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ISSR Seeking Program Assistant for Fall 2015

Graduate Student Program Assistant (PA) sought for fall semester 2015 (4-6 months, starting summer 2015 preferred) for assistance in research communications and methodology event support for the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), whose purpose is to promote excellence in social science research. The PA will work with the ISSR staff, supervised by Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research. The position will require analysis of ISSR program data, coordination and support services for cross-campus events for faculty and graduate students, collecting and maintaining communications on social science research including findings from UMass projects, library research and archiving of documents, writing entries for online sites and social media outlets summarizing social science research and data, and maintaining open communication with the ISSR director and staff. The position will pay the GEO minimum salary for 20 hours per week. The start date will be no later than Sept 6, 2015 and end date no earlier than Jan 16, 2016.

Political Science is Hiring a Director of Administration and Research

UMass-Amherst / Political Science Director of Administration and Research will partner with the Department Chair in the overall management of the Department. Areas of responsibility include staff management, budgetary oversight, communication and external relations, strategic planning, and fostering the growth and success of department research initiatives. The Political Science Department houses the undergraduate majors in Political Science and Legal Studies, and the Political Science graduate programs, with more than 35 faculty and over 1000 undergraduate majors and graduate students.

The Data Incubator: Fall Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 7 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

April 29, 2015: Laurel Smith-Doerr Presents her NSF-Funded Research on Capitol Hill to Oppose Proposed Bill to Cut NSF Funding for Social Sciences

Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) director and Professor of Sociology Laurel Smith-Doerr represented the American Sociological Association presented her NSF-funded research to lawmakers on Capitol Hill at an exhibition titled, “Investments in STEM Research and Funding: Fueling American Innovation.” Smith-Doerr was invited to present findings from The Social Organization of Collaboration in the Chemical Sciences, a collaborative NSF award with Jennifer Croissant at the University of Arizona. The exhibition is hosted by the Coalition for National Science Funding in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC.

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.

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 Ongoing 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)