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April 29, 2015: Laurel Smith-Doerr Presents her NSF-funded Research on Capitol Hill to Oppose Proposed Bill to Cut NSF Funding for the Social Sciences

Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Director and Professor of Sociology Laurel Smith-Doerr representing 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 Sciences 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 Ongoing 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)

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)

 

ISSR Advisory Board member, Jennifer Lundquist's Study Provides Insight on Racial Preferences at Early Stages of Dating

"New research from sociologist Jennifer Lundquist finds that white straight men and lesbians are much more open to online interracial dating than are white gay men and straight women. Although it is commonly believed that gays and lesbians are more racially open-minded than straights, this appears to be true only for lesbians, according to the study published in the journal Social Forces." (UMass Office of News and Media, March 5, 2015)

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