The University of Massachusetts Amherst

2021 Events

Group Seminars

The Institute hosts monthly group meetings. Participants give short presentations about their research, get feedback, and look for collaborative partners. Lunch is provided. Please contact us if you would like to participate in any of our research groups.

Learning & Work

February Learning Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Kathy Aidala (Physics, Mount Holyoke College) - "Broadening participation in STEAM through a liberal arts makerspace at a traditionally women’s college"
  • Melissa Paciulli (STEM Starter Academy, Holyoke Community College) - "Examining Neurodiversity in the Arbella Human Performance Lab at UMass Amherst: Creating a Learner Focused Training Program for ADHD Teens"

March Learning Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Sara Whitcomb (Education) - "Feedback for the Future"
  • Keisha Green (Education) - "Centerin' Black and Brown Youth in Racial and Educational Justice"

April Learning Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Jeff Starns (PBS) & John Vargas (PBS) - "Facilitating Student’s Understanding of Probability Concepts: Interviews at Landmark College"
  • April Burrage (Economics) - "Gender Differences in Prosocial Motives and STEM Entrepreneurship: Evidence from NSF I-Corps"

Health

February Health Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Emily Kumpel (Engineering) - "Safe, reliable, sustainable water and sanitation services for all"

March Health Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • David Cort (Sociology) - "Racial and Ethnic Differences in South African Residential Mobility and Locational Attainment: Theory and Structure of New Research"
  • Raji Balasubramanian (Biostatistics) - Research in HIV/AIDS & Metabolomics in Women's Health

April Health Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Susan Shaw (Community Health Education) - "Breastfeeding supports in the US: resources, gaps, and opportunities for equity"
  • Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm (Nutrition) - Center for Community Health Equity Research (CCHER)

Climate

February Climate Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters: 

  • Care Anderson (Environmental Conservation) - "Learning from and with soils in a changing climate"
  • Carey Clouse (Architecture, LARP) - "Design Adaptation: charting the practice and process of under-represented interventionists"

March Climate Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Krista Harper (Anthropology) - "How do community members’ opinions about fairness, access, and the pricing of electricity impact their electricity consumption choices?"
  • Chris Crago (Resources Economics) - "The role of risk and time preferences in solar PV adoption decisions"

April Climate Group Seminar

Zoom
1.5 hours

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Presenters:

  • Jim Boyce (Economics) - "Green for All: Integrating Air Quality and Environmental Justice into the Clean Energy Transition"
  • Eric Thomas (Environmental Conservation) - "Nadie nos pesca: Connecting Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Southern Chile"