December 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 9

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Challenges Ahead for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Policy

At the “Broadening Participation in Science in a Diverse America” panel. From left Dorit Zuk, Joan Reede, Kellina Craig-Henderson, and Sally Hillsman

At the “Broadening Participation in Science in a Diverse America” panel. From left Dorit Zuk, Joan Reede, Kellina Craig-Henderson, and Sally Hillsman

On November 29 and 30, COSSA held its annual meeting, titled “Colloquium on Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Policy.” The more than 125 attendees experienced a series of presentations focusing on the current political situation, how to broaden participation in science, the opportunities and challenges for social/behavioral science research, and how that research is used and not used by policymakers.

On the next page is a summary of three sessions at the colloquium. Additional summaries and power point presentations are available on the COSSA website at www.cossa.org.

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Changes in the MCAT Have Implications for Sociology Department Planning

Edward L. Kain, Southwestern University

An important change in the MCAT® (the Medical College Admission Test) has the potential to have a significant impact on sociology departments across the country. In February 2012, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) “approved changes… that will require aspiring doctors to have an understanding of the social and behavioral sciences.” (Mann, 2012). The new version of the test, which will be in place by January of 2015, includes an entire section on the social and behavioral sciences. One implication of this change is that pre-medical curricula across the country may start requiring that students take an introductory sociology course (as well as an introductory course in psychology) in preparation for taking the MCAT (see, for example, Brenner and Ringe 2012).

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Candidates for 2013 ASA Election

The American Sociological Association is pleased to announce the 2013 slate of candidates for ASA Officers, Committee on Committees, Committee on Nominations, and Committee on Publications. Ballots for the 2013 ASA election will be sent in early May 2013.

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