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MPP Student Awarded Funding to Participate in Global Biodiversity Research Project

Lindie Martin is acting locally but thinking globally. She has been awarded funds from the university to work this summer as a researcher on the World Wide Views on Biodiversity project, a program affiliated with the United Nations with which the UMass Science, Technology and Society Initiative is involved.

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Five Colleges, Inc., Grant Supports Graduate-Undergraduate Curricular Development


The Five Colleges Public Policy Initiative has received $194,667 from Five Colleges, Inc., for activities that will help bridge liberal arts and professional education across the five campuses. The award is made possible by a generous grant to Five Colleges from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Badgett Brings her Research to Australian Lawmakers Weighing Gay Marriage

CPPA Director M.V. Lee Badgett just returned from two weeks in Australia, where she spoke with government officials, activists, and public audiences about the potential economic benefits the country could reap by legalizing gay marriage. Badgett’s trip coincided with a growing debate in the Australian Parliament about same-sex marriage. Last December the ruling Labor Party voted to adopt a position that favors allowing gay marriage across the country. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, however, opposes gay marriage. Currently a few Australian states allow civil unions.

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Badgett Authors New York Times Op-Ed About Workplace Discrimination

CPPA Director M.V. Lee Badgett (economics) has penned an editorial published in the Feb. 7, 2012, edition of the New York Times. The op-ed, titled “What Obama Should Do About Workplace Discrimination,” highlights how presidents dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt have used executive orders to strengthen anti-discrimination standards for workers employed by federal contractors.

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Wellspring Initiative Keeps Growing

The Wellspring Initiative, the Springfield economic development project led by the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) and the Center for Popular Economics (CPE), has received a $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. This is the third award the initiative has received so far this academic year. The funding will pay for the research and planning needed to move the initiative from a concept into a reality.

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CPPA Furthers Economic Development Project in Springfield

The Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is collaborating with Springfield-based Partners for a Healthier Community on an economic and community development project funded through a two-year $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and representatives from Gov. Deval Patrick’s office were on hand Tuesday, December 13, when CPPA and Partners for a Healthier Community announced the award and officially kicked off the next phase of the project. 

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Third Sector New England Grant Supports Wellspring Learning Network

The Center for Public Policy and Administration at UMass Amherst has received a $22,200 award from Third Sector New England, a Boston-based organization that supports nonprofits working to solve social problems and promote social justice in communities throughout the region. The grant will advance capacity building within the Wellspring Initiative, a collaboration that involves UMass Amherst, the Center for Popular Economics, and several other partners focused on new economic development in the city of Springfield.

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Five College Students Invited to Apply for New Accelerated Master of Public Policy Program

The Center for Public for Public Policy and Administration is now accepting applications for its new accelerated Master of Public Policy program. Current Five College seniors are invited to apply for the MPP class of 2013; current juniors may apply for the MPP class of 2014. All admitted senior applicants will be expected to enroll in a new graduate-level seminar, “Public Policy and Law a Decade after 9/11/01: The U.S., Europe and the Middle East,” taught in spring 2012.

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CPPA Program Wins National Social Equity Award

The Center for Public Policy and Administration has been recognized as top in country when it comes to social equity research, teaching and service. The distinction comes from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for offering a comprehensive approach to integrating social equity into academic and practical work.

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