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Advocacy Day Spotlight: Join the Next Informational Webinar

Did you miss our first Advocacy Day Informational Webinar? Is this your first Social Science Advocacy Day? Do you have questions or are you curious about what to expect from the event? Join us for our second informational webinar! We will be hosting another session to provide an overview of Advocacy Day, how to register, answer any questions, and more. This webinar will share the same information, so if you attended the first there is no need to attend the second. This is the final informational webinar we will be hosting for Social Science Advocacy Day.   The second session will…

Dr. Monica N. Feit from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Answers “Why Social Science?”

The recent Why Social Science? post comes from Dr. Monica N. Feit from the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) who writes about how social science can provide valuable expertise to help inform better health research.  Read on for more.

Advocacy Day Spotlight: Join an Informational Webinar

Is this your first Social Science Advocacy Day? Do you have questions or are you curious about what to expect from the event? Join us for one of our informational webinars! We will be hosting two sessions to provide an overview of Advocacy Day, how to register, answer any questions, and more. Both webinars will share the same information, so you will only need to attend one. The first session will take place on January 25, 2024 at 10am EST and the second session will be on February 13, 2024 at 3pm EST. Contact Elyse Bailey at ebailey@cossa.org with any additional questions.

Advocacy Day Spotlight: Join an Informational Webinar

Curious about 2024 Social Science Advocacy Day? Do you have questions or want to know more about what to expect? Join us for one of our informational webinars! We will be hosting two sessions: January 25, 2024 at 10am EST and February 13, 2024 at 3pm EST. The sessions will provide an overview of Advocacy Day, how to register, answer any questions, and more!

Advocacy Day Spotlight: Early Bird Registration is OPEN!

Early bird registration for COSSA’s tenth annual Social Science Advocacy Day is officially OPEN! The event will be taking place April 8-9, 2024 in Washington, DC. Register here. Don’t miss this opportunity to have an impact on funding and policy important to the social science community. “I will come back every year if my university allows,” said a past Social Science Advocacy Day participant. “It’s one of the highlights of my academic career. Makes me think differently about my work and want to get into politics.” Social Science Advocacy Day is open to anyone affiliated with a COSSA member organization or university. Not a member?…

Dr. Rayvon Fouché from Northwestern University Answers “Why Social Science?”

The recent Why Social Science? post comes from Dr. Rayvon Fouché from Northwestern University who writes about how social science can provide valuable history, context, and interpretive perspectives to help inform our societies moving forward. Read on for more.

Editor’s Note: Update Returning on January 9

This is our final issue of the COSSA Washington Update for 2023. Late-breaking news and analysis will be shared with members subscribed to our members-only emails. We will resume our ongoing coverage of policy developments affecting the social and behavioral sciences on January 9. The COSSA team wishes all our readers a happy and healthy holiday season. 

Advocacy Day Spotlight: Early Bird Registration Coming Soon

Early bird registration for COSSA’s tenth annual Social Science Advocacy Day will be opening soon! The event will be taking place April 8-9, 2024 in Washington, DC. Be sure to save the date, share with your colleagues, and keep an eye on your inbox for the latest details. If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor of Social Science Advocacy Day, learn more here. Visit the COSSA website for the latest information on Social Science Advocacy Day.

NEW ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Reject Cuts to Science Funding in FY 2024!

The U.S. House of Representatives is voting this week on fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations bills that fund social and behavioral science research. The bills in the House propose massive cuts to discretionary spending, including for research. Write to your members of Congress TODAY and urge them to reject these proposals.  For more details, follow COSSA’s FY 2024 coverage here. Visit COSSA’s TAKE ACTION page to send a quick message to your Senators and Representatives and tell them why they must reject cuts to science funding in FY 2024.

SAVE THE DATE: COSSA’s 2024 Social Science Advocacy Day is April 8-9

COSSA’s tenth annual Social Science Advocacy Day will be taking place on April 8-9, 2024 in Washington, DC! Our signature, members-only event will bring together social and behavioral science researchers, faculty, students, association professionals, and other advocates from across the country to meet with their elected officials in Congress to discuss the value of our sciences and the importance of federal funding. Stay tuned for additional details, early bird registration will be opening in a few weeks! Until then, save the date and share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues. We hope to see you in Washington, DC in April 2024!

COSSA Releases 2022 Annual Report

COSSA’s 2022 Annual Report is now available. Check it out to learn more about COSSA’s activities and successes over the past year. Find out how your organization can become a member of COSSA on our website.

Find Us on Instagram!

You can now find COSSA on Instagram! Be sure to follow us here to stay informed on all things related to social science in federal policymaking. Find our other social media profiles on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Dr. Mark Chan and Dr. Dennis P. Stolle from APA Answer “Why Social Science?”

This month’s Why Social Science? post comes from Dr. Mark Chan and Dr. Dennis P. Stolle from the American Psychological Association who write about the importance of a psychologically healthy workplace.  Read on for more.

Researchers from York St John University Answer “Why Social Science?”

The most recent Why Social Science? post comes from The Conversation, where Dr. Clare Cunningham, Dr. Catherine Heinemeyer, and Dr. Jude Parks write about how social and behavioral science can help students find their place in fighting climate change. Read on for more.

NEW ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Support the Highest Possible Funding Levels for Social Science!

Congressional appropriators are currently considering fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations bills that would decimate funding for federal science and statistical agencies. It is critical that we raise our voices in support of robust investment in social and behavioral science research. In response, COSSA has issued an action alert urging members to write to their Members of Congress to urge their support for social science research funding in FY 2024! Visit COSSA’s TAKE ACTION page to send a quick message to your Senators and Representatives and tell them why they must support the highest possible funding levels for federal science and statistical agencies…

Save the Date! Social Science Advocacy Day is April 8-9

We are excited to invite social science advocates to COSSA’s tenth annual Social Science Advocacy Day on April 8-9, 2024! Our signature, members-only event will bring together social and behavioral science researchers, faculty, students, association professionals, and other advocates from across the country to meet with their elected officials in Congress to discuss the value of our sciences and the importance of federal funding. Stay tuned for additional details over the coming months, including how to register and available sponsorship opportunities. We hope to see you in Washington, DC in April 2024!

Dr. Amy Burke and Julia Milton from the NCSES Answer “Why Social Science?”

The most recent Why Social Science? post comes from Dr. Amy Burke and Julia Milton from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) who write about representation in the STEM workforce. Read on for more.

Shaping NSF’s TIP Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking public input into the development of a roadmap for the newly created Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP). The roadmap will guide the TIP Directorate’s activities and directions for the next three years, and COSSA needs your input to help ensure that insights from social and behavioral science research are included—if not prioritized—in efforts to shape the future of U.S. technology development and deployment. COSSA will be submitting comments to NSF on behalf of the research community before the deadline. We want to hear from you. Comments and ideas for the roadmap should be sent…

Social Science Advocates Answers “Why Social Science?”

The most recent Why Social Science? post comes from three participants from this year’s Social Science Advocacy Day who reflected upon their experiences and the importance of advocating for the social sciences. Read on for more.

Social Scientists Take to Capitol Hill for Social Science Advocacy Day

On April 24-25, COSSA held its annual Social Science Advocacy Day events in Washington, DC. Over 50 social and behavioral science researchers, students, and advocates from 11 different states descended on Capitol Hill to discuss with Congress the importance of funding for federal agencies and programs that support social and behavioral science research. This was COSSA’s first in-person Social Science Advocacy Day since 2019. Materials used to help articulate the value of social and behavioral science research are available on the COSSA website, including FY 2024 Appropriations Requests and new topical one-pagers. To participate in social science advocacy from home, visit…

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