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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

Although the immigration of Iranian students and scholars is the subject of major concern both in Iran and outside of Iran, no exhaustive statistics is available and no comprehensive study has been done in that regard. This project aims at estimating the number of Iranian students and scholars residing outside of Iran. As a preliminary step, a factsheet has been compiled from the National Science Foundation and Canada Statistics. The factsheet summarizes the statistical indicators of Iranian students and scholars in the U.S. and Canada in the field of science and engineering.

Project Manager: Mohammad Hafezi :: full document

In Collaboration with IAAB, ISG has launched a new project to benefit both Iranians abroad and Iranian institutions. Project connection aims at providing information for Iranians abroad to find internship and volunteer opportunities for duration of stay when traveling to Iran. This project helps build a bridge between Iranian diaspora and Iran, and benefits both.

Project Manager: Hazhir Rahmandad :: full document

The ISG Thesis Award Project is a proposal to award outstanding thesis dealing with important aspects of contemporary Iranian society on a bi-annual basis. The goal of this project is to encourage academic excellence in Iranian studies and to identify emerging scholars in the field. An invitation has been sent out to collect the papers by August 2007. Currently the project is in its initial steps, and is predicted to be under process till the end of 2007.

Project Manager: Nima Saeidi :: full document

As of 2003, there were reportedly over 20,000 active NGOs in Iran. They are a vital part of the emerging Iranian civil society. Most NGOs have poor management practices and rely on the passion and dedication of their members for their performance. Within this project, we aim at providing Iranian NGOs with some of the basic principles of NGO management. The report will be translated into Persian shortly.

Project Manager: Ali Mostashari :: full document is an online personal networking service, where thousands of people from around the world sharing their personal interests and construct a network of friends. Iran is the third country in terms of the number of Iranians connected to this social network. Most of Iranians connected to this site are among youth under age 30. This project was initiated to collect some of the information available on Orkut about Iranians youth interests and do some statistical analysis on the data. The data was randomly collected from 237 individuals. An initial regression analysis has been done on the data, and a report of our interpretation from this analysis is provided.

Project Manager: Sara Sarkhili :: full document

In light of the recent deadly earthquake in Bam, the Iranian Studies Group has initiated a project on devising a framework for emergency management in Iran. Final report of this project is available on the ISG website.

Project Manager: Jahandar Ramezani :: full document

The Iran Analysis Quarterly is an academic journal dealing with social, political, economic, cultural, and development issues of contemporary Iranian society, published every 3 months. As of August 2003, six issues have been published.

Project Manager: Ali Mostashari :: full document

Few Iranians who came to the U.S. for graduate studies or immigrated there have returned to Iran in recent years. A set of political, social and economic challenges await anyone who thinks about the idea. This project deals with interviewing those few who did return, and were successful in creating change, in order to understand what approaches have worked in the context of Iran.

Project Manager: Hazhir Rahmandad :: full document

This project intends to explore the history and dynamics of Iran-U.S. relations in the past, present and the potentials for the future. The first article in the series has been published in the Iran Analysis Quarterly, and further research is underway.

Project Manager: Mohammad Hafezi :: full document