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  • Hearing for Census Nominee Kincannon . . . . Acting Director to Depart . . . . On March 5, Acting Census Director Bill Barron announced his retirement effective this summer. Barron, with 34 years of federal service, has accepted a one-year appointment at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This announcement comes within days after the February 28th hearing for nominee Louis Kincannon to become Director of the Census. At the confirmation hearing, Kincannon was warmly introduced by Senator George Allen (R-VA) and Representative Tom Sawyer (D-OH).

  • Oakley to be Interim ACLS President . . . . Francis Oakley, former Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), will serve as Interim President while a search commences for a new President after the untimely death in January of John D'Arms. In addition to Oakley's service as Chair from 1993 to 1997, he is President Emeritus of Williams College and current Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas at Williams. Broadly conversant with the range of societies that constitute ACLS and its unique character, Oakley brings talent and leadership depth during this transitional time.

  • Zerhouni Gets Nod to Direct NIH . . . . As Footnotes goes to bed, reports are that President Bush plans to nominate Elias Zerhouni, Executive Vice Dean and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Absent a director for over two years, Zerhouni meets, according to reports, the administration's goal of identifying a respected scientist who can live within Bush's constraints on controversial research involving cloning and embryonic stem cells. While Anthony S. Faucci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had emerged as a leading candidate, reports are that he was deemed “insufficiently pro-life.”

  • Higher Education Considers USA-Patriot Act . . . . College and university administrators are examining whether the USA-Patriot Act-passed in the wake of September 11-may lead to disclosure of information about students without their permission. The Chronicle of Higher Education has accessible coverage of the issue at, including a summary article, key provisions of the Patriot Act, and transcript of a Colloquy discussion with Tracy Mitrano, co-director of the Computer Policy and Law Program and policy adviser in the Office of Information Technologies at Cornell University. Cornell has taken the lead in adopting specific procedures on complying with the Patriot Act (see

  • New Report on Newborns Out . . . . The Right Start for America's Newborns: A Decade of City and State Trends (1990-1999) is now available online. This special report from Child Trends and KIDS COUNT presents a full decade of data on eight measures of healthy births for each state and the nation's 50 largest cities. This online report enables viewers to create custom reports such as state and city profiles, graphs of key trends over time, and ranking tables for cities and states. The report is at