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Join Amy Schalet, former PEP Director in a discussion on “Public engagement as a scholar” to a group at the Harvard University Weatherland Center

Please join Amy Schalet, former PEP Director in a discussion on “Public engagement as a scholar” to a group at the Harvard University Weatherland Center for International Affairs. The talk will take place on Tuesday, September 29th at 2:00 pm - 3:45 p.m. via Zoom. The presentation provides a conceptual map and hands-on activity to help scholars master the skills to form partnerships and communicate outside of the academy. The challenges of building a career as a scholar, while effectively engaging non-academic partnerships will also be addressed. Register here.  

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow & Steering Committee Member, coauthored new research that shows New research shows success from the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E)

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow & Steering Committee Member, co-authored new research that shows New research shows success from the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E). This research was published in Nature Energy, which makes the case that funding from the ARPA-E agency accelerated innovation in clean energy technology. The authors call for additional government support to help cleantech startups survive the so-called "valley of death," where many early-stage companies fail for lack of private investment. Policies such as "increased funding for demonstration and commercialization, in-kind support from national laboratories and targeted procurement programs" can help fill this gap, the researched noted in their article. Read more at the UMass News Release

An editorial supports the efforts of Sanjay Arwade, 2020 PEP Fellow, and others in the New England for Offshore Wind, a coalition comprised of 40 environmental advocacy groups, research institutes, business alliances, and more from the region

An editorial supports the efforts of Sanjay Arwade, 2020 PEP Fellow, and others in the New England for Offshore Wind, a coalition comprised of 40 environmental advocacy groups, research institutes, business alliances, and more from the region. The long-term hope of the coalition is to eventually have all of the roughly 6.7 million houses in New England powered by energy from offshore wind. “We hope that now, the newly formed coalition will be able to make big strides in regional offshore wind,” the editorial states. “It’s our belief that offshore wind is our best chance for developing large-scale sources of renewable energy.” Read more at Wicked Local Orleans

 

Michael Rawlins, 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses climate changes leading to wildfires in the Western U.S. and causing hazy skies over New England

Michael Rawlins, 2015 PEP Fellow, discusses climate changes leading to wildfires in the Western U.S. and causing hazy skies over New England. He says climate impacts, including the five-fold increase in wildfires in the West and a record warm summer in Massachusetts, can be expected to continue given the amount of burning of fossil fuels and the limited mitigation being done. For more information visit the wbur radio station.  

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow & Steering Committee Member, a collaborator on research finding that green technology startup funded by ARPA — an energy version of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- file for more patents than similar business

Erin Baker, 2017 PEP Fellow & Steering Committee Member, a collaborator on research finding that green technology startup funded by ARPA — an energy version of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- file for more patents than similar businesses with other sources of funding. ARPA-E was established at the US Department of Energy under Obama, using a portion of the economic stimulus package that followed the 2009 financial crisis. Read more at ScienceDaily and view the published research article at Nature Energy.

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP fellow, is interviewed in-depth by the nationally-syndicated public radio program “Innovation Hub” about how COVID-19 related stress impacts sleep

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP fellow, is interviewed in-depth by the nationally-syndicated public radio program “Innovation Hub” about how COVID-19 related stress impacts sleep. Spencer says that the stress of the pandemic is impacting big changes in sleep schedules ultimately impacting health. Spencer further explains that for kids engage in excessive screen time tends to have worse sleep such as less overall sleep and later sleep times. Hear more at the Innovation Hub.

Karen Kurczynski, 2018 PEP Fellow, recognized for excellence in teaching by the UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Karen Kurczynski, 2018 PEP Fellow, recognized for excellence in teaching by the UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA). Kurczynski teaches students about challenging and charged artworks. One nominator wrote that artwork "can profoundly shake up students' assumptions about not only the very definition of art, but assumptions about self, community, ideologies, and beliefs." Read more about the award here at the UMass News Release

Matthew Lackner, 2018 PEP Fellow, awarded a total of $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation to pursue research on a sustainable electric grid

Matthew Lackner, 2018 PEP Fellow, awarded a total of $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation to pursue research on a sustainable electric grid. Lackner researches the aerodynamics and structural control of floating offshore wind turbines and received two grants from the National Science Foundation to pursue research that is often not considered in policymaking or public discourse. See more here for more information: UMass Amherst College of EngineeringWWLP, and Renewable Energy World

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, was recently interviewed about the Kenosha, WI protests

Linda R. Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, was recently interviewed about the Kenosha, WI protests. Mass Appeal interviewed Tropp to examine race relations in the U.S. and reactions to the recent Kenosha, WI shooting of a black man. Tropp explains, "When it comes to encounters with police, I think we need to acknowledge that Black and White people are really living different realities." 

M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee member, says queer women are more likely to put off having children during the COVID-19 pandemic

M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee member, says queer women are more likely to put off having children during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing problems accessing fertility services and economic instability. In an article by Quartz and the New York Post, Lee Badgett's research which suggests that bisexual women are more likely to be poor in comparison to lesbian or heterosexual women. Lee Badgett further explains, “Economic challenges are making certain parts of the queer community less likely to have kids because they can’t afford to get pregnant or raise kids.”

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