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 efforts. ISSR 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 Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst requests presentation and poster proposals for the first interdisciplinary graduate student conference on ethnographic methodologies held on our campus.  The November 4-5 2016 conference is titled Unbounding Ethnography: Theory and Method Beyond the Disciplines, with Keynote address by Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Michelle Budig, SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award

Michelle Budig, Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the inaugural SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award. This award by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research, and recipients are nominated by their peers. Dr. Budig is a founding member of the ISSR Advisory Board, and a valued colleague in promoting our mission of advancing excellence in social science research. We celebrate her recognition as the first winner of this highly competitive award, and look forward to fruitful collaboration with her and with all the nominated scholars whose distinction makes her selection all the more compelling.

Banu Subramaniam (WGSS) Awarded Fleck Prize

Banu Subramaniam

Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Banu Subramaniam, Professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, who was awarded the highly coveted 2016 Ludvik Fleck Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4s).

The award celebrates Subramaniam's 2014 book Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (University of Illinois Press).  In announcing its decision, the Fleck Prize committee writes that "Subramaniam has written a brilliant book that is optimistic and hopeful, that places imagination at the center of knowing, and brightly illuminates the spectacularly interesting and exciting relationships and knowledges that are possible if we embrace variation." For her part, Dr. Subramaniam calls the book "a case for the critical need to understand the co-constitution of gender, race, sexuality, and nation, and their co-production with and through the institutions and histories of science and feminism."

Summer Methodology Consultations by Appointment Starting June 6

The Institute for Social Science Research offers free consultation and workshops on social science methods and statistical analysis for students, faculty, and other members of the UMass-Amherst research community. Our consulting service is staffed by a team of advanced graduate students who provide consultation by appointment.  The team also offers short courses in specific methods and data program packages.  To request free private consultations during this summer, please fill out our Consultation Request Form.

COSSA Analysis for Action: Congressional Appropriation Votes on NSF and More

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) reports that on May 24 the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill. This bill serves as the vehicle for annual appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Census Bureau, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and countless other federal departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced its version of the CJS bill on April 21. Highlights below; read more here.

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