"Contributing to Social Change: Tips for Negotiating the Academic-Practice Divide"
Alexandra Pittman is the founder of Impact Mapper and AVP Global Consulting, LLC. Alexandra specializes in research and evaluation for human rights, women’s rights, and social justice organizations, networks, and movements. Alexandra received her Masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and PhD in Sociology and Cultural Psychology from Boston College. She also held a Senior Research Fellowship position at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University from 2010-2011, working on the role of brand in international nonprofits and philanthropies.
Panelists Katherine S. Newman, Amy Schalet, Lisa Troy, Jane Fountain, and Duncan Irschick discussed the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade of crafting trade books, op-eds, policy messages, tweets, and press releases.
"Mike Rawlins of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst said the average local February temperature has increased by .25 degrees F per decade for the last 180 years. "It is important to keep in mind these are just weather events," said Rawlins. "The climate is warming and that is shown with the data. We don't want to confuse cold weather events with a warming climate." (WAMC March 2, 2015)
2015 Fellow, Michael A. Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center, says the idea of injecting sulfur pollution into the air to help offset global warming isn’t a good plan. He says this could have dangerous and unknown side effects and could make things worse. (WWLP-TV 22, 2/11/15; News Office assistance)
"UMass climate scientist Michael Rawlins says it’s not unusual for the region to see heavy snowfall at this time of year. And while no single storm is necessarily a result of climate change, Rawlins says more frequent heavy snows are likely as climate change continues." (Henry Epp, NEPR, February 9, 2015)
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change, coauthored by 2015 Fellow Paul Collins (with Lori Ringhand), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014. The book challenges the commonly held belief that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are little more than political grandstanding. Instead, Collins and Ringhand demonstrate that the hearings are important forums for debating the contemporary meaning of the constitution. The book was described in Choice as “a game changer.”