News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- Science Societies Highlight NSF-Funded Research on Capitol Hill »
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) sponsored the 18th Annual Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill to highlight the excellent research funded by the National Science Foundation. Over thirty scientific societies, universities, and science organizations participated in the event, STEM Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation, on May 15, 2012.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Beth Sulzer-Azaroff »
Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in applied behavior analysis. She is perhaps most recognized for the development of strategies to enhance learning and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Through her research, teaching, textbooks and the work of her academic progeny she has improved the lives of children, adults, families and workers throughout the world.
- New Research By James Coan Takes “A Fresh Look at Our Selves” »
The brain’s capacity to make that distinction [between self and others] may not be clear-cut—especially when it comes to threatening situations involving someone we care about, says James Coan, a psychological scientist who specializes in the neuroscience of emotional expression.
- The Brains behind a Better Robot for Seniors: Scientists and Engineers »
Human factors psychologist Wendy Rogers is working with a team of researchers to design a robot that helps older adults retain their independence while maintaining their quality of life.
- Our Scientists at Work: How Our Emotions Shape Moral Hypocrisy »
Moral hypocrisy, the tendency to judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves, has been studied by researchers before now--but only through the lens of disgust. FABBS Foundation Science Writer Robin Tricoles talks with Dr. Evan Polman and graduate student Rachel Ruttan about moral hypocrisy as it relates to three emotions: anger, guilt, and envy.
- 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.