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Project Information

Project Information


Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN): Facilitating Rapid and Actionable Responses to Social, Behavioral, and Economic-Related COVID-19 Questions


Project Scope:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support from the National Science Foundation, will establish the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), a network of leading individuals and institutions in the social and behavioral sciences to facilitate rapid responses to actionable questions from decision-makers. The network will be guided by an executive committee that will coordinate with the NASEM Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats.  The Executive Committee will work with staff to:

       
  • Develop governance structures and processes for the larger network;
  • Coordinate solicitation and responses to practical, answerable questions facing federal, state, and local decision-makers, by engaging the network;
  • Anticipate areas where decision-makers are likely to need social, behavioral, and economic sciences content; and
  • Guide the dissemination of broadly relevant responses.

Status: Current

PIN: DBASSE-DBASSE EO-20-03

RSO: Stith Butler, Adrienne

Board(s)/Committee(s):

DBASSE Special Projects

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Education



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership


Mary T. Bassett - (Co-Chair)
Mary T. Bassett, co-chair (NAM), is director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, as well as the FXB professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity. Prior to her directorship at the FXB Center, Dr. Bassett served for four years as commissioner of health for New York City. As commissioner, she worked to ensure that every New York City neighborhood supported the health of its residents, with the goal of closing gaps in population health across the city. Previously, she was the program director for the African Health Initiative and the child well-being program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bassett is a member of the National Academies Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats. She received her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center, and has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
Robert M. Groves - (Co-Chair)
Robert M. Groves, co-chair (NAS/NAM), is the Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. professor in the Math and Statistics Department as well as the sociology department at Georgetown University, where he has served as the executive vice president and provost since 2012. Dr. Groves is a social statistician, who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies. He has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Groves serves on several boards and advisory committees including the National Research Council Committee on National Statistics, Pew Research Center Board, the National Science Board, and the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee. Dr. Groves is a member of the National Academies Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, of the National Academy of Medicine, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the International Statistical Institute. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.
Dominique Brossard
Dominique Brossard is professor and chair in the department of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the UW-Madison Robert & Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW-Madison Center for Global Studies and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Brossard’s research focuses on the intersection between science, media and policy with the science, media and the public (SCIMEP) research group, which she co-directs. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Dr. Brossard is an internationally known expert in public opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of values in shaping public attitudes and using cross-cultural analysis to understand these processes. She has published numerous research articles in outlets such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, the International Journal of Public Opinion, and Communication Research and has been an expert panelist for the National Academy of Sciences on various occasions. Dr. Brossard earned her M.S. in plant biotechnology from the Ecole Nationale d’Agronomie de Toulouse and her M.P.S and Ph.D. in communication from Cornell University.
Janet Currie
Janet Currie (NAS/NAM) is the Henry Putnam professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and the co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the president of the American Society of Health Economics, has served as the vice president of the American Economics Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich. She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2018. She has served on the board of reviewing editors of Science, as the editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, and on the editorial boards of many other journals. Dr. Currie is a pioneer in the economic analysis of child development. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and the important role of mental health. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton Universtiy.
Michael Hout
Mike Hout (NAS) is professor of sociology at New York University. In his research, he uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. In 2006, Dr. Hout and Claude Fischer published Century of Difference, a book on twentieth-century social and cultural trends in the United States, that exemplifies this approach. Another book, The Truth about Conservative Christians with Andrew Greeley (University of Chicago Press, 2006) is another example. A couple of illustrative papers include “How Class Works: Subjective Aspects of Class Since the 1970s” in a book edited by Annette Lareau and Dalton Conley (Russell Sage Foundation 2008), “The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change” (Am. J. of Soc., Sept. 2001) and “How 4 Million Irish Immigrants Came to be 40 Million Irish Americans” (with Josh Goldstein, Am. Soc. Rev., April 1994). Dr. Hout's honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He taught at the University of Arizona from 1976 to 1984 and at Berkeley from 1985 to 2013. While at Berkeley, Dr. Hout chaired the Sociology Department from 1988 to 1991 and the Demography Department from 2008 to 2013. He also directed the Survey Research Center from 1992 to 1998 and the Berkeley Population Center from 2007 to 2013. He has chaired the National Academies Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Advisory Committee since 2018. Dr. Hout received a Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University.
Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar (NAE) is founder and CEO of Actuate, a nonprofit organization to research and demonstrate breakthroughs for societal challenges such as economic inequality, public health, data privacy, and climate instability. Arati was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University during 2017-18. Her public service includes serving as the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) 2012-17 and the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 1993-97. In between, she worked in Silicon Valley as a senior executive at Raychem and at Interval Research and then for a decade as a partner at U.S. Venture Partners. She holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Adrian E. Raftery
Adrian E. Raftery (NAS) is professor of statistics and sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and was a lecturer in statistics at Trinity College Dublin from 1980 to 1986, and then an associate (1986-1990) and full (1990-present) professor of statistics and sociology at the University of Washington. He was the founding director of the Center for Statistics and Social Sciences (1999-2009). Raftery has published over 170 refereed articles in statistical, sociological and other journals. His research focuses on Bayesian model selection and Bayesian model averaging, model-based clustering, inference for deterministic simulation models, and the development of new statistical methods for sociology, demography, and the environmental and health sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association. Dr. Raftery obtained a B.A. in mathematics (1976) and an M.Sc. in statistics and operations research (1977) at Trinity College Dublin. He obtained a doctorate in mathematical statistics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.
Jennifer Richeson
Jennifer Richeson (NAS) is Philip R. Allen professor of psychology at Yale University. Her research examines multiple psychological phenomena related to cultural diversity. For instance, she examines how people experience racial and other forms of societal diversity, be it efforts to navigate one-on-one interracial interactions or the political consequences of the increasing racial/ethnic diversity of the United States. Much of Dr. Richeson’s recent research considers how people reason about and respond to societal inequality and injustice. Further, Dr. Richeson and her students examine multiple consequences of managing the threats associated with being the target of discrimination. Through her teaching and research, Dr. Richeson hopes to contribute to a better understanding of intergroup relations, including how best to foster culturally diverse environments that are cohesive. Dr. Richeson received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University.

Events


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Description :   

 As part of its work advising the nation on responding to COVID-19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding a series of four public sessions to inform a forthcoming rapid expert consultation on testing strategies and capabilities at colleges and universities. Each session will include a framing of the issues and an overview of one or more of the major considerations that affect decisions about testing strategies and capabilities. A range of universities and colleges will share their experiences with COVID-19 testing, further illustrating those considerations. A facilitated conversation will foster dialog among universities and colleges and with other subject matter experts and stakeholders.

This listening session will focus on the considerations for monitoring, measures, and data use.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

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Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

 As part of its work advising the nation on responding to COVID-19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding a series of four public sessions to inform a forthcoming rapid expert consultation on testing strategies and capabilities at colleges and universities. Each session will include a framing of the issues and an overview of one or more of the major considerations that affect decisions about testing strategies and capabilities. A range of universities and colleges will share their experiences with COVID-19 testing, further illustrating those considerations. A facilitated conversation will foster dialog among universities and colleges and with other subject matter experts and stakeholders.

This listening session will focus on the strengths and limitations of available tests and protocols in the university/college context. Participants will hear from several large, public universities with medical centers.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
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Description :   

 

As part of its work advising the nation on responding to COVID-19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding a series of four public sessions to inform a forthcoming rapid expert consultation on testing strategies and capabilities at colleges and universities. Each session will include a framing of the issues and an overview of one or more of the major considerations that affect decisions about testing strategies and capabilities. A range of universities and colleges will share their experiences with COVID-19 testing, further illustrating those considerations. A facilitated conversation will foster dialog among universities and colleges and with other subject matter experts and stakeholders.

This listening session will focus on the leadership considerations in testing strategy decisions.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

As part of its work advising the nation on responding to COVID-19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding a series of four public sessions to inform a forthcoming rapid expert consultation on testing strategies and capabilities at colleges and universities. Each session will include a framing of the issues and an overview of one or more of the major considerations that affect decisions about testing strategies and capabilities. A range of universities and colleges will share their experiences with COVID-19 testing, further illustrating those considerations. A facilitated conversation will foster dialog among universities and colleges and with other subject matter experts and stakeholders.

This listening session will focus on the landscape of current testing strategies. Participants will hear from representatives of several large and mid-sized colleges and universities.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

How can leaders encourage their community to adopt COVID-19 protective behaviors? 

Join this webinar for a discussion of promising strategies from the behavioral and social sciences to make the adoption of protective behaviors against COVID-19 more likely. 

Decision makers across the country are looking for ways to encourage community members to wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distance. New guidance from the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) helps decision makers understand strategies to increase adherence to protective behaviors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This webinar will discuss strategies from communications, social psychology, and behavioral economics. 

Speakers:

  • Dominique Brossard, Ph.D., co-author of the guidance and professor and chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin 
  • Wendy Wood, Ph.D., co-author of the guidance and Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, University of Southern California 
  • Ron Carlee, D.P.A., Assistant Professor of Public Service at Old Dominion University and Former County Manager, Arlington, VA
  • Robert Groves, Ph.D., co-author of the guidance and provost and Gerard Campbell Professor Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Sociology, Georgetown University 


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

Jails and prisons are epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. How can correctional facilities manage COVID-19 related health care? What are strategies for financing COVID-19-releated health care in correctional facilities? The webinar discussed sick call and long-term care for COVID-19 patients, protection of medically vulnerable people in correctional facilities, and opportunities for expansion of Medicaid coverage for correctional populations. 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jennifer Clarke, Rhode Island Department of Corrections
  • Vikki Wachino, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services
  • Dr. Brie Williams, University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Tyler Winkelman, University of Minnesota


Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

Jails and prisons are epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. What are best practices for preventing new cases? Join this webinar to learn more about testing and contract tracing in correctional facilities, vaccine distribution, and best practices for decarceration. 

Speakers: 

  • Annette Chambers-Smith, Ohio Department of Corrections
  • Dr. Sara Smith Kariko, Washington State Department of Corrections 
  • Dr. Lisa Puglisi, Yale School of Medicine
  • Dr. Homer Venters, former Chief Medical Officer of the NYC Correctional Health Services
  • Dr. Bruce Western, Columbia University


Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

How can decision makers evaluate measurements and use COVID-19 data to understand the spread of the disease in their communities?

This webinar will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of COVID-19 data and their applications for state and local decision making.

The Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN)  recently released a data guide for decision makers at all levels to make sense of COVID-19 data, such as hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and number of confirmed cases, among others. By understanding the characteristics of these data types, decision makers can work with the data type best-suited to the question at hand, and use the data available to inform effective decision making.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
https://sean-webinar-understanding-covid-19-data.eventbrite.com

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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Viola Horek
Contact Email:  sean@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3440

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Publications