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.
On Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick appointed alumna Vanessa Otero to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Board of Directors. The MCCA owns and oversees the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA, in addition to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, and the Boston Common Garage.
Jane Fountain, professor of public policy and political science, director of the National Center for Digital Government, and director of the Science, Technology and Society Initiative has been appointed for a second year to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.