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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Of Interest

The Harmful Consequences of Separating Families

ChildThe presidents of NAS, NAE, and NAM have issued a statement urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to immediately stop separating migrant children from their families. Reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine contain an extensive body of evidence on the factors that affect the welfare of children – evidence that points to the danger of current immigration enforcement actions that separate children from their parents. In addition, the Committee on Human Rights of the Academies, which has a long history of addressing issues at the intersection of human rights, science, and health, stresses that the practice of separating parents from their children at the border is inconsistent with U.S. obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

2019 Mirzayan Fellowship Program

NAS BuildingThe Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Applications for the 2019 session of the Mirzayan Fellowship Program are now available. The deadline to submit the application and all supporting materials is
September 7, 2018. The 2019 session will begin  January 22 and conclude on April 12, and the Fellowship stipend will be $9,000.

DBASSE is looking to host fellows in the Board on Children, Youth, and Families; the Board on Environmental Change and Society; and the Committee on Law and Justice.

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Recent Publications

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Future Directions for the Demography of Aging

Demography of Aging LThis publication features papers, originally presented and discussed at a workshop held in August 2017, on new advances in the demography of aging and new trends and research directions that call for innovative conceptual, design, and measurement approaches.

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The Human Factors of Process Safety and Worker Empowerment in the Offshore Oil Industry

Offshore Oil LThis publication from the Board on Human-Systems Integration summarizes a workshop held in January 2018 that convened experts in offshore oil and gas drilling, safety procedures, and government regulation to discuss ways to prevent accidents in the offshore oil industry by applying understanding of the human factors involved in process safety and worker empowerment to reduce and mitigate hazards.

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Human-Automation Interaction Considerations for Unmanned Aerial System Integration into the National Airspace System

UAS coverLThis publication from the Board on Human-Systems Integration and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board summarizes a workshop held in January 2018 to advance the understanding of the human factors/human-systems integration issues associated with the full integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace System.

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