Deadline 2/17 | Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award. All currently enrolled undergraduate UMass Amherst students, part or full-time, are eligible. The first prize recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and two second place winners receive $500 scholarships. Papers, theses, design projects, multimedia, and artwork that present research on a sustainability topic (environmental, social or economic) will be considered. Applicants must be nominated by a UMass Amherst faculty member. Projects created from spring 2016 through fall 2016 may be submitted for review.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ISSR Sustainability Seed Grant Program, 2017-18

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce a seed grant competition for interdisciplinary social science research in sustainability. This competition is designed to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences. These seed grants are intended to support proposals that are not likely to be funded by traditional granting organizations because they are early in development and interdisciplinary in nature. It is anticipated that projects will clearly link to the future research, scholarly, or creative and artistic growth of the Institute for Social Science Research.

MIT Press Publishes Revised Science and Technology Studies Handbook, Co-edited by ISSR Director Smith-Doerr

STS Handbook, 4th Edition (MIT Press)

ISSR is proud to announce the long-awaited publication of an important new resource for scholars of science and technology in society (STS). The fourth edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (MIT Press) curates the most important areas of STS research--situating cutting-edge scholarship in the context of the field's evolution since the late 1970s. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of ISSR, is one of the editors of the new Handbook. 

Undergraduate Opportunity at Census Bureau | Please Share with Interested Students

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to post vacancy announcements for the following positions on Wednesday, December 7:
  • Entry-Level Recent Graduates Statisticians (includes Survey, Demographic, and Economic Statisticians).
    • To qualify you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, and have completed within the previous two years (or by June 1, 2017) a qualifying associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
    • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
  • Pathways Interns (includes Survey, Demographic, and Economic Statistician interns)
    • To qualify you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and be enrolled in a degree-seeking program or certificate program of at least one year in duration.

ISSR Director Smith-Doerr and Co-author Sacco Explore Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword in academia, as research universities funnel their financial resources toward collaborations between faculty in different disciplines. In theory, interdisciplinary collaboration breaks down artificial divisions between different departments, allowing more innovative and sophisticated research to flourish. But does it actually work this way in practice?  ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr and Doctoral Candidate in Sociology Timothy Sacco studied four distinctly situated chemistry laboratories to explore how the local contexts of collaboration shape the ideas and practices--the epistemic cultures--of interdisciplinary collaboration.

New Work on Gender, Power and Health from ISSR Staff

Women's Empowerment and Global Health Book Cover

Elisa Martinez, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology and Program Assistant at ISSR, has co-authored the chapter "Empowerment and HIV Risk Reduction among Sex Workers in Bangladesh" in the edited volume Women's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-first Century Agenda (University of California Press). The chapter explores the links (and insufficiency thereof) among interventions seeking to promote empowerment among women engaged in sex work in one of Bangladesh's largest red light districts, changes in the women's lived experiences of gendered power, and their levels of HIV risk.