News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Next Steps for Behavioral and Social Sciences in K-12 STEM Education »
Drawing upon the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education, ACHIEVE began its work to create a set of common science standards. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences joined with the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and Society for Research in Child Development to provide input as primary reviewers to the draft science standards report.
- U.S. House Subcommittee Takes Aim at NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate »
A Congressional hearing was held “to examine the need for federal investments in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE) and to assess its value to the American taxpayer.”
- FABBS Welcomes McGraw-Hill Higher Education »
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, has joined FABBS as a corporate affiliate.
- NIH Director Recognizes Former Senator Specter’s Support for Medical Research »
A tireless supporter of NIH research, former Senator Arlen Specter, died on October 14, 2012. NIH Director Francis Collins recognized Specter’s leadership in pushing for federal support for NIH research, which many scientists and science advocates recall him saying was the “crown jewel of the federal government.”
- Capitol Hill Exhibition Highlights NSF-Sponsored Research »
As part of the Coalition for National Science Funding’s Annual Exhibition & Reception on Capitol Hill, FABBS highlighted the NSF-funded research of Dr. Rick Thomas of the University of Oklahoma.
- Neuropsychologist O'Bryant Presented with Early Career Award »
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) affects over 5 million Americans, and every 68 seconds another person develops the disease. But by the time family members and even doctors recognize the symptoms, the brain disease has progressed to a point that is severe and difficult to treat. What if AD patients could be identified and treated earlier and more easily?
Soon that will be a reality, thanks to a blood test developed by FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Dr. Sid O'Bryant at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and his colleagues. “This test can detect with over 90% accuracy who has the disease, and it provides a way for primary care physicians to screen for possible Alzheimer’s,” he explains. This is a big change, because AD has typically been diagnosed by specialists at Alzheimer’s clinics, which are few and far between.
- Limits Set for House Appropriations Subcommittees »
Rep. Harold Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced limits for the House Appropriations Subcommittees to use when determining funding for programs under their jurisdiction.
- Philip Rubin Takes New Leadership Role at White House Office »
Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), recently appointed Dr. Philip Rubin to the position of Principal Assistant Director for Science at OSTP.
- Senate Subcommittee Hears Testimony on NIH Budget - Success Rates to Drop »
NIH Director Francis Collins appeared before the U.S. Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee last week to discuss the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request for NIH.
- NSF Seeks Proposals for Interdisciplinary Research across the SBE Sciences »
Growing out of the SBE 2020 visioning report, Rebuilding the Mosaic, NSF is seeking proposals for research that involves investigators from multiple disciplinary fields, integrates theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple fields, and is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple fields.
- NIH Working Group to Make Recommendations on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Workforce »
A newly-formed NIH working group will provide advice to the NIH Director’s advisory committee regarding actions needed to ensure a diverse and sustainable biomedical and behavioral research workforce.
- What’s New – and Not So New – on Capitol Hill in 2015 »
On the heels of a tough, but successful defense of our sciences last year, behavioral and social scientists may wonder what’s in store this year, especially with a new Congress. Our sciences faced, in a House authorization bill, a potential 42% cut at the National Science Foundation. The cut never materialized in the House Appropriations bill that included NSF, but make no mistake that the threat was real. There are a number of factors driving actions on Capitol Hill, all of which will play into how the behavioral and social sciences will fare this year.