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Five Colleges, Inc., Grant Launches New Policy Practitioner Residency Program

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).

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Tropp Co-Edits New Book on Bridging Race/Ethnic Divides

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.

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Misra, Holmes Explore "Ivory Ceiling of Service Work"

According to research published today by Joya Misra, Jennifer Lundquist, Elissa Holmes, and Stephanie Agiomavritis, female faculty members may hit a glass ceiling as they approach the top of the ivory tower. The study, published in Academe, was based upon surveys and interviews with 350 faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Vickery Op-ed Encourages Plants to "Burn gas, not coal"

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.

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CPPA ethics project "redefines tools and resources" for responsible research

The Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse (ESENCe) beta project released "Ethics in Science and Engineering: Redefining Tools and Resources," a report detailing findings from an October 2009 workshop of the same name.
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Badgett's study helps unite civil rights with gay rights

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.

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Schweik 'Puts Western Mass on the Map' through GIS course grant

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.

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Creative economy grant to spur CPPA Springfield initiatives

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.