PEP Steering Committee members Jenny Ross and Laurel Smith-Doerr and colleagues discuss strengthening NSF proposals with effective broader impacts at a faculty workshop on 3/28

Interested in strengthening your NSF proposal with effective broader impacts? PEP Steering Committee members Jenny Ross and Laurel Smith-Doerr and colleagues will present their experiences with developing, carrying out, and evaluating projects that address broader impact goals at a faculty workshop on Wednesday, March 28th from 3-4:30pm in LSL South 330-340 (Conference Center). More details and registration information available here.

PEP Steering Committee Member Linda Tropp co-authors Guardian column arguing that public attitude towards immigrants is less hostile than the Trump administration suggests

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, is co-author of a column in The Guardian that says the attitude of the public in the U.S. toward immigrants is much less hostile than is reflected in moves by the Trump administration such as changing the mission statement of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to remove the phrase that we are a “nation of immigrants.” Discussing a series of actions and studies on beliefs that show widespread support for U.S. immigrants, the authors argue that these examples "uphold our nation’s values and reflect the best of who we are as a country, while our federal immigration policies are seeking to close doors and build walls. One of the best ways to honor our values as a nation is not to close opportunities to immigrants, but to successfully integrate them into the fabric of our society."

2018 PEP Fellow Karen Kurczynski discusses the work of Danish artist Asger Jorn for the the Cobra Museum for Modern Art

On Friday, February 16, Karen Kurczynski, 2018 PEP Fellow, participated via Skype as a panelist in a public forum on the uses of humor and irony in contemporary art held at the Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen, the Netherlands. She explained how the comical juxtapositions of different characters in Danish artist Asger Jorn's (1914-1973) colorful paintings, with ironic titles such as A Soul for Sale or The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up, convey the ways meaning is interpreted differently by different audiences. Kurczynski argues that his representation of playful figures in humorous situations also makes audiences more aware of power relationships at work in the broader society. 

2015 PEP Fellow Lisa E. Chasan-Taber discusses tips on successful grant writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Lisa E. Chasan-Taber, 2015 PEP Fellow, writes an essay on tips for successful grant writing for early-career faculty in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Among the ideas she proposes are starting small and early rather than trying for a big grant right away, watch what other ideas get funded, focus on the aims section of the application first and use lots of figures and tables. She also says it’s important to dream big, even if that project is somewhat off in the distance. 

2018 PEP Fellow Elizabeth Evans' study on how childhood adversity increases the risk of alcohol and drug use disorders for veterans receives wide coverage

Results of a national study covered in Business WestScience Newsline, the Republican, and WFCR by 2018 PEP Fellow, Elizabeth Evans, with others at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest that risk for alcohol and drug use disorders among United States military veterans is increased by childhood adversity, in ways that are different between women and men and different compared to the civilian population.

2017 PEP Fellow Julie Brigham-Grette discusses ice obstructions that can cause flooding and damage in the Republican and on Western Mass News.

Julie Brigham-Grette, 2017 PEP Fellow, explains how chunks of ice in local rivers can build up under the surface of the water and create what is called a "keel" in the RepublicanSuch an obstruction can cause flooding or can cause damage when it breaks apart due to warming and sends ice and high waters downstream, she says. Brigham-Grette also comments in a Western Mass News story about “frazil ice,” semi-frozen water that can build up on ice jams and cause flooding and other damage.