U.S. Federal Budget Update | President's FY2019 Budget Request Disproportionately Cuts NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

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ISSR calls your attention to the details, of the President's FY 2019 Budget Request, newly analyzed by the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). COSSA reports that, revisions to the President's initial budget request restore much of its proposed 30% cut to the National Science Foundation. While the new proposal restores overall NSF funding the enacted FY2017 levels, it disproportionately reduces allocations to the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate. In the revised request, SBE would see a cut of 9.1 percent from FY2017 (11.2 percent to its research an education activities). See COSSA's detailed analysis of the President's FY2019 Budget Request for the National Science Foundation

February 16 | Team Cognition Distributed in Spatio-Temporal Processes: A Macroergonomic Approach to Pediatric Trauma Care

The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering invites the university community to attend a talk by Abigail Woolridge (University of Wisconsin - Madison).  Health care, as well as many industries in today’s society, consists of complex sociotechnical systems, i.e. people working with technology(ies) in an organization and a physical environment, and interacting with various processes. 

Research Talk and Opportunity | Health Reform and Addiction Treatment: Lessons From a National Study

The College of Nursing is pleased to present the second talk in its 2018 Spring Seminar Series, to be delivered by Peter Friedmann, MD, the Chief Research Officer and Endowed Chair for Clinical Research at Baystate Health. Dr. Friedmann is a primary care internist, addiction medicine clinician, and established substance abuse researcher.

Lessons from a Powerful Partnership for Reproductive Justice | Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger

The newly restored Old Chapel crackled with energy on the morning of November 30, as an over-capacity crowd gathered to hear activist Loretta Ross and public scholar Rickie Solinger reflect on their decades-long collaboration to advance the movement for reproductive justice. The duo offered a frank discussion – punctuated by humor and warmth – about their commitment to work through what might easily have become deep-seated barriers to solidarity between a white historian of the struggle and the Black organizer who founded SisterSong. For the scholar-activist team, authenticity, vulnerability, humbleness and the power to imagine alliances for social justice across racial, class, gender and even international boundaries are all vital to sustaining a productive alliance.

Tackling Academia's Crisis of Relevance and the Emergent Role of the Engaged Scholar

In his December 7 seminar on what he termed “Academia’s crisis of relevance” at the Institute for Social Science Research, Professor Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) promised to be provocative, in order to push scientists outside of their comfort zones, and scientific institutions into faster change. Hoffman, who earned his BA in chemical engineering from UMass Amherst and his PhD in management/civil & environmental engineering from MIT, quickly delivered on that promise, with a rapid-fire review of studies on the “abysmal state” of public perceptions of science.

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