News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- AAU Issues Strong Statement of Support for Social and Behavioral Sciences »
With threats to the behavioral and social sciences remaining on the horizon, the Association of American Universities’ Executive Committee, issued a statement expressing its “unequivocal support for federal funding of the behavioral and social sciences.” The AAU represents sixty leading research universities in the U.S. and two in Canada.
- Cognitive Psychologist Jones Presented with Early Career Award »
Computers are making our lives more efficient and productive than ever, but we still want them to be faster, smarter, more powerful. The key, says cognitive psychologist and Early Career Investigator Award winner Michael Jones, is right under our noses, or actually above them: teach computers to think more like the human brain.
- Act Now to Protect Social and Behavioral Sciences Funding at NSF! »
The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating H.R. 4660 on Wed., May 28, 2014. Known as FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, it funds many of the nation’s science programs, including the National Science Foundation.
Scientists MUST let their elected officials know that investments in NSF research, including social and behavioral sciences and education research, are an important foundation for advancing knowledge relevant to the nation.
- 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.
- FABBS Foundation Announces 2014 Early Career Impact Award Winners »
The FABBS Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2014 Early Career Impact Award, which recognizes early career scientists of FABBS scientific societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Rachel Keen »
Dr. Keen's experiences since acquiring her B.A. from Berea College in 1959 have helped shape the direction of her research, as she investigated infants’ habituation, conditioning, and the orienting response using heart rate change as the primary measure.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Jacquelynne S. Eccles »
Jacquelynne S. Eccles is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine and formerly the McKeachie/Pintrich Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan, as well as Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Gender and Achievement Research Program at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
- 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.
- Senate Turns Attention to #InnovationDeficit »
With the squeeze on the federal budget and some calls to cut spending even further, it is a welcome reprieve for the Senate to highlight the need to address the nation’s innovation deficit.
- NRC Examining Proposed “Common Rule” Revisions - Consensus Report Planned »
In July, 2011, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed changes to the federal regulations governing human research protections and sought comments from the public prior to proceeding with regulatory revisions. As DHHS reviewed over 1000 submissions, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences of the National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education began planning for a workshop that would consider the implications of the proposed changes for human research protections in behavioral and social sciences research.
- 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.