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  • NSF Gets Increase . . . But Modest for SBE. . . . . The National Science Foundation (NSF) budget emerged from the VA-HUD conference committee with an overall boost of 8.4 percent for 2002 over 2001, bringing funding to $4.789 billion. For the first time, conferees provided funding figures for each directorate with the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) receiving a small increase of 2.7 percent or $4.5 million (the smallest of any directorate).

  • NEH Too Gets 2002 Budget with a Nudge . . . . With President Bush signing the FY 2002 interior spending bill on November 5, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received a modest increase for the third year running. A $4.5 million increase brought the total NEH budget to $124.5 million. From 1996 to 1999, NEH was flat funded at $110 million. However modest the increase, importantly it is again in the right direction.

  • Two Social Scientists Named Officers of AAHRPP . . . . The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) installed its 21-member board of directors on October 29. The board, in turn, elected officers and members of its executive committee. Of the four officers, two— Steven Smith of the California Western School of Law and statistical consultant Barbara Bailar—were proposed to the board by the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). Smith will serve as secretary and Bailer as treasurer. The third COSSA appointee to the board was Robert Hauck, American Political Science Association.

  • APA, ASA, and Others Honor Leshner . . . . On November 28, the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Sociological Association (ASA) and four other professional societies co-sponsored a reception to honor Alan Leshner, psychologist and outgoing Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). As reported in November Footnotes, Leshner joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as Executive Director effective December.

  • NIH Releases Report on Qualitative Research . . . . The National Institutes of Health (NIH) just released Qualitative Methods in Health Research: Opportunities and Considerations in Application and Review (NIH Publication No. 02-5046, December 2001). The report is based on a workshop held by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in 1999. The purpose of this document is to assist investigators using qualitative methods in submitting competitive applications for support from NIH. The report is available at