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Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, gives talk at the Joint Global Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion held by the International Organization for Migration in Geneva Switzerland

Linda Tropp, PEP Co-Director, was recently invited to give a talk entitled, "Contact-based Interventions: Forging Partnerships Between Academic Researchers and Non-governmental Organizations" during the Workshop on Promoting Good Relations at the Joint Global Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion held by the International Organization for Migration in Geneva Switzerland

PEP Steering Committee Member, Laurel Smith-Doerr, and, 2018 PEP Fellow, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey's research investigating why men earn more than women at seven U.S. federal science agencies featured in Phys.org article.

PEP Steering Committee Member, Laurel Smith-Doerr, and, 2018 PEP Fellow, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey were part of a research team investigating why men earn more than women at seven U.S. federal science agencies. The research, featured in a Phys.org article, finds that in agencies focused on engineering, physical sciences and other traditionally masculine fields, the pay gap is largely the result of men being paid more than women for the same jobs. At more “gender-neutral agencies,” the gap is due to hiring more women for low-paying jobs. Also featured in Nature and Medical Daily.

PEP Steering Committee Member, M.V. Lee Badgett's new research on poverty among LGBT people in the U.S. featured in the Windy City Time

M.V. Lee Badgett, PEP Steering Committee Member, is the lead author of a new study, featured in the Windy City Times, that finds 21.6% of LGBT people in the U.S. experience poverty compared to 15.7% of cisgender straight people. Badgett, who conducted the study for the Williams Institute at UCLA, where she is a distinguished scholar, says, “Our study shows that all subpopulations of LGBT people fare the same or worse than cisgender straight people.” 

2015 PEP Fellow, Rebecca Spencer's research on the benefits of naps and overnight sleep on early childhood memory featured in WPSD news story

A WPSD news story featured findings from a study by sleep researchers at UMass Amherst, led by 2015 PEP Fellow, Rebecca Spencer. They report for the first time evidence that naps and overnight sleep may work together to benefit memory in early childhood. The study was published in Scientific Reports. Spencer, and colleagues, report that for children in this study, “Individually, the nap and overnight sleep bouts were not sufficient to induce changes in memory. A significant benefit of napping was observed only when changes across the entire 24-hour period were considered. This supports an interplay between the nap and subsequent overnight sleep in the consolidation of memories in young children.” Research also featured in WMTV and Fox 43 news stories. Read more here

Deepankar Basu, 2017 PEP Fellow, discusses his new study on the relationship between right-wing hate crimes in India and the success of the BJP Party on The Real News Network.

Deepankar Basu, 2017 PEP Fellow, discusses on The Real News Network his new study on the relationship between right-wing hate crimes in India and the success of the BJP Party. Basu says where this nationalist party is strongest there is a noticeable increase in reported hate crimes while in areas where the BJP Party is not as strong, that trend is less pronounced. Research also featured in The Indo-Canadian Voice and IndiaWest.

2015 PEP Fellow, Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, leads statewide network to increase and diversify STEM workforce.

2015 PEP Fellow, Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, using a recent three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and IDS affiliates, has created a team of leaders across the Commonwealth “to break down these silos and build a multi-institutional partnership,” she says. This research-practice partnership will connect computer science and engineering educators with social scientists who study barriers facing students and their solutions, she points out. It will also reach out to education staff who provide out-of-class support, outreach organizations offering out-of-school learning opportunities, and industry partners who hire and develop talent in technology and engineering. Read more here

Thomas Zoeller, 2016 PEP Fellow, quoted in Washington Post story on the best materials for reusable water bottles.

Thomas Zoeller, 2016 PEP Fellow, says in the Washington Post that until more research is done on various plastics, glass and metal are the best materials for reusable water bottles. Zoeller has studied the chemical effects of bisphenol A (BPA) which has been linked to hormonal disruptions in humans. He says bisphenol S, often used as an alternative to BPA, has not really been studied in humans and some animal studies suggest it could be disruptive as well.

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