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Neighborhoods are Topic of Discussion at ASA Congressional Briefing

by Johanna Ebner, Public Information Assistant

"How Neighborhoods Matter: The Value of Investing at the Local Level" was the theme of a Congressional Briefing held on September 25th in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building. Robert J. Sampson (University of Chicago), Min Zhou (University of California, Los Angeles), and Greg Squires (George Washington University) were featured speakers at the event, which was moderated by Troy Duster (University of California, Berkeley and New York University).

Convened by the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), the Briefing was timed to coincide with events relating to the launch of the Decade of Behavior on September 25th. Despite inclement weather, over 70 people from congressional offices, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations attended the event.

Congressional briefings are presented as part of ASA's Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. Both the ASA and COSSA hold such events to bring findings from social science research to the attention of the policy community.

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by Carla B. Howery, Director, Academic and Professional Affairs Program

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