News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • New Research By James Coan Takes “A Fresh Look at Our Selves” »
    The brain’s capacity to make that distinction [between self and others] may not be clear-cut—especially when it comes to threatening situations involving someone we care about, says James Coan, a psychological scientist who specializes in the neuroscience of emotional expression.
  • Capitol Hill Update and the “Devastating” Impact of Sequestration »
    In what is typically a busy appropriations time of the year, add to it a great deal of discussion about the upcoming sequestration set to begin in January 2013. The sequestration was put into motion with the Budget Control Act (BCA), signed into law in 2011 following negotiations between Congress and the President over the debt ceiling and deficits. Sequestration provides for automatic cuts of an estimated 8-10 percent to the domestic, discretionary part of the federal budget–meaning to agencies that fund much of the nation’s scientific research.
  • Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience Forms »
    With the enthusiastic support of the Administration, Congress and numerous scientific societies, the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience is taking shape. The NSTC working group will coordinate activities in neuroscience research across the federal government and will include several U.S. departments in its membership.
  • Calling All Scientists: FABBS and APA to Organize District Science Advocacy Week »
    FABBS and its largest member society, the American Psychological Association, are joining forces to train interested scientists in preparing for and conducting a visit with their member of Congress. The visits are intended to highlight why federal investments in our sciences are important for individuals, society, and the nation.
  • 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.
  • NIH Announces Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities »
    The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities has become the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
  • Pundits Exchange Views on Arizona Tragedy and What, If Any, Research Is Needed »
    In the wake of the horrific shooting of twenty people, including Congresswoman Giffords, in an Arizona shopping center this weekend, many people are asking the question: Who would perform such a horrible act of violence and why?
  • Guidance Available for NSF Data Management Plans »
    Beginning January 18, 2011, proposals submitted to NSF must have a Data Management Plan.
  • FABBS Elects New Board Members »
    FABBS is pleased to welcome three new scientists to its board: Victoria Luine, PhD, Peter Salovey, PhD, and Dorothy Fragaszy, PhD.
  • OppNet Conference Helps Shape Future Research in Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research »
    NIH held a conference on October 28-29, 2010, in Washington, DC, to generate innovative scientific ideas and set a direction for the remaining three years of the OppNet initiative.
  • 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.