News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- Our Scientists at Work: No Limit to Benefits of Cognitive Science »
Cognitive science is useful not just for technologies involving teaching and learning but also for the development of all new technologies. Unlike the individual disciplines--psychology, linguistics, computer science and the like—cognitive science teaches practitioners to view problems from multiple perspectives and look for new and innovative ways to solve them.
From helping people recognize the bias in their decision making to assessing the depth of knowledge in a particular discipline, “any field would benefit from cognitive science,” Landauer said. “It touches upon everything we do, and gets to the root of how we think and learn.”
- Science Champion Rep. Fattah Kicks off FABBS' Annual Meeting »
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) kicked off the annual meeting of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), proclaiming that “the spirit of our economy is in science and innovation.” Fattah highlighted points from his Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, which envisions the creation of a scientific “superhighway” encompassing the full range of research on the brain.
- Leadership Changes at OBSSR »
The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research recently announced that as of May 5, 2014, Dr. Robert M. Kaplan, Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will be moving to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Kaplan's new position as Chief Science Officer for the AHRQ comes after 35+ years of association with the AHRQ.
- NSF Report Highlights SBE Contributions »
This month the National Science Foundation released a report “Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Addresses National Challenges.” NSF’s SBE Directorate funds more than half of the university-based SBE research in the nation, research that helps the nation address the human element of many of the challenges we face.
- Kauffman Receives Early Career Investigator Award »
Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Kauffman was awarded the FABBS Foundation’s Early Career Investigator Award during the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s 17th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The award honors early career scientists in FABBS’s twenty-two member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
- 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.”
- NSF Moves to Increase Accountability and Transparency »
Shrinking federal budgets, combined with a "small government" emphasis, have led to calls by the House majority for the government to "prioritize" and for science agencies to be more "transparent" and "accountable."
- Gallo Receives Early Career Investigator Award »
Dr. David Gallo of the University of Chicago Department of Psychology received the FABBS Foundation Early Career Investigator Award during the Psychonomic Society annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 14-17, 2013.
- NIH Data Book Tool Enhanced with Peer Review Feature »
The NIH Data Book (NDB), which provides information on extramural grants and contract awards; grant applications; organizations, trainees, and fellows supported through NIH programs; and the national biomedical workforce; has been enhanced with the addition of the new “NIH Peer Review” feature.
- 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.