News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Authorization Bill Reducing SBE by 45% Passes U.S. House »
On May 20th, the U.S. House passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), a bill that was two years in the making. Over widespread opposition from the science community, the House Science Committee is seeking to change the process the National Science Foundation uses to identify the best science and literally, the type of science the agency funds.
- US House to Vote on Cuts to NSF’s SBE and GEO Research in Spending Bill »
With much anticipation–and after many meetings with constituents and science advocates–the Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee introduced his bill to fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Fiscal Year 2016. Regarding the bill, Congressman Culberson said, “I want to make the hard sciences a priority—the math and physics and pure science. The fundamental mission of NSF should be those core sciences.” Tell Your Member of Congress that SBE-supported research is vital to the country!
- Bill Cutting NSF SBE Funding by 55% Goes to House Floor: Contact Congress! »
The U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report a bill to the House floor that cuts current funding for the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate by almost 55%. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) is widely opposed by the science and higher education communities.
- House Appropriations Bill Protects Directorates In Part; Small Boost to NSF »
On May 14th, the U.S. House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee marked up and favorably reported the spending bill for NSF and other science agencies. The bill now moves to the full Appropriations Committee.
The spending bill is important both for what it did and did not do. Chairman Culberson (R-TX), a fan of NASA programs that are also included in this bill, provided a small increase in funds for NSF—$50 million or 0.7%. However, he expressed an interest in boosting NSF funding if the White House and Congress can negotiate a larger budget deal that reduces the strain placed on federal funding by the Budget Control Act caps and sequestration cuts.
- “No New Awards” in Core NSF SBE Research Programs? »
The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday, May 20. Three weeks ago, the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report to the House floor the bill that reauthorizes the nation’s science programs, including those at the National Science Foundation. The bill authorizes significant cuts to the SBE Directorate. Contact Congress Now!
- Bill Cutting NSF SBE Directorate by 45% Advances to House Floor »
Despite widespread opposition from the science and higher education communities, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report out of Committee the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill is designed to reauthorize programs at several of the nation’s science agencies, including the National Science Foundation.
- Psychologist Immordino-Yang Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
With her strong background in science and languages, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the American Educational Research Association, took a job as a science teacher at a junior/senior high school south of Boston, one of the nation’s most culturally diverse schools with 81 languages spoken. “I was fascinated by the way the students used their home cultures, languages and understandings of family relationships to leverage themselves to understanding scientific concepts,” she said.
Immordino-Yang is now working to understand the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for young people’s development and successful learning in and out of school. She uses her research to assist educators and parents in supporting children’s healthy development and meaningful learning.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Ed Diener »
Ed Diener, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) at the University of Illinois, where he has been a faculty member since 1974. He is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Utah and the University of Virginia.
- NSF and Capitol Hill Communications Improve: SBE Funding Still At Risk »
For all stakeholders, there has been an eagerness to hit the “reset” button in communications between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the House Science Committee coming into the 114th Congress. NSF Director France Córdova has reached out to Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), and following a joint trip to Antarctica during the Washington, DC winter months, the relationship between the agency and the Committee has improved. For the last two years, the Committee has been in pursuit of waste at the agency, including in its award of research grants.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Stephen J. Ceci »
Steve Ceci is the author of ~ 400 articles, books, commentaries, reviews, and chapters—many in the premier journals of the field (Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, Nature, PNAS, JEP: General, Psychological Science, BBS). He has given hundreds of invited addresses and keynote speeches around the world (Harvard, Cambridge University, Oxford, Yale, Princeton, University of Rome, University of Oslo, Max Plank Institutes in Munich and Berlin). He served on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation for seven years (the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences), and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Behavioral and Sensory Sciences for six years. He has served on the editorial boards of over twenty journals.
- Psychologist Swingle Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
It's easy to see how the ubiquity of digital media is changing our lives, but how is it affecting our physical and mental health? “The short answer is that our brains are speeding up, but not in a good way,” according to psychologist Mari Swingle, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. “People are walking around in a constant state of hyperarousal,” and that has serious consequences for brain architecture and functioning, says Swingle. Her research and clinical observations have led her to conclude that excessive use of digital media are contributing to skyrocketing rates of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues in both adults and children.
- Behavioral Science Research and Cybersecurity »
The U. S. House of Representatives put new policies in place to strengthen cybersecurity; new policies aim to improve staff training, among other measures. According to Roll Call, the Senate sergeant-at-arms office recognized the importance of the human side of the cybersecurity problem: “Although technical solutions… go a long way toward protecting online information, end users are still the first and most effective line of defense.” In response to the many highly publicized attacks on the financial and health sectors, among others, efforts are underway to improve both the technological and human sides of the problem.