ICPSR Webinar: Spatial Analysis with China Geo-Explorer - Feb 1 2016

This workshop will provide an introduction to China Geo-Explorer (CGE), which offers a web-based spatial data service that provides easy access to a rich collection of unique, authoritative, and comprehensive information from government statistics, population and economic censuses, and many other data sources with more than 6,500 variables and 7 million business records.  Presented by Shuming Bao, this webinar will cover: 

January 31 Funding Opportunity: Labor Resource and Action Network New Scholars Research Grants

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The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) brings together workers’ rights advocates, academics, and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for workers in the United States.  One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor scholars while also linking these scholars to labor activists.

This Wednesday, December 16: Research Seminar by Barbara Resnick, PhD: Understanding Treatement Fidelity and Using it to Optimize your Research

Professor Resnick is the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland and the President-Elect of the Gerontological Society of America, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Geriatric Nursing. Her seminar will be held in Skinner Hall, Room 213, and is free and open to the public. During her visit to UMass, Dr. Resnick will be collaborating with ISSR Scholar RachelWalker  Klimmek (College of Nursing). 

Announcement and Call for Proposals - Methods Symposium 2016: New Approaches in Queer, Postcolonial, and Black Studies

ISSR is pleased to support the English Department at UMass-Amherst's “Methods Symposium 2016” - to be held Friday, March 11, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. This symposium invites graduate students from across the humanities and social sciences whose work makes methodological interventions in queer, postcolonial, and/or black studies to join prominent scholars in a daylong discussion of the question, “What methods; why now?”

Spatial Analysis Without Borders: Cutting-edge use of GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis methodologies across disciplines

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What do moose fat, algae blooms, classroom and office assignments, urban residential segregation and crackling fireplaces have in common? A fascinating showcase of research by scholars and practitioners from around the Five Colleges showed how spatial analysis – the study of social and material dynamics through their patterns in physical space – can offer new layers of understanding about the natural and social patterns and inequalities all around us. 

ISSR Scholars Facilitator Naomi Gerstel blogs on Work in Progress

In May, the Washington Posts’s “Wonkblog” argued that the next frontier of workplace legislation was “over when you work, not how much you make.”  UMass Amherst sociologists Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson pen the lead article of today's Work in Progress (the blog of the American Sociological Association's section on Organizations, Occupations and Work). Drawing from their recent award-winning book, Unequal Time, they detail the ways scheduling can impact workers in a variety of ways. Their post provides  excellent context for the blog's panel, featuring posts by Kyla Walters and Joya Misra (also at UMass) who describe the constraints placed on workers in the retail industry, and Brian Halpin (of U.C. Davis Sociology) detailing the use of last minute scheduling in a restaurant kitchen. 


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