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Myers Center Mini-grants - Call for Proposals

February 13, 2017

The Myers Center invites UC Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students, who are conducting individual research projects on issues affecting Native American communities in the U.S. today, to apply for mini-grants. Proposals that support undergraduate thesis or graduate dissertation research are strongly encourages. Undergraduates may apply for grants up to $500. Graduate students may apply for grants up to $1000.  Read more about the Myers Center Mini-grant Program and download an application here. Applications are due on Monday, March 13 by 4pm.

Native American Museum Studies Institute (June 13-16)

February 9, 2017

ISSI’s Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues is now accepting applications from tribal museum professionals for its annual Native American Museum Studies Institute (NAMSI). Sponsored in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, NAMSI helps to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits. This year, NAMSI will be held from June 13-16 at UC Berkeley.  Read more about the Institute's goals and workshops, and download an application.

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

January 30, 2017

Three of ISSI’s centers, Center for Latino Policy Research, Center for Research on Social Change, and Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, are among the founding partners of this new initiative to investigate human mobility, immigrants’ integration and the ways migration transforms societies around the world. The initiative seeks to bring together UC Berkeley faculty and students researching migration and leverage these connections for further innovation.

Eyak Lake, Alaska: GPR Survey and Landscape Protection Plan

January 15, 2017

Jen Smith, a Graduate Fellow at ISSI’s Joseph A. Myers Center for  Research on Native American Issues, is one of the co-authors of this report on the Eyak Lake, Alaska, Landscape Protection Plan. Jen is also one of the coordinators of the project to document and protect the sacred place.

Videos and Photos Now Available from "Structural Competency: New Responses To Inequity And Discrimination In Health And Welfare"

January 11, 2017

In November of 2016, BCSM sponsored a conference on structural competency which drew standing room only crowds. This conference, the first focused on structural competency in the contexts of public health and social welfare, brought together national experts and local community organizations to imagine paths toward a more equal and healthy future.The photos from the conference are now available to view here. The conference was video-recorded, and the videos of the four sessions are available to view here.


Award for ISSI Faculty Member Charles Briggs

January 1, 2017

Charles Briggs, Co-Chair of ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine and Professor of Anthropology, was awarded the Graduate Student Mentor Award from Medical Anthropology Students Association, Society for Medical Anthropology.

New Grant for ISSI Faculty Member Seth Holmes

January 1, 2017

The Open Society Foundations awarded a large research grant to Seth Holmes for his new project, "Social Medicine Case Series: Bringing Structural Frameworks to Global Public Health and Health Care." Holmes, Co-Chair of ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine and Associate Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, and co-PI Scott Stonington, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will commission and edit a series of case studies to communicate the macro structures affecting the health and well-being of patients in ways that will influence the programs, projects, and care provided by global health professionals. Each article will be co-authored by a clinician who will describe aspects of a clinical case and by a social medicine scholar who will analyze the case to bring out social structural insights vital to the understanding and practice of health care.

ISSI Faculty Member David Montejano Honored by the California State Assembly

January 1, 2017

The California State Assembly passed a resolution honoring ISSI faculty affiliate David Montejano, Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies and History, for his groundbreaking scholarship and years of dedicated service to the University of California. Professor Montejano is author of the prizewinning book, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986 (U of Texas Press, 7th printing, 1999) and, most recently, Quixote's Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981 (U of Texas Press, 2010).

Oral History of Water Management in the East Bay

January 1, 2017

Laura McCreery, Oral History Project Director at ISSI, was awarded a new contract to expand her research on Bay Area public works projects to include the Zone 7 Water Agency. She will conduct oral histories and other historical research on the agency's unique role in East Bay water supply and flood control over the past 60 years in Alameda County's agriculturally rich Livermore-Amador Valley.

Interim Solutions to Homelessness

January 1, 2017

Christopher Herring, ISSI graduate student in residence and PhD Candidate in Sociology, has had his research on homeless tent cities featured in a series of public and policy forums. In San Francisco he co-organized and presented a three-night symposium (now available as podcasts) on interim solutions to homelessness featuring academics, policy makers, community organizers, and homeless residents at the Storefront Lab.


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