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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

PEP Fellows Visit the Massachusetts State House to Present Their Research to Policymakers

(L to R): PEP Fellow Michael Rawlins, Geoscience, Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences; PEP Fellow Sylvia Brandt, Resource Economics; PEP Director Amy T. Schalet, Sociology; PEP Fellow Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences; and PEP Fellow Lisa Chasan-Taber, Epidemiology.

PEP Steering Committee's Laurel Smith-Doerr Presents her NSF-Funded Research on Capitol Hill to Oppose Proposed Bill to Cut NSF Funding for Social Sciences

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year's version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF's research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social,

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