News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • 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.
  • Robert Feldman to Serve as President-Elect of FABBS Foundation »
    The FABBS Foundation is pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Feldman (University of Massachusetts Amherst) will serve as President-Elect beginning in January 2012.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Claude Steele »
    Claude M. Steele, PhD (Stanford University) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Howard Gardner »
    Howard Gardner, PhD (Harvard University) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's "In Honor of..." program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
  • First FY 2012 Spending Measure Completed – NSF Gets Increase »
    Congress passed its first package of FY 2012 appropriations bills late last week. The “minibus” combined three spending bills including Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) which funds NSF. The House-Senate conference agreement decreases CJS spending by $583 million from FY 2011, but provides $7 billion for NSF, an amount that is $173 million above last year’s funding.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to Include SBS Sciences »
    The Association of American Medical Colleges is making changes to the MCAT, the exam that aspiring medical students take before entry into medical school. After a comprehensive review of the MCAT by the AAMC and its 21-member advisory committee, with input from several blue-ribbon panels and advisory groups and survey responses from over 2700 stakeholders, a new section on the behavioral and social sciences will be added to the 2015 exam.
  • DHHS Receives Comments on Proposed Human Research Protection Regulations »
    In mid-2011, the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Science and Technology Policy proposed the most extensive changes to the regulations governing human research protections since they were first enacted over three decades ago.
  • NSF Publishes SBE 2020 Report »
    In August 2010, NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate invited scientists to think about the next decade of research and submit white papers describing foundational and transformative questions; skills that would be needed to pursue those questions; and the infrastructure to enable it.
  • National Research Council Holds Meeting on SBS Sciences in K-12 Education »
    On November 17-18, 2011, the National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education held a meeting to discuss strategies for increasing attention to the social and behavioral sciences in K-12 education.
  • NSF Launches New Grant Mechanism »
    On December 1, 2011, NSF will begin receiving proposals under a new grant award mechanism called CREATIV for Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures. CREATIV is intended to “attract unusually creative high-risk/ high-reward interdisciplinary proposals.”
  • NSF Develops Family Friendly Policies for Scientists »
    The National Science Foundation, with the support of the White House, announced a series of new policies, to support scientists who struggle with balancing parenthood and research careers.