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Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, is quoted extensively in an article about the benefits of naps when they are taken correctly

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, is quoted extensively in an article about the benefits of naps when they are taken correctly. Spencer explains, “We know in early childhood naps can help emotion processing.  Because that's the observation for little kids: if you keep them from napping, the parent will be like, ‘Oh my god, they're so grumpy. They haven't napped,’ ” Read more at Discover Magazine.

Erica Scharrer, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about people scrutinizing the appearance of 17-year old TikTokker and children’s entertainer JoJo Siwa

Erica Scharrer, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about people scrutinizing the appearance of 17-year old TikTokker and children’s entertainer JoJo Siwa. Scharrer says that teens often change their styles during their adolescent years because it's a period in which they're “closely tuned in to the ways others may be perceiving them.” It's also normal for teens to feel hesitant when straying from their typical look, she says. Read more at Insider.com

Elizabeth Evans, 2018 PEP Fellow, recommends guidelines to instill public trust and better protect people when using big data to deal with opioid use disorder in a new research study

Elizabeth Evans, 2018 PEP Fellow, recommends guidelines to instill public trust and better protect people when using big data to deal with opioid use disorder in a new research study. Evans wrote, “Efforts informed by big data are saving lives, yielding significant benefits. Uses of big data may also undermine public trust in government and cause other unintended harms.” Read more here: Science Codex, News Medical Life Sciences, News Office release.

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, comments in an article about whether President Trump’s legal challenges will succeed in changing the outcome of the election

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, comments in an article about whether President Trump’s legal challenges will succeed in changing the outcome of the election. Collins says the lawsuits were filed for “purely political reasons ...  as a way of delegitimizing the Biden administration and the electoral process itself.” Read more at the Boston Globe and Salon

Elizabeth Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, was among women in downtown Northampton reacting to the election of California Sen. Kamala Harris as the nation’s first female, first Black person, and first Asian American elected vice president

Elizabeth Sharrow, 2020 PEP Fellow, was among women in downtown Northampton reacting to the election of California Sen. Kamala Harris as the nation’s first female, first Black person, and first Asian American elected vice president. Sharrow said, “I think there is good reason to believe that the election of Sen. Kamala Harris to the vice presidency is likely to have long-term impacts on how girls — and girls of color, in particular — orient themselves to politics.” Read more at the Daily Hampshire Gazette

M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, is a part of a committee that released a new report calling for more comprehensive data on LGBTQI+ well-being

M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, is a part of a committee that released a new report calling for more comprehensive data on LGBTQI+ well-being. The report, “Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations,” says the makeup of the LGBTQI+ community has undergone dramatic changes in the past decade. As more young people, women, bisexual people, and racial and ethnic minorities identify as part of the sexual and gender diverse population, research needs to keep pace by better measuring its unique and varied nature. Read more at the UMass News Release

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, is the author of two opinion columns about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and was recently quoted about the ROE act

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, is the author of two opinion columns about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and was recently quoted about the ROE act. The first article focuses on Coney Barrett’s evasiveness and reluctance to answer questions during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, while the other examines how conservative groups will advance their agendas before a Supreme Court if and when Coney Barrett is seated. Collins is also quoted in a news article about renewed interest among local activists in passing the ROE Act, state legislation that would reduce restrictions on abortion in the commonwealth and, for the first time, introduce an affirmative right to abortion into state law. Read more at the Conversation, the New York Daily News, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, a part of report finding that the economy, health care, and COVID-19 - not immigration - will drive 2020 Latino vote

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, a part of report finding that the economy, health care, and COVID-19 - not immigration - will drive 2020 Latino vote. “Both political parties need to recognize that Latinos are 18% of all Americans, and this year and in the future, they will decide elections,” said Tomaskovic-Devey, founding director of the UMass Center for Employment Equity. “Latinos are citizens and should be valued for their contributions to the society as essential workers, with broad policy preferences that include living wages, freedom from discrimination, and access to high-quality health care.” Read more at the UMass News Release

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses the approach Judge Amy Coney Barrett took during the questioning phase of her confirmation hearings by avoiding critical court issues

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses the approach Judge Amy Coney Barrett took during the questioning phase of her confirmation hearings by avoiding critical court issues. “Though past nominees have also avoided answering some of the senators’ questions, Barrett took this to a whole new level,” said Collins. “Having studied how forthcoming nominees have been since public confirmation hearings at which nominees testified began in 1939, I think Barrett will rank as among the least responsive nominees in American history.” Read more at Boston Globe

Ezra Markowitz, PEP Steering Committee Member, has been appointed to the newly formed American Psychological Association's Climate Change Task Force

Ezra Markowitz, PEP Steering Committee Member, has been appointed to the newly formed American Psychological Association's Climate Change Task Force. The task force will review previous and current research and meet virtually to discuss goal recommendations and strategies for future initiatives. The task force will produce a report for the Council of Representatives and share results with APA membership and the public. Read more about the task force here

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