2016-2017 ISSR Scholars Named


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of our 2016-2017 Scholars, who represent six departments across four Colleges at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: the College of Education, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Student Research Spotlight: Shayl Griffith, Making Sense of Smart Devices in Families

Although there are a great deal of data on how prevalent smart devices are in the home, there has been no systematic investigation into how smart devices are being used. Similar to the television, which was also adopted by households before researchers could study its effects, smart phones could have significant impacts on family dynamics and on how children learn. For her dissertation and CRF Family Research Fellowship, Shayl Griffith is working with Professor David Arnold to analyze the use of smart devices in the home.

Book Talk: This Program is Brought to You By...: Distributing Television News Online

Josh Braun, Assistant Professor in the Journalism Department, will discuss his recently published book on media distribution, This Program is Brought to You By...: Distributing Television News Online, for which he conducted interviews with teams and organizations within MSNBC, including the Rachel Maddow show. He also worked with NBC News and the staff responsible for both organizations’ digital platforms and social media channels.

Registration Open for Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference 2016: New Worlds of Adoption and Foster Care

The Treehouse Foundation and the UMass Rudd Adoption Research Program are joining forces in partnership with the Boston College School of Social Work to present the 2016 conference "New Worlds of Adoption and Foster Care: Thriving on the Frontline." The day will feature useful and exciting perspectives shared by practitioners, researchers, those who have been adopted, those who have experienced foster care, their family members, and policymakers. For additional information, visit the Rudd Program's conference website.

Boston-based Barr Foundation's New Giving Priorities

After a year of review, the Barr Foundation recently announced changes to its strategic plan for grant-making. Barr is not making any seismic changes. Instead, the foundation is making certain that it definitively serves as "both stewards and catalysts." Read more in this summary, adapted by UMass Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations from Inside Philanthropy (full article) and the Barr Foundation website.