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Council Update Banner January 2012

Calhoun Chosen as New Director of LSE

Calhoun Chosen as New Director of LSECraig Calhoun, president of the Social Science Research Council since 1999, has been appointed the new director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and will take up that post on September 1, 2012. As president, Dr. Calhoun has deepened the Council's long commitment to combining academic excellence with the exploration of new directions for the social sciences and bringing research more effectively to bear on issues of public concern. Initiatives developed under his leadership include projects on the public communication of social science, on universities and knowledge institutions, on the privatization of risk, on disasters and emergencies, and on religion and the public sphere.

The Education Research Program has released Documenting Uncertain Times: Post-graduate Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort, a follow-up report that describes the post-college transitions of college graduates originally profiled in the highly discussed book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.

The American Human Development Project has published their first county-level report. A Portrait of Marin highlights actions that residents of Marin County, California, can take to lock in human development successes today while setting the stage for significant budget savings and improved well-being tomorrow.

The SSRC and the Rockefeller Foundation have released the meeting report of the August 2011 Roundtable Discussion on Women, Peace and Security. The meeting brought together foundation leaders, experts, and policymakers to discuss how women and gender issues could be a more explicit part of the philanthropic dialogue on peace and security.

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program has announced its inaugural cohort of Fellows. Thirty-three African scholars will receive the institutional and intellectual support needed to develop, research, or complete their doctoral dissertations.

The Religion and the Public Sphere program's Frequencies experiment has reached its hundredth entry. Frequencies is a collaborative genealogy of spirituality.

2005 Abe Fellow Joshua Muldavin wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on the roots of social unrest in China.

Register now for a February 10 Eurasia Program webinar: "By the Numbers: Quantitative Data Sources in Eurasian Studies."

The deadline is approaching for the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections (February 13).

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