Announcing new ISSR Team Members in Grants Development, June funding brownbag, and upcoming grant deadlines

We are excited to introduce two additional members of the ISSR team who will support faculty in their search for research funding. Dr. Gretchen Gano will join ISSR as Grants Development Social Scientist starting in August 2017, and Megan Paik recently came on board as Foundation Grants Development Specialist this spring.
 

Social Science Lens on Trump Administration FY2018 Budget Proposal

Consortium of Social Science Associations

The Consortium of Social Science Associations in Washington (COSSA) has been reporting their analysis of debates in Washington over the federal government budget. In a letter to ISSR and other members this week, COSSA builds on analysis of the Trump Administration's "skinny budget" with the following highlights of  the President's full FY18 budget request:

Announcing Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grants Program awards

Sustainability Seed Grant Waterspout

ISSR is pleased to announce three research grant awards totaling $25,000 in its inaugural round of funding through the Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grant Program.

Co-funded by ISSR and the School of Earth and Sustainability, the winning research teams leverage a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and expertise at UMass and beyond, including the Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Legal Studies and Political Science, Resource Economics, Sociology, and the School of Public Policy, as well as a host of governmental, nongovernmental and community organizations working at the human-environment interface. This degree of inter-disciplinary collaboration exemplifies ISSR's commitment to spanning disciplinary boundaries to open new ways of conceptualizing and studying the defining issues of our times. 

May 1 PEP Event | Faculty as Engaged Scholars in an Era of Uncertainty

What are the roles and responsibilities of researchers in these uncertain political times? How can scholars best use their resources to respond to attacks on vulnerable populations and institutions? Panelists will address how recent developments in our government affect our roles as researchers and teachers, and how scholars can contribute to positive change through public engagement? Join the conversation on Monday, May 1 at noon, in the UMass Campus Center's Hadley Room.

April 22 (Earth Day) | Social Scientists and the March for Science

March for Science image

Why Social Science? is a space to talk about the unique contributions the social and behavioral sciences have made to making our society better and improving the lives of people around the world. The upcoming March for Science brings the opportunity to join with fellow scientists, researchers, and supporters from across fields, disciplines, professions, and industries to focus on Why Science—all science—is such a fundamental driver of human progress around the world.

ISSR Seminar | What is Political Correctness?

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
S331 Integrated Learning Center | UMass Amherst
The term "political correctness" was a centerpiece of Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign, and appears everywhere in contemporary conversation--about education, media, politics, and technology. But what does it mean? This talk excavates a genealogy of "political correctness," returning to the roots of the term and reflecting on its rising use.

Full House at Life Sciences Laboratories Considers Pathways and Potholes for Women in Science

Volume Editor Anna Branch with co-authors Laurel Smith-Doerr and Laura Hirshfield

Some sixty members of the University community turned out for the launch of a new volume of research that offers new insights on the realities of women's careers in science. The volume, entitled Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (Lexington Books), is edited by UMass Professor of Sociology and Chancellor's Faculty Advisor for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence  Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch. With an introduction by Dr. Craig Martin, Professor of Chemistry at UMass Amherst, the panel of three of the volume's authors drew from research across academic and industry science settings to illustrate the supports and constraints that shape women's journeys through careers in science.

ISSR Faculty Funding Dialogue | Foundation Research Grants - Spotlight on May

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
107 Bartlett Hall | UMass Amherst
Meet ISSR's new Foundation Grants Developent Specialist to strategize for your foundation grant-seeking. This meeting will offer insight and guidance to faculty in developing winning proposals to foundations--focusing in on three major grant programs with upcoming deadlines.

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