National Academies – Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

What’s New in DBASSE




The new resources in this section focus on how we can make a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society—from STEMM organizations, to human health and well-being, and in the broader scientific enterprise. 


Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations


This new resource is based on a report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences that outlines actions that top leaders and gatekeepers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) organizations, such as presidents and chief executive officers, can take to foster a culture and climate of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion that is genuinely accessible and supportive to all. The resource also examines the backdrop of systemic racism in the United States that has harmed and continues to harm people from minoritized groups, which is critical for understanding the unequal representation in STEMM. EXPLORE


Structural Racism and Rigorous Models of Social Inequity


To better understand and address structural racism, it is important to consider historical and contemporary policies as well as other structural factors that affect people’s health and well-being across the life course, along with strategies for measuring those factors. This new resource from the Committee on Population offers key takeaways from the May 2022 workshop for developing an agenda for future research on structural racism and strengthening the evidence base for policies that would help alleviate health inequities. EXPLORE


Where Science and Society Meet


Listen to Dr. Shirley Malcom give the 2022 Henry and Bryna David Lecture, as she tackles some of the big questions at the heart of science policy. How should science meet societal needs? How can science help solve wicked problems? How can we make science more equitable and inclusive? LISTEN TO PODCAST

This podcast is available from The Ongoing Transformation, a podcast series published by Issues in Science and Technology.


About one-third of the food Americans buy is wasted, hurting the climate and consumers’ wallets

Food waste is a concern for climate change, as the greenhouse gases produced to grow, process, distribute, transporting, retail, and cook food are wasted, as well as the methane generated by food waste in landfills. The rising cost of food makes this an even greater concern for consumers. Brian Roe, a member of the authoring committee for A National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste at the Consumer Level, writes about these concerns in this new article from The Conversation, while also discussing the difficulty of finding clear solutions.

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“The More Inclusion We Have in Science, the Better Outcomes We’ll Get.”

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson spent five decades in public service, during which she ushered through landmark science and technology legislation and helped to advance opportunities for all Americans. This new article from Issues in Science and Technology looks back on the legacy she leaves behind and her role in initiating National Academies’ projects on anti-racism in STEM, such as the proceedings of a workshop–in brief Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations and the consensus study report Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations: Beyond Broadening Participation.

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Biden-Harris Administration Releases First-Ever Federal Evidence Agenda on LGBTQI+ Equity

On January 24, the Biden-Harris administration released the first-ever Federal Evidence Agenda on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Equity. The agenda lays out a roadmap for federal agencies to expand the collection of data on LGBTQI+ populations and cites our 2022 Committee on National Statistics report, Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation.

Gary Gates, a committee member on our 2020 Committee on Population report Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations, provided comments on the White House announcement in an article from the Bay Area Reporter.

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Read the Bay Area Reporter Article


New Resources


Understanding the Aging Workforce

This new resource is based on a report from the Committee on Population that offers a multidisciplinary framework for conceptualizing pathways between work and nonwork at older ages, and it outlines a research agenda that highlights the need for a better understanding of the relationship between employers and older employees; how work and resource inequalities in later adulthood shape opportunities in later life; and the interface between work, health, and caregiving. EXPLORE


Reducing Racial Inequality in Crime and Justice: Science, Practice, and Policy

This new resource is based on a report from the Committee on Law and Justice that synthesizes the evidence on community-based solutions, noncriminal policy interventions, and criminal justice reforms, charting a path toward the reduction of racial inequalities by minimizing harm in ways that also improve community safety. EXPLORE



ICYMI: New Event Videos

Building Safer Communities

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Webinar 1 – Community-based Approaches to Building Safety

Webinar 2 – Exploring Effective Strategies for Reducing and Preventing Gun Violence

A New Vision for High-Quality Pre-K Curriculum

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Mapping STEM Opportunity: A Dissemination Workshop of the Call to Action for Science Education

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Committee on Understanding and Addressing Misinformation about Science: Meeting #1

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Managed Retreat in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region: Perspectives and Approaches to Property Acquisitions: Challenges and Lessons Learned

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Considerations for Returning Individual Genomic Results from Population-Based Surveys: Focus on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

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Employment Opportunities in DBASSE


Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Executive Assistant

Committee on National Statistics
Senior Program Assistant

Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN)
Senior Program Officer

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