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The Center for Emplyment Equity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (CEE) has released its second report on employment diversity/discrimination: Evidence from the Frontlines on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. This report by M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics | UMass), Amanda Baumle (Sociology | U. of Houston) and Steven Boutcher (CEE | UMass)  analyzes data on the 9,121 charges of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) discrimination that were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or with a state or local fair employment practices agency (FEPA) between 2013 and 2016. 
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A recent major shift in practice by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) now means that complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture are increasingly being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management and related conditions, says Elizabeth Evans, an epidemiology researcher in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and a member of the ISSR Scholars network at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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.

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of our 2018-19 ISSR Scholars, who represent six departments across four Colleges at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: the College of Education, College of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research, and the Scholars Program is one of our key strategies for strengthening social science infrastructure at UMass.

Academia's Crisis of Relevance and the Engaged Scholar

On December 7, 2017, Professor Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) delivered a provocative talk arguing that scientists must engage beyond the Academy, in order to remain relevant and inform important public debates. In his remarks, he emphasized the lessons we have already learned on how to do so effectively, and the questions we must continue to address in order to make good on this central, and oft-overlooked, purpose of science.

Drawing upon previously unpublished government data obtained through the Mexican freedom of information system, interviews with key Mexican officials and accounts from civil-society organizations, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) assesses Mexico’s legal framework for child protection and its treatment of unaccompanied children, from apprehension through detention and adjudication of international protection claims. The report, Strengthening Mexico’s Protection of Central American Unaccompanied Minors in Transit, finds that while Mexico has undertaken ambitious reform of its child protection system, implementation of these policies is uneven and ongoing.

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.

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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. 

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Linda Tropp (UMass Amherst | Psychological & Brain Sciences) and her co-author Eric Knowles (New York University | Psychology) are making waves with their latest article in The Conversation, an important forum translating social science research for public and policy impact.