"How to Make Friends and Influence Policy"

The UMass Public Engagement Project (PEP) held another great event on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. Approximately 25 faculty, students and staff gathered in the Campus Center to hear Chris Hellman and Cheryl L. Dukes talk about “How to Make Friends and Influence Policy: Working with State and Federal Policymakers.”

CPPA, NCDG to host US Deputy Chief Technology Officer

The National Center for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government Beth Noveck on Friday, October 30, 2009.

The Open Government Initiative, which Noveck directs, was founded after President Obama’s January 21, 2009 Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Transparency and Open Government. The memorandum announced the administration’s commitment to an “unprecedented level of openness in Government.”

NCDG co-sponsors World Bank forum

The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) is co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual US-Korea Information and Communication Technology-Based Policy Forum at the World Bank on November 5, 2009.

Hanson Receives Teaching Award

One of this year’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Outstanding Teaching Award has been presented to one of our own, Jarice Hanson.

UMass Amherst Receives Federal Grant To Create Test Site For Digital Library on Ethical Research Practices

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $250,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop an online digital library that contains research findings and other materials about the ethical and responsible conduct of research. The grant, from the NSF’s Office of Integrative Research, funds a beta, or test site.

The online depository at UMass Amherst will contain written, video, audio and other material that can be used to teach responsible and ethical research practices to undergraduate and graduate students, along with postdoctoral researchers.