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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

"Writing for Non-Academic Audiences" 
Date/Time: March 24, 11:30 am- 1 pm 
Location: Hadley Room, 10th floor of Campus Center

2015 Fellow, Michael Rawlins Receives On-going Media Attention for Conversation on Below Average Temperatures

"Mike Rawlins of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst said the average local February temperature has increased by .25 degrees F per decade for the last 180 years. "It is important to keep in mind these are just weather events," said Rawlins. "The climate is warming and that is shown with the data.  We don't want to confuse cold weather events with a warming climate." (WAMC 

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

March 24, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Hadley Room, 10th floor of Campus Center

Scholars are increasingly interested in reaching audiences beyond the academy. But how can we most effectively engage non-academics through our writing?

Five panelists with experience using research to write trade books, opeds, policy messages, press releases, and

2015 Fellow, Michael Rawlins, Says Injecting Sulfur Pollution Into the Air to Offset Global Warming Isn’t a Good Plan on WWLP

2015 Fellow, Michael A. Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center, says the idea of injecting sulfur pollution into the air to help offset global warming isn’t a good plan. He says this could have dangerous and unknown side effects and could make things worse. (WWLP-TV 22, 2/11/15;

2015 Fellow, Michael Rawlins, Interviewed by NEPR/WFCR FM 88.5 on Above Average Snowfall

"UMass climate scientist Michael Rawlins says it’s not unusual for the region to see heavy snowfall at this time of year. And while no single storm is necessarily a result of climate change, Rawlins says more frequent heavy snows are likely as climate change continues." (Henry Epp, NEPR, February 9, 2015)

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2015 Fellow, Paul Collins’ Book Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change, coauthored by 2015 Fellow Paul Collins (with Lori Ringhand), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014. The book challenges the commonly held belief that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are little more than political grandstanding. Instead, Collins and Ringhand demonstrate that the


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