May 1 PEP Event | Faculty as Engaged Scholars in an Era of Uncertainty

What are the roles and responsibilities of researchers in these uncertain political times? How can scholars best use their resources to respond to attacks on vulnerable populations and institutions? Panelists will address how recent developments in our government affect our roles as researchers and teachers, and how scholars can contribute to positive change through public engagement? Join the conversation on Monday, May 1 at noon, in the UMass Campus Center's Hadley Room.

April 22 (Earth Day) | Social Scientists and the March for Science

March for Science image

Why Social Science? is a space to talk about the unique contributions the social and behavioral sciences have made to making our society better and improving the lives of people around the world. The upcoming March for Science brings the opportunity to join with fellow scientists, researchers, and supporters from across fields, disciplines, professions, and industries to focus on Why Science—all science—is such a fundamental driver of human progress around the world.

ISSR Seminar | What is Political Correctness?

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
S331 Integrated Learning Center | UMass Amherst
The term "political correctness" was a centerpiece of Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign, and appears everywhere in contemporary conversation--about education, media, politics, and technology. But what does it mean? This talk excavates a genealogy of "political correctness," returning to the roots of the term and reflecting on its rising use.

Full House at Life Sciences Laboratories Considers Pathways and Potholes for Women in Science

Volume Editor Anna Branch with co-authors Laurel Smith-Doerr and Laura Hirshfield

Some sixty members of the University community turned out for the launch of a new volume of research that offers new insights on the realities of women's careers in science. The volume, entitled Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (Lexington Books), is edited by UMass Professor of Sociology and Chancellor's Faculty Advisor for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence  Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch. With an introduction by Dr. Craig Martin, Professor of Chemistry at UMass Amherst, the panel of three of the volume's authors drew from research across academic and industry science settings to illustrate the supports and constraints that shape women's journeys through careers in science.

ISSR Faculty Funding Dialogue | Foundation Research Grants - Spotlight on May

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
107 Bartlett Hall | UMass Amherst
Meet ISSR's new Foundation Grants Developent Specialist to strategize for your foundation grant-seeking. This meeting will offer insight and guidance to faculty in developing winning proposals to foundations--focusing in on three major grant programs with upcoming deadlines.

Book Launch | Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
S330 Life Sciences Laboratories | UMass Amherst
Please join us in discussing important questions about the enablers and obstacles for women in science as we celebrate the release of Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline. Edited by UMass Amherst Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch, this timely volume features the work of 21 leading scholars, including ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr, on the fields of gender and STEM.

MIT Press Publishes Revised Science and Technology Studies Handbook, Co-edited by ISSR Director Smith-Doerr

STS Handbook, 4th Edition (MIT Press)

ISSR is proud to announce the long-awaited publication of an important new resource for scholars of science and technology in society (STS). The fourth edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (MIT Press) curates the most important areas of STS research--situating cutting-edge scholarship in the context of the field's evolution since the late 1970s. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of ISSR, is one of the editors of the new Handbook.