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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

Advisory Board's Lisa M. Troy is cited for her research on physical activity's impact on postmenopausal compared to premenopausal women

Lisa Troy, nutrition, has conducted research that shows some type of physical activity have a greater impact on the body composition in postmenopausal compared to premenopausal women. Her research has been featured in many articles and news sources. 

Advisory Board's Linda Tropp was interviewed regarding racial tensions and perceptions

"Behavioral manifestations of anxiety such as less eye contact, shifting away, standing farther back, or maintaining great social distance may be due to racial anxiety, but in actuality, they might be interpreted by the perceiver or the person you're interacting with as racial hostility or rejection" said Linda Tropp in a recent interview regarding racial tensions and perceptions. This interview, "How do we improve dialogue about race relations",  was conducted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on the PBS Network on October 9th, 2015. 

Advisory Board's, M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics and Director of CPPA) discusses the UMass new school of public policy

As a result of a large scale modernization effort, the University of Massachusetts has recently begun the development of a new school of public policy. The new school, which would be an evolution of the existing Center for Public Policy and Administration, seeks to bridge gaps between not only the curriculum of the social sciences but that of the entire university. M.V. Lee Badgett, the current director of CCPA, outlined the motivations for the school, which she says will expand on CCPA’s previous focus.

The article "UMass developing new school of public policy" was published in The Massachusetts Daily Collegian on September 22, 201

2015 Fellow Sylvia Brandt interviewed on asthma and global warming for Yale's series on climate change

Child with Asthma

Like an elephant on your chest. Like breathing through a straw. These are ways asthma sufferers describe how their constricted airways feel. Families and society are constricted as well, by the enormous costs of this chronic lung disease. Some parents have to quit their jobs to care for asthmatic children, who are also more likely to struggle in school. And climate change is causing more, and more severe, cases of asthma.
The article
and audio interview "Asthma and Global Warming"  was published  July 30, 2015 on Yale Climate Connections.

Inaugural Public Engagement Faculty Fellows to Share Insights

2015 Fellow Sylvia Brandt with Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)

Five faculty members who received training as part of the inaugural Public Engagement Project (PEP) Faculty Fellowship Program last spring will discuss their experiences at a panel titled “Making Your Research Public” on Monday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 in 804-09 Campus Center.

During their fellowship program, fellows presented research to policymakers, created websites for the broader public, initiated collaborations with the Boston Museum of Science and Boston Public Market, and disseminated a brochure on healthy sleep habits among pre-school directors. They also placed opinion editorials, developed press releases and news advisories, and had their research covered in over 50 media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, PBS News Hour, Scientific American, The Conversation, Huffington Post and The Academic Minute.   

Photo: 2015 Fellow Sylvia Brandt with Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)

Advisory Board's, M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics and Director of CPPA) was quoted in article on Phillipines companies being urged to expand benefits for LGBT employees

Phillipines LGBT couples

Businesses should consider extending health care and familial benefits to employees and their partners in same-sex relationships to make workplaces more responsive to the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT), said M.V. Lee Badgett in a recent interview. A more inclusive set of policies for LGBT employees could bring improved productivity she added  “I think a lot of it has to do with having specific policies about nondiscrimination. Businesses can have their own policies about that and make them very clear” . 

The article "PHL companies urged to expand benefits for LGBT employeeswas published in Business World Online/Phillipines on September 2, 2015

2015 Fellow Paul M. Collins, Jr. was quoted on his research on Justice Clarence Thomas in The New York Times

Justice Clarence Thomas

Paul M. Collins Jr. was mentioned in The New York Times about his research on the choice of words used by Justice Clarence Thomas. He came to the conclusion that there might be a link between Justice Thomas’s approach to arguments and the high rates of seemingly borrowed language in his opinions. 

The article  "Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice of Few Words, Some Not His Own" was published in the New York Times on August 27, 2015


In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health and Health Sciences, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research