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  • 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.

  • Authentica habita

    Chancellor speaks out about academic freedom

    It’s commencement season, and across the country universities are welcoming speakers, awarding honorary degrees, and sending off their graduates. But as we prepare to send our graduates out into the... More

  • 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

  • Electoral Perspective

    Acclaimed political scientist says small electoral reforms have big impact

    Political scientist Amel Ahmed focuses her work on what she calls “esoteric topics, such as small electoral reforms” that, she says with a laugh, don’t always spark the liveliest of conversations at... 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