ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Organizing and Analyzing Qualitative Data with NVivo 11 for Windows | Eric Griffith and Jackie Stein

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall
This three-morning workshop will get you up and running with coding and analyzing your qualitative data in NVivo 11. Each day, instructors will also offer optional open lab times when they are available to help you apply the techniques you learned in the morning to your own data. This workshop duplicates ISSR's May 2017 offering of the same name.

Faculty Funding Dialogue | Summer Spotlight: The LOI

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
107 Bartlett Hall
The grantseeker's first approach to a private foundation is often through a formal Letter of Intent/Inquiry (LOI). We will discuss the essential elements of a typical foundation LOI and how to craft a strong "mini-proposal." We will cover how two social science research funders assess LOIs and the support ISSR staff provides in the development and submission of the LOI.

Congratulations to ISSR's Karen Mason, SBS Outstanding Staff of the Year Awardee

Karen Mason

Congratulations to our ace-in-the-hole Grants, Personnel and Budget Manager, Karen Mason, whose excellence and service earned her this year's staff award from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass. Karen, who is busy as we speak orchestrating ISSR's move to beautiful new offices in Machmer Hall, is truly the heart and soul of our organization, and we count our lucky stars every day. 

Announcing New ISSR Team Members in Grants Development, June Funding Brown Bag, and Upcoming Grant Deadlines

We are excited to introduce two additional members of the ISSR team who will support faculty in their search for research funding. Dr. Gretchen Gano will join ISSR as Grants Development Social Scientist starting in August 2017, and Megan Paik recently came on board as Foundation Grants Development Specialist this spring.
 

Social Science Lens on Trump Administration FY2018 Budget Proposal

Consortium of Social Science Associations

The Consortium of Social Science Associations in Washington (COSSA) has been reporting their analysis of debates in Washington over the federal government budget. In a letter to ISSR and other members this week, COSSA builds on analysis of the Trump Administration's "skinny budget" with the following highlights of  the President's full FY18 budget request:

Announcing Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grants Program Awards

Sustainability Seed Grant Waterspout

ISSR is pleased to announce three research grant awards totaling $25,000 in its inaugural round of funding through the Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grant Program.

Co-funded by ISSR and the School of Earth and Sustainability, the winning research teams leverage a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and expertise at UMass and beyond, including the Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Legal Studies and Political Science, Resource Economics, Sociology, and the School of Public Policy, as well as a host of governmental, nongovernmental and community organizations working at the human-environment interface. This degree of inter-disciplinary collaboration exemplifies ISSR's commitment to spanning disciplinary boundaries to open new ways of conceptualizing and studying the defining issues of our times. 

May 1 PEP Event | Faculty as Engaged Scholars in an Era of Uncertainty

What are the roles and responsibilities of researchers in these uncertain political times? How can scholars best use their resources to respond to attacks on vulnerable populations and institutions? Panelists will address how recent developments in our government affect our roles as researchers and teachers, and how scholars can contribute to positive change through public engagement? Join the conversation on Monday, May 1 at noon, in the UMass Campus Center's Hadley Room.

April 22 (Earth Day) | Social Scientists and the March for Science

March for Science image

Why Social Science? is a space to talk about the unique contributions the social and behavioral sciences have made to making our society better and improving the lives of people around the world. The upcoming March for Science brings the opportunity to join with fellow scientists, researchers, and supporters from across fields, disciplines, professions, and industries to focus on Why Science—all science—is such a fundamental driver of human progress around the world.

ISSR Seminar | What is Political Correctness?

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
S331 Integrated Learning Center | UMass Amherst
The term "political correctness" was a centerpiece of Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign, and appears everywhere in contemporary conversation--about education, media, politics, and technology. But what does it mean? This talk excavates a genealogy of "political correctness," returning to the roots of the term and reflecting on its rising use.

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