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- Social and Behavioral Sciences Research “Extraordinarily Important” »
The National Science Board (NSB), an independent body which advises the President and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and sets policies for the National Science Foundation, was briefed at its August 13, 2014, meeting on the research portfolio of NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate. Given the role of NSB and the challenges faced by the social and behavioral sciences on Capitol Hill, the overview of the SBE Directorate (part of a series of briefings to familiarize NSB members with the range of research across NSF and within each of the seven Directorates) is timely. Two starkly different bills to reauthorize NSF programs await further action in Congress. According to Anneila Sargent, Chair of the NSB Programs and Plans Committee, a goal is to help NSB members be “better ambassadors for NSF.”
- FABBS Foundation Honors James J. Jenkins »
James J. Jenkins, fondly known as J3, was one of a group of World War II era psychologists who changed psychology. He began as an I-O psychologist at the University of Minnesota, but was drawn to more experimental endeavors. Jenkins helped to foster psychology's "cognitive revolution." His role in this started with the Social Science Research Council's 1953 summer research conference that helped establish psycholinguistics as a discipline. Then in 1964-65 as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Jenkins became convinced that the concepts of the "mediation theory" of language that he had been promoting would not suffice to explain language development and that a different conception of "how the head works" (a favorite phrase) had to be found. He was flexible in his approaches, always trying to solve the problem rather than advance a particular theory. His work advanced multiple research areas: learning, memory, sentence processing, aphasia, speech perception, and perceptual organization.
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