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Research Projects
● Projects on Iran
Migration from more traditional cultures to Western countries can provide women with an opportunity to re-define their gender roles and status, and gain more social freedom and visibility. It does not, however, guarantee that all women are able or willing to take advantage of these opportunities. Where there is a substantial difference in the relative status and differential treatment of females in the two cultures, women may still be the target of harsh criticism even from other women in their local Iranian community should they attempt to take advantage of the new opportunities available in the society of settlement, which might cause conflict with their heritage culture. Divorce and initiating divorce is one of these instances.
Project Manager: Maryam Jamarani :: full document

Human embryonic stem (hES) cells may potentially revolutionize biomedicine through their use as a renewable source of cells for regenerative medicine. However, despite much promise the use and derivation of these cells in many countries is ethically challenging. Interestingly, stem cell research in Iran's Royan Institute is thriving despite many challenges and has led to the generation of novel hES cell lines.
Project Manager: Ali Khademhosseini :: full document


● Projects on Iranian-Americans
In 2006, the Iranian Studies Group at MIT undertook a comprehensive survey of Iranian-American community characteristics to better understand what it means to be Iranian-American. The survey included over 40 questions and 3880 individuals filled out the questionnaire online. The initial phase of the reporting of the results focused on the basic characteristics and statistics regarding this survey. In this paper we report some of the early results from partial regression analysis on some of the interesting themes in the survey. Therefore the regression analysis that aims at finding out the correlations and determinants of different characteristics of Iranian-Americans is a suitable way to explore the rich data provided in the above-mentioned survey. In the following discussion we first report the variables used in the analysis, their statistics, and their correlation table. Afterwards, we focus on a few interesting questions regarding the characteristics of the Iranian American community.
Project Manager: Sara Sarkhili :: full document

The need to have accurate community statistics to assess the potentials of the Iranian-American community has long been realized. Pursuant to our previous publications on this issue, the Iranian Studies Group at MIT has compiled socioeconomic statistics from the recently published U.S. 2000 Census data that are of importance to the Iranian-American community. As in our previous reports, the statistics again suggest that Iranian-Americans are among the most educated and successful communities in the U.S.
Project Manager: Ali Mostashari :: full document


● Ongoing/Future Projects
The aim of this project is to analyze the return intentions of Iranian skilled individuals in the hope of providing some insights into possible factors that may be important in explaining Iranian skilled individual's non-return. A survey is designed in order to collect information on background characteristics, return intentions and various factors affecting the return intentions of Iranian professionals and students residing abroad.
Project Manager: Salome Siavoshi :: full document

According to unofficial reports, Iran has the highest rate of "brain drain" among developing countries. The mass migration of skilled individuals could have long-term harmful effects on the socio-economic development of the country and therefore studying trends of this migration is of significant importance. In particular, this project aims to focus on the current students in Iranian universities and evaluation of their intention to stay or leave the country after their graduation. A survey is being prepared in Persian to be conducted in several Iranian universities.
Project Manager: Hossein Rahdari :: full document