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Members Announced for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

November 6, 2019

Late last month, President Trump issued an executive order that brought new life to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), an advisory committee to advise the president on topics concerning science, technology, and innovation. Variations of this board date back to 1933 with former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Science Advisory Board, but it officially became PCAST during President George H. W. Bush’s administration in 1990.  The

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Sudip Parikh to head AAAS

November 6, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has announced that Sudip Parikh will serve as the next chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. AAAS aims to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The organization has extensive programs in policy analysis, diversifying the science and technology workforce, public engagement, science education, and

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DBASSE Advisory Committee Meets and Social Psychologist Gives the Henry and Bryna David Lecture

October 23, 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Division of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) Advisory Committee met for their fall meeting on October 10. The open session began with an update from Russ Shilling, Chief Scientific Officer, American Psychological Association, on “Psychology, Technology and Society”. Dr. Shilling was followed by a panel of representatives from federal agencies speaking on the challenges and opportunities for social and behavioral

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NAS Hosts Convenings on the Importance of Replication and Reproducibility in Science and Behavioral Science in the Intelligence Community

October 9, 2019

On September 24, the National Academies of Science brought together leaders of federal science agencies, researchers, and representatives from scientific societies and foundations for the Reproducibility and Replicability in Science: Next Steps Symposium. 

The report and convening are a response to a request from Congress to assess current reproducibility and replicability across fields of science, offer recommendations for improving rigor and transparency in

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