News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- First FY 2012 Minibus Spending Package Completed – NSF Gets Increase »
Congress passed its first package of FY 2012 appropriations bills late last week. The “minibus” combined three spending bills including Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) which funds NSF. The House-Senate conference agreement decreases CJS spending by $583 million from FY 2011, but provides $7 billion for NSF, an amount that is $173 million above last year’s funding.
- 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.
- Agreements on Federal Spending Appear Elusive »
In the month since the President’s FY 2013 budget request arrived in Congress, both the House and Senate have been busy with budget and appropriations work. Reports are that the House will bring a budget resolution to the floor on March 21st, a resolution that will set a discretionary cap at $1.028 trillion or $19 billion below the $1.047 trillion cap that was agreed upon in the Budget Control Act (BCA) or debt ceiling deal in 2011.
- House Science Subcommittee Briefed on "Behavior Science and Security" »
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight invited Philip Rubin to describe the state of research in the behavioral and social sciences related to the evaluation of tools, techniques, and technologies used in security and the detection of deception.
- Carl Wieman Confirmed for OSTP Post »
The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Nobel prize-winner Carl Wieman as Associate Director for Science in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Jim Sidanius »
Jim Sidanius is a Professor in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His primary research interests include the interface between political ideology and cognitive functioning, the political psychology of gender, group conflict, institutional discrimination, and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup prejudice.
- 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.
- Capitol Hill Update and the “Devastating” Impact of Sequestration »
In what is typically a busy appropriations time of the year, add to it a great deal of discussion about the upcoming sequestration set to begin in January 2013. The sequestration was put into motion with the Budget Control Act (BCA), signed into law in 2011 following negotiations between Congress and the President over the debt ceiling and deficits. Sequestration provides for automatic cuts of an estimated 8-10 percent to the domestic, discretionary part of the federal budget–meaning to agencies that fund much of the nation’s scientific research.
- Draft Report on Next Generation Science Standards Released »
The National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education, released in mid-2011, created a starting point for the development of science standards. As the report was published, the nonprofit ACHIEVE began its work to draft a common set of science standards for K-12 education that could be used to build curricula and assessments.