News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • National Science Foundation Seeks Nominations for National Medals of Science »
    The National Medal of Science is awarded by the U.S. President to “individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.”
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Shelley Taylor »
    Shelley E. Taylor, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's "In Honor of..." program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
  • FDA Center for Tobacco Products Seeks Input on Research Base »
    On February 29, 2012, the Center for Tobacco Products held a meeting to seek stakeholder input into its planned research program for tobacco product regulation. David Ashley, Director of the Center's Office of Science, said that science is needed to inform the regulations and described four public health objectives that include reducing initiation, promoting cessation, and reducing the harms for those who use the products.
  • House and Senate Committees Advance Non-controversial Spending Bills »
    The first FY 2013 spending bills are making their way through House and Senate appropriations committees. While disagreements abound about how to reduce the deficit, there is remarkable agreement on at least some spending measures.
  • Our Scientists at Work: How Our Emotions Shape Moral Hypocrisy »
    Moral hypocrisy, the tendency to judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves, has been studied by researchers before now--but only through the lens of disgust. FABBS Foundation Science Writer Robin Tricoles talks with Dr. Evan Polman and graduate student Rachel Ruttan about moral hypocrisy as it relates to three emotions: anger, guilt, and envy.
  • The Brains behind a Better Robot for Seniors: Scientists and Engineers »
    Human factors psychologist Wendy Rogers is working with a team of researchers to design a robot that helps older adults retain their independence while maintaining their quality of life.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Daniel Wegner »
    Daniel Wegner, PhD (Harvard University) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's "In Honor of..." program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
  • FABBS Foundation Brings Psychological Science to Kids »
    The FABBS Foundation and Howard University joined together at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival to show how psychological scientists study ostracism, and why it’s important to learn about it.
  • U.S. House Votes to Defund Political Science Research at NSF »
    On May 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives debated the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill on the House floor and voted 218-208 to eliminate funding for political science research funded by the National Science Foundation. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the amendment stating that it was “oriented toward ensuring, at the least, that the NSF does not waste taxpayer dollars on a meritless program.”
  • Draft Report on Next Generation Science Standards Released »
    The National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education, released in mid-2011, created a starting point for the development of science standards. As the report was published, the nonprofit ACHIEVE began its work to draft a common set of science standards for K-12 education that could be used to build curricula and assessments.
  • Our Scientists at Work: Game for Some Physics? »
    Learning-scientist Douglas Clark's aim is to teach us to reinterpret our daily experiences in ways that will support our formal understanding of scientific concepts. So, he and his colleagues develop games that help people integrate their intuitive understanding of basic science with a more formal one.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Jim Sidanius »
    Jim Sidanius is a Professor in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His primary research interests include the interface between political ideology and cognitive functioning, the political psychology of gender, group conflict, institutional discrimination, and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup prejudice.