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SPSSI's November Policy Update

SPSSI Policy Update


SPSSI'S 2019 Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. SPSSI will be organizing an advocacy day to coincide with the winter meeting of SPSSI's Council in Washington, DC. Our topic this year is "promoting the human rights of scientists, scholars, and students around the world." The advocacy day will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019, with participants attending a training at SPSSI's Capitol Hill office in the morning and then visiting with the offices of their lawmakers in the afternoon. Registration is free, although there are a limited number of spaces. If you are able to be in Washington on Thursday, January 31, 2019, please consider joining us. Email SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll to express your interest in this event. 

Apply Now: SPSSI's James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship - Applications due February 1, 2019The Marshall Fellow spends one year in Washington (September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020) learning about the policymaking process firsthand through a congressional office placement. This opportunity is open to postdoctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to the psychological study of social issues, in addition to current doctoral students who will obtain a PhD or PsyD before the start of the fellowship.

SPSSI and Partner Organizations Voice Support for Transgender Rights. In October of 2018, a leaked memo suggested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sought to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans sex discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. According to the memo, key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of sex as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” In response to the memo, SPSSI partnered with GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality) and a number of other organizations to issue an open letter. The letter condemns the suggested policy change and explains why such a definition of sex would a) be inaccurate and b) threaten the rights of many people.

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DeVos’ Title IX changes open for public comment - Comments due January 28, 2019As reported in the Seattle Times, "Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed narrowing schools’ obligations when it comes to responding to sexual misconduct. Starting today, you can tell the U.S. Department of Education what you think about her desired changes to Title IX regulations."

Office for Human Research Protections issues draft guidance entitled “Activities Deemed Not to Be Research: Public Health Surveillance, 2018 Requirements" - Comments due December 19, 2018The draft guidance document’s objective is to help entities determine whether a planned activity constitutes a public health surveillance activity deemed not to be research under the 2018 Requirements (revised Common Rule). It is intended for institutions, institutional review boards, investigators, institutional officials, and other human research protection staff.

National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research Seeks Recommendations for Areas of StudyThis effort, backed by philanthropic donors, will issue the first of four annual requests for proposals in January 2019 and is seeking input from researchers on areas of focus for gun-policy research funding. The annual request for proposals will be comprised of $20 million to $50 million awarded over a five-year period, with up to $10 million in research grant funding and dissertation research awards available in the first round. Researchers who would like to suggest areas of focus for gun-policy research funding can email and those interested in receiving alerts about funding opportunities can sign up here.

National Science Foundation invites people to share a moment that sparked their curiosity or interest in STEM. Running until December 7, 2018, the social media campaign — #MySTEMspark —invites NSF's community and the broader general public to share a moment that sparked their curiosity or interest in STEM. Maybe it was a movie or documentary you watched, or an experiment you did in high school, or a teacher or parent who inspired you. If you have a personal Twitter or Instagram account, NSF would love for you to share your story or video using the hashtag #MySTEMspark. If you do not have a Twitter account but would like to participate, please email your story/short video to and NSF will share it for you on the NSF Twitter account.






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