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SEIGMA team members to appear on radio show

Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) team members Rachel Volberg and Laurie Salame will participate in a radio program discussing gambling and hosted by Boston NPR station WBUR. The program, "WBUR on Tap," takes place Feb. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. Read more here.

Volberg featured on MA Council on Compulsive Gambling blog

SEIGMA team member Rachel Volberg recently contributed a guest blog to the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. In it, Volberg previews some of her upcoming presentation at the Massachusetts Conference on Gambling Problems, taking place Thursday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. Read more here.

SEIGMA profiled by UMass Amherst website

Researchers on the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) team recently spoke with UMass Amherst website ResearchNext about their work.

“I think we really have an opportunity to watch these issues as they unfold over time, as well as an opportunity to intervene in ways that aren’t possible unless you actually have the empirical evidence,” says co-investigator Rachel Volberg. Read more here.

Volberg discusses gambling research on Amherst Media television program

SEIGMA team member Rachel Volberg recently appeared on an episode of Amherst Media television program Difficult Dialogues. The show, hosted by Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, focused on Volberg's research on problem gambling and casino development in Massachusetts. Watch the program here.

MGC Research Agenda submitted to state legislature

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), in collaboration with the SEIGMA team, recently submitted a report to the Massachusetts Legislature detailing progress on the MGC's research agenda. The document details the research activities of the MGC, including much of the SEIGMA team's progress. Read the Executive Summary here or the full report here.

Volberg testifies before U.S. House committee

SEIGMA team member Rachel Volberg recently testified before a hearing of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee in the U.S. House. The hearing examined potential impacts of H.R. 2666, a bill that would establish federal oversight of state and tribal licensing programs for internet poker in the U.S. The subcommittee has oversight of interstate and foreign trade, including regulation of commercial practices, sports-related matters, consumer affairs and consumer protection, data security and product liability.

Volberg’s testimony covered several topics, including: whether problem gambling would increase as a result of increased online gambling; populations that are most vulnerable to problem gambling; the significance of funding problem gambling research, treatment and prevention; and the need to balance potential economic benefits of gambling with consumer protections.

“While establishing minimum consumer protections at the federal level will be helpful, these measures will not be adequate without a mechanism to adequately fund prevention, treatment and, most importantly, research on problem gambling in the United States,” said Volberg.

Read Volberg’s full testimony here.

SEIGMA website launched

The Social and Economic Impact of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst was pleased to announce the recent launch of their website at a November 7, 2013 meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in Boston.

The SEIGMA project began in April 2013, when the MGC engaged a research team based at in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences to undertake a comprehensive research project on the economic and social impacts of the introduction of casino gambling in Massachusetts, with particular emphasis on problem gambling. So it made perfect sense for the SEIGMA team to present their new website to the MGC at their weekly meeting.

Read more here.

Volberg comments on CT Keno proposal

A recent New Haven Register article quotes Dr. Rachel Volberg, principal investigator for SEIGMA. The article examines arguments against a proposal to legalize Keno gambling in Connecticut.

In the article Volberg mentions there is empirical evidence that “the speed of the game is associated with higher rates of problem gambling.” Read more here.

New England Public Radio interviews Volberg

Dr. Rachel Volberg, principal investigator for SEIGMA, recently appeared on the New England Public Radio (NEPR) program Morning Edition.

The program examines why the state of Massachusetts is studying the the impact of gambling on society before casinos open their doors. Volberg talks with NEPR about the UMass team's work on the SEIGMA study. Listen here.

Boston Globe article on SEIGMA announcement

The announcement that a UMass team will conduct the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study garnered coverage in The Boston Globe.

The article quotes Dr. Rachel Volberg, principal investigator for the study. "This is the first time that the question of how the impacts of casino gambling change over time will be addressed in a comprehensive way,” Volberg said in a statement. “No other jurisdiction in the world has attempted such an effort." Read more here.