Testing the (Un)Importance of Disciplinary Boundaries

Interdisciplinarity – a pursuit of thought and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries that underlies much of ISSR's work – has a value few would dispute in the abstract, but yields important puzzles and challenges in practice. On March 29, Millie Thayer (Sociology) led a panel conversation with four UMass scholars about their journeys toward interdisciplinarity, the historical sources and future evolution of academic boundaries, and the practical and political issues facing those who seek to build research, teaching and public engagement across disciplinary lines.

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This Spring, ISSR partnered once again with the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development to offer seminars designed to help graduate student scholars put their best feet forward in the search for funding and employment. These events are just one more expression of the Graduate School’s investment in ISSR’s mission of advancing research excellence at UMass, alongside its support for training and tailored advising delivered throughout the year by ISSR’s Methodology Consultants.

ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr and Graduate RAs Sharla Alegria and Tim Sacco Present at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Smith-Doerr at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr and graduate RAs Sharla Alegria and Tim Sacco were invited to present their research on diversity in science teams at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on March 1.  

2016-2017 ISSR Scholars Named

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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.

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