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Laurel Smith-Doerr, past ISSR Director
Some science agencies decide to pay more men than women off of the federal pay grade system, which contributes to a persistent and hidden gender pay gap.

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.

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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. 

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

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.

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.

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