News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- “Tough Choices” in President’s FY 2013 Budget »
The President sent his budget request to Congress on Monday, Feb. 13, the "opening bid" in what is sure to be a contentious year. The Budget Control Act agreed to by the White House and Congress last year set discretionary spending caps, freezing discretionary spending at 2011 levels and requiring trade-offs, according to the Administration.
- Our Scientists at Work: How Watching the Clock Affects Performance »
Where we focus our attention affects how we perceive the passage of time. Pay attention to a task at hand, and time flies. Pay attention to the passage of time, and things seem to slow. Cognitive psychologist Joseph Magliano explains why.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Carolyn Rovee-Collier »
Carolyn Rovee-Collier was born on April 7, 1942 in Nashville, TN, the daughter of a Distinguished Professor of comparative anatomy and textbook author who inculcated in her a love of science, teaching, writing, and scholarship. Carolyn’s systematic studies of infant learning and memory have had a major and broad impact on the understanding of cognitive processes during early development.
- National Research Council Highlights Behavioral and Social Sciences in Action »
The National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of The National Academies held a symposium, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Action, on September 24, 2012, with a focus on national security, medicine, and engineering.
- RFI Issued on Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-Solving »
IARPA invests in “high-risk/high-payoff research programs” and the Request for Information aims to “assess the breadth and scope of possible evidence-based interventions, tools, and/or metrics that could be used to significantly improve adaptive reasoning and problem-solving in healthy, high-performing adults.”
- Fairness in Workplace Key to Employee, Organizational Health »
As an industrial-organizational psychologist, Deborah Rupp studies human behavior in the workplace. Rupp talks about how employees come to judge their workplace as fair or unfair and what that means to them and to their employers.
- Can physiological traits help paint a clearer picture of psychopathy? »
Christopher Patrick, a clinical neuroscientist and researcher, is looking at how to combine behavioral observations with physiological measurements to get a clearer picture of what contributes to psychopathy.
- Congress Postpones Tough Decisions on Federal Budget While Sequestration Looms »
Trying to avert a government shutdown before the elections, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government operating through March 27, 2013. The funding level for federal programs in the final 6 months of FY 2013 is uncertain, but the balance of power following the elections will undoubtedly influence the direction and whether significant cuts will be required or funding remains at levels set in the Budget Control Act.