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Population Scientists Participate in First Virtual Advocacy Day

On March 8, population scientists representing 10 states participated in over 40 meetings with congressional offices as part of the 2021 PAA Virtual Advocacy Day. The meetings, which PAA sponsors annually, are an important opportunity to inform staff in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of...

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NSF, OSTP Receive Visit from PAA & APC Representatives

March 2020 A delegation representing APC and PAA met with senior officials at the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) including Dr. Skip Lupia, Assistant Director, NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate on March 3,...

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Briefing Examines the Seen and Unseen Costs of Incarceration

Crime, the saying goes, does not pay. Yet neither does incarceration, according to research presented by Dr. Jeffrey Morenoff (U. of Michigan) and Dr. Sam Norris (U. Chicago) at a recent congressional briefing. The briefing, “Cost and Effect: Measuring the Impact of Incarceration on Individuals,...

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GAO Briefing on Race and Ethnicity Data Standards

On June 6, 2019, the PAA sponsored its first briefing of the year for the employees of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO, an independent, investigative, nonpartisan agency, conducts research and produces reports in response to requests from the United States Congress. Since 2011,...

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Activities Around 2020 Census Citizenship Question

On April 23, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Department of Commerce vs New York. At issue us whether a question on citizenship will be included in the 2020 Census. A ruling is expected in mid-to-late June. Judging from the justices' questions and comments, it appears...

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Immigration Trends Highlighted at PAA Congressional Briefing

According to the nation’s top federal immigration statistics official, briefing a packed Capitol Hill audience on March 28, 2019, legal immigration has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, while unlawful entries at the nation’s Southwest border have fallen exponentially since 2000....

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PAA Members Take the Hill by Storm

The catchword “Storm-y” dominated both the news cycle and the local weather forecast in Washington, DC in late March, but for PAA advocates, it signaled their tireless determination to educate as many key congressional offices as possible during the 2018 PAA Advocacy Days. On March 19 and 20,...

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Briefing Examines Changes in Adult Mortality in the U.S.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered on Capitol Hill on Monday, April 9, 2018, to hear the latest findings on trends in Adult Mortality—trends that include reversals in life expectancy, stark regional differences and widening gaps among certain groups. The briefing, titled Grave Consequences:...

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Congressional Briefing Spotlights How the Census Undercounts Young Children

In 2010, one out of every ten American children under the age of 5 was overlooked, missed, uncounted in the decennial Census. That was the sobering finding offered by experts from both inside and outside of government at an October 30, 2017 hearing on Capitol Hill entitled, “Making Sure Kids...