July-August 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 6

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Science Policy

A sociologist nominated to be U.S. Census director

President Barack Obama announced in early April the nomination of Robert M. Groves, Director of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, since 2001, to be director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Also a research professor at the University of Maryland, Groves holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan. He is widely published as the author or co-author of numerous books, monographs, journal articles, and book chapters, with an emphasis on survey methodology and design. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, led by Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME), will consider the nomination, which requires Senate confirmation (see this issue’s Vantage Point column).

President nominates newest head of the
National Endowment for the Humanities

In early June, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Jim Leach, former Republican Congressman for Iowa for 30 years, as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus, which is dedicated to advocating on behalf of the humanities in the House of Representatives and to raising the profile of humanities in the United States. The Caucus worked to promote and preserve humanities programs and commissions such as the Historical Publications and Records Commission. The Obama administration’s budget proposal calls for a FY10 budget of $171.315 million for NEH, an increase of $16.3 million over the FY 2009 enacted level. A detailed summary of the NEH budget proposal is available at: www.neh.gov/news/archive/20090507.html. logo


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