News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- U.S. House and NSF Discussing Accountability »
For years now, the SBE sciences have been a favorite target on Capitol Hill. In the 113th Congress, there remain serious concerns about potential threats to SBE, but now the broader scientific community is also facing challenges on the Hill.
- The Road Ahead for Appropriations »
FY 2014 may prove to be as challenging as any other—perhaps worse. Coming on the tail end of the implementation of sequestration in March 2013–which advocates are still trying to turn back, but which appears increasingly unlikely–the top-line numbers, at least in the House, are dreadful.
- Writing Successful Grant Proposals: Multiple Perspectives on Federal and Foundation Funding »
Scientists often find themselves engaged in the elusive chase for grant funding. In a tight economic climate, the competition for scarce research dollars is growing more intense. As a service to the scientists we represent, FABBS President Robert Sternberg organized a group of stellar behavioral and brain scientists and science administrators to share their insights on how to create the best proposal and compete well for funding.
- FABBS Member Scientific Societies Describe Policy-Relevant Contributions »
FABBS has launched a project to highlight how the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior are contributing to the health and well-being of individuals, society, and the nation. Our goal is to show that investments in our sciences are producing knowledge that saves lives; improves health, education, business operations, and quality of life; increases safety; improves decision making; spurs innovation; and cuts costs.
- Rebecca Saxe, MIT, Highlights SBE-Funded Research on Capitol Hill »
The 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception was held on Capitol Hill on May 7, 2013. The event showcases science, mathematics, engineering and education research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). FABBS invited Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to present her work on the "Development of Brain Regions for Theory of Mind."
- FABBS Foundation Honors Raymond S. Nickerson »
Raymond S. Nickerson is an internationally recognized researcher in the fields of cognitive psychology, applied experimental psychology, and human factors. His recent work has focused on probabilistic reasoning, but earlier work spanned attention, memory (including a famous study of memory for images on pennies), problem solving, creativity, adult literacy, speech recognition and production, and human-computer interaction.
- President Proposes Increases for Science Agencies, but Sequester Continues »
On April 10th, the President presented his budget proposal for FY 2014 to Congress, two months later than usual and following the passage of 2014 budget resolutions by both the House and Senate. The late arrival was triggered by the fact that a full-year 2013 spending bill was not enacted at the time the budget was prepared. Congress did not pass the FY 2013 spending bills until mid-March of this year.
- National Science Board Seeks to Reduce Investigator’s Administrative Workload »
In order to develop recommendations on appropriate administrative workload, the Task Force on Administrative Burdens is seeking recommendations from federally supported investigators at U.S. colleges, universities and non-profit institutions.
- OSTP Provides Update on Neuroscience Efforts across Federal Government »
In a lecture at AAAS on April 11, Dr. Carlos Peña, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, stated that there is an increasing recognition of the broad range of applications of neuroscience including health, education, law enforcement, defense, the workforce, and our economy.
- Next Generation Science Standards Released »
After two years of work, the Next Generation Science Standards report is complete. The science standards identify science and engineering content and practices “that all K-12 students should master in order to be fully prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.”
- Our Scientists at Work: A Better Way to Plan for Retirement »
When it comes to planning for your retirement, you should have a laser-like focus on saving money, right? Wrong, says organizational psychologist Mo Wang. According to Wang, most Americans aren't focusing on the real keys to health and happiness in retirement.
- Congress Clears Spending Bill; Senate Restricts Political Science Research »
The U.S. House and Senate, eager to avoid a government shutdown, passed a spending bill that would keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year. The bill provides funding for federal programs through September 30th. Although some science agencies received a small increase in funding, the spending bill left the automatic cuts due to sequestration in place, and the cuts more than offset the increases.