News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- National Science Board Seeks Nominations for Science Leadership and Public Service Awards »
The National Science Board (NSB) is seeking nominations for the Vannevar Bush Award which is given annually to leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology and public policy.
- On-Line Research Ethics Resources Created »
The America COMPETES Act of 2007 required that institutions receiving support from NSF provide training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.
- NIGMS Seeks Applications for Short Courses on Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Tools In Biological and Behavioral Research »
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is encouraging applications for Research Education Grants (R25) to conduct workshops and short courses that aim to improve the integration of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches in biological and/or behavioral research.
- The Ups and Downs of Science Funding »
Both the U.S. House and Senate are identifying ways to move FY 2012 appropriations bills through their respective chambers. This year, the strategy may be to package small groups of spending bills or “minibuses” for votes, rather than bringing all remaining spending bills (an omnibus bill) to the floor as a whole.
- Congress Rolling Out Continuing Resolution as Agencies Prepare for Cuts »
On Sept 14, 2011, House appropriators introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund government programs from October 1 through November 18, 2011. Passage of the CR is expected in both the House and Senate this week.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Richard Anderson »
Richard C. Anderson EdD (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's program which honors eminent, senior scientists.