A grant from the Five Colleges consortium will establish a residency program that brings in experienced public policy practitioners over the next two years to support the learning and research goals of Five College students and faculty. A group of 22 collaborating faculty from UMass, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges developed the successful proposal. The award will be centrally administered by the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA).
A new co-edited collection by Linda Tropp, Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations, was published this week. Tropp is associate professor of psychology at UMass Amherst and a CPPA faculty associate. WMAC recently interviewed Tropp about the book.
CPPA graduate student Peter Vickery coauthored an op-ed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette this week encouraging the local Mount Tom coal plant to shift its focus to gas.
Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community, a study co-authored by M.V. Lee Badgett, Director of CPPA, and economics graduate student Alyssa Schneebaum in March 2009, was cited in a Newsweek article on whether or not gay rights are civil rights.
Associate Professor of Natural Resources Conservation and Public Policy Charles Schweik is part of a $150,000 Massachusetts Department of Education grant with the Gateway Regional School District. "Putting Western Massachusetts on the Map: A Course in GIS" will give teachers in Western Massachusetts both face-to-face and online training (using MassONE Moodle) in open source GIS software over the course of 22 months.
Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) has been awarded $40,000 by the UMass President's Creative Economy Initiative to help create a center dedicated to alleviating poverty and inequality in Springfield and other western Massachusetts cities.
"CPPA is delighted by this award," according to M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and CPPA director. "It not only provides support for an important CPPA initiative, it signals the President Office's commitment to developing strong cooperative relationships with the people of Springfield."