Here!

2016 Fellow Thomas Zoeller co-authors consensus statement providing guidance on criteria for endocrine disruptor legislation in Europe

As part of a group of seven independent researchers from universities and research institutions from Europe and the United States, Thomas, Zoeller co-authored the consensus statement "Scientific Issues Relevant to Setting Regulatory Criteria to Identify Endocrine Disrupting Substances in the European Union" in Environmental Health Perspectives. He and his international colleagues state believe have found a way to end a nearly three-year-long stalemate over legal requirements by the European Commission to provide criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals. Read more.

2016 Fellow Louis F. Graham states: “Gains for the LGBT Community Must Include Gay People of Color.”

Louis Graham, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciencespublished an article “Gains for the LGBT Community Must Include Gay People of Color” on The Valley Advocate on April 18th, 2016. Graham states we still need an agenda that better reflects the diversity of LGBT communities and that prioritizes the social and structural conditions impacting the most marginalized among us.

Advisory Board Member, M.V. Lee Badgett, comments in a story about how large corporations are fighting states that pass discriminatory laws aimed at gay marriage and LGBT people

M.V. Lee Badgett is quoted in a series of articles talking about large corporations impact on laws aimed at gay marriage and LGBT rights. She says states also created a legal patchwork of laws trying to prevent gay marriage. “The patchwork of laws on marriage wasn’t working for them (business). Now we’re looking at a new patchwork developing. That’s not going to work for them either,” Badgett says.

"State proposals on LGBT rights push business into spotlight" published by Corvallis Gazette-Times on April 17, 2016. 

"State proposals on LGBT rights push business into spotlight" published by The Marietta Times on April 17, 2016.

2015 PEP Fellow, Rebecca Spencer, interviewed about her research in the Harvard Business Journal

Rebecca Spencer was interviewed in an article, “Sleeping on It” Doesn’t Lead to Better Decisions", posted in the Harvard Business Journal in the May 2016 issue. Rebecca and her co-researchers conducted a study in which they asked people to evaluate laptop cases for potential purchases. Spencer stated " It was evident that people who made a decision the same day felt better about their choice than those who had slept on it". 

PEP Director Dr. Amy Schalet quoted in article about sexuality in Netherlands

Amy Schalet, Associate Professor of Sociology at UMass Amherst, was quoted in an article, "Worried about your teenage daughter? Move to the Netherlands", published in the LA Times on April 8, 2016. In this article Amy says "The Sexual revolution transformed attitudes in both countries, but, whereas American parents and policymakers responded by tearing teen sex as a health crisis, the Dutch went another way: They consciously embraced it as a natural, though requiring proper guidance." 

Advisory Board Member, M.V. Lee Badgett, comments in a story about how religious freedom laws are drawing opposition from business, especially big business

M.V. Lee Badgett was quoted in an article, "How Religious Freedom Laws Hurt Businesses", posted by Inc.com on April 8th, 2016. Badgett says “Businesses have made the case that they need to be able to treat their employees equally, and they need to retain the best employees.” She says the new laws “get in the way of that, and make it harder to move employees to places that are discriminatory.”

Advisory Board Member, M.V. Lee Badgett, says North Carolina’s approval of a new law that removes some protections for LGBT individuals is being criticized by large corporations

Advisory Board Member, M.V. Lee Badgett, was mentioned in an article, "American Airlines, Apple, NBA denounce NC law ending LGBT protections", published by the The Charlotte Observer on March 24, 2016. Badgett says "North Carolina's approval of a new law that removes some protections for LGBT individuals is being criticized by large corporations because they tend to tout cultures of nondiscrimination to help them compete". She also states that "businesses are worried about being able to recruit and retain the best employees, and laws like this are things they point to as making that harder”. 

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