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SPSSI Policy Update - October 2017


SPSSI Members,

To what extent can we as members of a society enjoy richly lived experiences when the public spaces that enable us to come together are the same spaces that make us vulnerable to acts of great violence? As we saw in Las Vegas this past Sunday evening—and as we have seen countless times before—violence perpetuated by one person can directly destroy the lives of many others and shatter the sense of safety for many more. 

Read on...


Resources Related to Gun Violence
In response to the Pulse nightclub massacre in June of 2016, SPSSI created a webpage to host related resources, including the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy in Orlando Syllabus and a SPSSI Virtual Issue entitled "Toward an Understanding of the Orlando Massacre."

SPSSI Responds to Congressional Leadership in Wake of Charlottesville
In late September of 2017, SPSSI leaders thanked a bipartisan group of six U.S. Senators who introduced and advocated for the passage of Joint Resolution 49, which condemns white supremacist groups and hate-based violence—as seen in Charlottesville, Virginia in early August of 2017—and calls on the Federal government to do more to address white supremacist groups and hate-based violence. The Joint Resolution was passed unanimously in both chambers and signed into law.

Register Now: Next SPSSI Policy Webinar on Friday, October 20 at 12 pm Eastern
The SPSSI Graduate Student Committee is pleased to present its next policy webinar, which will be hosted by Graduate Student Committee Chair Ashley Weinberg of York University and feature a presentation by Scott Denning of Colorado State University. The topic is "Simple, Serious, and Solvable: The Three S’s of Climate Change." This webinar is free and open to everyone, including SPSSI members and non-members, graduate students and non-graduate students.

SPSSI Joins Coalition in Calling for APA Board of Educational Affairs to Develop Guidelines for Addressing Psychology Programs at Non-affirming Faith-based Colleges and Universities
In August of 2017, SPSSI joined other psychology stakeholder groups in calling for the APA Board of Educational Affairs to develop guidelines addressing concerns about psychology programs at non-affirming faith-based colleges and universities that, due to religious convictions, explicitly or tacitly discriminate against students, faculty, and staff on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or religion.

NEW Call for Proposals: Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants
SPSSI is now inviting proposals for the Fall 2017 cycle of Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants. This grant initiative aims to influence policy at the local and state levels through applied research, increase the availability of policy opportunities for SPSSI members who are interested in applied research, and encourage younger scholars to become more involved in SPSSI. Up to three grants, at up to $2,000 each, will be awarded in this cycle. Groups that previously applied for this grant are encouraged to reapply, as are groups outside of the U.S. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2017. 

SAVE THE DATE: SPSSI will begin accepting applications for the next James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship on December 1, 2017


African American Civil Rights Network Act Would Create a Network of Sites Important to Black History Within the National Parks System

Final Report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Released

National Institute of Justice Releases New Policing Research Strategic Plan

NIH Announces New Next Generation Researchers Policy to Support Early Career Scientists

Recently Released: 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

National Academies Issues Brief on Developing a Methodological Research Program for Longitudinal Studies

National Academies Issues Brief on Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences


From The Independent: U.S. Votes Against UN Resolution Condemning Gay Sex Death Penalty, Joining Iraq and Saudi Arabia

UN Calls on Global Community to Step-up Protection for Refugees, Do More to Solve Conflict

UN Releases Report on Overcoming HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in Healthcare Settings and Beyond

Human Rights Commission Hears Testimony on the Right to Food in Central America (in Spanish)

Former UN Commissioner Speaks on Climate Change and Human Rights

Save the Date: Next Meeting of the AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition is January 25-26, 2018 in Washington, DC - Topic is "STEM Education and Human Rights"

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Requests Submissions for its Upcoming Report on the Sustainable Development Goals and Health

Call for Papers: Upcoming Conference February 9-11, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights. The theme is “Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity” and the deadline for abstracts is October 20, 2017


Apply to become an APA Congressional or Executive Branch Fellow - Deadline is January 5, 2018

NSF Accepting Proposals Related to Hurricane Harvey

Department of Health and Human Services Invites Comments on its Draft Strategic Plan - Comments due by October 26, 2017

NSF Extends Application Deadline for Director of Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Position - Applications Due by October 29, 2017

Apply for the 2019 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize Recognizing Contributions to Policymaking

From APA: Expansion of "Clinical Trial" Definition Draws Widespread Criticism

From the Washington Post: EPA Now Requires Political Aide’s Sign-off for Agency Awards, Grant Applications

From E&E News: How Do You Shift Republicans on Climate? Be Nice

New Fact Sheet from The Sentencing Project on Black Disparities in Youth Incarceration

From Washington Monthly: The Looming Decline of the Public Research University

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