March 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 3

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Science Policy

Sociologist Marrett to Head NSF’s Foundation Affairs


Cora B. Marrett has been named the Senior Advisor for Foundation Affairs in the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective February 27, 2011. Previously, Marrett was the NSF Acting Deputy Director and before that she was the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR), a position she held from February 2007 until January 2009. In that position, she led NSF’s mission to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in both formal and informal settings. From 1992-96, Marrett was NSF’s Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). In addition, on January 5 Marret was nominated by President Obama to be the next Deputy Director of the NSF. "We are pleased to be able to continue to benefit from her enormous talents in this role while the confirmation process proceeds," said Subra Suresh, Director of the National Science Foundation.Prior to returning to NSF in 2007, Marrett served as the University of Wisconsin’s senior vice president for academic affairs for six years.

White House Releases Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being

For the first time in recent history, the Women in America report, released by the White House’s Council on Women and Girls in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce, pulls together information from across the Federal statistical agencies to compile baseline information on how women are faring in the United States today. The report addresses how these trends have changed over time and provides a statistical portrait showing how women’s lives are changing in five critical areas: people, families, and income; education; employment; health; and crime and violence. This data initiative will allow government, non-government, and individual actors to craft appropriate responses to changing circumstances. The report can be found at

Census Bureau Releases Local 2010 Census Data

During February and March, the Census Bureau released its local-level 2010 Census population counts for all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. In addition, the Bureau adapted its data release process to meet the needs of the general public. Each state’s geographic products and redistricting data are first delivered to the state’s leadership, such as the governor and majority and minority leaders in the state legislative body. After the Census Bureau has confirmation of receipt by state leadership, the bureau released the full data set to its FTP download site. The data are also available on American FactFinder, the Census Bureau’s online data search tool. For each state, the Census Bureau provides summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin, and voting age. These data are presented for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts. For more information on the 2010 Census, see

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