News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- FDA Center for Tobacco Products Seeks Input on Research Base »
On February 29, 2012, the Center for Tobacco Products held a meeting to seek stakeholder input into its planned research program for tobacco product regulation. David Ashley, Director of the Center's Office of Science, said that science is needed to inform the regulations and described four public health objectives that include reducing initiation, promoting cessation, and reducing the harms for those who use the products.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Shelley Taylor »
Shelley E. Taylor, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's "In Honor of..." program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
- National Science Foundation Seeks Nominations for National Medals of Science »
The National Medal of Science is awarded by the U.S. President to “individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.”
- House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on NSF Budget: Requested Increase “Unlikely” »
In late February, Subra Suresh, NSF Director, appeared before the House and Subcommittee on Research and Science Education to make the case for the President’s 4.8% increase in the agency’s budget for FY 2013. Appearing with the National Science Board Chair, Dr. Ray Bowen, Suresh described “a carefully-targeted portfolio of innovative investments that provides increased support for fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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 Edwin Locke »
Edwin Locke, Dean's Professor of Leadership and Motivation (Emeritus) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is featured in the FABBS Foundation's program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
- FY 2011 Science Funding Levels in Question »
In one week, the 2010 elections will be completed, and it is anyone’s guess as to what will happen with federal spending bills during the lame-duck session.
- Graduate Students Describe the Appeal of Human Factors Research »
Nicole Werner and Haneen Saqer, second-year doctoral students in the human factors program at George Mason University, describe the appeal of human factors research.
- Driving Simulator Steers Kids from Texting at the Wheel: Applied Psychology Popular at Science Festival on the National Mall »
The FABBS Foundation joined forces with the George Mason University’s Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program to organize a booth at the nation’s first-ever science and engineering festival, held October 23-24, 2010, in Washington, DC.