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Elisa Martinez, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology and Program Assistant at ISSR, has co-authored the chapter "Empowerment and HIV Risk Reduction among Sex Workers in Bangladesh" in the edited volume Women's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-first Century Agenda (University of California Press).

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In the Social Science Research Council's online forum ItemsISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr (UMass|Sociology) and Jennifer Croissant (University of Arizona|Sociology) discuss the catch-22 that confronts women when it comes to collaboration in scientific research.

Banu Subramaniam

Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Banu Subramaniam, Professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, who was awarded the highly coveted 2016 Ludvik Fleck Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4s).

The award celebrates Subramaniam's 2014 book Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (University of Illinois Press).  In announcing its decision, the Fleck Prize committee writes that "Subramaniam has written a brilliant book that is optimistic and hopeful, that places imagination at the center of knowing, and brightly illuminates the spectacularly interesting and exciting relationships and knowledges that are possible if we embrace variation." For her part, Dr. Subramaniam calls the book "a case for the critical need to understand the co-constitution of gender, race, sexuality, and nation, and their co-production with and through the institutions and histories of science and feminism."

In a world where Black Lives Matter I imagine...

The week of March 23-30, 2016 saw an exciting convergence of dialogues and debates across UMass and the Five Colleges, centering on the histories, implications and legacies of Black liberation struggles. The many events sponsored by diverse centers and departments offered and an opportunity to raise the level of our campus’ thought and action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) was pleased to collaborate with the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program (PPVP) to open and close the week’s events with two important conversations exploring how methodological innovation in social science can, and does, offer scholars committed to racial justice a range of pathways for advancing the cause.

Melissa Wooten, Department of Sociology, UMass Amherst

Black colleges are doing great things for their students, so why does a negative view persist? In a recent interview for The Academic MinuteMelissa Wooten, Chair of ISSR's Steering Committee on developing an Undergraduate Research Methods Certificate at UMass Amherst, explores this question.

ISSR is pleased to support the English Department at UMass-Amherst's “Methods Symposium 2016” - to be held Friday, March 11, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. This symposium invites graduate students from across the humanities and social sciences whose work makes methodological interventions in queer, postcolonial, and/or black studies to join prominent scholars in a daylong discussion of the question, “What methods; why now?”

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