PUBLIC AFFAIRS UPDATE
Census Related News... A budget for Census 2000 passed as part of the agreement finally reached by Congress and President Clinton on November 19. About $4.5 million is allocated for census operations, including an extra $1.7 million requested last June to pay for the revised census plan. On a lighter note, Paula Schnieder, Principal Associate Director for Programs, is urging common language for what is interchangeably termed the Census Bureau, Bureau of the Census, or simply Census. The name chosen by the Bureau is U.S. Census Bureau - and so it will be.
New NAS Report on Access to Electronic Information... In November, the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science (NAS) issued a report on the status of access to electronic information recommending delay in any overhaul of intellectual property laws until the market adjusts to new business models and there is sufficient research. The topic is important for producers (including learned societies as publishers) and for users (including scholars and teachers). The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age, is available through NAS (see www.national-academies.org).
New Look at Social and Behavioral Science Research Training at NIH... The Center for the Advancement of Health (CFAH) has issued a comprehensive report on Advancing NIH Research Training in the Health-Related Behavioral and Social Sciences. The report presents data on research training at the National Institutes of Health and makes recommendations on how to improve the amount and effectiveness of research training. Full and condensed versions of the report can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-387-2829.
1999 Edition of Report on Nation's Children... America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 1999 was prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (a collaboration across Federal 18 agencies). The report maintains comparability with previous volumes, adds new information, and improves racial/ethnic categories across indicators. The report focuses on population and family characteristics and key measures of economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. The report is available from the Forum's website at http://childstats.gov or through the National Maternal and Childhealth Clearinghouse at 703-356-1964.
NCES Issues New Report on Higher Education Degrees... The National Center for Education Statistics issued a new report in November on key academic indicators for 1996-97. Nearly 2.3 million degrees were awarded. Women accounted for the majority of degrees at the associate (60.8 percent), bachelor's (55.6 percent), and master's (56.9 percent) levels. Across fields, women account for 40.8 percent of the doctoral degrees. Persons of color are a minority at all levels, with 22.4 percent of the associate, 19.4 percent of the bachelor's, 14.6 percent of the master's, and 12.1 percent of the doctorates. The report is available at nces.ed.gov or by calling (877) 433-7827.