News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Science Societies Highlight NSF-Funded Research on Capitol Hill »
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) sponsored the 18th Annual Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill to highlight the excellent research funded by the National Science Foundation. Over thirty scientific societies, universities, and science organizations participated in the event, STEM Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation, on May 15, 2012.
- FABBS Foundation Honors John D. Bransford »
John D. Bransford is a highly innovative contributor to the field of human cognition, especially with respect to our understanding of human learning and the design of technology-enhanced learning environments.
- Connecting Science with Policy for the Public Good »
Researchers with solid data or evidence that could go a ways in crafting good policy routinely hear cries these days that they must push their findings into the public sphere for the public good. That was a major impetus for the creation of the new annual journal, Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS), produced by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences with SAGE as publisher.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Beth Sulzer-Azaroff »
Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in applied behavior analysis. She is perhaps most recognized for the development of strategies to enhance learning and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Through her research, teaching, textbooks and the work of her academic progeny she has improved the lives of children, adults, families and workers throughout the world.
- Graduate Students Speaking Out on Sequestration: Join the Effort! »
The American Physical Society (APS Physics) is spearheading an effort to let U.S. House and Senate leaders know about graduate student concerns with automatic cuts to the federal budget scheduled to begin on Jan. 2, 2012.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Harold W. Stevenson »
Harold W. Stevenson was a psychologist whose work made conceptual and empirical contributions to our understanding of children's learning. Following the completion of his Ph.D. degree in psychology at Stanford (1951), his work on understanding the development of learning utilized experiments that typically used either animals or adults. His rigorous paradigms were employed to study learning with a focus on issues such as tangible vs. social rewards, effects of fear of failure, central and incidental learning, and visual display learning, especially television. His book, Children’s Learning (1972) became a leading source of information and his students became the leaders in pursuing our understanding of the developmental processes involved in early learning and cognition.
- 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.
- URGENT: Act Now to Protect Investments in Science! »
Scientists are urging a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that protects needed investments in science. If you have not contacted your elected officials in Washington, DC, on this issue in the past month, join your colleagues now.
- Science Caught in Committee Battle with NSF »
For the past year and half, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has been leading the push to change how NSF does business. Although in years past, Members of Congress have periodically focused on individual scientific awards, this battle has a different feel. It is being led by the Chair of the House Science Committee, a committee that has historically worked in bipartisan fashion to craft bills that are supported by the broad science community.
- 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.
- Our Scientists at Work: Researchers Seek Early Markers of Schizophrenia, With Remediation in Mind »
Although researchers know that genetics plays a role in the development of schizophrenia, brain scientists are exploring what they think are early markers of schizophrenia; that is, impairments in cognition and in brain function. Psychologist Deanna Barch explains how these markers could help identify people who are most at risk for developing the disease and how exercising the brain may help those already diagnosed with schizophrenia, or even those in high-risk populations, head off the disease.
- Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS) Annual Launches »
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) and SAGE will soon publish the inaugural issue of Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS). This annual journal features research findings in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior that are applicable to nearly every area of public policy. The first issue comprises 33 articles in social and personality psychology focused on topics including health, education, justice, the environment, and inequality. Subsequent annual issues will include policy relevant research in other areas behavioral and brain sciences represented by FABBS member societies.