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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

Making your Research Public
October 5, 2015
12:30pm to 2:00pm

Campus Center Room 804-09
Light refreshments served

The Public Engagement Project kicks off the academic year with a panel  of five 2015 UMass Public Engagement Faculty Fellows discussing their successes and challenges disseminating research to the media, policy makers, community groups, and the general public.     Read more

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)

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, 2015

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



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