ISSR Seminar | The Human Milk Microbiome: a paradigm shift in infant nutrition

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Long thought sterile unless contaminated or produced by an infected breast, human milk actually contains a unique and diverse microbiome. A game-changer in terms of understanding and optimizing infant nutrition for short- and long-term health, the human milk microbiome is probably important for early colonization of the infant’s gastrointestinal tract. n this presentation, Dr. Michelle McGuire (University of Idaho) will discuss the possible origins of the milk microbiome; factors that might drive its variability within a woman and around the globe; potential mechanisms whereby this unique microbiome might influence maternal and infant health; and gaps in research related to this topic.

Social Science & Social Location Series | How Does the History of Social Science Influence its Present?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:15pm to 3:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Social science research has a history. But how does that history influence [affect?] the way in which social science is conducted in the present, including the questions we ask and the tools we use? How have the social structures we have inherited from the past survived within current thinking? Are social scientists fundamentally bound to, and trapped by, the history of their disciplines? This panel brings together leading scholars to offer their own perspective on these and related issues in an open forum.

ISSR Workshop | Sequence Analysis with Leonard Seabrooke, Copenhagen Business School

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Sequence analysis is a formal set of technical procedures for finding patterns in temporally ordered data. It was developed for detecting patterns within gene sequences and in the 1980s social scientists began using it address social science questions. This free workshop explains the basics of sequence analysis for social scientists.

Law & Society Association Launch Celebration | In the Ruins of Constitutional Government, with Kim Lane Scheppele

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Old Chapel Great Hall | UMass Amherst
Please join us to celebrate the launch of the Law & Society Association tenure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a keynote address by Dr. Kim Lane Scheppele, President of L&SA and Lawrence S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Where We Stand and What We See | Four Views on Social Location in the Social Sciences

A full house packed the ISSR lab for the first event in ISSR’s seminar series on Social Science and Social Location. The central question of this panel was “How does where we stand affect what we see, and what we can know as scholars?” Responses came in the form of four thought-provoking expositions on the politics of creating social science that reflects non-traditional academic origins, asks questions that the mainstream is not asking, honors histories and standpoints that have traditionally been excluded from scientific discourses, and claims a vital and legitimate – if fiercely challenged – place in the scientific enterprise. 

Faculty Survey | NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant

This fall, UMass Amherst was awarded a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant to develop systemic and sustainable approaches to advance gender equity (including dynamics at the intersection of race and gender) and promote gender equity in ways that involve women and men.  In order to inform our efforts, we need to hear from you. 

ISSR Workshop | Improving Data Access and Reproducibility

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
What kinds of repositories are out there for social scientists, for qualitative or quantitative data that might be useful in their own research? How can we improve on the standards of reproducibility in our research? This workshop introduces a variety of resources available to social scientists to achieve both aims.