News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- 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.
- House and Senate Committees Advance Non-controversial Spending Bills »
The first FY 2013 spending bills are making their way through House and Senate appropriations committees. While disagreements abound about how to reduce the deficit, there is remarkable agreement on at least some spending measures.
- FDA Center for Tobacco Products Seeks Input on Research Base »
On February 29, 2012, the Center for Tobacco Products held a meeting to seek stakeholder input into its planned research program for tobacco product regulation. David Ashley, Director of the Center's Office of Science, said that science is needed to inform the regulations and described four public health objectives that include reducing initiation, promoting cessation, and reducing the harms for those who use the products.
- Congress to Reconvene and Another Appropriations Process to Begin »
The Second Session of the 112th Congress is formally getting underway this week. Before 2011 ended, House and Senate conferees had agreed on a spending package that included the nine remaining appropriations bills for FY 2012. NIH received funding at $30.7 billion, an increase of $299 million over FY 2011 levels, minus a .189 percent across the board cut for all programs in the Labor-HHS-Education section of the omnibus bill.
- President’s Bioethics Commission Releases Report on Human Research Protections »
Prompted by the recent revelations of the 1940's U.S. Public Health Services research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues releases a report on the United States system of human research.
- National Cancer Institute is Recruiting Psychological Scientists »
The principal federal agency responsible for cancer research in the U.S. is recruiting junior and senior level scientists for its Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch.
- Association of American Medical Colleges Highlights Need for SBS Sciences in Medical Education »
In a recently released report, Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians, the Association of American Medical Colleges states that “a complete medical education must include, alongside physical and biological science, the perspectives and findings that flow from the behavioral and social sciences.”
- GRANT Act Draws Concerns of Scientists and Policymakers »
The Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011 (GRANT Act or H.R. 3433) would require federal agencies to establish additional transparency measures, but advocates, scientists, and even members of Congress are raising concerns about its potential impact on science.
- PCAST Releases Report on STEM Ed in Undergraduate Education »
Since taking office, the President has consistently pushed for improvements in STEM education (traditionally defined) in the U.S. In April 2009, during remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, he stated: “American students will move from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math over the next decade.”
- NIH Seeks Input on Strategic Plan for New Addictions Institute »
A NIH planning committee is developing a Scientific Strategic Plan for the agency's proposed new Institute, the National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders. The goal of the strategic plan is to "identify new scientific opportunities that are not currently supported in the existing NIH research portfolios and public health initiatives on substance use, abuse, and addiction-related disorders."
- NIGMS and NIMH Release RFA on Modeling Social Behavior »
NIGMS joins with NIMH to seek applications for "developing and testing innovative theories and computational, mathematical, or engineering approaches to deepen our understanding of complex social behavior." The funding announcement invites research proposals that examine the emergence of collective behaviors arising from individual elements or the functioning of a system within its environment.