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  • Changing Directors of COSSA Societies . . . . New Executive Directors at the social science societies bring new members to the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. On August 15, Kurt Salzinger took the helm as Executive Director for Science at the American Psychological Association (APA), replacing Richard McCarthy who became Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. Salzinger, a former member of APA Council and the Board of Directors, is a Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University and Director of the PhD Program in combined Clinical and School Psychology. Effective October 1, Catherine Rudder, Executive Director of the American Political Science Association, left this post to join the School of Public Policy at George Mason University where she will direct the Master’s Program. Deputy Director Robert Hauck became Acting Director as a search is underway. Effective the end of October, over at the other ASA—the American Statistical Association—William Smith will succeed Ray Waller who is retiring as Executive Director. Smith is currently a Program Director in the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and also holds an appointment in the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University.

  • Gutmann to ICPSR . . . . Myron Gutmann took the helm as Director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan on August 1. Prior to joining ICPSR, Gutmann was Director of the Population Research Center and Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. In recent years, his research has focused on the history of populations in the southwestern United States; the history of Hispanic populations; and the relationship among population, land use, and the environment in the U.S.

  • Big Changes at NIH Too . . . .Two Institutes Directors have departed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) this fall and searches for their replacements have commenced. Enoch Gordis retired from the position of Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) after 15 years of service at NIAAA. Richard Klausner leaves the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to become President of the newly created Case Institute of Health, Science and Technology. Both NIAAA and NCI are Institutes that value social and behavioral studies; therefore successors to these posts are important to our fields.

  • Cole Gets Confirmation for NEH . . . . Bruce Cole, noted art historian and Distinguished Professor at Indiana University, was confirmed by the Senate as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on September 21. His background and experience augur well for a smooth transition at NEH.

  • Kincannon to Census. . . . In July, President Bush announced his intention to nominate C. Louis Kincannon to be the Census Bureau Director. Kincannon was previously at the Bureau as a career civil servant from 1982 to 1992 and served twice as Acting Director. From 1992 through 2000, he served as the first chief statistician in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. Confirmation is expected, but perhaps not until a final decision as to the use of adjusted numbers for the Census 2000.

  • New Head Likely at BLS . . . . Katherine G. Abraham is expected to be replaced as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) when her four-year term expires on October 13. As Footnotes goes to bed, a change is expected in this post—previously considered to be a non-partisan job! Stay tuned.