Topol Summit brings together nonviolence scholars, practitioners and students

For the sixty scholars, practitioners, and students who gathered for the 2017 Topol Summit on Transforming the Research and Practice of Nonviolent Activism, the day was an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration across fields—and to strategize about how to use their individual perspectives and expertise to find new, creative approaches to conflict resolution.

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Quinnehtukqut McLamore was awarded the 2020 Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award.

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Quinnehtukqut McLamore working with Dr. Bernhard Leidner was awarded the fifth annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award. Their project, Challenge and Threat Framings of COVID-19 Messaging and Downstream Consequences, will investigate how messaging about the coronavirus affects how the stressor of the pandemic is processed, and downstream effects on both compliance with precautionary measures (e.g., social distancing) and xenophobia toward Asians and Asian Americans.


Brian Lickel received an NSF Grant to study the psychological and societal response the coronavirus epidemic.

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Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, a team of PBS faculty members, Brian Lickel, Allecia Reid, Katherine Dixon-Gordon, and Ezra Markowitz (environmental conservation) will study the psychological and societal response the coronavirus epidemic.  During the next year, the researchers will periodically survey a sample of 4,000 U.S. residents, examining their emotions and behavior related the outbreak and to the public health guidelines and mandates put in place to combat the epidemic.

Linda Tropp, Co-Director of UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project Explains with Co-authors How Scholars Can Better Share Research with Non-Academic Audiences

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In “Making Research Usable beyond Academic Circles: A Relational Model of Public Engagement,” a new paper published online in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, UMass Amherst’s Amy Schalet, Linda Tropp and Lisa Troy chart a new pathway for researchers seeking to share their research with non-academic audiences, such as journalists, policymakers, practitioners and advocates. 


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