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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Assessing the Minerva Research Initiative and the Contribution of Social Science to Addressing Security Concerns
 The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) is pleased to announce a new project funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the Minerva Research Initiative (MRI). The MRI is a DoD-sponsored, university-based social science research program that encourages basic social science research to improve DoD’s understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape the world. The committee will be tasked to address: (1) quality and impact of the program, (2) processes and procedures that may affect the success of the program, and (3) direction and vision based on the challenges of the world today. View the full statement of work.

Upcoming Events
April 12-13, 2018
Second committee meeting with a public session on April 12

July 19-20, 2018
Third committee meeting with a  public session on July 19
More information forthcoming

Past Events
January 16-17, 2018
First committee meeting with a public session on January 16

Committee Members

Committee Member Biosketches

ALLEN L. SCHIRM, (Chair), Mathematica Policy Research (retired)
BURT S. BARNOW, George Washington University
SUSAN E. COZZENS, Georgia Institute of Technology
KAREN S. COOK, Stanford University
BARBARA ENTWISLE, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
IVY ESTABROOKE, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative
PAUL A. GADE, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral
   and Social Sciences (retired)
ROBERT M. HAUSER, American Philosophical Society
STEVEN HEERINGA, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
DANIEL R. ILGEN, Michigan State University
VIRGINIA LESSER, Oregon State University
ARTHUR LUPIA, University of Michigan
KATHRYN E. NEWCOMER, George Washington University
MARK L. WEISS, National Science Foundation (retired)

Staff Information

Krisztina Marton
Study Director

Jeanne Rivard
Senior Program Officer

Anthony Mann
Program Associate


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