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Second Meeting of the Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research

June 14, 2018

The second public meeting of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research will be held June 14, 2018 at the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC (Room 120). The study, sponsored by USDA’s Economic Research Service as part of their Consumer Food Data System (CFDS) Program, is being conducted by the NASEM’s Committee on National Statistics. Marianne Bitler, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis, is serving as Chair.


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Of Interest

In Memoriam: Lawrence D. Brown, 1940-2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former CNSTAT chair and member Lawrence D. Brown, who passed away February 21, 2018. We are grateful for his many years of service to the Academies and CNSTAT, which included serving as chair or member of the CNSTAT panels that produced The 2000 Census: Counting Under Adversity, Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census, Envisioning the 2020 Census, and Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy. His most recent service was as CNSTAT’s 9th chair, ably leading the committee from July 2010 to June 2017. Read more about his work with the Academies and see his obituary in our February newsletter.  

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Recent Publications

Proceedings of a Workshop
Improving Health Research on Small Populations

Small Population HealthThis publication from the Committee on National Statistics summarizes a workshop in January 2018 that considered ways of addressing the challenges of conducting epidemiological studies or intervention research with small population groups, including alternative study designs, innovative methodologies for data collection, and innovative statistical techniques for analysis.

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Reengineering the Census Bureau's Annual Economic Surveys

Census ReportThis report from the Committee on National Statistics reviews the Census Bureau’s annual economic surveys. Specifically, it examines the design, operations, and products of 11 surveys and makes recommendations to enable them to better answer questions about the evolving economy.

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Modernizing Crime Statistics: Report 2
New Systems for Measuring Crime

Crime Stats Report 2This report from the Committee on National Statistics presents a conceptual blueprint for modernizing crime statistics and examines methodological and implementation issues. Report 1 released in 2016 provides a comprehensive reassessment of what is meant by crime in the U.S. crime statistics and recommends a new classification of crime to organize measurement efforts.

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