COSSA Washington Update:
Mumpower New SES Division Director
Myron Gutmann, the current AD for SBE, updated the Committee on the directorate’s activities. He announced the appointment of Jeryl Mumpower, currently at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, as the new director of the Social and Economic Sciences (SES) division. Mumpower, a former program officer for Decision, Risk, and Management Science, will replace Rachel Croson, who will return to the University of Texas at Dallas in September after two years at NSF. Mumpower previously taught and served in administrative positions at Albany University, State University of New York. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in social and quantitative psychology.
Data and Survey Issues
Jon Krosnick of Stanford University and the chair of the AC’s Subcommittee on Data and Surveys reported that his group was exploring the results from the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics’ panel on the Future of Social Science Data Collection, chaired by Roger Tourangeau of the University of Maryland and former COSSA Executive Committee member. Krosnick and his colleagues are also investigating how the SBE’s three big surveys – the Panel Study on Income Dynamics, the American National Election Studies, and the General Social Survey – could possibly combine some of their activities to achieve economies of scale and free up funds for new data collections.
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