Apply to the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Scholars Program | Applications Due April 06, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) announces a competition to fund independent research during 2018-19, culminating in a high-quality working paper relevant to the Department’s policymaking. Awards will be made in the range of $20,000–$50,000 for projects that would contribute to the Department’s mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers.

U.S. Federal Budget Update | President's FY2019 Budget Request Disproportionately Cuts NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

ISSR calls your attention to the details, of the President's FY 2019 Budget Request, newly analyzed by the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). COSSA reports that, revisions to the President's initial budget request restore much of its proposed 30% cut to the National Science Foundation. While the new proposal restores overall NSF funding the enacted FY2017 levels, it disproportionately reduces allocations to the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. In the revised request, SBE would see a cut of 9.1 percent from FY2017 (11.2 percent to its research an education activities).

Reception and Public Lecture | Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity and the Future of Work | April 5

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
John W. Olver Design Building | UMass Amherst
The Institute for Social Science Research, in collaboration with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Information and Computing Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and the Chancellor's Office invites the public to attend a welcome reception and keynote address on "Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity and the Future of Work," delivered by Moshe Vardi, the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University. Enobong (Anna) Branch, Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sociology at UMass Amherst will follow with a critical reflection on racial inequalities in the workforce and the future of work. This conversation is part of a larger project sponsored by NSF grant #1744356.

Conference | Lynschrift18, an Homage to UMass Linguist Lyn Frazier

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
UMass Amherst | W245 South College
We are pleased to announce Lynschrift18, a conference in honor of the retirement of Professor Lyn Frazier from the UMass Department of Linguistics. Professor Frazier's work on language processing has profoundly affected the field of psycholinguistics, and this conference is an opportunity to present work that her contributions have helped to shape. The conference will feature two days of invited talks by many of her students, collaborators, and friends from around the world, as well as poster sessions and social events.