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  • Exposing Power

    Scholar uses data to pinpoint how corporations gain political advantage

    Kevin L. Young is not one for easy answers. In fact, when it comes to beating corporate lobbyists at their own game, Young is a lot more interested in finding the right questions.

  • Fighting for LGBT Rights

    Groundbreaking economist measures the cost of discrimination

    When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.

  • Deep Learning Boost

    Campus poised to attract top talent with new GPU cluster

    With a new cluster of specialized graphics processing units (GPUs) now installed, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is poised to attract the nation’s next crop of top Ph.D. students and... More

  • Unequal Opportunity

    Researchers ask tough questions about unconscious bias and racial inequality in schools

    Kathryn “Katie” McDermott has spent her academic career studying public policy that addresses inequality in education. Some of her work has examined desegregation programs that aim to make schools... More

  • STEMing the Tide

    Researcher discovers remedies to prevent attrition of girls and women from STEM

    Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta was drawn to the study of social inequality because of an interest in investigating its causes, and designing effective remedies using rigorous scientific methods. In... More