News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- FABBS Honors Art C. Graesser »
Dr. Art Graesser is a true scholar, teacher, and colleague. He is internationally known for his work across several disciplines within the behavioral and brain sciences. Indeed, he is a “renaissance man,” having conducted intensive research in several areas of cognitive and learning sciences including knowledge representation, discourse processing, inference generation, conversation, question asking and answering, emotion, human computer interaction, serious games, and intelligent tutoring systems.
- Setting Directions for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH »
OBSSR is creating a draft strategic plan that will guide its research priorities over the next 5-10 years. The draft describes three scientific priorities: Creating basic and applied research synergy by identifying promising basic behavioral and social sciences research with strong potential for applied translation relevant to health, and facilitating greater bidirectional communications between basic and applied behavioral and social sciences research to strengthen the basic to applied research pipeline; enhancing the methods, measures, and data infrastructure to encourage a more cumulative behavioral and social sciences; and facilitating the adoption of behavioral and social science research findings in health research and practice.
- NSF Research Flat-Funded by Senate Committee »
This year, while the U.S. House is bogged down in fights about the overall budget numbers, the Senate is taking the lead and moving bills through the Appropriations Committee. One early bill is the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation.
- More than Words: The Cornerstone of Reading Comprehension »
Learning to read is one of the most fundamental, and yet most complex, tasks for young students. Despite many national initiatives to boost reading instruction, an alarming number of children still struggle: on a test sometimes called “the Nation’s Report Card,” (the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP), almost half of fourth and eighth graders were rated as below proficient in reading in 2015. Part of the reason it’s so challenging to become proficient is that reading requires mastering and combining many different skills, from identifying and sounding out words to connecting those words with their meanings and then understanding the content of a text. Reading comprehension is often one of the missing pieces.
- FABBS Honors Howard E. Egeth »
Howard E. Egeth is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, with joint appointments in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience. He is a cognitive psychologist whose main research interests are in the general area of attention and perception. Some of his early work focused on issues of parallel and serial processing of distinct objects in the visual field as well as of the perceptual features that compose visual objects. He is also well known for work on attentional selectivity and on the roles of top-down and bottom-up processes in the allocation of attention. In some recent work he has pointed to the role of ignoring as an active inhibitory process (and not simply the absence of attention); he has called this “the dark side of attention.”
- Capitol Hill Champions, Science Advocates Push Funding Requests »
The calendar for getting appropriations bills completed before the new fiscal year is tight. Yet, neither the House nor Senate have passed a budget resolution, as disagreements remain over the top-line funding level for the federal government in FY 2017. Although the budget remains in limbo, science advocates and Members of Congress who support research are making their requests known to appropriators.
- Prospects for Federal Research Funding are Mixed »
Coming into the new year, there were high hopes that Congress would be able to pass appropriations bills with ease, a return to “regular order.” The budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) reached in late 2015, set overall spending caps for the federal budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. The BBA lifted for two years the spending caps set in place through sequestration and provided enough funding for federal programs to enable passage of an omnibus spending bill for FY 2016. It also set the stage for moving the FY 2017 appropriations bills.
- FABBS Honors Diane F. Halpern »
Diane F. Halpern is an internationally recognized expert in several fields within the psychological sciences, including critical thinking, gender studies, and the learning sciences. FABBS honors her for her significant accomplishments and contributions to the psychological sciences.
- FABBS Foundation Announces 2016 Early Career Award Winners »
The FABBS Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Early Career Impact Award. This award recognizes early career scientists of FABBS member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Now in our fourth year, we are honoring four outstanding scientists representing a broad array of research. The scientists will receive the award at their nominating society’s 2016 Annual Meeting or another high visibility venue. In addition, FABBS Foundation will work with the winners to disseminate their work to a public audience through our science writing program.
- NSF Director Making the Case for All Sciences on Capitol Hill »
Dr. France Córdova, NSF Director, spoke to scientists at the 2015 FABBS Council of Representatives Annual Meeting. She described the amount of time she spends on Capitol Hill interacting with Members of Congress who want to know more about NSF. “I spend a lot of time on the Hill, 150 visits as of 2 months ago.” Córdova has only been on the job since April 2014.
- Milkman presented with Early Career Impact Award at Society for Judgment and Decision Making »
Most of us have a few important items that always seem to fall to the bottom of the to-do list, like opening a retirement account, getting a flu shot, or exercising. Despite their significance for long-term health and well-being, these behaviors become victims of our busy lives, of procrastination, and of the temptation of more appealing activities. Fortunately, University of Pennsylvania professor Katherine Milkman has found strategies to help us prioritize the things that we know are good for us. Milkman is the 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.
- Will Congress Get FY 2016 Spending Bills Over The Finish Line – And How Will Science Fare? »
At this time, a short-term Continuing Resolution is keeping the government doors open until December 11. Hopefully, Congress will be able to reach agreement across the aisle and avoid a shutdown before that date. Although the tracks have been greased, there are plenty of opportunities to derail the process over the next several weeks—and the lack of agreement prevented the bills from getting passed this summer.