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  • Marburger Named Science Advisory . . . . On June 25, President Bush nominated John H. Marburger, III, as Science Advisor to direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy. With a PhD in applied physics, he is currently Director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory and on leave from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he served as President from 1980-1994.

  • NEH Gets Appropriations Boost on Hill . . . . On June 28, the full Senate Appropriations Committee increased the allocation for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the FY2002 appropriations bill (H.R. 2217). The Senate committee added $2 million to the $3 million increase voted for NEH by the House earlier in June. As Footnotes “goes to bed,” the outcome in the Senate is uncertain. The Senate takes up H.R. 2217 after the July 4th break and then a final bill would go to conference committee.

  • Decision on Adjusted Census Numbers Expected in Fall . . . . On June 22, Acting Census Bureau Director William Barron Jr. informed the Decennial Advisory Committee (on which ASA sits) that the Executive Committee for A.C.E. (Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation) Policy would recommend whether to use statistically adjusted data to allocate federal program funds and for other non-redistricting purposes by October 15. Speaking also to the Advisory Committee, newly appointed Under Secretary Kathleen Cooper said she was unsure who would make the final decision on using adjusted numbers.

  • NSF Reports Stable Pattern in PhD Production . . . . Recent data released by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through 1998 shows generally stable production by fields. The social and behavioral sciences accounted for approximately 6 percent of the PhDs in 1996 and 6.5 percent in 1998. The highest year for the social and behavioral sciences was 1977, with 7.3 percent. See

  • Speaking of Data . . . NCHS Has New Release . . . . The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has just announced the availability of new data on Trends in Health and Aging ( This release contains the latest population estimates (1981-1999 with 6, 12, and 20 age groups), new and updated data from the National Ambulatory Care Survey and Behavior Risk Factors Surveillance System, and updated data from National Health Interview Survey on cigarette smoking, 1965-1998 (available in July, 2001). State population data can now be graphically displayed using the Beyond 20/20 mapping option.