The University of Massachusetts Amherst


PEP Fellows Visit the Massachusetts State House to Present Their Research to Policymakers

(L to R): PEP Fellow Michael Rawlins, Geoscience, Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences; PEP Fellow Sylvia Brandt, Resource Economics; PEP Director Amy T. Schalet, Sociology; PEP Fellow Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences; and PEP Fellow Lisa Chasan-Taber, Epidemiology. — at Massachusetts State House.

Buju Dasgupta with Legislator Director Cotter Davis, for Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) -- Chairwoman of Committee on Economic Development. 

PEP Steering Committee's Laurel Smith-Doerr Presents her NSF-Funded Research on Capitol Hill to Oppose Proposed Bill to Cut NSF Funding for Social Sciences

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year's version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF's research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)

2015 Fellow, Buju Dasgupta Receives On-going Media Attention for her Research on the Gender Gap in STEM Fields

"While debate continues to stir not only about female participation in science and technology but also the executive leadership, Dasgupta said that “these data offer a very clear concrete intervention that can make a difference.” (Laura Santhanam, April 6, 2015) 

The article titled "Want more women in science and math? Pay attention to group projects, study suggests" was featured on PBS NEWSHOUR on April 6, 2015.

2015 PEP Fellow, Buju Dasgupta's Research on the Gender Gap in STEM Catches the Attention of The Boston Globe

The article titled "UMass research adds wrinkle to finding gender gap solution" is featured in The Boston Globe (April 7, 2015)

"The researchers found that when women dominated the group or were represented in equal numbers, the women who participated reported feeling less anxious and more confident."

Traveling the Road from Basic to Translational Research: Concept to Practice

Translational Research Opportunities Seminar/Panel, April 16th 9-11am
Traveling the Road from Basic to Translational Research: Concept to Practice
Thursday, April 16th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Amherst Room (10th Floor), Campus Center
Refreshments served.
A Seminar and Panel Discussion on Translational Research* as a potential means to diversify sources of sponsored research, attract more great students, expand the public and social impact of your work.
9:00 - Opening remarks by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy
9:10 - Keynote by Robert Sproull – Co-author, AAAS report on New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy (2014)  
9:30 - Panel discussion featuring UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School faculty members:


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