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In addition to the work of its research centers, ISSI sponsors projects on a range of topics related to the study of societal issues.

Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Programming at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is experiencing an unprecedented surge of interest in food and agriculture, as is reflected by its academics and educational programming, student-led initiatives, and community outreach activities. Yet the staff, faculty, and students in campus food initiatives do not reflect the diversity of the broader UC Berkeley community, nor of the communities who are affected by systemic injustices in the food system: for example students and faculty of color are notably missing. This project aims to create safe spaces for open dialogue and critical thinking that will cultivate a climate of inclusivity and diversity in food and agricultural research, teaching, and activism at UC Berkeley. During 2015-16, the project will develop and pilot two day-long facilitated workshops for the members and leadership of the UC Berkeley food-related organizations, including faculty, staff, executive leadership, and graduate and undergraduate students. ISSI is a co-sponsor of this project led by the Berkeley Food Institute and funded by an UC Berkeley Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Innovation Grant.

For a complete list of the project team, collaborating organizations, and more information, please visit the project site

Nuclear Forensic Search Project

Success in nuclear forensics search is a critical component to fighting terrorist activity and preventing disastrous individual terrorist nuclear attacks. The UC Berkeley Nuclear Forensic Search Project takes a computer science algorithmic approach (as a special directed graph matching problem) to address the nuclear forensics search problem, essentially recasting nuclear forensics discovery as a digital library search problem. A simultaneous aim is to encourage other computer scientists to work on nuclear forensics search.  For more information, go to

Research Team:

Fredric Gey, gey at (Principal Investigator)
Ray Larson, ray at (Co-Principal Investigator)
Electra Sutton, electra at (Senior Scientist)
Chloe Reynolds, chloe_reynolds at (Consultant)

Charles Wang, charleswang at (Graduate Trainee)
David Weisz (Student)
Matthew Proveaux (Student)

Rethinking Medium-N Analysis

There is a deficit in appropriate methodological tools for analyzing a "medium-N" (ten to seventy cases).  This project addresses the problem by criti­cally evaluating research procedures for medium-N analysis -- specifically the increasingly influential set of tools known as fuzzy set/Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA). This project offers a much-needed assessment of this methodology, and seeks to develop alternative procedures for medium-N analysis. Participants include faculty and graduate students from UC Berkeley and other institutions (Northwester, Yale, UT-Austin, OSU) who meet for workshops, develop publications that advance the themes of the project, and present their work at professional meetings.

Project Coordinators:

David Collier, Chancellor's Professor of Political Science and Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley

Henry Brady, Dean and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

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