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to Policy Makers

One of COSSA’s roles is to serve as a bridge between the academic research community and the Washington policymaking community.  To accomplish this, from the beginning COSSA has presented the results of social and behavioral science research to policy makers through a series of briefings or seminars held on Capitol Hill.  The audiences for these sessions have consisted of congressional staff, executive branch agency staff, public interest group representatives, and sometimes Members of Congress.   From 1994 to 2000 COSSA received generous support from the Ford Foundation to present these briefings.  From 2001 to 2005, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded the seminars.  Links to summaries of the more recent briefings are available below. Full transcripts of some of the briefings can be requested through COSSA.



collage of COSSA's 2013 Congressional briefing series


NIH 101: An Introduction to the Nation's Medical Research Agency (July 6)

COSSA Washington Update: NIH 101: Former NIH OER Director Wendy Baldwin Provides Briefing to Congressional Staff

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse:  Applying Science to Solve a Community Epidemic

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse: Applying Science to Solve a Community Epidemic (July 10)

Summary via COSSA Washington Update

Aging in Rural American Congressional Briefing

Aging in Rural America: 21st Century Trends (June 20th)

COSSA - Washington Update - COSSA Congressional Briefing Discusses Aging in Rural America

Nina Glasgow – Cornell University (view presentation)

Kenneth Johnson – University of New Hampshire (view presentation)

Douglas Gurak – Cornell University (view presentation)

Marlene Lee – Population Reference Bureau (view presentation)

Joachim Singelmann – University of Texas, San Antonio (view presentation)

CEDS Innovative Strategies for Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce Congressional Briefing

Innovative Strategies for Building A Diverse Scientific Workforce (June 6)

COSSA Washington Update -- Innovative Strategies for Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce: A Congressional Briefing

Congressional Briefing -  Strategies for Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce Complete Summary (PDF)

Sally Hillsman – American Sociological Association

Erich D. Jarvis – Duke University Medical Center (view presentation)

Roderic Pettigrew – National Institutes of Health (view presentation)

Kellina Craig-Henderson – National Science Foundation (view presentation)


Social Science Research on Diasters:  Communication, Resilience, and Consequences

Social Science Research on Disasters: Communication, Resilence, and Consequences (April 25)

COSSA Washington Update -- Congressional Briefing on Social Science Research on Disasters

Cora B. Marrett - Acting Director, National Science Foundation
H.Dan O'Hair - University of Kentucky (view presentation)
Roxane Cohen Silver - University of California, Irvine (view presentation)
Elizabeth Frankenberg - Duke University (view presentation)

Economics Saves Lives Congressional Briefing

COSSA Washington Update - Capitol Hill Briefing Discusses the Contributions of Economics Research to Health


Immigration and Foreign -Born Workforce

Immigration and Foreign-Born Workforce in the United States (February 1)

More, including presentations and webcast via Population Association of America's website.


image for COSSA Congressional briefing on prison reform

Preventing Repeat Offenders: Reentry and Employment of Ex-Prisoners (February 28)

Thomas Blomberg - Dean of Criminology and Criminal , Florida State University


Daniel Mears - Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University


Shawn Bushway – Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Albany, SUNY

Robert Apel – Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University


Honorable Dora Schriro – Commissioner, New York City Department of Correction

Edward Latessa – Director, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Dan Bloom - MDRC Corporation



Better Data, Better Decisions (March 8)

Terri Ann Lowenthal, The Census Project
Patrick Jankowski, Greater Houston Partnership
David Crowe, National Association of Home Builders
Warren Brown, University of Georgia

Marijuana Use Disorders: Dependence and Treatment Research (March 7)

Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse - View Presentation
Alan J. Blundy, Professor, University of Arkansas - View Presentation
NIDA Research Report - Marijuna Use - read more

Crime  and Imprisonment:  How to Reduce Both (February 15) (summary)

Thomas Blomberg, Dean of Criminology, Florida State University
Richard Rosenfeld, Professor Criminology and Criminal Justice University of Missouri, St. Louis
Daniel Nagin, Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University
Steven Durlauf, Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The Honorable Richard Thornburgh, Former Attorney General U.S. for Presidents Reagan and Bush I and Former Governor of Pennsylvania
The Honorable William Bratton, Former Police Commissioner New York City and Los Angeles
The Honorable Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
Lawrence Sherman, Professor of Criminology, Cambridge University and University of Maryland




Better Living Through Economics: How Fundamental Economic Research Improves People's Lives (summary)

Brigitte Madriann, Harvard Kennedy School
More Saving and Better Retirements - View Presentation

Lawrence Ausubel, University of Maryland
The Greates Auction in History: Raising Billions from Communications Spectrum- View Presentation

Alvin Roth, Harvard University
Improved Markets for Doctors, Organ Transplants and School Choice- View Presentation

John Siegfried, Vanderbilt University
Cheaper Airfares, Welfare Reform and All-Volunteer Military-View Presentation - View Presentation


Enhancing Diversity -- BUILDING A DIVERSE SCIENTIFIC WORKFORCE: Collaboration for a Competitive and Healthy Nation - (summary)

Raynard S. Kington, MD, PhD, Acting Director National Institutes of Health
The Challenge of Achieving Diversity in the NIH-Funded Biomedical Workforce- View Presentation

Wanda E. Ward, PhD, Acting Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources National Science Foundation
Diversity, Innovation and Competitiveness- View Presentation

Arthur L. Coleman, Esq. EducationCounsel LLC
Promoting Access and Diversity in Science: The Educational, Economic and Security Imperative -View Presentation

Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, Director Office for Policy and Communications Society for Research in Child Development


Social, Behavioral and Economic Research in a Federal Context - (summary)

Honorable Brian Baird, (D-WA)
Honorable Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
David Lightfoot, National Science Foundation
David Poeppel, New York University
Martina Morris, University of Washington
Elke Weber, Columbia University
Jonathan Wilkenfeld, University of Maryland

Presented in collaboration with the Federation of Associations on Behavior and Brain Sciences)

National Institutes of Health: Improving the Nation’s Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research - (summary)

This exhibition and reception was sponsored by the Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Science Research and 30 other organizations.  The event was co-sponsored by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA).  Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) attended along with National Institute of Mental Health director Tom Insel and Acting National Human Genome Research Institute director Alan Guttmacher. (view posters)



Violent Crime: What's Happening and Why ( summary)

Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University, Director, National Consortium on Violence Research

Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University
Development of Violence in Young People - View Presentation

Alex Piquero, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Incapacitation Effects for Controlling Violence- View Presentation

Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Recent Crime Trends and the Future - View Presentation

Honorable Andrew Sonner, Judge of Maryland Court of Special Appeals (retired)


Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychological Needs

Elizabeth Clark, Director, National Association for Social Workers

Robert Croyle, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Jessie Gruman, President, Center for the Advancement of Health



Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective ( summary)

Joseph Chamie, Ph.D. - Center for Migration Studies, New York
           Demographic Overview of Population Aging - View Presentation

Lisa Berkman, Ph.D.  - Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
           The Epidemiologic Transition in Health – The Rise of Chronic Disease - View Presentation

Adele M. Hayutin, Ph.D.  - Director, Global Aging Project, Stanford Center on Longevity
           Labor Force and Pensions in Aging Societies - View Presentation

James P. Smith, Ph.D.  - Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
           Data for Policy Decisions



Children in the Eye of the Storm: Lessons Learned from the Hurricaine's Children (summary)

Joy Osofsky, Ph.D.,Professor , Louisiana State University  Resilience in the Aftermath of the Disaster
Cathy Grace, Ed.D., in collaboration with Elizabeth F. Shores, Mississippi State University
           Emergency Preparedness for Child Care and Early Education
Gary J. Asmus, Ph.D., in collaboration with Billy R. Stokes, Ed.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
           Student Displacement after the Hurricanes: Perceptions, Outcomes, Implications

Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System: Offenders and Victims - (Transcript of Proceedings)
Margaret Zahn, Ph.D., Research Triangle International/ North Carolina State University
Delinquent Girls: Trends, Causes, and Interventions
Candace Kruttschnitt, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
The Violent Victimization of Women: A Life Course Perspective
Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Service and Treatment Needs of Women Across the Criminal Justice Continuum

The Kellogg Seminars 2001-2005




Building Geographic Management Systems:

Tackling Critical Policy Needs for the Nation’s Future --executive summary



Douglas Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers

Geographic Management Systems:  Critical Infrastructure Issues for Governments and Citizens

Susan Wachter, University of Pennsylvania

Deploying Spatial Intelligence in a Globalizing World: The Way Forward

Akhlaque Haque, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Strengthening Communities and Local Government Decision Making Using Geographic Information Systems

David Cowen, University of South Carolina

Beyond Mapping:  Institutional and Technical Issues in Geographic Information Science



Protecting Privacy: 

How Much Are We Willing to Give Up?--executive summary


Sandra Petronio, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis;

Paradoxes of Privacy:  Health and Security Policy Implications 

Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University and former Director, U.S. Census Bureau;

Privacy and Information Collection:  Impacts on Public Policy 

Daniel Solove, George Washington University Law School;

The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age



Transforming the Middle East: The Future for Democracy and Economic Growth --executive summary


Lisa Anderson, Columbia University 

                        Transitioning to Democracy:  The Future of Governance in the Middle East

Mark Tessler, University of Michigan 

Attitudes toward Democracy in the Arab World  

Tarik Yousef, Georgetown University 

Development, Growth and Policy Reform in the Middle East






Detecting Deception:  Research to Secure the Homeland--executive summary


 Detecting Deception Speakers

Howard Silver, Mark Frank, Charles Bond, and Judee Burgoon

Photo by Charles Votaw


Judee Burgoon, University of Arizona

                        Automating Detection of Deception and Hostile Intent

Charles F. Bond, Texas Christian University

                        International Deception

            Mark Frank, Rutgers University

                        Practical Approaches to Detecting Deception in Counter-Terrorism



Risk and Crisis Communication: Building Trust and Explaining Complexities When Emergencies Arise--executive summary


            H. Dan O’Hair, University of Oklahoma

                        Measuring Risk/Crisis Communication:  Taking Strategic Assessment and

                        Program Evaluation to the Next Level

            Havidan Rodriguez, University of Delaware 

                        The Role of the Science, Technology and Media in the Communication of

                        Risk Warnings

            Katherine Rowan, George Mason University

                        Risk and Crisis Communication:  Earning Trust and Productive

                         Partnering with the Media and Public During Emergencies



Growing Old in an Aging America:The Health and Retirement Study’s Window Into the Future--executive summary


            David Weir, University of Michigan

                         HRS Meets the Challenge of an Aging Society

            Robert J. Willis, University of Michigan

                        Will the Boomers be working or retiring in 2010?  And why do we care?

            Michael Hurd, RAND Corporation

                        Saving for Retirement: Consumption of the Elderly and Bequests to the

                        Next Generation

            Linda J. Waite, University of Chicago

                        The Importance of Family for Older Americans

            Kenneth Langa, University of Michigan

                        The Burden of Dementia in an Aging Population




Obesity, What Can Be Done Now?  Examining Environment and Life Style--executive summary


Barry Popkin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

                        Fighting the Obesity Epidemic:  Environmental and Related Issues

Sally Davis, University of New Mexico

                        Prevention of Obesity in Children – Benefits and Challenges

            Thomas Wadden, University of Pennsylvania

                        Advances in the Treatment of Obesity



Enhancing Educational Performance:  Social, Motivational, and Cultural Factors--executive summary


            Ronald Ferguson, Harvard University

                        What Doesn’t Meet the Eye:  Understanding and Addressing Racial

                        Disparities in High-Achieving Suburban Schools

Rebecca Marcon, University of North Florida

                        Differential Factors Affecting Young Children’s Educational Performance

            Patricia O’Reilly, University of Cincinnati

                        Including Girls in the Education Mainstream



Rebuilding the World Community:Global Institutions and Interactions in an Era of Terrorism --executive summary


            Beth Simmons, Harvard University

Collective Problems, Collective Responses:

International Organizations and U.S. Interests in an Era of Terrorism

            Linda Putnam, Texas A&M University

Framing and Transforming Issues in Global Negotiations and

Interactions Among Leaders

            Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution

                        U.S. International Economic Leadership Post-Cancun 




Welfare, Children and Families: Results from a Three City Study--executive summary


            Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University

                        The Impact of Welfare Reform on Employment and Income

            P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Northwestern University

                        Welfare Reform and Children

            Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University

                        Welfare Reform and Marriage

            Ronald J. Angel, University of Texas, Austin

                        Health Care Coverage Among Poor Families



The Genetic Revolution and the Meaning of Life:How Will Society Respond to the Explosion of Knowledge --executive summary


            Troy Duster, New York University

                        The Intersection of Molecular Genetics, Race, and Criminal Justice

            Dorothy Nelkin, New York University

                        Emerging Legal and Social Issues in the Genetic Age

            Susan Weller, University of Texas Medical Branch

                        The Intra- and Inter-Cultural Variation in Medical Beliefs



Ethnicity and Religion in International Politics:The Middle East, the Balkans, and India-Pakistan--executive summary


Susan Woodward, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

                        Lessons Learned from the Balkans

            Devin Hagerty, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

                        The Indo-Pakistani Dispute Over Kashmir

            William Quandt, University of Virginia

                        The Drift Toward War with Iraq




The Mechanics of Election Reform:  From Registration to Results --executive summary


            Michael Traugott, University of Michigan

                        Alternative Methods of Voting:  Mail, Internet, Unrestricted Absentees

David Woods, Ohio State University

                        Human Factors and the Technology of Voting

            Charles H. Stewart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

                        The MIT-Cal Tech Project on Easy Use of Voting Machines

            Rodolfo O. de la Garza, University of Texas at Austin

                        Promoting Equal Access to the Electoral System



Living Longer, Staying Well:  Promoting Good Health for Older Americans--executive summary


            Mark D. Hayward, Penn State University

Truncated Lives and Worse Health:  The Plight of African Americans and the Economically Disadvantaged

            Toni P. Miles, University of Texas, San Antonio

                        Chronic Disease and Ties That Bind

            Frank Stafford, University of Michigan

Building Retirement Wealth Over the Life Course:

Who Does, Who Doesn’t and Why?



Rural and Community Prosperity --executive summary


            Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University

                        Community Social Capacity

            Diane McLaughlin, Pennsylvania State University

                        Rural Families:  Prospects for Prosperity

            Mike Woods, Oklahoma State University

Economic Development Options and Opportunities for Rural Communities


The Ford Seminars 1994-2000




Language and Learning--executive summary


             Maria Estela Brik, Professor of Education, Boston College

             Lily Wong Filmore, Professor, School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

 William Labov, Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, Director of the Linguistics Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

             John Baugh, Professor of Education and Linguistics, Stanford University

             Donna Christian, President, Center for Applied Linguistics, Moderator


Controlling Violence in America --executive summary


             Alfred Blumstein, University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

             Laura Dugan, Professor of Criminal Justice, Georgia State University


How Neighborhoods Matter:

The Value of Investing at the Local Level--executive summary


 Troy Duster, Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and Professor of Sociology at New York University

 Robert J. Sampson, Lucy Flower Professor in Sociology at the University of Chicago and Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation,

 Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles

             Gregory D. Squires, Professor of Sociology, George Washington University




Is Welfare Reform Working?  The Impact of Economic Growth and Policy Changes --executive summary


             Sheldon Danziger, Professor of Social Work and Public Policy, University of Michigan

             Robert Moffitt, Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University

             LaDonna Pavetti, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research


Not What the Doctor Ordered: Challenges Individuals Face in Adhering to Medical Advice/Treatment --executive summary


             Margaret Chesney, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

             Noel J. Chrisman, Professor of Community Health and Nursing, University of Washington

             Karen Luftey, Doctoral Student in Psychology, Indiana University

             Bernice Pescosolido, Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology, Indiana University

 Norman Anderson, Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Institutes of Health, Moderator


Do Americans Care About and Trust Their Government --executive summary


            The Honorable David Price, U.S. House of Representatives, Moderator

            John Hibbing, Professor Political Science, University of Nebraska

Pippa Norris, Associate Director, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, JFK School of Government, Harvard University

            Wendy Rahn, Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota





Growing Up Poor: The Effects on Achievement, Parenting and Child Care --executive summary


             Greg Duncan, Professor of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

             Aletha Houston, Professor of Child Development, University of Texas at Austin

             Vonnie McCloyd, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan



What Do We Know About Adolescent Health? Findings From the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health --executive summary


J. Richard Udry, Kenan Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

            Peter Bearman, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Kathleen Mullan Harris, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel


James Jaccard, Professor of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New



Information Technology and Social Change --executive summary


             Philip Agre, Professor of Communications, University of California, San Diego

             Jan English-Lueck, Professor of Anthropology, San Jose State University

 David Hakken, Professor of Anthropology, State University of New York Institute of Technology





Juvenile Crime: A Research Perspective-executive summary


 Denise Gottfredson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Maryland

 Richard Rosenfeld, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, St. Louis

 Simon Singer, Associate Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo



Using the Census: What It Tells Us About America’s People, Workforce and Small Communities --executive summary


 Reynolds Farley, Research Scientist and Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

 Suzanne Bianchi, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland

 Paul Voss, Professor and Chair of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison





Fostering Successful Families --executive summary


 Andrew Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University.       

 Frank Furstenberg, Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology and Research Associate, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania.

 Susan Hanson, Director of the School of Geography, Clark University.


 Fostering Resiliency in Kids --executive summary


 Ann Masten, Professor, Child Psychology and Associate Director of the Institute for Child Development, University of Minnesota

 Suzanne Randolph, Professor, Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland

 Emmy Werner, Research Professor in Child Development, University of California, Davis


Aging Well:Health, Wealth and Retirement--executive summary


 F. Thomas Juster, Research Scientist and Professor, Economics, University of Michigan

 Raynard Kington, Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation

 Olivia Mitchell, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Beth Soldo, Chair, Department of Demography and Director, Center for Population Research, Georgetown University





Overcoming Poverty: What the Research Demonstrates


 Sheldon Danziger, Professor and Director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty, the Underclass, and Public Policy, University of Michigan

 James H. Johnson, Jr., E. Maynard Adams Distinguished Professor of Geography, Business and Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 Katherine Newman, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University


Human Capital and a Nation’s Economic Strength


 Gary Becker, University Professor of Economics and Sociology, University of Chicago, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science

 Charles Schultze, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers for President Jimmy Carter, Moderator





Democratic Transformations: Africa, Latin America, and Russia


  James Gibson, Professor of Political Science, University of Houston

  Louis Goodman, Dean of the School of International Service, American University.

  Richard Joseph, Professor of Political Science, Emory University, Fellow, Jimmy Carter Center

  Catherine Rudder, Executive Director, American Political Science Association,  Moderator    



Earlier Seminars Sponsored by COSSA




A Menaced Society: Is the Crime Bill the Answer?


Doris MacKenzie, University of Maryland

Jerome Skolnick, University of California, Berkeley

Hubert Williams,  The Police Foundation




Rural Policies for the 1990s


William Falk, University of Maryland

Cornelia Flora, Virginia Tech

Daryl Hobbs, University of Missouri, Columbia

Ronald Wimberly, North Carolina State University


Strategies for Winning the War on Crime


Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University

Malcolm Klein, University of Southern California

Andrew Sonner, State’s Attorney, Montgomery County, Maryland




Risk and Protective Factors in Mental and Physical Disorders


William Darrow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sue Ellen Estroff, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Richard Veloz, House Select Committee on Aging


International Conflict and Cooperation:  Is There a New World Order?


Jonathan Eaton, Boston University

Harold Jacobson, University of Michigan

George Quester, University of Maryland




 After the Revolution:  Democratization in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union


James R. Millar, George Washington University

Dan Nelson, Carengie Endowment for International Peace

Robin Remington, University of Missouri, Columbia


Defining and Measuring the Urban Poor:  The Presence of a Truly Disadvantaged Underclass


Richard P. Nathan, State University of New York at Albany

Erol Ricketts, Rockefeller Foundation

Isabel Sawhill, Urban Institute

Gary Sandefur, University of Wisconsin, Madison


 Urban Poverty:  The Role of Family Structure and Youth-at-Risk


Ronald Ferguson, Harvard University

Ronald Mincy, Urban Institute

Richard Munson, Northeast-Midwest Institute

James P. Smith, RAND Coporation




High-Tech Maps:  A Policymaker’s Guide to Our Communities, Our Resources, Our Politics


Robert Aangenbrug, Association of American Geographers

John Bossler, Ohio State University

David Cowen, University of South Carolina

Michael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara

David Nystrom, U.S. Geological Survey


Why Do People Pay Taxes?


John Carroll, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Betty Jackson, University of Colorado

Richard Lempert, University of Michigan

Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University




Older Workers in an Aging Society


Richard Burkhauser, Vanderbilt University

Angela O’Rand, Duke University

Harold Sheppard, University of South Florida


Child Care Quality:  Its Impact on Children and Families


Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Carole Joffe, Bryn Mawr College

Kathleen McCartney, University of New Hampshire




Revitalizing Rural America in an Economically Competitive World


Edward J. Blakely, University of California, Berkeley

Thomas Stinson, University of Minnesota

Gene Summers, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Population Trends and Job Opportunities:  Is There a Mismatch


John Kasarda, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Frank Levy, University of Maryland

Susan Bucknell, Human Services, State of Connecticut


Perspectives on Productivity:  Some Under Examined Aspects


Wiliam J. Baumol, Princeton and New York Universities

Martin Neil Baily, Brookings Institution

David Mowery, Carnegie Mellon University




 Social, Economic, and Attitudinal Outcomes of Higher Education


Herbert Hyman, Wesleyan University

William Sewell, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Paul J. Taubman, University of Pennsylvania


Policy Implications of an Aging Population


Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania

“Children in an Aging Population”


Robert Binstock, Case Western Reserve University

“The Politics and Policy Implications of Population Aging”


Robert Kahn, University of Michigan

“Productive Behavior Through the Life Course”


Who Uses Social Science Research: Its ‘Uptake’ in the Domestic Policy Arena and Commercial Sector


Leo Bogart, Newspaper Advertising Bureau

F. Thomas Juster, University of Michigan

William Morrill, Mathematic Policy Research





Career Criminals and Criminal Careers


Hayden Gregory, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime

Otto Larsen, National Science Foundation

Steven Schlesinger, Bureau of Justice Statistics

James K. Stewart, National Institute of Justice

Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University




Education and Economic Competitiveness Abroad


Fritz Stern, Columbia University

“The Role of Cultural Understanding in U.S.-European Relations”


Michel Oksenberg, University of Michigan

            “U.S. Markets in China:  The Importance of Understanding the Chinese”


William O. Baker, Chairman of the Board Retired, Bell Laboratories

            “Foreign Language Skills as Factors in Economic Competency and World Trade.”


Roberta B. Miller, Moderator


Youth and Unemployment


Representative Paul Simon (D-IL)

William Kornblum, Graduate Center, City University of New York


Unemployment and Stress


Representative Augustus Hawkins (D-CA)

Paula Rayman, Brandeis University


Computers in Education


Representative Al Gore (D-TN), Chairman, House Science and Technology Subcommittee

Marc S. Tucker, Project on Information Technology and Education




 Health and Human Behavior


C. David Jenkins, University of Texas Medical Branch

            “Social and Behavioral Factors in Cardiovascular Disease”


Marshall Becker, University of Michigan

            “The Individual’s Role in Health Care”


Ralph Hingson, Boston University

            “Social Science Research and the Response to Alcohol Abuse”


Frederick Robbins, Institute of Medicine

            “Social Science, Health, and Behavior”


Sol Levine, Boston University, Moderator


The Economic Crisis and the Federal Statistical System


John J. Casson, American Express Company

Stephen Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University

Courtenay M. Slater, CEC Associates

Katherine Wallman, COPAFS, Moderator


Black Youth Unemployment:  A National Crisis


Bernard Anderson, The Rockefeller Foundation

Robert Taggart III, National Council on Employment Policy

Shirley Malcolm, AAAS, Moderator


Our Nation’s Children:  The Invisible Constituency


Mary Jo Bane, Harvard University

Donald Hernandez, Georgetown University

Nicholas Zill, Foundation for Child Development

Roberta B. Miller, COSSA, Moderator




Innovation and Productivity:  A Human Perspective


William Abernathy, Harvard University

Robert E. Cole, University of Michigan

William G. Ouchi, University of California, Los Angeles

Kenneth Prewitt, Social Science Research Council, Moderator


Work and Retirement in the Middle and Later Years


Robert L. Kahn, University of Michigan

James H. Schultz, Brandeis University

Raymond Thornton, Arkansas State University, Moderator