News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- Our Scientists at Work: How Watching the Clock Affects Performance »
Where we focus our attention affects how we perceive the passage of time. Pay attention to a task at hand, and time flies. Pay attention to the passage of time, and things seem to slow. Cognitive psychologist Joseph Magliano explains why.
- Scientists Prepare for District Science Advocacy Week »
In a joint partnership effort, FABBS joined forces with its largest member society, the American Psychological Association, to organize a science advocacy training webinar. The goal was to prepare scientists to visit their Member of Congress back home in the district and lend their voices in support of science funding.
- Behavioral Science Research and Cybersecurity »
The U. S. House of Representatives put new policies in place to strengthen cybersecurity; new policies aim to improve staff training, among other measures. According to Roll Call, the Senate sergeant-at-arms office recognized the importance of the human side of the cybersecurity problem: “Although technical solutions… go a long way toward protecting online information, end users are still the first and most effective line of defense.” In response to the many highly publicized attacks on the financial and health sectors, among others, efforts are underway to improve both the technological and human sides of the problem.
- Next Steps for Behavioral and Social Sciences in K-12 STEM Education »
Drawing upon the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education, ACHIEVE began its work to create a set of common science standards. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences joined with the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and Society for Research in Child Development to provide input as primary reviewers to the draft science standards report.
- NIH Director Recognizes Former Senator Specter’s Support for Medical Research »
A tireless supporter of NIH research, former Senator Arlen Specter, died on October 14, 2012. NIH Director Francis Collins recognized Specter’s leadership in pushing for federal support for NIH research, which many scientists and science advocates recall him saying was the “crown jewel of the federal government.”
- Neuropsychologist O'Bryant Presented with Early Career Award »
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) affects over 5 million Americans, and every 68 seconds another person develops the disease. But by the time family members and even doctors recognize the symptoms, the brain disease has progressed to a point that is severe and difficult to treat. What if AD patients could be identified and treated earlier and more easily?
Soon that will be a reality, thanks to a blood test developed by FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Dr. Sid O'Bryant at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and his colleagues. “This test can detect with over 90% accuracy who has the disease, and it provides a way for primary care physicians to screen for possible Alzheimer’s,” he explains. This is a big change, because AD has typically been diagnosed by specialists at Alzheimer’s clinics, which are few and far between.
- Philip Rubin Takes New Leadership Role at White House Office »
Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), recently appointed Dr. Philip Rubin to the position of Principal Assistant Director for Science at OSTP.
- NSF Seeks Proposals for Interdisciplinary Research across the SBE Sciences »
Growing out of the SBE 2020 visioning report, Rebuilding the Mosaic, NSF is seeking proposals for research that involves investigators from multiple disciplinary fields, integrates theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple fields, and is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple fields.
- What’s New – and Not So New – on Capitol Hill in 2015 »
On the heels of a tough, but successful defense of our sciences last year, behavioral and social scientists may wonder what’s in store this year, especially with a new Congress. Our sciences faced, in a House authorization bill, a potential 42% cut at the National Science Foundation. The cut never materialized in the House Appropriations bill that included NSF, but make no mistake that the threat was real. There are a number of factors driving actions on Capitol Hill, all of which will play into how the behavioral and social sciences will fare this year.