NORC Opens New Offices in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Ga., Mar. 15, 2012 — The social science research organization NORC at the University of Chicago has announced the opening of its new regional office in Atlanta, Georgia.
“This new office allows us to better serve our clients and partners in Atlanta and the surrounding region,” said John Thompson, President and CEO of NORC at the University of Chicago. “It allows on-the-ground support and easy access to specialized expertise, enabling us to collaborate more effectively with local and regional academic and research communities. There has been an increase in demand for NORC’s research and analysis services and we are confident that this expansion will allow us to better meet that demand.”
Established more than 70 years ago, NORC (formerly the National Opinion Research Center) is one of the world’s foremost social science research organizations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment.
The Atlanta office’s work is led by two NORC senior researchers:
- Vicki Pineau, a Senior Statistician with more than 28 years of experience in survey and sample design including many government and public interest surveys and censuses concerning vaccines and immunizations, health policy, income, labor force, poverty, program participation, and agriculture. Ms. Pineau is a member of the American Statistical Association, and serves on the Standards Committee for the American Association of Public Opinion Research. Her current work includes design and/or oversight of numerous sampling, weighting and survey methods aspects for the National Immunization Survey and the NIS-Teen survey of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- David Rein, a principal Ph.D research scientist in the Public Health Research department, who specializes in health economics and outcomes research with a particular focus on cost-effectiveness simulation modeling. He holds content area expertise, and is an expert in the areas of viral hepatitis, vaccination policy, and the epidemiology of vision-threatening diseases. He is currently the Project Director for the BEST-C Hepatitis C Prospective Screening Intervention Evaluation for the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, and is the Principal Investigator of a grant exploring the impact of population differences on visual health screening outcomes for the National Eye Institute, a member institute of the National Institutes of Health.
The Atlanta office senior staff - Pineau and Rein - are supported by two public health team members. Kim Williams, a Survey Director in the Public Health Research department specializes in data preparation and deliveries, and currently manages data delivery activities for the CDC’s National Survey of Children’s Health. John Wittenborn is an economist and outcomes research specialist who performs operations research tasks in support of cost-effectiveness and disease burden simulations.
In addition to its new office in Atlanta, NORC has recently opened an office in Boston. Both work closely and cooperatively with NORC’s long-time offices in Chicago, on the campus of the University of Chicago, in Bethesda, MD, and Washington, DC. NORC also supports an active international operations team, and a nationwide field staff.
“This new office allows us to better serve our clients and partners in Atlanta and the surrounding region. It allows on-the-ground support and easy access to specialized expertise, enabling us to collaborate more effectively with local and regional academic and research communities.”
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.
Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Young at NORC at email@example.com or (703) 217-6814 (cell).