News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • Act Now to Protect Social and Behavioral Sciences Funding at NSF! »
    The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating H.R. 4660 on Wed., May 28, 2014. Known as FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, it funds many of the nation’s science programs, including the National Science Foundation.

    Scientists MUST let their elected officials know that investments in NSF research, including social and behavioral sciences and education research, are an important foundation for advancing knowledge relevant to the nation.

  • Senate Turns Attention to #InnovationDeficit »
    With the squeeze on the federal budget and some calls to cut spending even further, it is a welcome reprieve for the Senate to highlight the need to address the nation’s innovation deficit.
  • Leadership Changes at OBSSR »
    The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research recently announced that as of May 5, 2014, Dr. Robert M. Kaplan, Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will be moving to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Kaplan's new position as Chief Science Officer for the AHRQ comes after 35+ years of association with the AHRQ.
  • NIH Data Book Tool Enhanced with Peer Review Feature »
    The NIH Data Book (NDB), which provides information on extramural grants and contract awards; grant applications; organizations, trainees, and fellows supported through NIH programs; and the national biomedical workforce; has been enhanced with the addition of the new “NIH Peer Review” feature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wendy Rogers to Represent FABBS Foundation at USASEF's Inaugural X-STEM Event »
    Dr. Wendy Rogers of the Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the FABBS Foundation Board, is a featured speaker during the first ever X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium—presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune. The symposium kicks-off the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, hosted by founding and presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin. Held in Washington DC, X-STEM is a “TED-style” event for kids with talks by 50 of the nation's most noted science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals representing top universities, corporations, non-profits, and governmental agencies.
  • ACTION ALERT - Act Now to Protect Social and Behavioral Sciences Funding! »
    On Thursday, March 13, a House subcommittee will vote on a bill that will drastically cut funding for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation. The legislation would authorize only $150 million for FY 2014 and FY 2015, a 42% cut in FY 2014 alone. ACT NOW!
  • Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened »
    The behavioral and social sciences, a favorite target of Congress for years, may once again be in the sights. The House Science Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill may include reductions in authorized funding levels for NSF’s SBE Directorate.
  • FABBS Announces a New Policy Annual: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS) »
    The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) announces a new annual journal addressing the interface between policy and behavioral and brain sciences: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Science (PIBBS); edited by FABBS President Susan Fiske and published by SAGE.

    Research findings in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior are applicable to nearly every area of public policy. Some links are readily apparent, like the benefits to an aging population of neuroscience research on Alzheimer’s disease, or the importance of cognitive science to improving education. Perhaps not as obvious, but equally valuable, are the contributions of mind, brain, and behavioral science research to policy areas such as innovation, the economy, national security, counter-terrorism, diplomacy, immigration, diversity, and conflict-resolution, among others.

  • FABBS Foundation Honors Arnold J. Sameroff »
    Professor Sameroff is one of the founders of the field of developmental psychopathology. His theoretical model brings together biological and environmental risk factors and demonstrates how they work together as causes of developmental impairments in childhood. The Transactional Theory of Development provides a significant advance over earlier models positing single risks as primary causes of impairments.
  • Spending Plan Complete: Mixed News for Science »
    The December budget deal (otherwise known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 or the “Ryan-Murray Agreement”) set overall spending caps for FY 2014 and 2015. Once set, appropriators worked feverishly over the holidays to put the finishing touches on twelve spending bills, rolling them into an omnibus package that was passed by both houses and signed by the President last week. In the course of their work, the House and Senate also passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open for three days while they finished their work on the omnibus. What does the omnibus offer for science?