Margaret McCarthy | Neuroinflammation and Neuroepigenetics Converge at Sex Differences in the Brain | February 28

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm
222 Morrill Science Center
Margaret McCarthy (Neuroscience | University of Maryland, Baltimore) discusses groundbreaking research on the mechanisms that underlie sex differences in the brain. Dr. McCarthy visits UMass to collaborate with ISSR Scholar Joseph Bergan (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences). The talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Graduate Program in Neuroscience & Behavior.

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.

ISSR Grants Development Panel | Grants and Your Research Trajectory | March 1

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Your research trajectory clarifies what you’re doing, where you’re going, and the way you’re doing it. How does grant seeking fit in to both short term and long term planning for your career? UMass Faculty in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) share their experiences and strategies for including grant making and project stewardship in their work.

Conference | Finding the Queer Radical Past | February 23-24

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 6:00pm
UMass Amherst | Student Union Ballroom
This conference will commemorate a moment in which LGBTQ politics were intimately bound up with anti-racism and left solidarity movements: against apartheid, war, and US imperialism. Our goal is to reflect back on the queer left and its legacies for today. Over two days, we will bring students and activists working for racial justice and LGBTQ freedom into dialogue with historians and veteran activists. The conference includes speaker and panel sessions, activist training, and a dance party. ISSR is proud to co-sponsor this event, organized by the UMass Amherst Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Department of History, Stonewall Center, and the Advocacy, Inclusion and Support Programs cluster of Student Affairs and Campus Life.

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.

Making Research Matter: Sharing Insights on Public Engagement

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
UMass Amherst | Campus Center | Hadley Room
Academics often desire to lend their research and scientific expertise to pressing social issues and public debates. Although we have a great deal to offer in these domains, most of us have had little training or experience in how to communicate science and partner effectively with non-academic audiences. Please join us in celebration of the recently released book, Making Research Matter: A Psychologist's Guide to Public Engagement (Linda Tropp, Editor), for a luncheon panel and open discussion on how to engage effectively with diverse public audiences.