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October 22, 2020

For the past few years, a number of departments at UMass Amherst have been exploring different options for providing access to high-performance computing capabilities for scholars working with large, hard-to-wrangle datasets. Last year, the folks at Research Computing invited a handful of researchers to pilot-test a remote fast computing cluster solution (the “Unity Cluster”). The Unity Cluster has moved past the pilot stage, and is now in "beta" and open to a wider group of scholars. 

If you are interested in making use of this resource, please visit the Unity website, where you will be able to:

Mark Pachucki (Associate Professor of Sociology) was involved in the Unity pilot, and offers this introduction: 

October 21, 2020

QSR, the makers of NVivo qualitative data analysis software are scheduling virtual NVivo Research Network meetings to connect and discuss research methods with fellow researchers.

To register for the virtual meeting with researchers in New England, please see details below.

Next Meeting Topic: Using NVivo for Literature Reviews

Headshot of ISSR Director Joya Misra
October 8, 2020

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.

Dr. Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is also co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE program on Collaboration and Equity: The Resources, Relationships, and Recognition (R3) Model for Advancing Women and Underrepresented Faculty in Science and Engineering. 

COSSA Headlines: A monthly look at what's new and noteworthy in social science policy
September 2, 2020

COSSA provides a wealth of information to help social scientists follow the changing landscape of rules and resources at the federal agencies that fund social science research, as the government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the highlights of the current issue below, and subscribe to the COSSA Washington Update to stay abreast this of fast-changing context.

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April 16, 2020

NSF recently recorded a webinar about the requirement to use an NSF-approved format for both the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents as part of proposals submitted to NSF. The policy, outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), goes into effect for proposals submitted or due, on or after October 5, 2020. The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.

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