House Appropriations Committee Approves FY19 increases in key federal science budgets

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On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill. The CJS bill serves as the vehicle for annual appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Census Bureau, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and many other federal departments and agencies.

ISSR Scholar Dania Francis Selected as 2018 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow

ISSR is pleased to announce that Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies, 2014-15 ISSR Scholar, and 2018-19 Lilly Fellow for Teaching Excellence, has been selected to receive the National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious program encourages outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects

Winning an NSF CAREER Award | May 15 | Register by May 11

Winning an NSF CAREER Award: An Interactive Workshop with NSF CAREER Program Officials and UMass CAREER Recipients

Planning on applying for an NSF CAREER Award this year? Have questions about how to develop a winning proposal? Join your colleagues for an interactive workshop on May 15th, from noon – 3:00pm in Life Sciences Laboratory N610.

Please register by May 11th.

Announcing the 2018-2019 ISSR Scholars

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of our 2018-19 ISSR Scholars, who represent six departments across four Colleges at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: the College of Education, College of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research, and the Scholars Program is one of our key strategies for strengthening social science infrastructure at UMass.

ISSR Team Awarded MSP Grant to Extend Faculty Salary Equity Study

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ISSR is proud to announce its selection to receive a grant from the Massachusetts Society of Professors - the faculty union at UMass Amherst - to extend its research on faculty salary and the effects of unionization on gender disparities.  ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr (Sociology), Associate Director Henry Renski (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) and Methodologist Jessica Pearlman will lead the research project. The Center for Data Science in the College of Information and Computer Science has agreed to provide matching funds for the MSP grant. These funds will be used to hire a CICS graduate student to provide computer programming services for the project. 

Common Rule Revisions Delayed 6 Months

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This week, the federal agencies regulated under the Common Rule, the set of regulations governing human subjects research, released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would delay implementation of revisions to the Common Rule by an additional six months, setting a new compliance date of January 21, 2019. The stated rationale for the delay is to “provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements.” The Obama-era changes had been originally scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2018 but were delayed by an Interim Final Rule announced in January 2018 that pushed the compliance date by six months, to July 19, 2018, and indicated that further delays might be proposed. The rulemaking process to update the Common Rule has been in progress since 2011 (read COSSA’s summary of the changes). The regulations themselves have not been updated since 1991.

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