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Review and Evaluation of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation Content and Design

An ad hoc committee will conduct an evaluation of the redesigned Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) of the U.S. Census Bureau. Begun in 1984, SIPP uniquely provides...

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Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next Decade of the American Community Survey
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to address priority technical issues for the American Community Survey (ACS) as the survey enters its next decade. The panel will consider how the Census Bureau...

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Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise
An ad hoc committee will develop a framework for generating and applying SBS research within the context of meteorology, weather forecasting, and weather preparedness and response....

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Priorities for Strengthening the Scientific Foundation for Policymaking to Meet the Challenges of Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean
A committee of international experts planned and conducted a public workshop on the process of rapid aging in the Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC). The workshop included presentations and...

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Analysis of FAA Staffing Models: A Meeting of Experts
In 2007, the National Research Council (NRC) report on Staffing Standards for Aviation Safety Inspectors was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response...

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Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies
Policymakers and the public are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of higher education, the challenge of retaining students to complete undergraduate degrees, and the employability...

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Assessing the Value of Research in Advancing National Goals
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Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms
The Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms will examine the evidence base for strategies to change social norms, beliefs, and attitudes related to mental...

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Defining and Measuring Character and Character Education: A Workshop
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a 2-day public workshop to:

  • identify the most commonly used definitions of character and character education;
  • delineate...

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Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration
An ad hoc committee consisting of the leading demographic, economic and fiscal experts in the United States will conduct a study and prepare a report on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration. ...

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Enhancing the Teacher Voice in Policy Making Related to Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education
Over the past 15 years, there has been a steady growth in efforts to introduce engineering teaching and learning at the K-12 level. A variety of curricular and professional development...

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Evaluation of National Assessment of Educational Progress Achievement Levels
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Determinants of Recent Trends in Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop to explore the determinants of the slow fertility transition in sub-Saharan Africa. The workshop will include presentations...

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Forum on Open Science
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One Year after Science's Grand Challenges in Education:
Professional Empowerment of STEM Teachers Through Education Policy and Decision Making

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Raising the Bar—The Health of Women in America
The Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health is sponsoring a workshop on women’s health issues that is jointly organized by the Committee...

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How People Learn II: The Science and Practice of Learning
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and prepare a report that will update and extend the influential NRC report How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (2000)...

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Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education
The quality of undergraduate education in the STEM fields is receiving increasing attention. There are a growing number of initiatives aimed at enhancing the STEM experiences of undergraduate...

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Learning Evolution through Human Examples
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Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U. S. Population
Phase II

This study builds on the report of the first study phase Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-term Implications...

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Measuring Human Capabilities: Performance Potential of Individuals and Collectives
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Methods for Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments: A Workshop
An ad hoc steering committee will organize a public workshop designed to inform the approaches to characterizing and communicating risk within the National Climate Assessment (NCA)....

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Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics

A panel of the National Research Council will assess and make recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States and the best means for...

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Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics
A panel of the National Research Council will assess and make recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States and the best means for obtaining them. For...

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Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next Decade of the American Community Survey
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to address priority technical issues for the American Community Survey (ACS) as the survey enters its next decade. The panel will consider how the Census Bureau...

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Updating the Classification of Determinants of
the Premature Causes of Death

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Proactive Policing - Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties in the United States
The term “proactive policing" encompasses the universe of policing strategies that are explicitly intended to prevent or reduce crime, as opposed to reacting to criminal...

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Public Access to Federally-Supported Research and Development Data and Publications: Two Planning Meetings

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA; Public Law 111-358), calls for coordination of Federal science agency research and policies related to the dissemination and long-term stewardship...

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Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to assess the state of knowledge about the relationship of such factors as hours of driving, hours on duty, and periods of rest to the fatigue experienced by truck...

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Review of the 2010 Census
An ad hoc panel of experts will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the statistical methods and operational procedures for the 2010 census.  The panel will address, in particular, methods and...

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Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The ability to meet most of society’s challenges requires an understanding of human behavior. From health to education to homeland security, advances in SBS have contributed...

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The Roundtable on Crime Trends
The Roundtable discussions will focus on crime trends, such as the crime decline of the past 20 years, explore its policy and operations implications and relevance for future prevention...

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Science Literacy and Public Perception of Science
An ad hoc committee will consider existing data about scientific and health literacy, research on the association of scientific literacy with public support of science, health literacy,...

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Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences: A Workshop
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a workshop on Service-Learning in the Undergraduate Geosciences. Service-learning is an instructional approach that combines community service...

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Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon
The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is an estimate, in dollars, of the long term damage caused by a one ton increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in a given year; or viewed another...

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STEM Learning is Everywhere: A Convocation
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Strengthening Forensic Science at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
This new study will review the progress made by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to advance forensic science research since the 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science...

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Strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate STEM Students
A committee of 14 experts from a wide range of fields will examine what is known about undergraduate STEM students’ participation in research experiences. The committee will...

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The Context of Military Environments: Social and Organizational Factors
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The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

The study will facilitate a more informed and fact-based discussion of the issues surrounding current immigration in the U.S. It will summarize what we know about how immigrants...

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The Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda
An ad-hoc multidisciplinary committee of experts will produce a consensus report that synthesizes what is known from research about effective science communication and describes a...

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The Science of Team Science

The NRC will conduct a consensus study on the science of team science to recommend opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative research in science teams, research centers, and institutes....

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Seminar: Using Simulation Environments to Study Cognitive and Behavioral Factors for Intervention Development
BOHSI will conduct an interactive 1.5 day seminar at the NIOSH Pittsburgh facility on using simulation environments to study cognitive and behavioral factors related to risk perception,...

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Workshop on Personnel Selection in Forensic Science:
Using Measurement to Hire Pattern Evidence Examiners

An ad-hoc steering committee, under the oversight of BOHSI, will plan and conduct a two-day workshop to better understand how the pattern evidence domain in the field of forensic...

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Workshop on Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Conceptual and Design Issues

An ad hoc steering committee will organize a public workshop on issues involved in measuring research and development (R&D) expenditures and related topics, such as employment...

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