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July 19, 2016

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has published its analysis of where things stand on the annual appropriations bills that authorize federal spending on social science research, as the U.S. Congress goes into its summer recess. Read the details, agency-by-agency, in the full analysis here

Professor Darrel Ramsey-Musolf
July 11, 2016

Darrel Ramsey-Musolf (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning)  has published his research on “Evaluating California’s Housing Element Law, Housing Equity, and Housing Production (1990-2007)”  in the journal Housing Policy Debate (v26 n3).

Ramsey-Musolf, an assistant professor in landscape architecture and regional planning, studied the effects of the 1969 law that requires California municipalities to address housing equity and housing production. His studies suggest that municipal compliance may support California’s goal of providing housing equity but may also constrain California’s overall housing production.

July 7, 2016

The UMass scholars leading the World Wide University Network's Climate-Resilient Open Partnership for Food Security  (CROP-FS) project have published correspondence in the current issue of Nature calling for early and intentional integration of social science in food security efforts. ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr serves on the CROP-FS leadership team, where she and Sociology Doctoral student Timothy Sacco have been instrumental in bringing social science insights to highlight the social processes and institutions underlying scientific collaborations for food security.

Jane E. Fountain, Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst
July 5, 2016

What guidance can the social and behavioral sciences give federal policymakers to increase the benefits and reduce the costs to society of technological innovations? Jane E. FountainDistinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst, recently joined fellow experts in science and technology policy to address this question in a White Paper for the White House team on Social and Behavioral Science. 

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June 22, 2016

The Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst requests presentation and poster proposals for the first interdisciplinary graduate student conference on ethnographic methodologies held on our campus.  The November 4-5 2016 conference is titled Unbounding Ethnography: Theory and Method Beyond the Disciplines, with Keynote address by Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. 

June 22, 2016

Michelle Budig, Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the inaugural SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award. This award by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research, and recipients are nominated by their peers. Dr. Budig is a founding member of the ISSR Advisory Board, and a valued colleague in promoting our mission of advancing excellence in social science research. We celebrate her recognition as the first winner of this highly competitive award, and look forward to fruitful collaboration with her and with all the nominated scholars whose distinction makes her selection all the more compelling.

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