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  • Census Bureau Says No to Adjustment . . . . On October 18, the Census Bureau announced it would not adjust Census 2000 data for non-redistricting purposes such as allocating federal program funds. The Bureau indicated that a large number of previously unidentified duplicates reduced the net national undercount because the Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (A.C.E.) survey did not measure a significant number of double-counts and made other counting mistakes. While the net undercount is reduced, it remains disproportionately distributed to minority populations and renters. The Steering Committee for Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation Policy (ESCAP) signaled that further research might yield revised estimates of undercounting or overcounting. Meanwhile, under the leadership of Chair Janet Norwood, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel issued a report on Census 2000—seeing it generally “well executed in several respects” (see

  • MacCrimmon Named Division Director at NSF . . . . Ken MacCrimmon, University of British Columbia (UBC), gets the nod to head the Social and Economic Sciences Division in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). A decision scientist with an interdisciplinary PHD across business, economics, mathematics, and behavioral science and an MBA (all from UCLA), he is E.D. MacPhee Chair in Management Professor and Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. His transition to NSF is in process.

  • More Departures at NIH, with Hyman and Leshner Relocations . . . . With Steven Hyman, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), on his way to Harvard University as Provost, and Alan Leshner to AAAS (see story this page), there are now further openings in key posts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) germane to the social and behavioral sciences. Ruth Kirschstein has been acting director since Harold Varmus departed in January 2000, and no nominees are on the horizon. It would be healthy for the Bush administration to put a priority on filling these and other important posts at the National Institutes of Health.

  • Meanwhile Anderson’s Star Continues to be Bright . . . . Norman B. Anderson has become President of STARBRIGHT’s Board of Directors. Anderson, a psychologist, was the first director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at NIH, prior to joining the Harvard University School of Public Health in 2000. The STARBRIGHT Foundation was established as a non-profit organization in 1991 to combine technology, entertainment, and pediatric healthcare to improve the quality of life of children with serious illness. As Anderson put it, STARBRIGHT provides an opportunity to combine discoveries in the behavioral and social sciences with the best in technology, entertainment, and pediatric medicine. Steven Speilberg is chairman of the STARBRIGHT Foundation.

  • Speaking of Children . . . . Child Trends continues to issue key indicators data on the health and well-being of children and youth. See the 2001 Facts at a Glance at and two recent publications on welfare reform and its effects on families and adolescents at and, respectively.