NSF PA 00-02 - January 28, 2000
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NSF Names Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral,
and Economic Sciences
The National Science Foundation has named Norman M.
Bradburn as assistant director for the Social, Behavioral,
and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE).
Bradburn is a leading researcher on survey methodology.
He is Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service
Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and
vice president and director of research at the National
Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
He has served three terms as director of the center,
from 1967 to 1992. He served as provost of the University
of Chicago from 1984 to 1989.
Bradburn pioneered in the application of cognitive
psychology to questionnaire design and methodological
problems in survey research. He is a member of the
research and advisory panel of the U.S. General Accounting
Office; a member and former chair of the Committee
on National Statistics, National Research Council/National
Academy of Sciences; and a member of the Panel to
Review the Statistical Procedures for the Decennial
Census. He also is a member of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences and the International Statistical
Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical
Bradburn received B.A. degrees from the University
of Chicago and Magdalen College of Oxford University,
his M.A. degree in clinical psychology from Harvard
University, and his Ph.D. degree in social psychology
from Harvard University.
As head of NSF's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
(SBE) Directorate, Bradburn will manage a budget of
$146 million annually. The directorate includes four
divisions: Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences; Social
and Economic Sciences; Science Resource Studies; and
Bradburn replaces Bennett Bertenthal, who recently
accepted a position at the University of Chicago.
Wanda E. Ward, the directorate's deputy assistant
director since October, was named acting assistant
director in January.