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ISSR and the Social Sciences & Environment Network (SSEN) at UMass Amherst are pleased to share a brief educational video on the public art installation, FutureSHORELINE.  This innovative installation was supported in part by a SSEN Seed Grant to Dr. Carolina Aragón, UMass Amherst AssistantProfessor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. It will be on display in Boston's Fort Point Channel through the summer of 2021. 

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This week, ISSR Director Joya Misra was one of the expert sources cited in the New York Times feature article on the COVID-19 pandemic's gendered impacts on faculty, and in particular the need for more thoughtful recognition in many institutions of the added burden of care that often falls to female faculty. Read the full story at The New York Times.

This week, the Center for Employment Equity released a new report entitled The COVID-19 Recession: An Opportunity to Reform our Low-Wage Economy?A shorter, public briefing paper on the same topic appears in The Conversation under the title How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk .

 

In response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in keeping with the decision to transition to remote course delivery at the UMass Amherst campus , we are writing to share some of our ongoing efforts to promote excellence in the social sciences during this period.

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The Center for Emplyment Equity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (CEE) has released its second report on employment diversity/discrimination: Evidence from the Frontlines on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. This report by M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics | UMass), Amanda Baumle (Sociology | U. of Houston) and Steven Boutcher (CEE | UMass)  analyzes data on the 9,121 charges of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) discrimination that were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or with a state or local fair employment practices agency (FEPA) between 2013 and 2016. 
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A recent major shift in practice by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) now means that complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture are increasingly being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management and related conditions, says Elizabeth Evans, an epidemiology researcher in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and a member of the ISSR Scholars network at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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.

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.

Academia's Crisis of Relevance and the Engaged Scholar

On December 7, 2017, Professor Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) delivered a provocative talk arguing that scientists must engage beyond the Academy, in order to remain relevant and inform important public debates. In his remarks, he emphasized the lessons we have already learned on how to do so effectively, and the questions we must continue to address in order to make good on this central, and oft-overlooked, purpose of science.

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