Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, August 28, 2015

National Academy of Sciences appoints Herd to committee

Pamela Herd Pamela Herd

La Follette School sociologist Pamela Herd has been appointed to a National Academy of Sciences committee.

Herd will serve on the Standing Committee on the Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Science Surveys to discuss National Science Foundation funding.

"Pam's involvement in this national committee is a well-deserved recognition for one of the La Follette School's most productive scholars," says school director Susan Yackee.

Herd is the principal investigator of the nearly 60-year-long Wisconsin Longitudinal Study that examines how early and mid-life experiences influence later life well-being, income security, health, and cognitive functioning. As a National Academy of Sciences Report noted, the study is the most comprehensive cohort longitudinal study in existence. Herd also is a member of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Broadly, Herd’s research focuses on aging, policy, health, and inequality. She has two streams of research. One stream examines how social policies (i.e., Social Security) affect gender, race, and class inequalities. The second stream focuses on the relationship between social factors and health.

The Standing Committee on the Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Science Surveys\ is organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This body includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as Institute of Medicine). The National Research Council is the working arm of the academies, which are honorary membership organizations.