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University of Chicago's Norman Bradburn Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

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Philadelphia, December 13, 2012 – The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished learned societies, has selected Dr. Norman Bradburn as the 2013 Samuel A. Stouffer Fellow of the Academy. The AAPSS inducts a small group of Fellows each year, in recognition of their scholarly contributions to the social sciences, their efforts to communicate that scholarship to audiences beyond their own disciplines, and their commitment to improving public policy with research.

Dr. Bradburn, an eminent social psychologist, is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, and Senior Fellow and former Director of NORC at the University of Chicago.  His work has focused on psychological well-being and assessments of quality of life. For decades, Dr. Bradburn has been at the forefront in developing theory and practice in the field of sample survey research, particularly through the use of large-scale surveys. 

 He has also worked extensively on non-sampling survey errors, and on cognitive processes in responses to sample surveys. Bradburn is a former provost of the University of Chicago, former assistant director of the National Science Foundation for the social, behavioral and economic sciences directorate, and former chair of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences.

Along with Dr. Bradburn, three other prominent social scientists will be inducted as Fellows: Dr. David Card, a labor economist at the University of California–Berkeley; Elizabeth Garrett, J.D., a scholar in law and politics who is the current Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at USC; and Dr. Robert Hauser, a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Executive Director of the National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. The induction ceremony will be held in Washington DC on May 9, 2013.

About The American Academy of Political and Social Science
The American Academy of Political and Social Science promotes the use of social science in the public domain and in policy-making. Its flagship journal, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, brings together public officials and scholars from across the disciplines to tackle issues ranging from racial inequality and intractable poverty to the threat of nuclear terrorism.

About NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research and analysis that decision-makers trust. As a nonpartisan research organization and a pioneer in measuring and understanding the world, we have studied almost every aspect of the human experience and every major news event for more than eight decades. Today, we partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to provide the objectivity and expertise necessary to inform the critical decisions facing society.

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