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Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, wrote article in The Conversation about the benefits that regular naps for preschool children

Rebecca Spencer, 2015 PEP Fellow, has written an article in The Conversation about the numerous benefits that regular naps provide to preschool children and providing tips to parents learning to implement nap times at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Reprinted in the Arizona Daily StarHouston ChronicleNew Haven Register, and The National Interest.

Deepankar Basu, 2017 PEP Fellow, and colleague co-authored article in Daily News series examining the coronavirus responses among four South Asian countries

Deepankar Basu, 2017 PEP Fellow, and colleague, have co-authored the first of a three-part Daily News series examining the differing responses to the coronavirus pandemic among four South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They say that Sri Lanka was best prepared to face the pandemic and reacted swiftly to contain its spread. Reprinted in MSN Asia.  

2018 PEP Fellow, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey's research on between-workplace inequalities in high income countries featured in

2018 PEP Fellow, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and colleagues find rise in between-workplace wage inequality in 12 of 14 high income countries, including the U.S. Featured on, the research also finds inequality rises the fastest in countries with weak or declining labor market protections.

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, quoted in Boston Globe column about Joe Biden’s possible VP choices and U.S. Supreme Court picks

Paul Collins, 2015 PEP Fellow, is quoted in Boston Globe column about Joe Biden’s possible choices for a running mate and to fill any vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. Collins says Biden, who has pledged to nominate a Black woman for the court, should consider U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger and Kentanji Brown Jackson, a U.S. District Judge in Washington, D.C.

PEP Co-Directors write paper for Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy on how researchers can improve their public engagement

Former PEP Director, Amy Schalet along with PEP Co-Directors, Linda Tropp and Lisa Troy, co-authored a paper entitled, “Making Research Usable beyond Academic Circles: A Relational Model of Public Engagement,” for Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy outlining a new pathway for researchers seeking to share their research with non-academic audiences, such as journalists, policymakers, practitioners and advocates. They urge scholars to engage in relationship building and mutual learning, as well as partnership during the dissemination of research in order to give it salience and practical value to non-academic audiences. Read more here.

Jamie Rowan, 2020 PEP Fellow, wrote an article in the Conversation describing risks to military veterans during the coronavirus pandemic

Jamie Rowan, 2020 PEP Fellow, has written an article published in The Conversation and Truthout describing the ways that military veterans are particularly at risk from the coronavirus pandemic. Veterans, she writes, are particularly susceptible to both health and economic threats from the pandemic, and “face homelessness, lack of health care, delays in receiving financial support and even death.” 

Thomas Zoeller, 2016 PEP Fellow, writes op-ed for Environmental Health News on the disconnect between government and science during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thomas Zoeller, 2016 PEP Fellow, discusses the disconnect between government and science and the delay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an Environmental Health News op-ed. Zoeller explains that while the coronavirus crisis is the most recent example of government limiting the impact of science in public health decisions, this practice is not new.

Elizabeth M. Schmidt, 2019 PEP Fellow, interviewed on WGBY Connecting Point about how COVID-19 is changing charitable giving.

Elizabeth M. Schmidt, 2019 PEP Fellow, says the societal changes cause by the response to COVID-19 are changing charitable giving. Speaking on WGBY's local public affairs program “Connecting Point,” Schmidt says it appears that wealthy people are giving more, but that it’s too soon to tell what the overall trend will be, considering that there are also many people losing their jobs.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, co-authors Conversation article about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on service workers

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2018 PEP Fellow, and several colleagues write an article in The Conversation outlining how the recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is impacting service workers. They explain these workers will be hit hard and are least equipped to deal with job loss or the risk of infection from remaining on the job. They conclude with recommendations for assisting those workers most at risk such as living wage and universal health care. Article reprinted in Santa Ynez Valley NewsStamford Advocate and


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