National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science - Livestreamed

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00am to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Livestream registration:
Climate intervention…fracking…vaccines…human genome editing…artificial intelligence. With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication. Join the conversation via free livestream as the National Academy of Sciences discusses this topic at its third Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium.

ISSR/PEP Seminar | How Scholars and Activists Can Partner for Reproductive and Racial Justice: A Conversation with Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Old Chapel | University of Massachusetts Amherst
Event Full - View the Live Stream on Facebook. We are pleased to offer this critical panel on the state of racial justice activism around reproductive rights since the 2016 Presidential election. This lunch presentation will bring together scholars, activists and community members invested in public engagement to hear from renowned reproductive justice activist and co-founder of SisterSong Loretta Ross, and public scholar Rickie Solinger.

ISSR Consultant Rodrigo Domínguez-Villegas on Protection of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Drawing upon previously unpublished government data obtained through the Mexican Freedom of Information system, interviews with key Mexican officials and accounts from civil-society organizations, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) assesses Mexico’s legal framework for child protection and its treatment of unaccompanied children, from apprehension through detention and adjudication of international protection claims. The report, Strengthening Mexico’s Protection of Central American Unaccompanied Minors in Transit, finds that while Mexico has undertaken ambitious reform of its child protection system, implementation of these policies is uneven and ongoing.

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.