July/August 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 6

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Sociologists Elected to the
National Academy of Sciences

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In May, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of two sociologists—Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Sara S. McLanahan, Princeton University—among this year’s 72 new members. Especially notable, McLanahan is one of only nine women among the class of 2011. These newly elected NAS members were recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Members in the Academy, considered one of the highest honors in American science, help write reports on key scientific issues to help inform policymakers’ decisions.

Robert Groves was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 2, 2009, to head the U.S. Census Bureau and the Senate confirmed him on July 13, 2009. Previously, Groves had been a professor at the University of Michigan and Director of its Survey Research Center, as well as research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Groves has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of scientific articles. His 1989 book, Survey Errors and Survey Costs, was named one of the 50 most influential books in survey research by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). His book, Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys, with Mick Couper, received the 2008 AAPOR Book Award.

Sara S. McLanahan is the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She is a faculty associate of the Office of Population Research and is the founder and director of the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Future of Childrenseries, a journal dedicated to providing research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children.  She is the past president of the Population Association of America and served on the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine Board on Children, Youth, and Families. She is the author of many articles and books including Fathers Under Fire: The Revolution in Child Support Enforcement (1998); Social Policies for Children (1996); and Growing Up with a Single Parent (1994).

The 2011 election was held during the annual meeting of the Academy. NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. The Academy acts as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology. Additional information about the institution and a full directory of NAS members can be found at national-academies.org.

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