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Institute for the Social Sciences awards 12 new small grants

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The Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) has awarded 12 new small grants as part of its biannual funding program. It is the largest number of grants awarded since the ISS small-grant program was launched in spring 2005. Of 34 four proposals submitted, up from 21 proposals submitted in fall 2006, 12 grants were awarded, compared with four in fall 2006.

The average award is approximately $5,000 and is granted through ISS and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. A sampling of the projects and individual awardees or teams: "Expected Utility Theory Through the Lens of Insurance Data, " Levon Barseghyan, economics; "Chronic Pain, Stress and Resilience in Later Adulthood," Anthony Ong, human development, Cary Reid, Weill Cornell Medical College, Elaine Wethington, human development and sociology, and Karl Pillemer, human development; and "Imagined and Realized Futures of U.S. Bioweapons Threat Assessments," Kathleen Vogel, science and technology studies.

For a complete list of award winners and a description of each proposal, see

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