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2015 Fellow Rebecca Spencer cited in articles and a TV show addressing the myths about napping

Rebecca Spencer

Rebecca Spencer, psychological and brain sciences, is quoted in several articles and a TV show this month. Spencer dispels the myth that if we live without modern day technology people would nap more. 

"You Can Be Too ‘Type A' To Fall Asleep During A Nap, And 6 Other Myths Busted", published in the Huffington Post on December 7th, 2015.
"Why 'Sleeping On It' Is Not The Best Way To Make Decisions", published in Forbes on December 15, 2015.
Her research was also featured in  in "How to Take a Nap" on The Esquire TV Network

2015 Fellow Michael A. Rawlins cited in articles addressing record high temperatures in the Northeast

Michael Rawlins, University of Massachusetts assistant professor of geoscience and manager of the Climate System Research Center

Michael A. Rawlins, says the past three months have been warmest on record at several locations in the Northeast Region. He is cited in an article, "Record high temperatures in Northeast, according UMass climate scientist" published on Mass Live on December 2nd, 2015 and also cited in "Record breaking warmth reported across the Northeast this fall" published on WWLP on December 2nd, 2015. Rawlins called for the establishment of politicies that will lead to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Advisory Board's Linda Tropp Attends Congressional Briefing on Police Reforms

A panel of experts discusses the need for police reform to regain community trust. Capital News Service photo by Alessia Grunberger

Advisory Board's Linda Tropp testified at a hearing on November 5th in Washington D.C. on ways to improve law enforcement practices and get rid of racial profiling. "Given the cues we regularly encounter and receive about different racial groups in our society, it is likely that most Americans in the United States would exhibit some degree of implicit bias favoring whites,” said Linda Tropp at this forum.

"Community Trust of Police Requires Reforms Experts Say" was published on November 4, 2015 in Capitol News Service


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