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The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) brings together workers’ rights advocates, academics, and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for workers in the United States. One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor scholars while also linking these scholars to labor activists.

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ISSR Hiring Qualitative Methodology Consultant for Fall 2020
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ISSR Hiring Quantitative Methodology Consultants for Fall 2020
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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.

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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! 
 

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. Workshop registration is now closed, but all are invited to join the open Roundtable Discussion, from 3 - 5 pm in South College W245:

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. Her speech was chosen from a large group of terrific submissions for the Graduate Commencement Student Speaker Competition, which was launched last fall. We are so proud of Ashley, and wish her all the best in her next endeavors! 

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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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