FOOTNOTES December 2000
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Public Affairs Update

  • Advocacy for the Humanities . . . . The National Humanities Alliance is sponsoring Jefferson Day 2001 on March 26-27 to promote support for humanistic scholarship and for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to attending the 30th Annual Jefferson Lecture and special reception at the Kennedy Center, participants will receive an advocacy briefing and make Hill visits to promote humanistic research and related work. What better way to enjoy spring than in D.C., and with working to enhance resources for the social sciences and humanities. For more information, see www.nhalliance.org.

  • Ruffin Appointed to Lead Health Disparities Effort at NIH . . . . On January 9, Acting Director Ruth Kirschstein announced the appointment of Dr. John Ruffin to head the newly-established National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. Trained in systematic and developmental biology, Ruffin has served since 1990 as the first NIH Associate Director for Research on Minority Health. With the new Center and NIH’s commitment to addressing health disparities, Ruffin has an important agenda. See “Open Window” (page 2) for ASA’s first contact with Ruffin.

  • Prewitt Returns to the Academy . . . . Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt departed from the Federal workforce on January 19th heading for the New School University in New York as Dean of the Graduate Faculty by March. Prior to his departure, Prewitt announced on December 28, 2000 the total U.S. population count (281,421,906 as of April 1), state population totals, and the resulting apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hats off to Prewitt for his accomplishments and a job well done!

  • NRC Takes a Look at Quality in Education Research . . . . The Office of Educational Research Improvement (OERI) of the U.S. Department of Education has turned to the National Research Council for advice on how best to support high-quality, scientific research that can advance knowledge useful to educational policymakers and practitioners. A Study Panel with the title, “Scientific Principles in Educational Research: Exploration of Perspectives and Implications for OERI,” held its first meeting on December 20, 2000, and is expected to report in February 2002. For additional information, see http://www.nationalacademies.org.