News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- FABBS Honors Howard E. Egeth »
Howard E. Egeth is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, with joint appointments in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience. He is a cognitive psychologist whose main research interests are in the general area of attention and perception. Some of his early work focused on issues of parallel and serial processing of distinct objects in the visual field as well as of the perceptual features that compose visual objects. He is also well known for work on attentional selectivity and on the roles of top-down and bottom-up processes in the allocation of attention. In some recent work he has pointed to the role of ignoring as an active inhibitory process (and not simply the absence of attention); he has called this “the dark side of attention.”
- Capitol Hill Champions, Science Advocates Push Funding Requests »
The calendar for getting appropriations bills completed before the new fiscal year is tight. Yet, neither the House nor Senate have passed a budget resolution, as disagreements remain over the top-line funding level for the federal government in FY 2017. Although the budget remains in limbo, science advocates and Members of Congress who support research are making their requests known to appropriators.
- Prospects for Federal Research Funding are Mixed »
Coming into the new year, there were high hopes that Congress would be able to pass appropriations bills with ease, a return to “regular order.” The budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) reached in late 2015, set overall spending caps for the federal budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. The BBA lifted for two years the spending caps set in place through sequestration and provided enough funding for federal programs to enable passage of an omnibus spending bill for FY 2016. It also set the stage for moving the FY 2017 appropriations bills.
- FABBS Honors Diane F. Halpern »
Diane F. Halpern is an internationally recognized expert in several fields within the psychological sciences, including critical thinking, gender studies, and the learning sciences. FABBS honors her for her significant accomplishments and contributions to the psychological sciences.
- FABBS Foundation Announces 2016 Early Career Award Winners »
The FABBS Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Early Career Impact Award. This award recognizes early career scientists of FABBS member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Now in our fourth year, we are honoring four outstanding scientists representing a broad array of research. The scientists will receive the award at their nominating society’s 2016 Annual Meeting or another high visibility venue. In addition, FABBS Foundation will work with the winners to disseminate their work to a public audience through our science writing program.
- NSF Director Making the Case for All Sciences on Capitol Hill »
Dr. France Córdova, NSF Director, spoke to scientists at the 2015 FABBS Council of Representatives Annual Meeting. She described the amount of time she spends on Capitol Hill interacting with Members of Congress who want to know more about NSF. “I spend a lot of time on the Hill, 150 visits as of 2 months ago.” Córdova has only been on the job since April 2014.
- Milkman presented with Early Career Impact Award at Society for Judgment and Decision Making »
Most of us have a few important items that always seem to fall to the bottom of the to-do list, like opening a retirement account, getting a flu shot, or exercising. Despite their significance for long-term health and well-being, these behaviors become victims of our busy lives, of procrastination, and of the temptation of more appealing activities. Fortunately, University of Pennsylvania professor Katherine Milkman has found strategies to help us prioritize the things that we know are good for us. Milkman is the 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.
- Will Congress Get FY 2016 Spending Bills Over The Finish Line – And How Will Science Fare? »
At this time, a short-term Continuing Resolution is keeping the government doors open until December 11. Hopefully, Congress will be able to reach agreement across the aisle and avoid a shutdown before that date. Although the tracks have been greased, there are plenty of opportunities to derail the process over the next several weeks—and the lack of agreement prevented the bills from getting passed this summer.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Ann L. Brown »
Ann L. Brown was an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of experimental and developmental psychology, special education, cognitive science, education sciences and learning sciences. Indeed, she made seminal contributions to these fields that substantially shaped their direction. She overcame a “slow” start. She was a classic dyslexic who did not learn to read until she was 13 but nonetheless received a First Class Honours degree and subsequently a Ph.D. in Psychology from Bedford College at the University of London at age 24.
Throughout her career, Ann’s research centered on children’s learning, but she studied it in different contexts (laboratory, individual pullout, and intact classrooms) and through different theoretical lenses (behaviorism, cognitive, and sociocultural). She also focused on understanding the nature of individual and developmental differences, with an eye to using this information to enhance the performance of younger and weaker learners, a focus that led eventually to her move to education.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Leaetta M. Hough »
Dr. Hough is known for her independent thinking and work challenging “received wisdom” about what is and is not useful for predicting important outcomes in organizational settings. She is one of the world’s leaders in developing innovative candidate assessment systems. Her focus is on creating tools to reliably evaluate candidate characteristics that predict on-the-job outcomes, such as job performance, advancement, innovation, learning efficiency, engagement, and retention.
- Budget Deal Needed for Science Agencies, But It’s Only a Start »
Just after passing a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), attention turned to what would happen with the rest of the fiscal year funding and whether other matters such as electing a new Speaker of the House and approaching the debt ceiling would play a role.
Meanwhile, federal agencies are playing out various scenarios for FY 2016 – cuts, flat funding, some level of increase – as they once again await the final numbers for the year. The less-than-one-year-planning cycles, combined with funding cuts, continue to undermine the nation’s scientific infrastructure.
- New Members Elected to FABBS Board of Directors »
On January 1, 2016, FABBS will officially welcome three scientists to our Board of Directors. We also recognize three current Board Members who have been re-elected to continue service on the Board. New to the FABBS Board will be: Nora Newcombe (President-Elect), Eugene Borgida (Member-At-Large), and Jun Zhang (Member-At-Large). Continuing their service: Bruce Overmier (Treasurer), Robert Feldman (Member-At-Large), and Donald Foss (Member-At-Large). FABBS appreciates the dedication of time and talent of these new and continuing Board members. Welcome!