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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship | August 17 Internal Deadline for Limited Submission

The UMass Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations announces a limited submission opportunity for the Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowships. This Fellowship assists exceptional faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

NIH Seeking Social and Behavioral Scientists for Program and Review Officer Positions

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The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research is looking for social and behavioral scientists to fill open positions for Program Officer and Scientific Review Officer. Please see the OBSSR Update below for further details, and consider sharing this with your social and behavioral science colleagues and networks.

Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity, and the Future of Work

An interdisciplinary UMass team led by ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr (PI) and Co-PIs Enobong (Anna) Branch, Shlomo Zilberstein, Henry Renski, and Shannon Roberts has received a National Science Foundation conference grant funded under one of the NSF Ten Big Ideas—the Future of Work at Human-Technology Frontiers (HTF). On April 5-6th, the Institute for Social Science Research convened renowned social scientists, computer scientists, engineers and influential professionals from across the U.S. for the second of three meetings funded by this grant, to consider the question of racial equity in how scholars understand emerging technologies and the workplace. 

MIT Press Announces Chinese Publication of Handbook of Science and Technology Studies

The MIT Press will translate the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies into Chinese, for a December 2020 publication date. ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr is one of the editors of the volume, which was published last year in English. For their work on this handbook, the editors won the 2017 STS Infrastructure Award from the Society for Social Studies of Science.

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY19 Increases in Key Federal Science Budgets

On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2019 fiscal year Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill. The CJS bill serves as the vehicle for annual appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Census Bureau, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and many other federal departments and agencies. The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has shared its analysis of the key spending provisions in this important bill. 

ISSR Scholar Dania Francis Selected as 2018 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

ISSR is pleased to announce that Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies, 2014-15 ISSR Scholar, and 2018-19 Lilly Fellow for Teaching Excellence, has been selected to receive the National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious program encourages outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects.

ISSR Team Awarded MSP Grant to Extend Faculty Salary Equity Study

ISSR is proud to announce its selection to receive a grant from the Massachusetts Society of Professors - the faculty union at UMass Amherst - to extend its research on faculty salary and the effects of unionization on gender disparities.  ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr (Sociology), Associate Director Henry Renski (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) and Methodologist Jessica Pearlman will lead the research project.

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