The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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

The Public Engagement Project invites applications from UMass faculty for the Spring 2020 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship

Do you want to share your research with audiences beyond the academy, write an effective op-ed or policy brief, testify before Congress, or work with community and professional groups?

The Public Engagement Project invites applications from UMass faculty for the Spring 2020 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship. As a Public Engagement Faculty Fellow, you’ll develop a fellowship plan tailored to your expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics. You will receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivating networks to reach those publics, and workshopping your policy brief, blog, op-ed piece, or other public engagement products. 

For more information, click here. 

2015 PEP Fellow, Nilanjana Dasgupta, among group of researchers whose recent report on sexual harassment and gender bias in the STEM workforce featured in Science

A diverse group of scientists, including 2015 PEP Fellow, Nilanjana Dasgupta, report their findings and recommendations on how institutions and funding agencies can address and prevent sexual harassment and gender bias in the STEM workforce. Details of their suggested “specific, potentially high-impact policy changes” appear in the current issue of Science. Also read about findings in Health Medicine Network.

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, gives talk at the Joint Global Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion held by the International Organization for Migration in Geneva Switzerland

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, was recently invited to give a talk entitled, "Contact-based Interventions: Forging Partnerships Between Academic Researchers and Non-governmental Organizations" during the Workshop on Promoting Good Relations at the Joint Global Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion held by the International Organization for Migration in Geneva Switzerland

PEP Steering Committee Member, Laurel Smith-Doerr, and, 2018 PEP Fellow, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey's research investigating why men earn more than women at seven U.S. federal science agencies featured in Phys.org article.

PEP Steering Committee Member, Laurel Smith-Doerr, and, 2018 PEP Fellow, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey were part of a research team investigating why men earn more than women at seven U.S. federal science agencies. The research, featured in a Phys.org article, finds that in agencies focused on engineering, physical sciences and other traditionally masculine fields, the pay gap is largely the result of men being paid more than women for the same jobs. At more “gender-neutral agencies,” the gap is due to hiring more women for low-paying jobs.

PEP Steering Committee Member, M.V. Lee Badgett's new research on poverty among LGBT people in the U.S. featured in the Windy City Time

M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, is the lead author of a new study, featured in the Windy City Times, that finds 21.6% of LGBT people in the U.S. experience poverty compared to 15.7% of cisgender straight people. Badgett, who conducted the study for the Williams Institute at UCLA, where she is a distinguished scholar, says, “Our study shows that all subpopulations of LGBT people fare the same or worse than cisgender straight people.” 

2015 PEP Fellow, Rebecca Spencer's research on the benefits of naps and overnight sleep on early childhood memory featured in WPSD news story

A WPSD news story featured findings from a study by sleep researchers at UMass Amherst, led by 2015 PEP Fellow, Rebecca Spencer. They report for the first time evidence that naps and overnight sleep may work together to benefit memory in early childhood. The study was published in Scientific Reports. Spencer, and colleagues, report that for children in this study, “Individually, the nap and overnight sleep bouts were not sufficient to induce changes in memory. A significant benefit of napping was observed only when changes across the entire 24-hour period were considered. This supports an interplay between the nap and subsequent overnight sleep in the consolidation of memories in young children.” Research also featured in WMTV and Fox 43 news stories. Read more here

Deepankar Basu, 2017 PEP Fellow, discusses his new study on the relationship between right-wing hate crimes in India and the success of the BJP Party on The Real News Network.

Deepankar Basu, 2017 PEP Fellow, discusses on The Real News Network his new study on the relationship between right-wing hate crimes in India and the success of the BJP Party. Basu says where this nationalist party is strongest there is a noticeable increase in reported hate crimes while in areas where the BJP Party is not as strong, that trend is less pronounced. Research also featured in The Indo-Canadian Voice and IndiaWest.

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