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Council Update Banner September 2010

Items & Issues is Now Online

Items & Issues is Now OnlineIn print since 1947, Items, later expanded to Items & Issues, is now published online. Items & Issues updates readers on SSRC program activities and presents essays addressing timely issues of public concern from the perspectives of the social sciences. Currently, we are featuring essays on the epistemological, economic, political, and social dimensions of disasters. Topics include the BP/Gulf oil spill, disaster science, the recovery from the earthquake in Haiti, and the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan.

Law and Public Finance Program Director Michael Likosky has published a new book, Obama’s Bank: Financing a Durable New Deal, with Cambridge University Press.

SSRC-IDRF Fellow Natasha Iskander celebrates the release of her new book Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico with a public discussion at NYU September 27th. SSRC President Craig Calhoun and others will participate. RSVP.

The Academia in the Public Sphere Grants Program is now accepting applications from interdisciplinary research centers on U.S. university campuses for dissemination of research on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies to targeted constituencies, particularly media and policymakers. Deadline: December 3

ABD students and recent PhDs are eligible for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Applications are welcome from all social science and humanities disciplines and need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan. Deadline: December 1

The Council has recently entered into a publishing agreement with NYU Press to co-publish books of original scholarship dealing with issues of public concern. The Huffington Post has recently listed NYU Press first among the nation's "17 Most Innovative University Presses."

Cellphones as schoolwork? The SSRC project “New Youth City Learning Network” was recently featured in the New York Times. Follow the discussion at the Times blog The Learning Network

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