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April 23, 2019

This July, a new proposal and award management system, Kuali Research, will replace SmartGrant for proposal submissions and award management, and replace e-Protocol for human (IRB) and animal (IACUC) subjects, as well as provide a new online disclosure process for Conflicts of Interest. 

We remind all UMass members of the ISSR research community that implementation of this new system will affect the timeline for preparation and processing of grant proposals.  Faculty and graduate students seeking assistance should plan well ahead of time, and be in touch with Karen Mason with any grant support request at least 6 weeks prior to sponsor deadline; proposals with sponsor deadlines of July 1-10 should be considered to have a deadline of June 14 to be reviewed and submitted on time by OPAS, as both SmartGrant and Kuali will not be in operation during the first 10 days of July.

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April 22, 2019

On February 8, 2019, John N. Parker facilitated the first UMass ADVANCE Research Collaboration workshop with an engaging talk on how collaboration and equity leads to better science. Parker is Program Officer for the Science, Technology and Society and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM programs at the National Science Foundation. He is also Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Senior Fellow, Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

Drawing from his significant experience leading research initiatives on team science and ethics education, Parker shared insights, data and guidelines on how to achieve better science through effective, equitable group collaboration.

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April 18, 2019

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! 

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April 17, 2019

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting a four-day conference, Engaging Anthropology, October 3-6, 2019 as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Our conference theme, Engaging Anthropology, is meant to highlight a history of engaging with the many challenges of the day. At this moment of escalating precarity and deepening inequalities, of resurgent nativisms, social dislocations, and ongoing colonialism—and with climate change threatening life as we know it—how can we approach anthropology and mobilize anthropological theory and methods to help us make sense of and respond to these conditions, as well as identify and work towards alternatives?

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April 2, 2019
From photovoice to computational modeling, ISSR has advanced methodology workshops to expand your research and persuasion toolkit this summer. Since 2012, ISSR has offered a varied program of advanced research methods training each summer, through hands-on workshops taught by specialists in their fields. These two- and three-day courses are designed and priced to be accessible for faculty, graduate students and research professionals seeking to expand their methodological skills.

This program takes place throughout Summer 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Fees are structured on a scale to encourage any who wish to attend.
 
Visit our Events pages for a listing of all the summer offerings at ISSR, with descriptions of each workshop's goals, instructors, and registration links.
 
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March 25, 2019

On February 21 2019, a full house packed the ISSR lab to explore research on how gender affects the conduct of research and professional life more broadly for social scientists. This article summarizes the discussion highlights, and shares valuable resources for those interested in the topic. This seminar was the second in our Social Science and Social Location series which focuses on the ‘positionality’ of researchers, asking how our social location informs the way in which we go about our scholarly lives, the questions we ask, the approaches we take to inquiry, and the way that we conduct our scholarship more broadly.

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