Boston-based Barr Foundation's New Giving Priorities

After a year of review, the Barr Foundation recently announced changes to its strategic plan for grant-making. Barr is not making any seismic changes. Instead, the foundation is making certain that it definitively serves as "both stewards and catalysts." Read more in this summary, adapted by UMass Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations from Inside Philanthropy (full article) and the Barr Foundation website. 

Spring 2016 Dissertation Research Grants Available from the Graduate School

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The Graduate School is delighted to invite applications for its Spring 2016 Dissertation Research Grant Competition.  Approximately 30 awards for a maximum of $1,000 each are available to support dissertation research by UMass doctoral students. Funds may be used on a wide range of activities, including travel, field work, equipment purchase, transcription, etc. For more information, check out ISSR's Resources for Graduate Students, or the Graduate School's Dissertation Research Grants website.

ISSR Spring 2016 Seminars and Workshops Now Open for Registration!

Check out ISSR's new spring lineup of seminars and workshops, organized in collaboration with a host of peers and addressing a wide range of issues, questions and resources to advance social science research across the disciplines.

Spring 2016 Seminars:

From Black Lives Matter to the big data revolution--speakers, panels and dialogues to explore and extend the boundaries of social science research

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: 

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