December 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 9

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Science Policy

U.S. Census Bureau Releases American Community
Survey 5-Year Estimates

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In early December, the Census Bureau released the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socioeconomic statistics covering every community in the nation every year. These estimates give even the smallest communities timely information on more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, occupation, commuting to work, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry, and selected monthly homeowner costs. Statistics are available for many distinct geographies, including all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, counties, and census tracts. For the first time, estimates by ZIP Code Tabulation Area are also being published. To access these statistics, visit the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder website
. The ACS provides reliable statistics that are indispensable to decision makers at all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, education, journalism, business and advocacy.

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NHA Board of Directors Names New Executive Director

This fall, Stephen Kidd was named Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a coalition of more than 100 humanities organizations and institutions committed to advocacy for the humanities. Kidd comes to the Alliance most recently from the Smithsonian Institution, where he served as Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Associate Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Kidd received MPhil and PhD degrees in American Studies from George Washington University. Stephen Kidd’s appointment as the NHA Executive Director was effective September 4, 2012.

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Anthropology Association Names New Executive Director

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) announced in December that its Executive Board had selected Edward Liebow as its new Executive Director. Liebow is an accomplished administrator and researcher. In addition, he has been very active in AAA, serving as AAA Treasurer, as well as an Executive Board member. He comes to the Executive Director’s position after a long career with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization. He joined Battelle in 1986, the year he received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. Liebow will join the AAA in January 2013.

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