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  • NIH Riding High; Cuts, Cuts, and Cuts Elsewhere »
    The busy appropriations process on Capitol Hill may be slowing. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a number of appropriations bills, but none of them have seen floor action. The House of Representatives, on the other hand, has passed a number of bills, but progress on the remaining ones seems to be coming to an end. With a September 30th deadline to wrap up spending plans and a four-to-five week Congressional recess on the horizon, it appears that a Continuing Resolution (CR) will be needed to keep the government running. While the behavioral and social sciences have faced their share of challenges before, this year seems to be especially brutal. While many government programs are facing cuts if current bills become law, FABBS provides a snapshot of some that are relevant to our sciences.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Philip Rubin »
    Dr. Philip Rubin, CEO emeritus and former Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, is currently a Senior Advisor to the President of Haskins, an adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, a Research Affiliate in Psychology at Yale, and a Fellow at Yale’s Trumbull College.
  • D'Onofrio presented with Early Career Impact Award at Behavior Genetics Association Annual Meeting »
    Brian D'Onofrio is the 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Behavior Genetics Association. As director of the Developmental Psychology Lab at Indiana University, D’Onofrio uses science to enhance the lives of the poor and ease the burden of mental health on children and families. His focus is on the causes and treatments of psychological problems in children and adolescents and the connections between those problems and prenatal care, certain parenting styles and other environmental risk factors.
  • Kendeou presented with Early Career Impact Award at Society for Text & Discourse Annual Meeting »
    Misconceptions about science can be dangerous, like the inaccurate belief that childhood vaccines cause autism. That myth persists even though it has been thoroughly debunked by scientific studies and attacked in national media campaigns. But research by psychologist Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Society for Text & Discourse, suggests that carefully crafted messages can change people’s minds and protect public health. Kendeou, an educational psychologist at the University of Minnesota, has brought together research on reading, cognition, and neuroscience in the Knowledge Revision Components Framework (KReC), which explains how people read and incorporate new information designed to correct inaccurate beliefs.

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