News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Next Steps for Behavioral and Social Sciences in K-12 STEM Education »
Drawing upon the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education, ACHIEVE began its work to create a set of common science standards. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences joined with the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and Society for Research in Child Development to provide input as primary reviewers to the draft science standards report.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scientists Prepare for District Science Advocacy Week »
In a joint partnership effort, FABBS joined forces with its largest member society, the American Psychological Association, to organize a science advocacy training webinar. The goal was to prepare scientists to visit their Member of Congress back home in the district and lend their voices in support of science funding.