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May 2021

Equity and Inclusion in Public Policy

May 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nika Elugardo (MA State Representative)

Nika Elugardo

Our final session this semester will focus on ways in which research can inform issues of equity and inclusion in public policy. Join us for a conversation with Representative Nika Elugardo (Massachusetts) on decolonizing public housing and confronting structural racism in constitutional jurisprudence.

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March 2021

Broadband Access and Communities of Color: Using Policy, Research, and Advocacy to Close the Racial Digital Divide

March 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The COVID-19 pandemic alongside the continued fight for racial and economic justice shines a light on a crisis that continues to impact the most marginalized communities across the United States – access to affordable, reliable broadband. This moment presents a unique opportunity to advocate for and implement inclusive policies that will close the digital divide in communities of color and low-income communities throughout the nation. During this event, Dr. Alisa Valentin (Special Advisor, Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks) will discuss the…

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February 2021

Structural racism and accountability in the nuclear science community

February 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

online

In this seminar, Media Lab researcher and Research to Policy Engagement Fellow Kate Turner and co-authors will lead a discussion on their call for antiracist action and accountability in the US nuclear community.

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December 2020

Lessons from the ESI Rapid Response Group

December 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

John Fernandez (MIT)

online

Speaker: John Fernandez, MIT The Research to Policy Engagement Initiative builds and connects a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges. Zoom information will be emailed to registrants. Register here.

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November 2020

*CANCELED* Structural racism in the nuclear science community

November 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Katlyn Turner (MIT)

online

This event has been canceled.

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Mapping urban transit in Nairobi and its policy implications

November 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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African cities are rapidly growing and laying down transportation infrastructure and systems with impacts well into the future.  Exploring the politics of decision making in the sector and using Nairobi as a case study, this talk explores a "Digital Data Commons" approach to supporting more equitable and effective  policies, planning and investments for African cities to avoid high emissions-low livability lock in. Join us for this conversation on urban development, data and planning with Dr. Jacqueline Klopp, Co-Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia…

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Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment

November 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

TBD

online

Does the consumption of ideologically congruent news on social media exacerbate polarization? Do political leanings of news outlets affect political opinions? Join us for this post-election special where Ro’ee Levy, Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s Department of Economics, will talk about his work on estimating the effects of social media news exposure on polarization. TPP's Research to Policy Engagement Initiative aims to to create a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges, across…

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October 2020

Trackers: An Interface for Policy, Data Science, Law and the Public

October 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

TBD

online

Interested in learning about how online data-tracking tools are used to engage the public? Or how trackers are used for policymaking and activism? Join us for a Research to Policy Engagement Initiative session where Mishi Choudhury, Legal Director at the Software Freedom Law Centre in New York, will talk us through the policy and legal implications of online data-tracking. Register The Research to Policy Engagement Initiative builds and connects a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to…

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September 2020

MIT’s reopening policy and the science that informed it

September 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Join us for the Research to Policy Engagement Initiative's kick-off session this semester where Prof. Anette (Peko) Hosoi, MIT Associate Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will speak to us about how decision-makers at MIT used science and engineering to plan MIT’s Covid-19 response. TPP's Research to Policy Engagement Initiative aims to to create a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges, across experiences in different research domains.…

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