Sociologist Alondra Nelson Leaving No. 2 Post at OSTP

Sociologist Alondra Nelson, deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the most senior adviser on social science in the Biden administration, will resign her post effective February 10.

4 months ago
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NSF Announces Analytics for Equity Initiative

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the Analytics for Equity Initiative for social, economic and behavioral sciences research which examines equity-related topics for public benefit via federal data and scientific advances.

6 months ago
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White House Memo Details Progress on SBS Development

In a memo released this month by the White House, updates on the National Science and Technology Council’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council were released, including a plan to advance evidence-based policymaking by next year.

8 months ago
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Alondra Nelson Tabbed to Serve as Acting Head of OSTP

On Wednesday, President Joseph Biden handed sociologist Alondra Nelson interim leadership of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Nelson currently serves as OSTP’s deputy director for science and society

1 year ago
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Biden Makes Quick Moves to Get Social Science In Administration

In the lead-up and first days of his administration, the new U.S. president has made – or been presented – several moves that support social and behavioral science, including creating the nation’s highest ever advisory position with a specifically social science portfolio.

2 years ago
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Washington and Social Science: Shutdown and OSTP Appointment

The House and Senate failed to enact appropriations legislation to fund several federal departments and agencies, and, as a result, the federal government experienced a partial government shutdown effective December 22. But there has been some action – the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Steven Dillingham as director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

4 years ago