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                    April 2015 - Issue 10            

In this Issue
Current Projects and Recent Events
Upcoming Reports
Upcoming Events
Also of Note

Susan T. Fiske, Chair
Laura L. Carstensen
Jennifer S. Cole
Judy R. Dubno
Robert L. Goldstone
Daniel R. Ilgen
Nina G. Jablonski
James S. Jackson
Nancy G. Kanwisher
Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser
Bill Maurer
John Monahan
Steven E. Petersen
Dana M. Small
Timothy J. Strauman
Allan R. Wagner
Jeremy M. Wolfe

> Member bios
Barbara Wanchisen
Tenee Davenport
  Program Coordinator
Vanessa Lazar
  Research Associate

> Staff bios
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Educational Research
American Psychological Association
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
National Aeronautics and
  Space Administration
National Institutes of Health:
   National Institute on Aging &
   National Cancer Institute
National Science Foundation
The Teagle Foundation
U.S. Army Research Institute for the
  Behavioral and Social Sciences
U.S. Department of Health and
    Human Services:
    Office of the Assistant Secretary
       for Planning and Evaluation
     Substance Abuse and Mental
       Health Services Administration
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


Current Projects and Recent Events

Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms

This committee, which began its work in August 2014 recently held a workshop "Lessons Learned from Diverse Efforts to Change Social Norms." The committee's work is particularly timely in the light of recent media attention given to depression and mental health stigma in the wake of the recent Germanwings plane crash.

Media coverage of mental health issues was the focus of a presentation by committee member Rebecca Palpant Shimkets at the recent workshop. Along with her report on efforts to improve mental health journalism, the workshop featured engaging presentations on stigma-reduction strategies from HIV/AIDS, youth smoking, and epilepsy.  The archived webcast of the workshop can be viewed on the project's webpage.

The committee will hold a second workshop on Opportunities and Strategies to Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health on April 15 (see article below) and then will produce a report with recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sponsors: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

More Information  |  View Archived Webcast

BBCSS at the International Convention of Psychological Science

At the ICPS convention in Amsterdam in March, there was a session devoted to the topic of Team Science.  BBCSS chair Susan Fiske provided background on the National Academies and the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. Margaret Hilton, study director of the team science project, served with committee members James Jackson and Stephen Fiore discussing the committee's prior workshops and forthcoming report, which will be released later this month. 

Also at the convention, Barbara Wanchisen (BBCSS Director) and Margaret Hilton presented a poster showing the work of the board, highlighting some of the most popular reports over the years, such as How People Learn and The Polygraph and Lie Detection. Scientist and experts from several countries stopped by to learn about the board and the National Academy of Sciences generally.

More Information about the Team Science Project

Stephen Fiore presenting on Team Science project


Upcoming Reports

Release of 2 BBCSS Reports

Two highly anticipated reports will be released at the end of April and will be available from the National Academies Press:
  • Measuring Human Capabilities: An Agenda for Basic Research on the Assessment of Individual and Group Performance Potential for Military Accession will be available on April 20.
  • Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science will be available on April 24.
Both reports will be discussed at the upcoming annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in Philadelphia on April 24.

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Opportunities and Strategies to Promote Behavior Change in Behavioral Health

The Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms will host a 1-day workshop on April 15, 2015 to help the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) develop strategies to change social norms and attitudes related to mental health and substance use disorders. The workshop will explore promising strategies and opportunities for messaging to change attitudes and promote positive behavior change. The workshop will include presentations on and discussions of:
  • The successes and failures of international stigma-reduction efforts, with evidence from campaigns in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
  • How peer counselors and grassroots partnerships can help change social norms.
  • Cultural and structural influences on mental health stigma.
  • Critical evaluations of U.S. anti-stigma efforts.

More Information  |  Agenda  |  Register for the Workshop

Session at AERA Convention in Chicago:
How People Learn 2 - The Science and Practice of Learning

Thursday, April 16 (2:15-3:45 pm)
Hyatt West Tower - Gold Level, Regency D

This forum will offer a rare and important opportunity for community engagement prior to the launch of the new NRC study How People Learn II, which will update and extend the original report How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (2000) by critically reviewing research that has emerged in the past decade and a half on learning and learning contexts across the lifespan.

In this open forum symposium, commentators—including members of the NRC committee that produced the original report—will reflect on what has changed or become more apparent since the publication of HPL. Commentators will also look ahead by sharing their aspirations for the next generation of HPL and their ideas about what it should address. Members of the audience will be invited to join the discussion and share their comments.

More Information  |  AERA Annual Conference

BBCSS 2015 Board Meetings

The BBCSS Spring 2015 Board meeting will be held June 3-4, 2015.  

The BBCSS Fall 2015 Board meeting will be held on October 8-9, 2015.  

Both meetings will be held at the Academies' Keck Center in Washington, DC. Details about the meetings will be posted on our website as they become available.

More Information

Also of Note

Two Friends of BBCSS Retire

BBCSS would like to congratulate two friends of the board on their recent retirement! This past March, Mark Weiss, Division Director for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and Philip Rubin, former BBCSS chair and Principal Assistant Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy both left their respective positions. Mark and Phil were sent off with fond memories, warm wishes, and laughter. BBCSS thanks them both greatly for their many years of contributions to the behavioral sciences and wishes them luck in all their future endeavors!

Mark Weiss and Fay Cook, Assistant Director for
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at NSF

Phil Rubin (far right) and colleagues, at his retirement party
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