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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Climate Center and the U S Department of Energy SunShot program highlighted the potential of using behavior strategies to increase participation in clean energy programs and improve overall program effectiveness The conference will also identify priority areas for future applied research on how consumers make energy related decisions The workshop was developed in response to previous studies that have found a lack of communication between policy makers and behavioral researchers including the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences report Beyond Technology Strengthening Energy Policy through Social Science For example existing behavioral research is not published in language that is easily understood by the energy policy community in part because the existing literature is not written for policy makers and clean energy program designers This conference provided a platform for the energy policy and social science communities to share the results of new research that has been applied to clean energy and energy efficiency programs said Maxine Savitz a Fellow of the American Academy and co chair of its Alternative Energy Future initiative Many worthwhile energy projects are already underway in both state and federal agencies but there are clear opportunities to make them even more effective both in terms of costs and results by applying insights from the behavioral sciences John B Rhodes President and CEO of NYSERDA said NYSERDA expects this workshop to build a bridge between the experts in the decision sciences and clean energy program leaders We know that the dialogue started at this conference will lead to new partnerships innovative program improvements and sustainable environmental benefits as New York State under the leadership of Governor Cuomo transforms state energy systems increases customer choice and animates clean energy markets Participants were drawn from existing programs that are applying the available knowledge of human behavior and decision making to the development and deployment of new behavioral approaches These programs include several projects funded by the NYSERDA Behavior Research Program and the federal government with the goal of working with utilities and consumers to reduce energy consumption The group was welcomed by Richard Ottinger Founder Pace Energy and Climate Center Dean Emeritus Pace University Law School former Congressman D NY Former New York Times reporter and acclaimed environment writer Andy Revkin gave the keynote address at a dinner session on June 18th Panelists kicked off the workshop by presenting results from successful clean energy programs that have used behavioral strategies to influence consumers energy behavior and evaluated the new approaches with rigorous statistical protocols Participants were tasked with resolving barriers to greater program success and brainstorming behavioral interventions for existing clean energy programs A parallel research track was charged with exploring the applied value of social science and the steps needed to use it most effectively in influencing energy decision making as well as describing how the research could be presented in such a way to program managers and policy makers to be meaningful and compelling The conference proceedings will be published in nontechnical language in order to

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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    constantly updated data are now more easily found retrieved and explained the rigor and transparency of the data are preserved The State of the Humanities Funding 2014 draws on some of the most recent Indicators to show the array of funding sources large and small that underwrite the humanities and reveal federal state and private support to the humanities is still recovering from the recession The Data Forum will link to first forum invites experts to contribute context perspective and critiques for new data that generated by the Indicators as well as by other American Academy projects In the opening forum experts assess new findings on foundation funding to the humanities In the year since the release of The Heart of the Matter the American Academy s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has been involved in events across the country with colleges and universities local and state humanities councils libraries and historical societies all aimed at promoting the value of the humanities and social sciences Consistent at each venue were requests for more readily accessible data If we want this national conversation to continue and be productive reliable recent data are needed by journalists scholars opinion leaders and lawmakers said Don Randel Chairman of the American Academy of Arts Sciences Board of Directors People can now find what they need on the website in this latest funding report and in ongoing discussions through the Data Forum Over the past five years the Humanities Indicators Project has helped to change the conversation about the humanities disciplines from one based in anecdote to one based in data and fact said Don Randel Chairman of the American Academy of Arts Sciences Board of Directors This change has been immensely helpful to scholars and policymakers The new website publication and online forum

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    host conferences addressing topics such as promoting opportunity through education and why a coordinated approach to humanities social sciences matters There will also be a roundtable discussion about language education held in partnership with The Guardian This year the British Academy released Prospering Wisely a multimedia publication and series of events aimed at kick starting a national conversation about the place of humanities and social science research in British society Just under a year ago the American Academy released The Heart of the Matter a report and companion film examining the need for humanities and social sciences in a vibrant economically competitive and secure nation The reports garnered widespread attention and inspired international debate These events will provide the opportunity for leading academics from both academies to further explore how the humanities and social sciences can inform conversations on globally important issues and influence the development of policies to address them Lord Stern of Brentford President of the British Academy said The major problems that we currently face require attention from both the physical sciences and from the social sciences and humanities Each are vital drivers of human progress As these events will demonstrate the humanities and social sciences provide rigorous scrutiny and insight They allow the ideas and long term thinking which profoundly influence our social welfare and the culture that lies at the heart of our well being They help us understand identity community collaboration and conflict In a modern economy driven by knowledge and innovation the humanities and social sciences determine our place and reputation in the world Don Randel Chairman of the Board of the American Academy of Arts Sciences said Independently our academies have been working to inspire greater support for the humanities and social sciences as disciplines vital to our respective nations This joint conference gives us an opportunity to explore these topics together and for the first time to speak with a unified voice about the importance of humanistic pursuits to a well functioning society Leading the delegation from the American Academy are Hunter R Rawlings III President of the Association of American Universities Diane P Wood Chief Justice of the U S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Pauline Yu President of the American Council of Learned Societies They will be joined by a series of leading figures from the UK including Professor Jonathan Bate Vice President Humanities British Academy Baroness Tessa Blackstone Chair of the British Library Professor Nigel Thrift Fellow of the British Academy and Vice Chancellor at the University of Warwick Through the attention given to Prospering Wisely The Heart of the Matter and these joint British Academy and American Academy of Arts and Sciences events both academies aim to help policy makers understand the vital role that all research disciplines have to play in informing the general public and those making important policy decisions For further information interview requests or to attend any of the events please contact The American Academy Felicia Knight 1 207 831

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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    that lead managers to underestimate the danger posed by insiders of the facilities that they oversee This study aims to help nuclear security operators learn from the mistakes of others in protecting against nuclear threats drawing on episodes involving intelligence agencies the professional military bodyguards for political leaders banking and financial institutions and the gambling industry among others Cases of insiders turned saboteurs examined in A Worst Practices Guide to Insider Threats include the assassination of Indian President Indira Gandhi by the hand of her two Sikh bodyguards the organizational failures that led to the first Ford Hood shooting by U S Army Major Nidal Hasan and the case of Robert Hansen who was later found responsible for fifteen counts of espionage while serving within the FBI The authors provide a list of concrete not to do actions but the main message is clear when it comes to protecting organizations from insider threats do not assume This paper published as part of the American Academy s Global Nuclear Future GNF Initiative is available online at https www amacad org insiderthreats Members of the Academy s GNF Initiative are working with policy makers in the United States Middle East and Asia to advance effective policies and procedures to ensure that the spread of nuclear power does not aggravate but rather reduces concerns over international safety security and nonproliferation Because the Academy is not identified with a particular stance on nuclear questions yet has a fifty year old tradition of work on arms control it offers a neutral forum for discussing these issues Matthew Bunn is Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School His research interests include nuclear theft and terrorism nuclear proliferation and measures to control it the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle and innovation in energy technologies Before coming to Harvard he served as an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a study director at the National Academy of Sciences and as Editor of Arms Control Today Scott D Sagan is the Caroline S G Munro Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Cochair of the Academy s Global Nuclear Future Initiative He is the author of The Limits of Safety Organizations Accidents and Nuclear Weapons 1993 and The Spread of Nuclear Weapons An Enduring Debate with Kenneth Waltz 2012 among other works Recent Academy Publications from the Global Nuclear Future Initiative include Nuclear Collisions Discord Reform the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime Steven E Miller Wael Al Assad Jayantha Dhanapala C Raja Mohan and Ta Minh Tuan American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 The Back End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle An Innovative Storage Concept Robert Rosner Stephen M Goldberg and James P Malone American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2012 Game Changers for Nuclear Energy Kate Marvel and Michael May American Academy of Arts and

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    delaying or selectively administering immunizations or choosing not to vaccinate their children at all A new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes clear that reversing this trend requires dedicated research on how vaccine decisions are made and the best ways to communicate factual information to vaccine hesitant parents The report Public Trust in Vaccines Defining a Research Agenda was announced today in Science magazine by study chairs Barry Bloom Harvard School of Public Health Edgar Marcuse University of Washington and Seth Mnookin Massachusetts Institute of Technology After addressing the dangers of not vaccinating children it explains why it is crucial to understand the reasons that parents are ignoring the scientific evidence on the value of immunization and emphasizes the importance of research into the parent provider relationship If not curtailed this trend will lead to even more frequent outbreaks of dangerous childhood diseases in the near future said Bloom Physicians nurses and other health professionals need a toolkit to engage the growing ranks of vaccine hesitant parents and this toolkit can only be developed with robust scientific research Public Trust in Vaccines identifies priorities for future research that would elucidate how health care providers can best communicate with undecided parents about the individual and community benefits of childhood vaccinations Key questions include how and when attitudes and beliefs about vaccines are formed how people make decisions about immunization how best to present information about vaccines to hesitant parents and how to identify communities at risk of vaccine preventable disease outbreaks Public Trust in Vaccines Defining a Research Agenda is available for download at www amacad org vaccines About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences www amacad org is an independent policy research center that conducts

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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    this work Members of the 2014 class include winners of the Nobel Prize the Wolf Prize the Pulitzer Prize National Medal of the Arts MacArthur Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and Grammy Emmy Oscar and Tony Awards Scientists in the new class include astrophysicist Neta A Bahcall who combines observational data from large scale surveys to determine the structure in the universe theoretical computer scientist Jennifer Tour Chayes known for her work on phase transitions Jerry F Franklin leading visionary in forest ecology and conservation author of the influential book Langlands Correspondence for Loop Groups Edward Frenkel Tamás F Freund who discovered new molecular pathways in nerve cell communication epigenetics researcher Shiv Grewal computer scientist Daphne Koller cofounder of Coursera Stephen Quake whose research seeks to improve biological measurement techniques Dan Shechtman winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Richard Silverman inventor of Lyrica epidemiologist Jaime Sepulveda and theoretical physicist Anthony Zee a leader in particle theory Social scientists in the new class include Deborah Loewenberg Ball a leader in teacher education development with a focus on mathematics teaching University of California Berkeley s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W Breslauer a scholar in Soviet and post Soviet studies Raj Chetty among the most cited young economists in the world who works on tax policy social insurance and education policy Timothy Earle an archaeologist who specializes in the study of chiefly societies and ancient kingdoms Michael Greenstone former Chief Economist for President Obama s Council of Economic Advisers political scientist Paula D McClain the recognized authority on race and racism in America Judge Lee Rosenthal leader in civil justice reform sociologist Sherry Turkle who explores human relationships with technology and Janet Werker a psychologist who focuses on understanding the roots of language acquisition In the humanities and the arts new members include Pulitzer Prize winners Jules Feiffer and Annie Proulx scholar of American religious history Catherine L Albanese artist Chris Burden James Chandler a scholar of British literature philosopher John B Cobb Renaissance literature scholar Margaret W Ferguson poet Linda Gregerson curator Maxwell K Hearn novelist and screenwriter John Irving U S historian and The New Yorker writer Jill Lepore choreographer Tere O Connor Jeffersonian scholar Peter S Onuf director and actor Al Pacino short story writer George Saunders science historian Londa Schiebinger musician composer Ralph Stanley and novelist and English and comparative literature scholar Ngũgĩ wa Thiong o Elected in public affairs and journalism are former U S Ambassador to Israel and current U S Special Envoy for Israeli Palestine Negotiations Martin S Indyk William Kling Founder and President Emeritus of American Public Media Group Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ann Marie Lipinski former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Chief Judge Patti B Saris Chair of the U S Sentencing Commission Philanthropists and business leaders in the 2014 class include Charles F Feeney Founding Chair of Atlantic Philanthropies Sherry Lansing Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Sherry Lansing Foundation Susan Woods Paine patron of the arts

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    46th President He is currently Interim Director and Franklin D Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy in 1999 In announcing Dr Fanton s appointment at the Academy s spring governance meeting Don Randel Chair of the Academy s Board of Directors said We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Fanton as the Academy s new President He has demonstrated leadership in higher education philanthropy and public policy and is perfectly suited to lead the Academy both intellectually and administratively I am honored to serve as President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences said Jonathan Fanton I am looking forward to working with the Academy s staff governing bodies and distinguished Members to build upon the proud legacy of this historic institution Jonathan Fanton received a Ph D in American History from Yale University where he served as Associate Provost and as Special Assistant to President Kingman Brewster He subsequently served as Vice President for Planning at the University of Chicago Dr Fanton has served as Chair of the Board of Human Rights Watch Chair of the Board of the Security Council Report Chair of the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and Member of the Board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund He is currently Chair of Scholars At Risk and a Member of the Boards of the Asian Cultural Council and the World Policy Institute He is also on the advisory committees of the Social Science Research Council and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court About the Academy Since its founding in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has served the nation as a champion of scholarship civil dialogue and useful knowledge As one of the nation

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    45 p m Monday April 21 in the Jared L Cohon University Center s Rangos Hall This event is part of Crossing Boundaries Transforming Lives the yearlong celebration of the inauguration of Subra Suresh as Carnegie Mellon s ninth president Carnegie Mellon is delighted to be a partner with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in hosting this discussion of the ways in which humanities and social sciences underpin American civic life and support the advancement of knowledge Suresh said CMU s traditions of interdisciplinary inquiry have helped to shape the scope of the humanities and social sciences here and in this respect CMU can make a valuable contribution to this national discussion Two members of the commission that produced the Heart of the Matter Norman Augustine retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin and Hunter Rawlings III president of the Association of American Universities will visit CMU to discuss the report The American Academy is grateful to President Suresh and pleased that three leaders of American intellectual life will be coming together at one of our nation s premier institutions to discuss the contributions of the humanities and social sciences to every endeavor including the sciences engineering and business said Don Randel chair of the board of the American Academy Augustine and Rawlings will join four CMU faculty members for a panel discussion moderated by John Lehoczky dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences The Carnegie Mellon panelists are Baruch Fischhoff the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy Susan G Polansky head of the Department of Modern Languages David R Shumway professor of English and director of the Humanities Center and Kiron K Skinner associate professor of political science and director of the Center for International Relations and Politics Carnegie Mellon s humanities and social sciences which include the departments of English History Modern Languages Philosophy Psychology Social and Decision Sciences and Statistics are relatively young at CMU compared to other institutions CMU humanists and social scientists use their research to solve problems and impact society For example philosophers are engaged in research related to medical ethics computation and human rights historians are developing policy recommendations for forensic DNA profiling and drug addiction decision scientists analyze risk and behavior in problems ranging from obesity to climate change statisticians work with experts in cybersecurity brain science data science education and other fields to solve complex and challenging issues Following the panel discussion twenty Dietrich College honors students will showcase their research projects at a reception in the Cohon University Center s Peter Wright and McKenna rooms Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences is free and open to the public For more information visit http www cmu edu suresh inauguration symposia h ss index html About Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon is a private internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science technology and business to public policy the humanities and the arts

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