Spatial Analysis Without Borders: Cutting-edge use of GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis methodologies across disciplines

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What do moose fat, algae blooms, classroom and office assignments, urban residential segregation and crackling fireplaces have in common? A fascinating showcase of research by scholars and practitioners from around the Five Colleges showed how spatial analysis – the study of social and material dynamics through their patterns in physical space – can offer new layers of understanding about the natural and social patterns and inequalities all around us. 

ISSR Scholars Facilitator Naomi Gerstel blogs on Work in Progress

In May, the Washington Posts’s “Wonkblog” argued that the next frontier of workplace legislation was “over when you work, not how much you make.”  UMass Amherst sociologists Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson pen the lead article of today's Work in Progress (the blog of the American Sociological Association's section on Organizations, Occupations and Work). Drawing from their recent award-winning book, Unequal Time, they detail the ways scheduling can impact workers in a variety of ways. Their post provides  excellent context for the blog's panel, featuring posts by Kyla Walters and Joya Misra (also at UMass) who describe the constraints placed on workers in the retail industry, and Brian Halpin (of U.C. Davis Sociology) detailing the use of last minute scheduling in a restaurant kitchen. 

Webinar December 10: ISSR Consultant Rodrigo Domínguez presents MPI report on deportation and reintegration in Central America

ICE immigrant removal flight to Guatemala / Charles Reed

Hundreds of thousands of Central Americans, deported from Mexico and the United States, have arrived back in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in the past five years. Often facing conditions that are worse now than when they departed, this rapidly growing population of deportees—including tens of thousands of children—are in danger of entering a revolving door of migration, deportation, and remigration. Without comprehensive reception and reintegration services, deportees struggle to anchor themselves again in their countries of origin. Yet there is little research on current services and their successes and limitations. On this webinar, MPI researchers will discuss findings from their new report including a detailed examination of reception and reintegration services in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. They will also provide information on the types of services returning migrants receive, their funding sources and capacities, and the number of beneficiaries in each country, while highlighting elements conducive to successful reintegration strategies.  

ISSR Advisory Board Member John McCarthy honored as AAAS Fellow

John McCarthy, Dean of the Graduate School at UMass Amherst

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently awarded the distinction of Fellow to John J. McCarthy, senior vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, and Michael J. Maroney, professor of chemistry, “for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” McCarthy, a Distinguished University Professor who has served as vice provost and dean since 2012, was recognized for his “distinguished contributions to linguistic science, particularly in formal models of phonological representation, and in developing a new scientific paradigm for constraint-based natural language grammars.” See here for more information about our distinguished colleague.

Webinar: Understanding and Using the Head Start CARES Data | 12/17/15


Understanding and Using the Head Start CARES Data

Join us for a webinar on Dec 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM EST. The Head Start CARES (Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion) demonstration tests three distinct approaches to enhancing children's social-emotional development on a large scale within the Head Start system - the largest federally funded early-childhood education program in the US. This 90-minute webinar will introduce the Head Start CARES Demonstration data archive and impact analysis model, and review the data organization and instruments available for the  project.

Webinar: China Data Center at University of Michigan | 12/3/15


Orientation to the China Data Center at the University of Michigan

Join us for a webinar on Dec 03, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST. The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is an international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database. 

Seeking Methodology Consultant for ISSR, Spring 2016

Puzzle piece bridge the gap

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is seeking applications for an advanced graduate student to join our staff of graduate consultants for our Research Consulting service for the spring semester of 2016, 5 hours per week with with flexible scheduling. International students, women, students of color and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Announcing Winners of Fall 2015 CRF Student Travel Awards

The Center for Research on Families is proud to announce the winners for this fall’s Student Travel Award. CRF has given a $300 Travel Award to Sarah Reedy, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, and a $300 Travel Award to PhD student Amy Newberg of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Read more here about their research and the CRF Travel Awards.


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