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ISSR is pleased to co-sponsor the Methods Symposium 2019, to be held Saturday, October 19, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at South College. Please review the call for proposals and participation below:

What Is the Methods Symposium?

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We make social science but not out of conditions of our own choosing. While social institutions are a large part of the content of the social worlds that we investigate, our means of investigation are also affected by those very institutions. As social scientists we are thus always at risk of using some concept or idea or theory or instrument that may be ‘doing work’ that we might not first recognize. In other words, we may be unknowing carriers of political forces, intellectual pathologies, or be doing the bidding of some social forces we have inherited from the past. This article summarizes the discussion of how historical legacies that shape scientific research in ISSR's final panel on its 2019 seminar series on Social Science & Social Location.

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. 

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We are excited to announce that Ashley Carpenter, who recently defended her doctoral dissertation in Higher Education Administration, has been selected as the first student speaker in the history of Graduate Commencement! Ashley has been an invaluable member of the ISSR Methodology Consulting team, sharing her expertise in qualitative methods through one-on-one consultations and workshops on qualitative interviewing and analysis with NVivo. 

Conference Logo for Engaging Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting a four-day conference, Engaging Anthropology, October 3-6, 2019 as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Our conference theme, Engaging Anthropology, is meant to highlight a history of engaging with the many challenges of the day. At this moment of escalating precarity and deepening inequalities, of resurgent nativisms, social dislocations, and ongoing colonialism—and with climate change threatening life as we know it—how can we approach anthropology and mobilize anthropological theory and methods to help us make sense of and respond to these conditions, as well as identify and work towards alternatives?

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From photovoice to computational modeling, ISSR has advanced methodology workshops to expand your research and persuasion toolkit this summer. Since 2012, ISSR has offered a varied program of advanced research methods training each summer, through hands-on workshops taught by specialists in their fields. These two- and three-day courses are designed and priced to be accessible for faculty, graduate students and research professionals seeking to expand their methodological skills.

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On February 21 2019, a full house packed the ISSR lab to explore research on how gender affects the conduct of research and professional life more broadly for social scientists. This article summarizes the discussion highlights, and shares valuable resources for those interested in the topic. This seminar was the second in our Social Science and Social Location series which focuses on the ‘positionality’ of researchers, asking how our social location informs the way in which we go about our scholarly lives, the questions we ask, the approaches we take to inquiry, and the way that we conduct our scholarship more broadly.

Panelists in seminar: Sonia Atalay, Linda Tropp, Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Kiran Asher

A full house packed the ISSR lab for the first event in ISSR’s seminar series on Social Science and Social Location. The central question of this panel was “How does where we stand affect what we see, and what we can know as scholars?” Responses came in the form of four thought-provoking expositions on the politics of creating social science that reflects non-traditional academic origins, asks questions that the mainstream is not asking, honors histories and standpoints that have traditionally been excluded from scientific discourses, and claims a vital and legitimate – if fiercely challenged – place in the scientific enterprise. 

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Do you want to deepen your understanding of the statistics behind the methods you use in your research?  So do we! We invite to join our Statistics in the Social Sciences Reading Group (SSSRG). This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students who gather to discuss a methodological topic based on group interest. We welcome participants from all disciplines! 
 

How do longstanding theories of social interaction hold up when communication shifts from in-person to online interaction? And how can novel research methods, applied by collaborative teams of social scientists and computer scientists to new forms of online data, help us re-imagine the mechanisms driving social life?

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