News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- FABBS Foundation Honors Elke Weber »
Elke Weber is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business in the Management Division of Columbia Business School and a professor of Psychology at Columbia University. She also founded and co-directs two centers at Columbia, the Center for the Decision Sciences and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.
- 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.
- Behavioral Pharmacologist Johnson Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
We all know we're supposed to make choices that are good for our long-term health, although that's not easy when we're faced with things that bring us pleasure right now. But for some people, the short-term benefits often win out over the long-term ones. That can help explain why some people get addicted to drug use and other risky behaviors – and why it's so hard to get them to stop, according to FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner Matthew Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
- 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.
- Neuropsychology Fellow Quiroz Presented with Early Career Award »
For Yakeel T. Quiroz, recent winner of the FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award, finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is more than a career and quest for knowledge.
“Once you get to work with families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, get to know them, it’s hard to leave them,” says Quiroz, a clinical/research fellow in neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Quiroz explains that once there is clinical presentation, and dementia sets in, the progression of familial Alzheimer’s is similar to that of the sporadic. Understanding the familial, she explains, may offer clues for treating both types of Alzheimer’s. “We’re trying to get a better sense of what’s going on in the pre-clinical phase,” she says.
- 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.
- NRC to hold Public Briefing on Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences »
The Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council will hold a public briefing on the recently released the Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences on January 30, 2014. This report is the product of a consensus study that was conducted to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising the regulations that govern the protection of human participants in research from the perspective of social and behavioral sciences.
- House and Senate Committees Move Spending Bills, but Huge Gaps Remain »
House and Senate appropriators have advanced most of the twelve spending bills, but getting floor action on many of them will be difficult. As they leave for a five-week break, the opportunities for either a grand bargain or reasoned compromise before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th are quickly shrinking.
- 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.
- National Academy of Science Awards Inaugural Prizes in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences »
Former president of FABBS, James L. McClelland, is one of two inaugural recipients of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. McClelland is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation at Stanford University. He is being honored for his “role in formulating computational models to demonstrate the spread of activation through brain networks.” McClelland’s work has significantly influenced progress in the field of enhanced machine methods for perceiving patterns in language and visual scenes.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences Research “Extraordinarily Important” »
The National Science Board (NSB), an independent body which advises the President and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and sets policies for the National Science Foundation, was briefed at its August 13, 2014, meeting on the research portfolio of NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate.
Given the role of NSB and the challenges faced by the social and behavioral sciences on Capitol Hill, the overview of the SBE Directorate (part of a series of briefings to familiarize NSB members with the range of research across NSF and within each of the seven Directorates) is timely. Two starkly different bills to reauthorize NSF programs await further action in Congress. According to Anneila Sargent, Chair of the NSB Programs and Plans Committee, a goal is to help NSB members be “better ambassadors for NSF.”
- 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."