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  • NSF and Capitol Hill Communications Improve: SBE Funding Still At Risk »
    For all stakeholders, there has been an eagerness to hit the “reset” button in communications between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the House Science Committee coming into the 114th Congress. NSF Director France Córdova has reached out to Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), and following a joint trip to Antarctica during the Washington, DC winter months, the relationship between the agency and the Committee has improved. For the last two years, the Committee has been in pursuit of waste at the agency, including in its award of research grants.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Stephen J. Ceci »
    Steve Ceci is the author of ~ 400 articles, books, commentaries, reviews, and chapters—many in the premier journals of the field (Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Nature, PNAS, JEP: General, Psychological Science, BBS). He has given hundreds of invited addresses and keynote speeches around the world (Harvard, Cambridge University, Oxford, Yale, Princeton, University of Rome, University of Oslo, Max Plank Institutes in Munich and Berlin). He served on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation for seven years (the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences), and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Behavioral and Sensory Sciences for six years. He has served on the editorial boards of over twenty journals.
  • Psychologist Swingle Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
    It's easy to see how the ubiquity of digital media is changing our lives, but how is it affecting our physical and mental health? “The short answer is that our brains are speeding up, but not in a good way,” according to psychologist Mari Swingle, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. “People are walking around in a constant state of hyperarousal,” and that has serious consequences for brain architecture and functioning, says Swingle. Her research and clinical observations have led her to conclude that excessive use of digital media are contributing to skyrocketing rates of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues in both adults and children.

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