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Webinar on June 9: Meeting Federal Research Requirements for Data Management Plans, Public Access, and Preservation

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With the deadlines for achieving public access to scientific research data in digital formats approaching (October 2015 and January 2016), this webinar will provide practical advice and resources for writing data management plans as well as tips for evaluating in-house or external public access data sharing services that meet federal research requirements.

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 On-going 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)

2014-15 Scholar, Ray La Raja, (Political Science) Comments on Donald Trump's Plans to Launch an Exploratory Committee for 2016 Presidential Election

La Raja says candidates traditionally begin by “testing the waters” and if that doesn’t make the candidate a serious contender, they move on to the exploratory committee. “If you are not a front-runner you may choose to form an exploratory committee early to signal strongly that you are in the game.”  (Washington Post, 3/18/15)

Call for Participation:Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative "The Riddle of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Hidden Disability and Social Justice Issue" | Participating Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,500

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Attached is a call for participation in a faculty seminar: The Riddle of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Hidden Disability and Social Justice Issue. This is the first of two faculty seminars on integrative biocultural approaches in health studies supported by the Five Colleges, Inc. / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative exploring curricular innovations to bridge liberal arts and professional graduate education in health studies. 

ISSR Advisory Board member, Michael Ash (economics and public policy and administration) Comments on Why Economic Diversity is Important

Ash says it “offers resilience in the face of economic change. An extreme case of economic monoculture is Detroit, which has suffered severely because of the decline of its all-eggs-in-one-basket automobile industry. A diverse economy permits less painful adjustment and creates greater possibility that the next big thing is already present.” (Triple Pundit3/18/15)