ISSR Team Awarded MSP Grant to Extend Faculty Salary Equity Study

ISSR is proud to announce its selection to receive a grant from the Massachusetts Society of Professors - the faculty union at UMass Amherst - to extend its research on faculty salary and the effects of unionization on gender disparities.  ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr (Sociology), Associate Director Henry Renski (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) and Methodologist Jessica Pearlman will lead the research project.

Common Rule Revisions Delayed 6 Months

The Consortium of Social Science Associations - representing the interests of social scientists in Washington - announced that this week, the federal agencies regulated under the Common Rule, the set of regulations governing human subjects research declared their intent to delay implementation of revisions to the Common Rule by an additional six months, setting a new compliance date of January 21, 2019. Details of the Common Rule revision process are available in this Message to COSSA Members, and at the COSSA website.

Social Sciences and the Environment Network | Community and Agenda-Building Workshop

On Friday March 30, the Social Sciences, Humanities and Environment Network at UMass convened faculty, administration, graduate students and staff in a workshop on Environmental Social Science Research: Commonalities and Conundrums. The purpose of this energizing event was to discuss how to leverage diverse backgrounds to develop and implement social science, humanities scholarship that best illuminates how we understand and address the environment.

Francia Márquez | Solidarity and the Politics of Black Mothering and Environmental Racism

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Please join 2018 Goldman Environmental Prizewinner Francia Márquez as she reflects on nearly two decades of human rights activism in defense of her community's ancestral lands. Ms. Márquez will discuss how the Black Women's Mobilization for the Care of Life and Ancestral Territories mobilizes black maternal love to confront envioronmental racism, and on the need to build practical, transnational solidarity networks to face the intersecting challenges of the 21st century.

Announcing the 2018-2019 ISSR Scholars

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of our 2018-19 ISSR Scholars, who represent six departments across four Colleges at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: the College of Education, College of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research, and the Scholars Program is one of our key strategies for strengthening social science infrastructure at UMass.

ISSR's Grants Development Panel Explores Diverse Pathways of Research Funding

In early March, ISSR held its first grants development panel entitled “Grants and Your Research Trajectory,” moderated by Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Jennifer Lundquist and featuring panelists Mari Castañeda, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Larry King, a new Professor in the Department of Economics. This panel was designed to explore a range of successful grantmaking trajectories, and raise awareness of new capabilities within ISSR to assist faculty in building successful research proposals strategizing interdisciplinary grants and identifying prospective funders. 

Apply to the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Scholars Program | Applications Due April 06, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) announces a competition to fund independent research during 2018-19, culminating in a high-quality working paper relevant to the Department’s policymaking. Awards will be made in the range of $20,000–$50,000 for projects that would contribute to the Department’s mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers.