January 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 1

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Science Policy

Dan Gaylin Named President of NORC at the University of Chicago

In late November, the Board of Trustees of NORC at the University of Chicago announced the appointment of Dan Gaylinas President and Chief Executive Officer of the independent research organization. Gaylin has been with NORC for nearly 13 years, most recently holding the position of Executive Vice President for Research Programs. Earlier this year, following the appointment of former President John Thompson as Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Dan held the role of Acting President. Gaylin has over 25 years of experience spanning government, think tanks, and private research organizations. He is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and program evaluation and has numerous publications in leading peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining NORC, Gaylin served as Director of Research and Planning in the Office of Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.P.A. with focuses in health policy and quantitative analysis from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Established in 1941, and with a staff of more than 1,500 people, NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research analysis, program evaluations, technical assistance, and data collection across a wide range of subjects including education, early childhood, substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, economics, population studies, public health, health care, and international development. For more information, see www.norc.org/Experts/Pages/dan-gaylin.aspx.

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Social Explorer and Census Bureau Collaborate

Social Explorer, created by sociologist Andrew Beveridge (Queens College-CUNY), provides easy access to demographic information about the United States. It has now collaborated with the Census Bureau to create Census Explorer, a new visualization project, that launched in connection with the release of the latest American Community Survey data (the five-year file from 2008 to 2012). Powered by Social Explorer, Census Explorer opens up data to the public through interactive maps developed by Social Explorer. The site's easy-to-use online tools encourage users to explore demographic changes from 1990 to the present, both nationwide and at the neighborhood level. Visitors can examine variables related to population, seniors, foreign born, education, labor force, housing, and income. Visit www.census.gov/censusexplorer, and check out Social Explorer's mapping and reporting tools for more in depth data and visuals.

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