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January 30, 2020
Do you want to deepen your understanding of the statistics behind the methods you use in your research?  So do we! We invite to join our Statistics in the Social Sciences Reading Group (SSSRG). This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students who gather to discuss a methodological topic based on group interest. We welcome participants from all disciplines! 
We invite you to join us! In Spring 2019, meetings will take place twice per month on Mondays from 12:15-1:15 in Machmer E23 unless otherwise noted.  Meeetings will be on the following dates: 2/3, 2/18 (UMass Monday), 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/20.
Our first meeting this spring will be an open discussion of thorny statistical problems you have encountered in your research. Please bring your unsolved problems!
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation logo
January 14, 2020

This announces the launch of the 2020 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge RFP -

Laurel Smith-Doerr, past ISSR Director
October 23, 2019
While government employment is commonly believed to be controlled by neutral, formal pay structures, new research from a team of researchers led by University of Massachusetts Amherst sociologist Laurel Smith-Doerr has found that in a number of science-based federal agencies, gaps and differential implementation in current standardization schemes create gendered outcomes. The research, published in the American Journal of Sociology, indicates that the resulting pay gaps between men and women at these agencies can also be associated with the cultural gender frames of the agencies’ field of research.
ISSR logo - Circle
October 9, 2019

Join the ISSR Team! ISSR is looking for a tech-savvy student to work for 10 hours per week, providing IT support for staff and workshops, maintaining and updating software licenses, and assisting with website maintenance.


Run regular updates, including virus and other software updates as needed, to Windows and methodological software on 12 lab laptops; update software licenses annually or as new versions become available; provide IT support for ISSR academic year and summer program workshops and academic year seminars, including assistance with wifi access and use of external monitors; troubleshoot minor hardware and software issues and communicate with external IT services about software and hardware problems as necessary; occasional update and IT troubleshooting support for ISSR staff computers. NOTE: Knowledge of the specific methodological software packages that ISSR uses is not required.

September 9, 2019

ISSR is pleased to co-sponsor the Methods Symposium 2019, to be held Saturday, October 19, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at South College. Workshop registration is now closed, but all are invited to join the open Roundtable Discussion, from 3 - 5 pm in South College W245:

What Is the Methods Symposium?

At the Methods Symposium organized by graduate students in the English department, we hold workshops and a roundtable where we discuss questions about methodology in Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Black Studies. This year, we are organizing the Methods Symposium for the second time. Professors Pheng Cheah, University of California Berkeley (Postcolonial Studies), Kathryn Bond Stockton, University of Utah (Queer Studies), and Jauyna Brown, Pratt Institutey (Black Studies) will be joining us as workshop leaders and roundtable participants.