News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- NIH Seeks Innovative, High-Risk Ideas for Common Fund »
NIH is seeking new ideas for the Common Fund that “fundamentally change how we think about, support, or do research in a specific field, or … create an entirely new field.”
- Democrats Release Report Critical of Senator Coburn’s Analysis of NSF »
Democratic committee staff evaluated the substance of the claims made by Senator Coburn in The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope that “NSF had mismanaged or wasted $3 billion” and could not "validate a single category of significant purported savings.”
- What Does the Debt Ceiling Solution Mean for Science Funding? »
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (i.e., the debt ceiling agreement) establishes caps on discretionary spending for the next ten years (FY 2012-FY 2021).
- As New Fiscal Year Approaches, CR Likely -- Again »
Fiscal Year 2012 officially begins on October 1, 2011, but neither the House nor Senate has completed work on the 12 appropriations bills.
- NRC Releases K-12 Science Education Framework and Makes Plans for SBE Sciences »
On July 19, 2011, the National Research Council (NRC) released its long-awaited report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The framework identifies seven crosscutting concepts, eight key science and engineering practices, and core ideas in four disciplinary areas.
- OBSSR Releases Report on STEM Education Workshop »
The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) released a report on Behavioral and Social in STEM Education that summarizes discussions held by numerous STEM education stakeholders during a workshop on the NIH campus on July 13, 2010.
- Details Emerge on Final Spending Bill for FY 2011 »
At long last, the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the White House were able to reach agreement on a final measure to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011.
- NIGMS Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Training »
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is seeking comments from the public on its draft strategic plan for training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
- NSF Posts SBE 2020 White Papers »
NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate launched “SBE 2020” in August 2010 and recently posted submissions to its website.
- Appropriations Committees to Begin Cutting »
After a one-week recess to allow Members of Congress to spend time in their districts, the new House majority will get started in earnest on reducing non-security, discretionary spending.
- NSF Director Discusses Outlook for NSF in the New Year »
Subra Suresh, NSF’s new Director, met with numerous scientific society and university representatives on January 18, 2011, to share his thoughts on NSF’s direction and to answer questions.
- NIH’s Center for Scientific Review Makes Changes »
NIH is realigning and reorganizing its study sections to “reflect changes in the science.”