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News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • Key Funding Bill Moves in U.S. House of Representatives »
    On July 7, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee reported its proposed fiscal year 2017 bill. The bill funds several federal agencies important to FABBS members, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
  • NSF Reauthorization Bill Advances in Senate »
    The long-awaited Senate bill to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation and other science agencies was released in late June and greeted with cautious enthusiasm by the science and higher education communities.
  • In speech therapy, what’s best for the bottom line might also be best for kids »
    About 40% of children receiving special education services at school have either a speech-specific diagnosis or a problem like autism that includes speech delays. But speech language pathologists (SLPs) report large caseloads and worry that could compromise the effectiveness of their services. Increasing the number of SLPs sounds like a logical remedy, but it might not be necessary, according to a review of research by Laura Justice, Jessica Logan, Mary Beth Schmitt, and Hui Jiang, in Policy Insights from the Behavioral Sciences. Research on how people process the skills they learn in speech therapy might allow SLPs to reduce the frequency or intensity of their services, the researchers write.
  • FABBS Honors Art C. Graesser »
    Dr. Art Graesser is a true scholar, teacher, and colleague. He is internationally known for his work across several disciplines within the behavioral and brain sciences. Indeed, he is a “renaissance man,” having conducted intensive research in several areas of cognitive and learning sciences including knowledge representation, discourse processing, inference generation, conversation, question asking and answering, emotion, human computer interaction, serious games, and intelligent tutoring systems.  
  • FABBS Honors Susan T. Fiske »
    Susan T. Fiske (Harvard University PhD; honorary doctorates: Université catholique de Louvain-la-neuve, Universiteit Leiden, Universität Basel) investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuro-scientific levels. Author of over 300 publications and winner of numerous scientific awards, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
  • FABBS Honors Arthur (Dan) Fisk »
    In his early life, Arthur (Dan) Fisk had his sights set on boxing as a career. From a career perspective, an unexpected loss of a fight was one of the best things that happened to him. He went to college receiving a B.S. from The Ohio State University in 1978. Another important career event was working with Delos D. Wickens during his junior and senior years of college. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under Walter Schneider. In addition to Schneider, Chris Wickens, also a faculty member, greatly influenced Fisk’s behavioral science approach.
  • Setting Directions for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH »
    OBSSR is creating a draft strategic plan that will guide its research priorities over the next 5-10 years. The draft describes three scientific priorities: Creating basic and applied research synergy by identifying promising basic behavioral and social sciences research with strong potential for applied translation relevant to health, and facilitating greater bidirectional communications between basic and applied behavioral and social sciences research to strengthen the basic to applied research pipeline; enhancing the methods, measures, and data infrastructure to encourage a more cumulative behavioral and social sciences; and facilitating the adoption of behavioral and social science research findings in health research and practice.
  • NSF Research Flat-Funded by Senate Committee »
    This year, while the U.S. House is bogged down in fights about the overall budget numbers, the Senate is taking the lead and moving bills through the Appropriations Committee. One early bill is the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation.
  • More than Words: The Cornerstone of Reading Comprehension »
    Learning to read is one of the most fundamental, and yet most complex, tasks for young students. Despite many national initiatives to boost reading instruction, an alarming number of children still struggle: on a test sometimes called “the Nation’s Report Card,” (the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP), almost half of fourth and eighth graders were rated as below proficient in reading in 2015. Part of the reason it’s so challenging to become proficient is that reading requires mastering and combining many different skills, from identifying and sounding out words to connecting those words with their meanings and then understanding the content of a text. Reading comprehension is often one of the missing pieces.
  • Looking Beyond Treatment to Understand Relapse »
    Treatment for problematic behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction, self-injury, and childhood aggression costs individuals and society millions of dollars a year. Well-designed treatments often work in the short term, but relapse is common. Understanding the reasons why is critical, because when people take up their old bad habits, it causes distress for patients, families, and community members.
  • No Single Solution for Bullying »
    Media reports of bullying and its consequences have become distressingly common, especially for parents of children and teens. A spate of high profile cases that ended in suicide or violence helped fuel a national movement for legislation to define and deal with bullying. All 50 states now have laws designed to prevent and address bullying in schools, but those laws vary widely and their impact isn’t clear. What is clear is that laws alone can’t stop bullying, because it’s a complex problem that requires multifaceted solutions, writes Amy Bellmore in a recent review of bullying research for Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Preventing bullying will require the active involvement of parents, young people, schools, and new media entities, her review of the research shows.
  • John Haaga to Head NIA’s Behavioral and Social Research Division »
    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announced this week that John Haaga, Ph.D., will become the Director of the agency’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Haaga joined NIA in 2004, and has served as deputy director of the division and as Acting Director since April 2015.
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