The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

Upcoming Events

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2015 PEP Fellow, Buju Dasgupta's Research on the Gender Gap in STEM Catches the Attention of The Boston Globe

The article titled "UMass research adds wrinkle to finding gender gap solution" is featured in The Boston Globe (April 7, 2015)

"The researchers found that when women dominated the group or were represented in equal numbers, the women who participated reported feeling less anxious and more confident."

Traveling the Road from Basic to Translational Research: Concept to Practice

Translational Research Opportunities Seminar/Panel, April 16th 9-11am
Traveling the Road from Basic to Translational Research: Concept to Practice
Thursday, April 16th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Amherst Room (10th Floor), Campus Center
Refreshments served.
A Seminar and Panel Discussion on Translational Research* as a potential means to diversify sources of sponsored research, attract more great students, expand the public and social impact of your work.
9:00 - Opening remarks by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy
9:10 - Keynote by Robert Sproull – Co-author, AAAS report on New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy (2014)  
9:30 - Panel discussion featuring UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School faculty members:

Free Trial NCFDD Memberships Available to Faculty, Post-docs, and Graduate Students

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is pleased to announce expanded access to its pilot institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), led by Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

All interested faculty, post-docs, and graduate students may now sign up to access the NCFDD’s resources free of charge. These resources include online workshops on a wide variety of professional development topics, such as time management, scholarly productivity, mentoring, writing, and more. The following is a sample of upcoming online workshops:

Alexandra Pittman Speaks on Contributing to Social Change: April 9, 2015 1-2 PM

Commonwealth Honors College Building, 160-East

"Contributing to Social Change: Tips for Negotiating the Academic-Practice Divide"

Alexandra Pittman is the founder of Impact Mapper and AVP Global Consulting, LLC. Alexandra specializes in research and evaluation for human rights, women’s rights, and social justice organizations, networks, and movements. Alexandra received her Masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and PhD in Sociology and Cultural Psychology from Boston College. She also held a Senior Research Fellowship position at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University from 2010-2011, working on the role of brand in international nonprofits and philanthropies. 

Full House at March 24 "Writing for Non-Academics" Panel

Panelists Katherine S. Newman, Amy Schalet, Lisa Troy, Jane Fountain, and Duncan Irschick discussed the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade of crafting trade books, op-eds, policy messages, tweets, and press releases.

2015 Fellow, Michael Rawlins Receives On-going Media Attention for Conversation on Below Average Temperatures

"Mike Rawlins of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst said the average local February temperature has increased by .25 degrees F per decade for the last 180 years. "It is important to keep in mind these are just weather events," said Rawlins. "The climate is warming and that is shown with the data.  We don't want to confuse cold weather events with a warming climate." (WAMC  March 2, 2015)



"Coldest February in 180 years in Western Mass." featured on 20 News, March 1, 2015

"Record Cold Is An Anomaly, Not A Shift In Climate Change" featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, March 2, 2015


In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health and Health Sciences, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research