FOOTNOTES April 2001
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Public Affairs Update

  • ASA Advocates for Social and Behavior Support at NIH . . . . As part of the Coalition for the Advancement of Health through Behavioral and Social Science Research, the American Sociological Association joined nine other societies in testimony submitted to the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, urging a fiscal year 2002 budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that makes continued progress toward budget doubling goals and seeks a 15 percent increase (to $23.75 million) for the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research to effectively continue its important leadership.

  • Amendment Aimed at Adding Funds for NSF . . . . On April 5, the Senate passed an amendment to the budget resolution led by Senators Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and others that would increase the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) 2002 budget over 2001 by $674 million (an increase of 15.3 percent). The amendment would keep NSF on a budget doubling strategy, but it is at odds with the Bush administration seeking only a 1.3 percent increase. ASA works as part of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) in advocating for NSF. For latest updates see www.cnsfweb.org.

  • New NIJ Director Named . . . . On April 9, Sarah Hart was appointed Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). A prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for 16 years, she has served since 1995 as the Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The Directors of this important research agency and of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (among others) report to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). The Bush administration filled the Assistant AG slot with Deborah Daniels, a partner in an Indianapolis law firm, who directed the Weed and Seed Program at OJP to reduce crime and improve communities in 1992-93.

  • Child Trends Releases Three New Products Online . . . . Child Trends continues to make readily available timely data and analyses on children and families at www.childtrends.org. See “What Works” tables on effective strategies for improving school readiness based on an extensive body of research, a new research brief on Births Outside of Marriage: Perceptions and Reality, and the latest facts on how Hispanic children and families are faring.

  • Speaking of Children, New Research Support Opportunity . . . Responding to a 2001 Congressional directive, the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) announced a program solicitation on The Children’s Research Initiative: Integrated Approaches with awards totaling $5 million expected. Proposals are due June 4, 2001. Large-scale, center-based research; planning grants that could lead to large-scale, center research projects; workshops and small conferences; and individual investigator research can be considered. For further information, see solicitation NSF 01-85 at www.nsf.gov or contact Dr. Rodney Cockling at rcocking@nsf.gov.