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ANNOUNCING THE 2020-2021 ISSR SCHOLARS

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 ISSR Scholars, who represent five colleges and six departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. Joya Misra, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, notes, “Social science is a critical part of shaping better outcomes in our world, and we are delighted to support important research carried out by this group of varied and dynamic social scientists.”

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce its 2019-20120 Scholars, who represent four colleges and six departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

Professor Elizabeth Evans, ISSR Scholar and Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Sciences

ISSR is proud to congratulate Elizabeth Evans, ISSR Scholar and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, on the $10.2 million center grant awarded for the proposal she developed in her 2018 ISSR Scholars year in support of vital research on opioid treatment with incarcerated populations in Massachusetts. The ISSR Scholars Program is a proven investment in the  research and career development of promising UMass faculty, providing strategic grantsmanship mentoring and support to a growing cohort of social scientists across the UMass colleges and disciplines. 

 

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Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, has been appointed Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) in the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), for a three-year term effective September 1, 2019. Misra succeeds Laurel Smith-Doerr, who has served as Director of ISSR since 2012, building it into a vibrant center for promoting excellence in social science research. Join us in congratulating them for their leadership and service to excellence in the social sciences across UMass.

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We are excited to announce that Ashley Carpenter, who recently defended her doctoral dissertation in Higher Education Administration, has been selected as the first student speaker in the history of Graduate Commencement! Ashley has been an invaluable member of the ISSR Methodology Consulting team, sharing her expertise in qualitative methods through one-on-one consultations and workshops on qualitative interviewing and analysis with NVivo. Her speech was chosen from a large group of terrific submissions for the Graduate Commencement Student Speaker Competition, which was launched last fall. We are so proud of Ashley, and wish her all the best in her next endeavors! 

Katherine Dixon-Gordon

Please join us in congratulating Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon (Assistant Professor | Psychological and Brain Sciences) on her selection for the 2018 Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Psychologist Award. This award, presented by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, is named after Judy E. Hall, PhD, the Executive Officer of the National Register from 1990 to 2013. The award recognizes excellence in a National Register credentialed psychologist with fewer than ten years of postdoctoral experience, and the associated $2,500 stipend supports a project that advances the mission, vision, and values of the National Register.

Handbook of Science and Technology Studies Fourth Edition

The MIT Press will translate the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies into Chinese, for a December 2020 publication date.

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. Dr. Francis will conduct reseach to help us understand minority and women's underrepresentation in advanced math courses in high school by investigating whether school counselors exhibit racial or gender bias during the course assignment process.

 

Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate professor of sociology and former ISSR Scholar, has been appointed by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to the position of associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

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