News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Making the Case for Science »
The election is over and all eyes are on the 112th Congress and its next steps. The country faces a $1.3 trillion deficit and given the gloomy landscape, the scientific community must be prepared to make its case.
- PCAST Responds to Joint Letter about K-12 STEM Education »
Earlier this year, we asked PCAST to affirm that all sciences are needed to address the nation’s many challenges - on November 10, 2010, we received a reply from PCAST.
- President Asks for Review of Human Subjects Protection Regulations »
President Obama is seeking a review of federal regulations and international standards to determine if they adequately protect participants in research studies, both domestically and internationally.
- Scientific Societies Urge Lawmakers to Fund Science »
FABBS has joined hundreds of scientific universities, organizations and societies in urging U.S. House and Senate leaders to maintain or increase fiscal year 2011 funding requests for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.
- OppNet Opens Career Development Opportunities for Mid-Career and Senior Researchers »
NIH is currently seeking applications from established, mid-career and senior investigators for short-term, mentored career development awards.
- New NSF Director Addresses Budget, Interdisciplinary Research, and Science Education »
Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio’s Science Friday, recently interviewed the new NSF Director, Subra Suresh, about NSF’s research mission and the impact of current budget challenges.
- NIH Director Creates Task Force for NIDA and NIAAA Consolidation »
After receiving a formal recommendation by the NIH Scientific Management Review Board, NIH Director Francis Collins has asked two senior staff members to organize a task force to look at consolidating research programs on substance use, abuse and addiction into one institute.
- OSTP to Host Workshop on the Science of Science Measurement »
The President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is hosting a workshop December 2-3, 2010, in Washington, DC intended to “connect science agencies with the frontier of current research on science measurement” and inform science policy practitioners about practical issues.
- Behavioral and Social Scientists Bracing for Threatened Spending Cuts »
One proposed recommendation of a way to to reduce the deficit is to “refocus the National Science Foundation on hard sciences,” which would reduce the funding of the divisions of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences as well as Social and Economic Sciences by 50%.
- University Associations Mobilize for Attacks on Science »
Representatives from multiple scholarly associations have requested examples of social, behavioral and economic research that has produced significant benefits to society.
- Agency Budgets for this Fiscal Year Still in Question »
While tax cuts to stimulate the economy are getting a great deal of attention, federal agency budgets for Fiscal year 2011 which began on October 1, 2010, are still up in the air.
- U.S. Army, National Cancer Institute, and National Science Foundation Describe Behavioral Science Research Needs and Opportunities »
FABBS held its Annual Council of Representatives Meeting on December 6, 2010, drawing in speakers from multiple federal agencies to discuss how behavioral sciences research can further their missions.