Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship | August 17 Internal Deadline for Limited Submission

The UMass Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations announces a limited submission opportunity for the Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowships. This Fellowship assists exceptional faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

MIT Press Announces Chinese Publication of Handbook of Science and Technology Studies

Handbook of Science and Technology Studies Fourth Edition

The MIT Press will translate the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies into Chinese, for a December 2020 publication date. ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr is one of the editors of the volume, which was published last year in English. For their work on this handbook, the editors won the 2017 STS Infrastructure Award from the Society for Social Studies of Science.

 

Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity, and the Future of Work

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An interdisciplinary UMass team led by ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr (PI) and Co-PIs Enobong (Anna) Branch, Shlomo Zilberstein, Henry Renski, and Shannon Roberts has received a National Science Foundation conference grant funded under one of the NSF Ten Big Ideas—the Future of Work at Human-Technology Frontiers (HTF). On April 5-6th, the Institute for Social Science Research convened renowned social scientists, computer scientists, engineers and influential professionals from across the U.S. for the second of three meetings funded by this grant, to consider the question of racial equity in how scholars understand emerging technologies and the workplace.

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

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On Friday March 30, over 55 people gathered at the Design Building at UMass for an animated day of dialogue hosted by the Social Sciences, Humanities and Environment Network (SSEN).

The SSEN workshop on Environmental Social Science Research: Commonalities and Conundrums convened faculty, administration, graduate students and staff 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.

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY19 increases in key federal science budgets

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On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill. The CJS 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 many other federal departments and agencies. The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has shared its analysis of the key spending provisions in this important bill.

 

According to COSSA's analysis, the House CJS bill increases funding for the NSF, NIJ and Census budgets over FY18 enacted levels, and holds the budget for the Econmomic and Statistics Administration level, The Senate has not yet released the details of its CJS bill.

ISSR Scholar Dania Francis Selected as 2018 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

ISSR is pleased to announce that Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies, 2014-15 ISSR Scholar, and 2018-19 Lilly Fellow for Teaching Excellence, has been selected to receive the National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious program encourages outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects. Dr. Francis will conduct reseach to help us understand minority and women's underrepresentation in advanced math courses in high school by investigating whether school counselors exhibit racial or gender bias during the course assignment process.

 

Winning an NSF CAREER Award | May 15 | Register by May 11

Winning an NSF CAREER Award: An Interactive Workshop with NSF CAREER Program Officials and UMass CAREER Recipients

Planning on applying for an NSF CAREER Award this year? Have questions about how to develop a winning proposal? Join your colleagues for an interactive workshop on May 15th, from noon – 3:00pm in Life Sciences Laboratory N610.

Please register by May 11th.

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