SciSIP Colloquium and Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students

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The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), with financial support from NSF SciSIP, is hosting a Colloquium on Science and Innovation Policy Research and Practice connecting research and practice in science and innovation policy as part of SSTI's 2016 Annual Conference November 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio. Scholarships, including funds toward travel costs, are available to support 8-10 graduate students to participate in the conference and colloquium.

Data Available: First Wave of Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (PATH)

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce the availability of public-use files (PUF) for the questionnaire data from the first wave of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. The PATH Study PUF are downloadable from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

ISSR shapes call for social science in food security efforts

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.

Prof. Jane E. Fountain co-authors White Paper on innovation for White House

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

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. 

Call for Papers: Unbounding Ethnography Conference

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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. 

Michelle Budig, SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award

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.

Banu Subramaniam (WGSS) Awarded Fleck Prize

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Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Banu Subramaniam, Professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, who was awarded the highly coveted 2016 Ludvik Fleck Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4s).

The award celebrates Subramaniam's 2014 book Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (University of Illinois Press).  In announcing its decision, the Fleck Prize committee writes that "Subramaniam has written a brilliant book that is optimistic and hopeful, that places imagination at the center of knowing, and brightly illuminates the spectacularly interesting and exciting relationships and knowledges that are possible if we embrace variation." For her part, Dr. Subramaniam calls the book "a case for the critical need to understand the co-constitution of gender, race, sexuality, and nation, and their co-production with and through the institutions and histories of science and feminism."

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