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ISSR Methodology in May
May 9, 2016

Join us in 107 Bartlett Hall for a series of talks on diverse methodological approaches to exploring a range of social science questions.

See the upcoming talk descriptions here.

A light lunch will be served.

State-level spending flows from one federally-funded research university
May 2, 2016

If you want to know the impact of research funding, says science and innovation policy guru Julia Lane (NYU/Wagner and Center for Urban Science and Progress), you need a system that puts people, and not publications, at the center. And if you want to produce this knowledge at the speed and scale of its emergence, she argues, you need to be aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie in using big data in social science. In her April 1 seminar on social science and big data research, Dr. Lane described the IRIS project as one approach that has had to address both these challenges – in a project that has been the challenge of tracing the effects of federally-funded research initiatives into the economy and society. Dr. Lane’s seminar, sponsored by ISSR and CSSI, was an invitation for social scientists to take charge of the rising tide of questions about the impact of research funding, and to direct it in the scientific tradition – with clear research questions, a conceptual framework, and sound methodological approaches.

April 27, 2016

The “replication crisis” that is raising questions about the reliability of scientific research has been widely discussed in the fields of psychology and medicine, but has important ramifications for all scientists –social and natural. At a jam-packed April 8 seminar co-hosted by ISSR and the Computational Social Sciences Institute, ISSR Assistant Director Henry Renski (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) moderated a panel of five scholars from across the Colleges of Information and Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences, as they explored key issues, implications, and attempted remedies that this replication debate has raised. The lively discussion that ensued points to a hunger to respond to the epistemological, methodological and institutional questions that underlie the replication debate.

April 27, 2016

Eric Griffith - who specializes at ISSR in qualitative research methods and NVivo software training -  joins a growing community of UMass Amherst recipients of the Wenner-Gren Foundation's Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

April 27, 2016

The “replication crisis” that is raising questions about the reliability of scientific research has been widely discussed in the fields of psychology and medicine, but has important ramifications for all scientists –social and natural. At a jam-packed April 8 seminar co-hosted by ISSR and the Computational Social Sciences Institute, ISSR Assistant Director Henry Renski (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) moderated a panel of five scholars from across the Colleges of Information and Computer SciencesNatural Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences, as they explored key issues, implications, and attempted remedies that this replication debate has raised. The lively discussion that ensued points to a hunger to respond to the epistemological, methodological and institutional questions that underlie the replication debate.

In a world where Black Lives Matter I imagine...
April 25, 2016

The week of March 23-30, 2016 saw an exciting convergence of dialogues and debates across UMass and the Five Colleges, centering on the histories, implications and legacies of Black liberation struggles. The many events sponsored by diverse centers and departments offered and an opportunity to raise the level of our campus’ thought and action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) was pleased to collaborate with the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program (PPVP) to open and close the week’s events with two important conversations exploring how methodological innovation in social science can, and does, offer scholars committed to racial justice a range of pathways for advancing the cause.

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