News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • One Battle Down, One to Go on NSF Appropriations »
    We have one more round to go before NSF appropriations is complete, and your voice counts! During the week of June 16, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the FY 2015 CJS Appropriations bill. As on the House side, we anticipate amendments to be offered that may target the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) and/or specific SBS disciplines by reducing funding or placing restrictions on it. Write your Senators now to encourage support for NSF and opposition to any amendment that singles out any area of science for negative treatment.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Survive Cut in House Spending Bill, But Cut 42% in NSF Reauthorization Plan »
    There was a flurry of activity last week on two major bills addressing science. On the House floor, Members debated the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill that funds the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • NSF Clarifies Policy on Award Abstracts and Titles »
    On May 29, 2014 the National Science Foundation issued an Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Awardee Organizations. An NSF notice in December announced a focus on transparency and accountability (IN-135), one piece of which is "improving public understanding of our funding decisions through our award Abstracts and Titles." In this vein, the current announcement clarifies the NSF policy on award Abstracts and Titles.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Joel S. Warm »
    Professor Warm joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati shortly after receiving his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Alabama in 1966 and completing post-doctoral training in human factors under the direction of Earl Alluisi at the University of Louisville. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, Senior Scientist at the Warfighter Interface Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Distinguished Researcher in the Human Factors Group of the University of Dayton Research Institute.
  • Behavioral Pharmacologist Johnson Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
    We all know we're supposed to make choices that are good for our long-term health, although that's not easy when we're faced with things that bring us pleasure right now. But for some people, the short-term benefits often win out over the long-term ones. That can help explain why some people get addicted to drug use and other risky behaviors – and why it's so hard to get them to stop, according to FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner Matthew Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
  • 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.