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ISSR Advisory Board member Sally Powers Receives Prestigious 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association on alumni, faculty and friends. Recipients of this prestigious award have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in the public, business or professional realms and bring honor to UMass Amherst and to their field of endeavor.

2015 Award Recipients

ISSR Advisory Board member, Michelle Budig (sociology) Receives On-going Media Attention on Gender Pay Gap Research

"The research of Michele Budig, sociology, on how women without children earn more than women with children, and how working women with children are subject to a motherhood penalty in their wages while fathers see a fatherhood boost in pay, is part of a story about how women and girls still are struggling for equality all around the world." (Deseret News [Utah], 3/19/15)

2014-15 Scholar, Ray La Raja, (Political Science) Comments on Donald Trump's Plans to Launch an Exploratory Committee for 2016 Presidential Election

La Raja says candidates traditionally begin by “testing the waters” and if that doesn’t make the candidate a serious contender, they move on to the exploratory committee. “If you are not a front-runner you may choose to form an exploratory committee early to signal strongly that you are in the game.”  (Washington Post, 3/18/15)

Call for Participation:Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative "The Riddle of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Hidden Disability and Social Justice Issue" | Participating Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,500

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Attached is a call for participation in a faculty seminar: The Riddle of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Hidden Disability and Social Justice Issue. This is the first of two faculty seminars on integrative biocultural approaches in health studies supported by the Five Colleges, Inc. / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative exploring curricular innovations to bridge liberal arts and professional graduate education in health studies. 

ISSR Advisory Board member, Michael Ash (economics and public policy and administration) Comments on Why Economic Diversity is Important

Ash says it “offers resilience in the face of economic change. An extreme case of economic monoculture is Detroit, which has suffered severely because of the decline of its all-eggs-in-one-basket automobile industry. A diverse economy permits less painful adjustment and creates greater possibility that the next big thing is already present.” (Triple Pundit3/18/15)


CRF Private Funding Opportunities: non-governmental, institutional grant opportunities at the $50,000 level and above | March 12, 2015 eNewsletter

CFR Private Funding Opportunities
March 12, 2015 eNewsletter

Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) assists on non-governmental, institutional grant opportunities at the $50,000 level and above. For all grant opportunities requiring a 501c3 submission, we will arrange applying through the University of Massachusetts Foundation. This 501c3 process has strict timelines; please contact our office as early as possible to assure that the funder deadline can be met.

ISSR Advisory Board member, Jennifer Lundquist's Study Provides Insight on Racial Preferences at Early Stages of Dating

"New research from sociologist Jennifer Lundquist finds that white straight men and lesbians are much more open to online interracial dating than are white gay men and straight women. Although it is commonly believed that gays and lesbians are more racially open-minded than straights, this appears to be true only for lesbians, according to the study published in the journal Social Forces." (UMass Office of News and Media, March 5, 2015)