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Citizenship Question and the 2020 Census

2020censusControversy surrounding the 2020 Census continues to dominate the news.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) weighed in on this important matter in August 2018 stating that adding a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census is inconsistent with the "proper performance of the functions" of the Census Bureau.

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The Future of Undergraduate STEM Education

September 12-13, 2019
National Academies' Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

STEM EducationThe workshop will bring together stakeholders with many perspectives on the future of undergraduate STEM education. The first day will focus on how we value and evaluate teaching as well as strategies for spreading evidence-based instruction to students of all backgrounds and goals. The second day will consider the impact of globalization and technological change on undergraduate STEM learning.

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Public Seminar
Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

September 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
National Academies of Sciences Building
Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

RR-SymposiumIn May 2019, the National Academies Committee on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science released its final report which provided guidance on definitions and actions that should be taken to address a set of wide-ranging concerns related to the lack of reproducibility and replicability in scientific results. This symposium will explore some of the main topics of the report and next steps towards improving research and how different audiences can gain confidence in scientific results.

Four topics will be explored through moderated discussions with panelists and the audience:

  • Actions and Responsibilities of Agencies and Scientific Leaders to Promote Confidence in Scientific Results

  • Replicability: What It Means to Replicate a Study

  • Reproducibility: Bridging the Gap between Funders and Providers of Needed Services for Computational Reproducibility

  • Moving Forward on Improving Science: Advice from Recent Academies Reports.

The symposium will also be webcast live.

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Report Launch
SBS Decadal Survey

September 30, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

SBS Decadal coverLKeck Center of the National Academies
Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Join members of the decadal survey committee and representatives from the federal government and research organizations to discuss findings and recommendations from the report as well as next steps to make progress in SBS research and collaboration between research communities and the intelligence community.
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2019 Henry and Bryna Lecture
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

October 10, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Keck Center of the National Academies
Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

JenniferEberhardt3A social psychologist at Stanford University, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide ranging array of methods—from laboratory studies to novel field experiments—Dr. Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society, and in particular shape actions and outcomes within the domain of criminal justice.

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Recent Publications

Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society

MIlitary FamiliesThis new Consensus Study Report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families finds that the U.S. Department of Defense and military branches have many programs and policies to support the well-being of military families, but they need to employ a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to match the needs of individual families to available programs.

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Proceedings of a Workshop-in-Brief
Applying Lessons of Optimal Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth: Public Information-Gathering Session

Optimal Health WiBThis publication from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families summarizes a workshop held in April 2019 as part of an information-gathering effort by the Committee on Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth. The study is working to identify key components of youth-serving programs that proved successful in improving health outcomes related to adolescent behavior.

The workshop consisted of five panels: health education decision making in public education systems; effective measurement and evaluation of adolescent behaviors and behavioral interventions; effective elements of programs focused on adolescent behavior; evaluations of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and sexual education programs; and a discussion with youth. The final report from the committee is expected in late 2019.

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Monitoring Educational Equity

Monitoring Educational Equity ImageThis consensus study report from the Board on Testing and Assessment and the Committee on National Statistics calls for a centralized, consistently reported system of indicators of educational equity to shed light on disparities in the U.S. education system.

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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

Adolescent Development coverThis consensus study report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides recommendations for addressing inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents.

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A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis

SBS Decadal coverLReleased in March 2019, this Consensus Study Report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences recommends that the intelligence community (IC) make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade.

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Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center

Science InvestigationsLReleased in November 2018, this report from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize a new vision of teaching and learning in the classroom.

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