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Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning

August 9-10, 2017
Keck Center, Room 208
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Citizen Science 2Join the Board on Science Education for a public meeting of the Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning. The Committee is tasked with writing a consensus report that identifies promising practices for developing science learning through participation in citizen science, and lays out a research agenda that clarifies our understanding of how citizen science can support science learning and enhance science education. This public meeting will convene experts on how to design and implement participants’ experiences with citizen science in order to achieve diverse learning outcomes, as well as how learning in citizen science is assessed and evaluated.

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Future Directions for the Demography of Aging

Future Directions Demography of AgingAugust 17-18, 2017
National Academy of Sciences
Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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20th Anniversary of BBCSS

BrooksGilbertBBCSS will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017.  The symposium will take place on October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC and will feature David Brooks, New York Times and Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University.

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The Value of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences to National Priorities: A Report for the National Science Foundation

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Members of the committee presented key findings followed by Q&A with the audience.  A panel of experts offered brief commentary and engaged in a roundtable discussion with committee members about the report recommendations, followed by general audience discussion. The archived webcast is now available.

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Design, Selection, and Implementation of Instructional Materials for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

June 27-28, 2017

This 2-day workshop focused on developing instructional materials that reflect the principles of  A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.  The workshop explored ideas for designing and selecting instructional materials, discuss models for professional learning linked to implementing high-quality instructional materials, and establish shared principles for development, selection, and implementation of instructional materials. The archived webcast of this event is now available.

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From Research to Reward: The Series

Scientific research is vital.  It can bring remarkable results that save and improve lives.  "From Research to Reward," a new series of articles and videos from the National Academy of Sciences, focuses on concrete examples from the social and behavioral sciences that show why scientific research is valuable.

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Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Sixth Edition

P&P 6This is the latest update to the Committee on National Statistics' (CNSTAT) flagship publication, Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency ("P&P"), which was first issued in 1992. Its purpose is to educate the executive and legislative branches of government on the important public good provided by strong federal statistical agencies. The sixth edition presents and comments on the document's core principles as they’ve been impacted by changes in laws, regulations, and other aspects of the environment of federal statistical agencies over the past four years. 

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Advancing Concepts and Models for Measuring Innovation:

Proceedings of a Workshop

Advancing Innovation Report CoverThese proceedings summarize a CNSTAT workshop held in May 2016 that brought together academic researchers, private and public sector experts, and representatives from public policy agencies to develop strategies for modernizing innovation information systems, with the goal of assisting NSF in updating its innovation metrics to maximize the relevance and utility of its data collection programs.

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Lessons Learned from Diverse Efforts to Change Social Norms and Opportunities and Strategies to Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health

Behavioral health imageThis proceedings from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Science summarizes presentations and discussions at two workshops convened in 2015 and provided input to the committee’s deliberations and contributed to the development of the report Ending Discrimination against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders.

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Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement

TruckingThis report assesses whether the methodology used within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) program to identify high-risk carriers is accurate and concludes that FMCSA should move toward a more scientific approach to measurement. The report also recommends that FMCSA collaborate more with states to improve the collection of data to better understand the safety prioritization of carriers and factors that contribute to crashes.

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The Value of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences to National Priorities: A Report for the National Science Foundation

This report highlights the social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences contributions to the missions of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the federal government and to society through research applied to business and industry and enhancing the U.S. economy.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: Proceedings of a Summit (2017)

SBS Decadal Summit Proceedings Book CoverIn order to understand how knowledge from science can be directed and applied to help the intelligence community fulfill its critical responsibilities, BBCSS has launched a 2-year survey of the social and behavioral sciences. To kick-off this project, a summit designed to highlight cutting-edge research and identify future directions for research was held in October 2016. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the summit.

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Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom

Seeing Students Learn Science Report CoverThis new report highlights ways to improve understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment. It is meant to help educators improve their understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment.

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