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Melissa Nobles and Jennifer Richeson
Elected to SSRC Board of Directors

At its June meeting, the SSRC Board of Directors elected two new members. Dean Melissa Nobles and Professor Jennifer Richeson, of MIT and Yale, respectively, will begin three-year terms on July 1. The board cited the scholars’ depth and breadth of research on timely issues facing the world as indicators of the valuable wisdom each will bring to the Council as it seeks to anticipate crucial areas of research.

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International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program Awarded $4.6 Million Mellon Grant

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program has received a $4.6 million grant extension from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program’s funder since its inception more than 20 years ago. The grant will fund the 2019 and 2020 fellowship competitions, each of which will select 70 fellows who will conduct research projects that will take them across academic disciplines, cultures, and borders and into new knowledge and discoveries in the humanistic social sciences and humanities.
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New Measure of America Report Illuminates,
Informs Public Discourse in NYC Region

A Portrait of New York City 2018, a report issued last week by the Measure of America program, is already informing public debate and garnering media attention on issues surrounding human well-being in the city and region. The comprehensive report analyzes the well-being of the region’s residents through the lens of the American Human Development Index, using data from federal, state, and local government sources, with a focus on health, education, and income.

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Fellows Spotlight

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Danilyn Rutherford

Danilyn Rutherford's anthropological research took her to one of the world's least studied regions, where she discovered, among other things, her calling. In the SSRC's digital forum Research Matters, read about Rutherford's journey from the Indonesian archipelago to midtown Manhattan, and from committed researcher to leading the Wenner-Gren Foundation, a prominent nonprofit funding research in anthropology. 


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