CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ISSR Sustainability Seed Grant Program, 2017-2018

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce a seed grant competition for interdisciplinary social science research in sustainability. This competition is designed to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences. These seed grants are intended to support proposals that are not likely to be funded by traditional granting organizations because they are early in development and interdisciplinary in nature. It is anticipated that projects will clearly link to the future research, scholarly, or creative and artistic growth of the Institute for Social Science Research.

ISSR Director Smith-Doerr and co-author Sacco explore interdisciplinary collaboration

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword in academia, as research universities funnel their financial resources toward collaborations between faculty in different disciplines. In theory, interdisciplinary collaboration breaks down artificial divisions between different departments, allowing more innovative and sophisticated research to flourish. But does it actually work this way in practice?  ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr and Doctoral Candidate in Sociology Timothy Sacco studied four distinctly situated chemistry laboratories to explore how the local contexts of collaboration shape the ideas and practices - the epistemic cultures - of interdisciplinary collaboration.

New work on gender, power and health from ISSR staff

Women's Empowerment and Global Health Book Cover

Elisa Martinez, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology and Program Assistant at ISSR, has co-authored the chapter "Empowerment and HIV Risk Reduction among Sex Workers in Bangladesh" in the edited volume Women's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-first Century Agenda (University of California Press). The chapter explores the links (and insufficiency thereof) among interventions seeking to promote empowerment among women engaged in sex work in one of Bangladesh's largest red-light districts, changes in the women's lived experiences of gendered power, and their levels of HIV risk. 

SciSIP Colloquium and Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students

The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), with financial support from NSF SciSIP, is hosting a Colloquium on Science and Innovation Policy Research and Practice connecting research and practice in science and innovation policy as part of SSTI's 2016 Annual Conference <http://2016.ssticonference.org/> November 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio. Scholarships, including funds toward travel costs, are available to support 8-10 graduate students to participate in the conference and colloquium.

Data Available: First Wave of Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (PATH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce the availability of public-use files (PUF) for the questionnaire data from the first wave of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. The PATH Study PUF are downloadable from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

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