News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Seeking Scientists to Participate in “Hill Day” »
Are you a NIH-funded scientist who lives within driving distance of Washington, DC? If so, would you be willing to spend a day on Capitol Hill with other scientists to talk with Members of Congress about the importance of NIH research funding?
- House Bill Cutting Social and Behavioral Sciences Funding Advances »
Over opposition from large segments of the scientific community, a House science subcommittee passed a bill to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill (H.R. 4186) introduces new accountability measures for funding research grants and substantially reduces funding for basic research in the social and behavioral sciences.
- DoD Sees Need to Expand Social Sciences »
As the social sciences come under attack, the Department of Department of Defense (DoD) is calling for the social sciences to play an “ever-expanding role” across defense operations and planning.
- Tell Congress: It’s Time to Roll Back Sequestration »
No one intended for sequestration to actually happen, and neither party is pleased with the results. And this is only the beginning. As a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act, ten-year caps on discretionary spending were set in place and annual cuts to discretionary spending have begun. Another round of sequestration cuts is scheduled to kick in beginning in mid-January 2014.
- FY 2014 Budget Bills Advance »
Although the two major parties were able to agree on a FY 2013 bill that would keep the government operating, the budget plans for FY 2014 demonstrate that the parties remain far apart on priorities.
- Our Scientists at Work: Early Career Scientist Studies Linkages between Brain and Reproduction »
We all go through puberty--but what happens in the brain to make the whole process possible?
- New Report Highlights Harmful Effects of Sequestration on Behavioral & Brain Sciences »
Research funding for behavioral and brain sciences is among the devastating cuts that have occurred as a result of sequestration. A recently released, comprehensive report is the first of its kind to highlight specific details of the impact of dramatic cuts across multiple sectors. Coming just as Congress returns to debate about how to resolve our Nation’s budget crisis, the report serves as a reminder of the consequences of failing to financially support the programs that keep our citizens healthy, safe, and educated and our Nation prospering.
- U.S. Health Lags Behind Other Nations »
A recent National Academies’ Institute of Medicine public briefing on the report "U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health," reveals that Americans show a health disadvantage for all age groups up to age 75 on multiple measures of mortality and morbidity, including life expectancy, diseases, biological and behavioral risk factors and injuries.
- Behavioral Science & Policy Association Debuts »
The newly launched non-profit Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) brings together prominent behavioral science researchers, policy analysts and practitioners with a vision “to promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research into concrete policy solutions that serve the public interest.”
- Fay Lomax Cook to Head SBE at NSF »
The National Science Foundation recently announced that Northwestern University Professor Fay Lomax Cook will become the next assistant director for the Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in September of 2014.
- Scientists Take Their Concerns to Capitol Hill »
A group of Maryland-based scientists visited Capitol Hill on Friday, June 14th to talk about the impact of diminished federal funding for science, sequestration’s additional blows to scientific advances, and the continued threats to SBE sciences.
- FABBS Foundation Honors David A. Kenny »
Kenny’s work on methods and models for analyzing dyadic and group data have revolutionized how researchers collect, analyze, and interpret data from dyads and groups. The models that Kenny has developed (e.g., the Social Relations Model and the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model) have motivated researchers to examine interdependence as a phenomenon that is interesting in its own right.