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O’Connell Named Next DBASSE Director

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine has announced that it has named Mary Ellen O’Connell as Executive Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE), effective November 14. O’Connell is currently serving as DBASSE’s Deputy Director and will succeed Robert Hauser, who is retiring. In addition to serving in leadership roles on several Academies Boards, including the Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS); the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS); and the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI), O’Connell also led initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Social and Behavioral Scientists Among New National Academy of Medicine Inductees

The National Academy of Medicine announced the election of 79 new members, including 70 regular members and nine international members. The newly elected cohort includes several members who work in the social and behavioral sciences. They include Anita Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania; Cheryl Ann Marie Anderson, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, at the University of California, San Diego; Peter Brian Bach, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Laura L. Carstensen, Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity at Stanford University; Martin Gaynor, E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Maureen Lichtveld, Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at Tulane University; Bernice A. Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington; and Prabhat Jha, Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.

COSSA congratulates all of the newly elected members of the Academy.

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Friends of NCHS-Sponsored Blog Post Explains Proposed NHIS Changes

In a blog post sponsored by the Friends of NCHS (of which COSSA is a member), Renee Gindi, health survey statistician with the Division of Health Interview Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), provides a detailed, plain-language summary of the proposed changes to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). One of NCHS’ hallmark surveys, the NHIS produces critical data on the health of the American public through detailed in-home interviews with respondents. The survey is scheduled to be redesigned for 2018. In her post, “Taking a Closer Look: The 2018 National Health Interview Survey Redesign,” Gindi explains the reasons for redesigning the survey—improving quality and relevance, reducing cost, and limiting the burden on respondents—and NCHS’ plans for the redesigned survey content and structure. She also shares some of the main themes of the feedback NCHS has received thus far. Comments are still being accepted on the specific phrasing of the survey questions, for both the adult and child questionnaires. Feedback is due November 7, 2016. Detailed information on the survey redesign, the proposed questionnaire text, and how to submit comments is available on the NCHS website.

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NRMN Seeking Applicants for Grant Proposal Writing & Professional Development Coaching Groups

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) recently announced a new “R01 Resubmission” Grant Proposal Writing Coaching Group, designed for individuals who are resubmitting an R01 (investigator-initiated) grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the spring and summer of 2017. A “nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce,” NRMN’s specific goal is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce. NRMN, along with the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) make up the integrated platforms of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium. Applications are being accepted through November 16.

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Alan Krueger Wins 2017 Moynihan Prize

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), a COSSA member, announced economist Alan Kruger as the winner of the 2017 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. Kruger is a professor at Princeton University and served as Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2011 to 2013. Kruger also served as the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economic at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. The Moynihan Prize was established in 2007 to “recognize social scientists, public officials, and civic leaders who champion the use of informed judgement to advance the public good”. Kruger will deliver a public lecture and formally receive his award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on May 18, 2017.

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AAPSS Discussion Predicts Middle East Challenges for the Next Administration

On October 24, the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), a member of COSSA, held a panel discussion to highlight the November 2016 volume of The ANNALS, the flagship AAPSS publication. The November volume, “The Middle East and Regional Transition, Terrorism, and Countering Violent Extremism: What the Next President Will Face,” analyzes the state of U.S. relations in the Middle East and provides concrete policy recommendations and priorities for the next president and administration. The ANNALS’s guest co-editors Rand Beers (former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama), Richard A. Clarke (former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection), Emilian Papadopoulos (President, Good Harbor Security Risk Management), and Paul Salem (Vice President for Policy and Research, MEI) discussed these issues and how the next president can address them. National Security Correspondent Mary Louise Kelly (NPR) moderated the panel.

The November 2016 volume of The ANNALS is organized into two sections, the first focusing on “the drivers of instability and radicalization in the Middle East and ways to counter them,” and the second on countering violent extremism domestically and internationally. During the discussion, panelists pointed out the increase in the number of failed states in the Middle East over the past eight years, from three or four in 2008 to approximately six or seven now. The panelists discussed how the evolution of terrorism and rise of terrorist groups like ISIS has created a need for the U.S. to change its strategy in how it confronts violent extremism. The panelists also discussed potential hot spots for the U.S. in the Middle East over the next several years and shared some of the recommendations for the next administration from The ANNALS volume.

More information and the full presentation are available here.

This article was contributed by COSSA’s fall intern, Zykkia Webb of Texas A&M University.

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Funding Opportunity Announcements

  • AHRQ: Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements to Promote Implementation Science (R01) and Dissemination and Implementation Studies (R18) (NOT-HS-17-002)
  • AHRQ: Large Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R18) (PA-17-007)
  • AHRQ: Large Research Projects for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R01) (PA-17-008)
  • NIFA: Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (USDA-NIFA-ICGP-006124)

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