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September 2015

NIH Priority Setting: How Peer Review Assists NIH in Selecting the Best Science

September 22, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the premier biomedical, behavioral, and social science research institution in the world.   Its mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The agency invests in research across biology, genetics, neuroscience, imaging, behavior, social, and economics research to prevent, diagnose, and treat more than 7,000 rare diseases as well as chronic conditions that…

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March 2016

2016 COSSA Annual Meeting & Social and Behavioral Science Advocacy Day

March 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Marvin Center, George Washington University,
800 21st St, NW
Washington, DC United States

COSSA held its 2016 Annual Meeting on March 15th in Washington, DC. Meeting sessions focused on topics like congressional attacks on federally-funded research, social science and the media, use of social and behavioral science in industry, and how to communicate the value of social and behavioral science research. In addition, participants heard updates on activities at federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Summaries…

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April 2016

“Wasteful” Research? Looking Beyond the Abstract

April 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
325 Russell Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC,
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Wasteful Research? Looking Beyond the Abstract -- Why would a scientist put a shrimp on a treadmill? Can text messages really serve as a health intervention? You may have heard or read about some of these projects, but for the full story, come and speak to the scientists themselves. The Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) and the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) are cosponsoring a reception and poster session for policymakers to provide a closer look at research grants…

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July 2016

“Ask a Criminologist” Congressional Roundtable: Why Are Homicide Rates Rising?

July 7, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
2261-RHOB,
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC United States

Featuring Crime & Justice Research Alliance Chair Dr. Nancy La Vigne, Dr. Richard Rosenfeld and Washington Post reporter Tom Jackman 2261 Rayburn House Office Building Ice cream and coffee will be served RSVP online Please join the Crime & Justice Research Alliance (CJRA) and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) for the first in a series of “Ask a Criminologist” Congressional roundtables with leading criminology experts from around the country exploring the most important topics in crime, justice, policing…

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March 2017

2017 COSSA Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day

March 29, 2017 - March 30, 2017
20 F Street NW Conference Center,
20 F St, NW
Washington, DC United States
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COSSA held its 2017 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day on March 29-30 in Washington, DC. Sessions featured important discussions on social science within the context of the Trump Administration and the new Congress. The keynote address was delivered by University of California, Berkeley sociologist Arlie R. Hochschild, whose book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. The program also included an expert panel addressing the…

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April 2017

WHY SOCIAL SCIENCE? Because Understanding Markets Can Save Lives: Congressional Briefing

April 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2167 RHOB,
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC United States

Discussion with Alvin Roth, Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics Dr. Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and the George Gund Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard University. Dr. Roth’s fundamental research in market design has revolutionized kidney exchanges, allowing incompatible patient-donor pairs to find compatible kidneys for transplantation. Dr. Roth’s matching theories have also been applied to school matching systems used in New York City, Boston,…

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MARCH FOR SCIENCE, Washington, DC

April 22, 2017
Washington, DC,
Washington, DC United States

  On April 22, hundreds of thousands of people around the world gathered together to champion the role science plays in promoting the common good. COSSA staff gathered with social and behavioral scientists to march down the streets of Washington, DC and share the importance of our sciences in particular in advancing our health, well-being, economies, and safety. We thank everyone who marched in support of the social sciences in Washington and around the world! To learn about other ways…

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October 2017

Social Science Solutions for Health, Public Safety, Computing, and Other National Priorities

October 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2075 RHOB,
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC United States

A Congressional briefing hosted by COSSA & SAGE Publishing. Did you know… 50% of premature deaths in the U.S. are the result of social and behavioral factors? Data can help communities of color most likely to experience violent crime and biased policing? Humans are the weakest link in cybersecurity? Research on distracted driving has saved countless lives? These are all social science questions? Featured Experts: Welcome by The Honorable Daniel Lipinski • U.S. House of Representatives Ms. Wendy Naus •…

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March 2018

Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Webinar

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Click here to request to stay involved in this effort. View the slides: In June 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) convened a two-day workshop to discuss the current state of U.S. graduate education in the social and behavioral sciences. Proceedings from the workshop were published in September 2017. Key findings: Approximately 60% of new PhDs in the sciences do not pursue academic research careers, yet graduate education primarily focuses on preparation for those positions. Research…

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April 2018

April 30 - May 1
20 F Street NW Conference Center,
20 F St, NW
Washington, DC United States

COSSA held its 2018 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day on April 30-May 1 in Washington, DC. The conference and advocacy day brought together COSSA members and other stakeholders for a day of discussion about federal policy impacting our science followed by the only annual, coordinated advocacy day in support of all of the social and behavioral sciences. Plenary panels included “Post Truth: Communicating Facts, Not Fiction,” featuring William K. Hallman, Rutgers University; Cary Funk, Pew Research Center;…

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