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Early Bird Registration Open for 2018 COSSA Science Policy Conference

Early bird registration is now open for COSSA’s 2018 Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day, which will take place on April 30 – May 1 in Washington, DC. Registration rates will increase on January 16, so register now! Attendees affiliated with COSSA member organizations can receive an additional discount by using their exclusive member coupon code (email jmilton@cossa.org for details). In addition, students can register for a special price of $50. Interested students should email jmilton@cossa.org with your field of study, university, and anticipated year of graduation to receive the student discount code. More information about the conference, including sponsorship information and details on the conference hotel block, is available on the COSSA website.

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Posted in Issue 1 (January 9), Update, Volume 37 (2018)

COSSA Releases 2018 Rankings of College and University Social Science Investment

Last week, COSSA released its 2018 College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral R&D, which highlight the top university recipients of federal research dollars in the social and behavioral sciences. This year’s rankings feature a new dashboard with an interactive map of recipients of social and behavioral science R&D funding, which allows you to see how your university stacks up against more than 400 U.S. institutions. Based on the most recent available federally collected data, the COSSA rankings use an inclusive selection of fields to calculate the total federal R&D funding received by universities in the social and behavioral sciences.

The top 10 recipients for 2018 are:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill* (NC) – $104,085,000 (#1 in 2017)
  2. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor* (MI) – $98,348,000 (#2 in 2017)
  3. Pennsylvania State University, University Park and Hershey Medical Center* (PA) – $39,333,000 (#6 in 2017)
  4. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities* (MN) – $39,147,000 (#5 in 2017)
  5. University of Washington, Seattle* (WA) – $38,676,000 (#7 in 2017)
  6. University of Pennsylvania* (PA) – $35,449,000 (#4 in 2017)
  7. University of Maryland, College Park* (MD) – $35,235,000 (#3 in 2017)
  8. Arizona State University* (AZ) – $31,016,000 (#10 in 2017)
  9. University of South Florida, Tampa (FL) – $29,932,000 (#23 in 2017)
  10. University of Southern California (CA) – $29,810,000 (#11 in 2017)

* Denotes COSSA membership

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Posted in Issue 1 (January 9), Update, Volume 37 (2018)

COSSA Board Chair Felice J. Levine Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceOur last Why Social Science? guest post of 2017 was contributed by Felice J. Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association and Chair of COSSA’s Board of Directors, who reflected on the inaugural year of Why Social Science? Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 1 (January 9), Update, Volume 37 (2018)

Linguist Evan Bradley Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThis week’s guest post comes from linguist Evan Bradley, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State Brandywine, who writes about how linguistics research can enhance our understanding of how society functions and ways to improve it. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 24 (December 12), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

Save the Date: 2018 COSSA Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day – April 30 & May 1

COSSA’s 2018 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day will take place on April 30 and May 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Conference brings 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. Early bird registration will open later in December. More details will be posted on the Conference webpage as they are made available.

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Posted in Issue 23 (November 28), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

SRCD Answers “Why Social Science?”

why-social-scienceThis week’s Why Social Science? guest post comes from Martha Zaslow, Director for Policy and Communications at the Society for Research and Child Development, who writes about ways the social sciences can tell us how to “grow the roots” of STEM learning in children. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 23 (November 28), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

The American Sociological Association Answers “Why Social Science?

why-social-scienceThis week’s Why Social Science? guest post comes from Jean Shin, Director of Minority and Student Affairs at the American Sociological Association, who writes about how insights from the social sciences both demonstrates the importance of diversity and help us identify ways build a more inclusive society. Read it here and subscribe.

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Posted in Issue 22 (November 14), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

COSSA Joins Societies in Requesting Changes to NIH Clinical Trial Policy

In a letter sent to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins on October 27, COSSA and 21 other scientific societies and associations requested that NIH revisit a new policy that alters the definition of “clinical trials” funded by the agency and institutes new reporting requirements for such research (see COSSA’s coverage of this issue). While the letter is supportive of the goal of enhancing transparency of NIH-funded research, including introducing registration and reporting requirements, the signatories express concern that “basic science research is being redefined as a clinical trial at NIH and that “basic science investigators will be unnecessarily burdened with requirements relating to conducting clinical trials that have nothing to do with their own research.” The organizations hope to work with NIH leadership to find a solution that addresses the concerns of the basic science community while still improving transparency for true clinical trial research.

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Posted in Issue 21 (October 31), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

COSSA, SAGE Host Why Social Science? Congressional Briefing

COSSA and SAGE Publishing hosted a Congressional briefing on Wednesday, October 4 on Social Science Solutions for Health, Public Safety, Computing, and Other National Priorities. The event featured authors of past Why Social Science? blog posts, including Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Peter Harsha of the Computing Research Association, Nancy La Vigne of The Urban Institute, and William Riley of the National Institutes of Health. Panelists discussed the importance of social science applications to preventing cyberattacks, how social science can help identify the causes of health disparities, and how behavioral reinforcement or “nudges” can be incorporated into federal policy. A complete recording of the event is available on COSSA’s website.

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Posted in Issue 19 (October 3), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

COSSA Praises Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Report

On October 11, COSSA issued a statement on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s final report, released in September (see COSSA’s summary of the report’s recommendations). The statement reads:

“COSSA applauds the work of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and commends its open, thorough process in producing its final report, The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking. The report represents the beginning of what we hope will be an ongoing, nonpartisan discussion on how the federal government can incentivize decision-making based on sound science while ensuring the careful stewardship of confidential information. The Commission’s recommendations demonstrate that expanding the use of evidence and data collection for policymaking purposes is not incompatible with enhancing privacy protections and transparency.

“COSSA thanks the Commissioners and their staff for their hard work, as well as Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray both for their foresight in authoring the Commission’s establishing legislation and their ongoing commitment to removing barriers to generating and using evidence to build strong public policy. While the recommendations in the report are an important start, many details on how to implement the vision set forth by the Commission remain to be determined. COSSA looks forward to working with its partners in Congress and at federal agencies on legislation and policy changes to ensure that the work of the Commission is brought to fruition.”

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Posted in Issue 19 (October 3), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

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