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March/April 2016

Science Policy

Census: More than Half of Asians in U.S. Have a Bachelor’s or Higher

In March the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the percentage of Asians in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose to 54 percent in 2015, up from 38 percent in 1995, according to a new report, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015. In addition, Asians and non-Hispanic whites were more likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher when compared with Blacks and Hispanics. The report uses statistics from the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement to examine the educational attainment of adults who are age 25 and older by demographic and social characteristics, such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, nativity, and disability status. In 2015, the majority of adults, 88 percent, were at least high school graduates and more than half, 59 percent, had completed at least some college. One out of three adults reported having at least a bachelor’s degree and 12 percent reported having an advanced degree, such as a master’s, professional or doctorate degree. For more information, visit

DARPA: Accelerating Discovery with New Tools and Methods for Next Generation Social Science

A press release from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency stated that “The explosive growth of global digital connectivity has opened new possibilities for designing and conducting social science research.” The agency launched its Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program in March, which aims to build tools and methods for rigorous, reproducible social science studies at scales necessary to develop and validate causal models of human social behaviors. The program will draw upon and build across a wide array of disciplines—including sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, and psychology, as well as information and computer sciences. For more information, visit

Pew Research Center: Women Generally Are More Religious than Men

A new Pew Research Center analysis of international census and survey data, “The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World,” finds that women generally are more religious than men by several key measures of religious commitment, although this pattern is not universal and can vary by religious tradition.. Overall, women are more likely than men to be affiliated with a religious organization; women also pray more and are more inclined to say religion is “very important” in their lives. These findings come from survey data collected by Pew Research Center in up to 84 countries that compare men and women in several different aspects of religious commitment. However, the report also finds that in some countries and faiths, men are more religious than women, at least by some measures. For instance, among Muslims and Orthodox Jews, men are more likely than women to attend worship services at least weekly. To read the full report, visit