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Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about energy companies making public gestures to support demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article about energy companies making public gestures to support demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd. In an article from Politico, Tomaskovic-Devey says, “big companies do change, sometimes for market reasons but other times for political pressure reasons.”

Kristen DeAngelis, 2019 PEP Fellow, co-authored an article about urban composting programs and their environmental, economic and agricultural benefits

Kristen DeAngelis, 2019 PEP Fellow, co-authored an article about urban composting programs and their environmental, economic and agricultural benefits. In The Conversation, DeAngelis and others call for public investment in the gardening resource of compost.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is mentioned in a syndicated article about companies’ pledges to increase minority hiring

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, is mentioned in a syndicated article about companies’ pledges to increase minority hiring (ABC15 ArizonaNewsChannel 5 NashvilleYahoo!News). In a push for companies to increase minority hires, Tomaskovic-Devey explains, “There's good evidence (that) both increasing the quality of a climate in the workplace and increasing the diversity of the workforce tends to be associated with better outcomes, especially in companies that are trying to be innovative in their production process, marketing and the like."

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, mentioned in article discussing finding balance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, mentioned in article discussing finding balance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Globe Magazine, Spencer's research on the benefit of napping for children is cited as a potential buffer in finding balance in the world of COVID-19. Spencer explains that naps play an important role in emotional memory processing for children, which may contribute to greater self-control in responding to stressful situations. 

Brian Whitcomb, 2019 PEP Fellow, coauthors article on COVID-19 death toll differences between San Francisco and New York

Brian Whitcomb, 2019 PEP Fellow, coauthored article with Laura B. Blazer on COVID-19 death toll differences between San Francisco and New York. Whitcomb explains that indicators such as population density, household sizes, and public transportation use among other indicators contribute to the differences in coronavirus deaths in San Francisco and New York City. However, the range of COVID-19 interventions implemented across the nation makes a comparison analysis difficult to conduct.To view the full article visit The ConversationTimes Union, or BK Reader.   

Jonathan Wynn, 2017 PEP Fellow, writes chapter called “Culture” in partnership between panOpen and A Sociology Experiment to deliver affordable, open, and interactive courseware

Jonathan Wynn, 2017 PEP Fellow, writes chapter called “Culture” in partnership between panOpen and A Sociology Experiment to deliver affordable, open, and interactive courseware as mentioned in PRNewswire. The courseware combines sixteen expansive chapters that introduce students to the field of sociology and techniques and tools to conduct sociological studies. Read more here about A Sociology Experiment.

Brian Whitcomb, 2019 PEP Fellow, featured in ScienceDaily about the link between high-strain exercise and early pregnancy loss

Brian Whitcomb, 2019 PEP Fellow, featured in ScienceDaily about the link between high-strain exercise and early pregnancy loss. Whitcomb further explains that physical activity and miscarriage risk were unrelated among women with confirmed pregnancy.

Jamie Rowen, 2020 PEP Fellow, featured in Al Jazeera article on the future of the Taiwan Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Jamie Rowan, 2020 PEP Fellow, legal studies and political science was featured in Al Jazeera to discuss transitional justice within Taiwan. Rowen says, “There'll be calls for criminal accountability, but it'll only make [the commission] even more politicized.” In the article, Rowen discusses the possibility of a trade-off regarding truth over justice within the transitional justice commission within Taiwan.

Margaret Vickery, 2020 PEP Fellow, writes article in The Conversation about the aesthetic possibilities of utilities infrastructure

Margaret Vickery, 2020 PEP Fellow, writes article in The Conversation about the aesthetic possibilities of utilities infrastructure. In the article, Vickery explains that projects like  The Solrogard Energy, Climate and Environmental Park in Hillerod, Denmark "demonstrate the infrastructure can do more than provide energy and water: It can also create aesthetically welcoming spaces for society."

PEP Steering Committee Member, M.V. Lee Badgett, releases new book, "The Economic Case for LGBT Equality"

In her new book, "The Economic Case for LGBT Equality," PEP Steering Committee Member, M.V. Lee Badgett, finds that homophobic and transphobic policies cost 1% or more of a country's GDP. She argues this means a financial argument can now be made for LGBT equality. Read more about the book and Badgett's research in the Los Angeles Blade.

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