Making Research Matter: Sharing Insights on Public Engagement

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
UMass Amherst | Campus Center | Hadley Room
Making Research Matter Book CoverAcademics often desire to lend their research and scientific expertise to pressing social issues and public debates. Although we have a great deal to offer in these domains, most of us have had little training or experience in how to communicate science and partner effectively with non-academic audiences. Please join us in celebration of the recently released book, Making Research Matter: A Psychologist's Guide to Public Engagement (Linda Tropp, Editor), for a panel and open discussion on how to engage effectively with diverse public audiences. Including book contributors from on- and off-campus and UMass faculty from the Public Engagement Project, this panel will highlight the many ways academics can become engaged scholars and share insights about effective strategies for engaging diverse audiences across a range of social issues, public domains, and institutional contexts. Lunch will be served.

Featured Speakers:

""Meg Bond
Professor, Department of Psychology and Director, Center for Women & Work
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

""Ezra Markowitz, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation
Frameworks Institute Fellow


Amy Schalet
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Director, Public Engagement Project, University of Massachusetts Amherst


""Linda Tropp
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Editor, Making Research Matter: A Psychologist's Guide to Public Engagement

Moderated By:

""M.V. Lee Badgett
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Author of The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), College of Natural Sciences (CNS), College of Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA), School of Public Policy (SPP), Center for Research on Families (CRF), College of Engineering, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), the Office of the Provost, and University Relations.