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NSF recently recorded a webinar about the requirement to use an NSF-approved format for both the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents as part of proposals submitted to NSF. The policy, outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), goes into effect for proposals submitted or due, on or after June 1, 2020. The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.

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The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) at the National Institutes of Health has announced several new Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) which wil be of interest to social scientists at UMass. Please see the announcment below. For more infomration on how NIH is adjusting its funding mechanisms, check out the Office of Extramural Research blog, or view all BSSR-relevant NOSIs.

COSSA Headlines: A monthly look at what's new and noteworthy in social science policy

The current COSSA Washington Update contains a wealth of information to help social scientists follow the changing landscape of rules and resources at the federal agencies that fund social science research, as the government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the highlights below, and subscribe to the COSSA Washington Update to stay abreast this of fast-changing context.

 

In response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in keeping with the decision to transition to remote course delivery at the UMass Amherst campus , we are writing to share some of our ongoing efforts to promote excellence in the social sciences during this period.

Professor Elizabeth Evans, ISSR Scholar and Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Sciences

ISSR is proud to congratulate Elizabeth Evans, ISSR Scholar and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, on the $10.2 million center grant awarded for the proposal she developed in her 2018 ISSR Scholars year in support of vital research on opioid treatment with incarcerated populations in Massachusetts. The ISSR Scholars Program is a proven investment in the  research and career development of promising UMass faculty, providing strategic grantsmanship mentoring and support to a growing cohort of social scientists across the UMass colleges and disciplines. 

 

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On April 4, the co-PIs presented the final report of a one-year project funded by the National Science Foundation's research program on the Future of Work at Human-Technology Frontiers. The project, Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity and the Future of Work, convened experts in the social sciences, computational sciences and engineering to articulate the knowledge needed to shape emergent techologies that are equitable and result in "good" jobs for a wider range of workers, and elicited broader stakeholder feedback on this academic conversation.  

View the report here.

Update to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, by Carol Bova, PhD RN April 17 2019

On April 19, 2019, Dr. Carol Bova, PhD, RN and IRB Chairperson at the UMass Medical School presented on the recent updates to Federal policy for the protection of human subjects. 

Some Tips for Collaboration and some meditations on Equality. Presentation by John N. Parke, NSF. First slide.

On February 8, 2019, John N. Parker facilitated the first UMass ADVANCE Research Collaboration workshop with an engaging talk on how collaboration and equity leads to better science.

 

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On February 8, 2019, John N. Parker facilitated the first UMass ADVANCE Research Collaboration workshop with an engaging talk on how collaboration and equity leads to better science. Parker is Program Officer for the Science, Technology and Society and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM programs at the National Science Foundation. He is also Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Senior Fellow, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

U.S. Census Bureau logo

Do you use census data?  Now is your opportunity to ensure continued access to the data products that are important for your work.The American Sociological Association urges you to submit your comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Census Bureau data products. The period for submitting comments to the Federal Register ends September 17. See the ASA call for input for details to register your voice.

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