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).

ISSR shapes call for social science in food security efforts

The UMass scholars leading the World Wide University Network's Climate-Resilient Open Partnership for Food Security  (CROP-FS) project have published correspondence in the current issue of Nature calling for early and intentional integration of social science in food security effortsISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr serves on the CROP-FS leadership team, where she and Sociology Doctoral student Timothy Sacco have been instrumental in bringing social science insights to highlight the social processes and institutions underlying scientific collaborations for food security.

Prof. Jane E. Fountain co-authors White Paper on innovation for White House

Jane E. Fountain, Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst

What guidance can the social and behavioral sciences give federal policymakers to increase the benefits and reduce the costs to society of technological innovations? Jane E. FountainDistinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst, recently joined fellow experts in science and technology policy to address this question in a White Paper for the White House team on Social and Behavioral Science. 

Call for Papers: Unbounding Ethnography Conference

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The organizing committee requests presentation and poster proposals for the first interdisciplinary graduate student conference on ethnographic methodologies held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  The November 4-5 conference is titled Unbounding Ethnography: Theory and Method Beyond the Disciplines. Michael S. Burawoy, Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley and past President of the American Sociological Association, delivers the keynote address. Unbounding Ethnography is co-sponsored by the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Education, the Graduate School, Institute for Social Science Research, the Sociology Graduate Students Association, and the Departments of Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, Sociology and Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.