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M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, quoted in New York Times article covering  annual meeting of the American Economic Association  

Coverage in The New York Times of the annual meeting of the American Economic Association quotes M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee member, and co-chair of the association’s new Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession, formed in response to revelations of sexism, racism and harassment in the profession. Badgett says, “What I’ve heard, over and over again, is — this is the moment, we need to take advantage of it.” Reprinted in the Star Tribune.

Julie Brigham-Grette, 2017 PEP Fellow, interviewed about her research on climate evolution 

Julie Brigham-Grette, 2017 PEP Fellow, is interviewed for a Glacjoblogia blog post about her research on climate evolution in the Arctic. In the article, she explains, "What we’re doing now is we are burning fossil fuels and driving the planet past its safety thresholds. We’re causing a radical change in snow cover, glaciers, sea ice, the migration of boreal forest and commercial fisheries to the north, all kinds of things down the line.  And its not in the future, its happening now."

Paul M. Collins Jr., 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses Chief Justice John Roberts's potential rulings in the upcoming impeachment trial in WHDH-TV 7 news story

Paul M. Collins Jr., 2015 PEP Fellow, says in WHDH-TV 7 news story that Chief Justice John Roberts isn’t likely to make controversial or partisan rulings in the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump because that would undermine the view of the court as above politics and even handed. Also featured in ABC 4, PBS NewsHour, MetroWest Daily News, MassLive, and OregonLive.

2018 PEP Fellow, Elizabeth Evans's research on gender-tailored methods to address the harmful mental health effects of childhood adversity featured in News Medical Life Sciences

Gender-tailored methods to address the harmful mental health effects of childhood adversity may help alleviate the current opioid crisis and make treatment more effective, concludes 2018 PEP Fellow, Elizabeth Evans, in her latest research about opioid use disorder (OUD) featured in News Medical Life Sciences. Looking for new ways to address the public health emergency that the opioid crisis has created, Evans and colleagues examined gender differences in associations between mental health conditions and adverse childhood experiences (ACE) among adults with opioid use disorder. The study, published in the international journal Addictive Behaviors, suggests that treatment for OUD and mental health conditions, especially in the case of women, should be integrated in settings that also provide childcare and create a supportive environment to address stigma and shame. Research also featured in Vermont Public RadioScience Codex and NEPR.

New research by Michael Rawlins, 2015 PEP Fellow, on the changing character of hydrological cycle elements across the North Slope of Alaska featured in Science Daily

A new analysis, featured in Science Daily, of the changing character of runoff, river discharge and other hydrological cycle elements across the North Slope of Alaska reveals significant increases in the proportion of subsurface runoff and cold season discharge, changes the authors say are “consistent with warming and thawing permafrost.” First author and lead climate modeler Michael Rawlins, 2015 PEP Fellow, says warming is expected to shift the Arctic from a surface water-dominated system to a groundwater-dominated system, with deeper water flow paths through newly thawed soils. “Our model estimates of permafrost thaw are consistent with the notion that permafrost region ecosystems are shifting from a net sink to a net source of carbon,” he says. Also featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette, and Stories In The News.

2019 PEP Fellow, Alicia Timme-Laragy, recently hosted a workshop on the health risks associated with PFAS

Alicia Timme-Laragy, 2019 PEP Fellow, recently hosted a workshop for elected officials and candidates on the health risks associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. “PFAS 101: Current Research and Health Risks” brought staff representing a number of state representatives and senators, Westfield city councilors, and staffers from Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey's office to campus to introduce legislators to the current state of research and raise awareness of the health risks associated with PFAS chemicals. Read more here.

Erin Baker, PEP steering committee member, and colleagues visited the University of Ghana and University of Cape Town as part of a World University Network (WUN) grant

Erin Baker, PEP steering committee member, and colleagues, recently visited the University of Ghana and University of Cape Town as part of a World University Network (WUN) grant. The Sustainable Energy-Access Network for Africa, established as part of the WUN grant, is made up of researchers from the University of Massachusetts, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of Nairobi, Argonne National Lab and Carnegie Mellon University. The team’s aim is to investigate how to improve electricity systems and access throughout the African continent, using stakeholder-driven methods to inform policy and investment. Read more here.

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