News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Pre-election Spending Battles Continue on Capitol Hill »
As Congress nears its August recess and with few days left in the legislative calendar before the November elections, it appears once again that a Continuing Resolution (CR) will be needed to fund the government as it moves into the new fiscal year. With an upcoming election, lawmakers want to avoid a government shutdown and postpone the rest of the battles over spending cuts.
- Our Scientists at Work: The Psychology Behind Going Green »
We have habits, fears, and biases that get in the way of making all sorts of sound decisions, even when it comes to going green. Psychologist Elke Weber sheds light on why we make the decisions we do, especially when they’re not necessarily in our best interest.
- Going Straight to the Source: How do infants learn best? »
Infants are now exposed to more information from more sources than ever before, whether it’s books, TVs, or computers. Developmental psychologist Rachel Barr, discusses how well infants learn from select sources of information compared with how well they learn from face-to-face interactions.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Lawrence Erlbaum »
Lawrence Erlbaum is unique in both publishing and psychological science. As the founder of his own publishing company, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Erlbaum is known for his business savvy and his dedication to disseminating academic research. His interest in psychological science and focus on making academic research available has made him a legendary figure and a respected friend to many scientists.
- Attention Focuses on Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff »
With the signing of the Sequestration Transparency Act, the Administration signaled its agreement to prepare a detailed plan for Congress regarding how automatic cuts to defense and non-defense programs would be impacted. The plan must be submitted to Congress within 30 days, just days after the Labor Day holiday.
- MINERVA Research Competition for 2013 Opens »
The MINERVA Research Initiative is a university-based basic social science research program launched by the Department of Defense in 2008. The goal is to improve the “fundamental understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.”
Proposals are sought from single investigators as well as multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams.
- 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.”
- New NRC Doctoral Program Assessment Released–and Debated »
The National Research Council has released its latest assessment of U.S. doctoral programs, intended to help universities improve the quality of their programs and prospective students choose those best suited to their abilities and interests.
- FABBS and FABBS Foundation Welcome New Staff »
We are very pleased to report the addition of two new staff to our offices in Washington, DC.
- Funding Growth for Science Slows Under Reauthorized COMPETES Act »
President Obama’s signature on the America COMPETES Act on January 4, 2011, came as a relief to supporters of bolstering America’s competitiveness in science and innovation.