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Director's Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. We approach that goal with a variety of programs that are designed to: 1) support the development of methodological skills and tools for social scientists, 2) advance the meaningful participation of social scientists in interdisciplinary collaboration, 3) assist in the development of proposals and administration of funded research projects, and 4) promote the visibility of cutting-edge social science research.

The Institute for Social Science Research is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, and we welcome participation of the faculty and graduate students across the departments and programs of SBS. Our mission includes serving social scientists across the other colleges of UMass-Amherst; we welcome interested faculty and graduate students, for example, in the College of Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Isenberg School of Management, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, and  School of Public Health.  We also strive to support excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration, which means that natural and physical scientists and engineers are welcome to contact us about opportunities for collaboration with social scientists. We welcome participants from across the region and around the world in our summer workshops. We are interested in discussing and pursuing collaboration with other institutional partners, so please do not hesitate to contact us.  I thank you for your interest in the Institute for Social Science Research and hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Sincerely,

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director

 

House Bill Proposes 45% Cut to Social/Behavioral Science at NSF

This week, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year's version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF's research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) (see COSSA's analysis and statement on the legislation). The bill is scheduled for a markup by the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday, April 22.

 

COSSA strongly opposes this legislation and we need your help to tell Congress that this bill is bad for science. Now is the time to weigh in before the Science Committee votes next week. Visit COSSA's website to contact your Member of Congress and tell them you oppose the cuts to SBE in this bill.

Thank you for taking action on this important effort.  Please feel free to share this with your colleagues and others who care about protecting social and behavioral science at NSF.