News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Congress Gearing Up to Reauthorize NSF »
The House and Senate are scheduled to hold hearings this week and next to discuss the reauthorization of NSF programs. The Senate’s version of the new America COMPETES Act is not expected to offer any surprises. In the House, however, the Science Committee’s push for accountability at science agencies is seen in some odd provisions in its draft bill.
- Colloquia on Science of Science Communication »
As the body of scientific information rapidly expands, the need for strategies to accurately disseminate research findings to audiences that need them most becomes increasingly important. In addition, the social and political forces at play can make sorting out details a challenge. In response to these growing complexities, the field of science of science communication has developed.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Rochel Gelman »
Rochel Gelman is widely-recognized as a pioneer in the investigation of cognitive development. She is known for her ground-breaking empirical and theoretical contributions to the field. Her vision, coupled with her creative new protocols, called into question long-held assumptions about preschool children’s cognitive competence and paved the way for more recent traditions in developmental science.
- Spirit of Compromise Wins the Day, But Government Battles Damaging Science »
On Wednesday, the nation – perhaps the world – breathed a sigh of relief when Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Leader, and Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader, took to the Senate floor to say that an agreement had been reached to re-open the federal government and avoid defaulting on the nation’s financial obligations.
- Call for Papers on Teaching Bioethics »
The Hastings Center Report and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues seek submissions for a special issue addressing current themes in bioethics education.
- AERA’s Tenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research – Attend or Watch Livestream »
The American Education Research Association (AERA) will host the tenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research: A New Civil Rights Agenda for American Education, on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Washington, DC.
- Psychologist Daniel Kahneman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom »
President Obama recently named Daniel Kahneman as one of 16 winners of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
- GAO: Growth in NIH Indirect Cost Reimbursements to Universities Should Be Assessed »
In late September, the US Government Accountability Office released to the US Senate Committee on the Budget a report on the impact of growth in indirect costs on the NIH mission. Their goal was to identify (1) changes in indirect cost reimbursements to universities and (2) key factors affecting these reimbursements and “what assessment NIH has done to address any impact of these costs on NIH’s research mission.”
- FABBS Foundation Welcomes New Officers to the Board of Directors »
On January 1, 2014, the FABBS Foundation will officially welcome Don Foss as President-Elect and Bruce Overmier as Treasurer of the FABBS Foundation.
- House Passes CR: DOA in Senate »
With fiscal deadlines approaching, there is only symbolic movement to address the lingering fiscal challenges, and actions to reach real compromise are becoming a distant memory.
- Science Advocates Take to the Hill to Defend SBS Sciences »
As Congress returned from the August recess, science advocates were busy laying out a strategy to shore up support for the social and behavioral sciences. The SBS science community met in mid-August to launch a cross-organization coordinating group to address potential threats to our sciences that could be included in a funding bill or NSF reauthorization bill. A Steering Committee will be headed by Felice Levine and Ken Prewitt and involve FABBS, COSSA, and a number of SBS societies.
- AAU Issues Strong Statement of Support for Social and Behavioral Sciences »
With threats to the behavioral and social sciences remaining on the horizon, the Association of American Universities’ Executive Committee, issued a statement expressing its “unequivocal support for federal funding of the behavioral and social sciences.” The AAU represents sixty leading research universities in the U.S. and two in Canada.