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Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, is quoted extensively in an article about the intersection of behavioral science and advocacy

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, is quoted extensively in an article about the intersection of behavioral science and advocacy. Tropp says, “We should reframe how we think about psychological research and its potential for public impact, to consider what we stand to gain from attending to its social relevance—or alternatively, what we stand to lose by not attending to the social relevance of our research.” Read more at the Behavioral Scientist

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, is quoted in an article about a recent study that found white boys who grew up with Black neighbors next door were more likely to become registered Democrats

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, is quoted in an article about a recent study that found white boys who grew up with Black neighbors next door were more likely to become registered Democrats. “What I think is really special about this research is that it’s focusing not just at the neighborhood level but at the level of a specific neighbor … so that you’re really getting closer to people’s lived experiences,” Tropp said of the study, with which she was not involved. Read more at the St. Louis Post-DispatchThe Fresno BeeYahoo!NewsMSN.com, and the Los Angeles Times

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses the potential takeaways and topics of interest at the SLEEP 2021 virtual meeting

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses the potential takeaways and topics of interest at the SLEEP 2021 virtual meeting. SLEEP is the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. Read more at AJMC

Devon Greyson, 2021 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about medical mistrust in the Haredi Jewish community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Devon Greyson, 2021 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about medical mistrust in the Haredi Jewish community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Greyson says, “We have great documentation of fears and doubts of the smallpox vaccine. In some ways, this is frustrating, and in other ways it is reassuring because we have progressed over the past 200 years despite this.” Read more at VICE

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about President Biden’s push to expand offshore wind production with the goal of being able to generate 30 gigawatts of energy by the year 2030

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow, and mechanical and industrial engineering and faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative, is quoted in an article about President Biden’s push to expand offshore wind production with the goal of being able to generate 30 gigawatts of energy by the year 2030. Baker says, “We may not be halfway there in five years, but I think then it’ll really start to speed up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we actually end up surpassing it by 2030.” Read more at The Hill

 

Nilanjana Dasgupta, 2015 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about efforts to draw more women into STEM fields, and the obstacles they face

Nilanjana Dasgupta, 2015 PEP Fellow and director of faculty equity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences, is quoted in an article about efforts to draw more women into STEM fieldsand the obstacles they face“The obstacles are not about ability,” she says. “It’s more about there are some things that are impeding girls’ interest and confidence that they’re good at it.” Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Jamie Rowen, 2020 PEP Fellow, writes about the effects of the pandemic on veterans

Jamie Rowen, 2020 PEP Fellow, writes about the effects of the pandemic on veterans. Rowen explains eight ways in which the pandemic continues to threaten veterans: age and other vulnerabilities; benefits unfairly denied or delayed; diminished access to health care; mental health may get worse; complications for homeless veterans and those in the justice system; disability benefits delayed; dangerous residential facilities; and economic catastrophe. Read more at The Conversation.

Lisa Troy, PEP Fellowship Director, receives American Society for Nutrition Volunteer of the Year Award

Lisa Troy, PEP Fellowship Director, receives the American Society for Nutrition Volunteer of the Year Award.  The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to enhance, promote and support the activities and programs of ASN, and is being presented to Troy and her colleagues on the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee. “Creating a welcoming culture that encourages participation by diverse individuals is a personal mission,” says Troy. “Such a culture enhances our individual and collective contributions to science, and importantly, impact in public health. Read more at the UMass News Release.

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