News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- FABBS Foundation Honors Philip Rubin »
Dr. Philip Rubin, CEO emeritus and former Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, is currently a Senior Advisor to the President of Haskins, an adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, a Research Affiliate in Psychology at Yale, and a Fellow at Yale’s Trumbull College.
- NIH Riding High; Cuts, Cuts, and Cuts Elsewhere »
The busy appropriations process on Capitol Hill may be slowing. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a number of appropriations bills, but none of them have seen floor action. The House of Representatives, on the other hand, has passed a number of bills, but progress on the remaining ones seems to be coming to an end. With a September 30th deadline to wrap up spending plans and a four-to-five week Congressional recess on the horizon, it appears that a Continuing Resolution (CR) will be needed to keep the government running. While the behavioral and social sciences have faced their share of challenges before, this year seems to be especially brutal. While many government programs are facing cuts if current bills become law, FABBS provides a snapshot of some that are relevant to our sciences.
- Kendeou presented with Early Career Impact Award at Society for Text & Discourse Annual Meeting »
Misconceptions about science can be dangerous, like the inaccurate belief that childhood vaccines cause autism. That myth persists even though it has been thoroughly debunked by scientific studies and attacked in national media campaigns. But research by psychologist Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Society for Text & Discourse, suggests that carefully crafted messages can change people’s minds and protect public health. Kendeou, an educational psychologist at the University of Minnesota, has brought together research on reading, cognition, and neuroscience in the Knowledge Revision Components Framework (KReC), which explains how people read and incorporate new information designed to correct inaccurate beliefs.
- D'Onofrio presented with Early Career Impact Award at Behavior Genetics Association Annual Meeting »
Brian D'Onofrio is the 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Behavior Genetics Association. As director of the Developmental Psychology Lab at Indiana University, D’Onofrio uses science to enhance the lives of the poor and ease the burden of mental health on children and families. His focus is on the causes and treatments of psychological problems in children and adolescents and the connections between those problems and prenatal care, certain parenting styles and other environmental risk factors.
- Authorization Bill Reducing SBE by 45% Passes U.S. House »
On May 20th, the U.S. House passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), a bill that was two years in the making. Over widespread opposition from the science community, the House Science Committee is seeking to change the process the National Science Foundation uses to identify the best science and literally, the type of science the agency funds.
- US House to Vote on Cuts to NSF’s SBE and GEO Research in Spending Bill »
With much anticipation–and after many meetings with constituents and science advocates–the Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee introduced his bill to fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Fiscal Year 2016. Regarding the bill, Congressman Culberson said, “I want to make the hard sciences a priority—the math and physics and pure science. The fundamental mission of NSF should be those core sciences.” Tell Your Member of Congress that SBE-supported research is vital to the country!
- Bill Cutting NSF SBE Funding by 55% Goes to House Floor: Contact Congress! »
The U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report a bill to the House floor that cuts current funding for the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate by almost 55%. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) is widely opposed by the science and higher education communities.
- House Appropriations Bill Protects Directorates In Part; Small Boost to NSF »
On May 14th, the U.S. House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee marked up and favorably reported the spending bill for NSF and other science agencies. The bill now moves to the full Appropriations Committee.
The spending bill is important both for what it did and did not do. Chairman Culberson (R-TX), a fan of NASA programs that are also included in this bill, provided a small increase in funds for NSF—$50 million or 0.7%. However, he expressed an interest in boosting NSF funding if the White House and Congress can negotiate a larger budget deal that reduces the strain placed on federal funding by the Budget Control Act caps and sequestration cuts.
- “No New Awards” in Core NSF SBE Research Programs? »
The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday, May 20. Three weeks ago, the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report to the House floor the bill that reauthorizes the nation’s science programs, including those at the National Science Foundation. The bill authorizes significant cuts to the SBE Directorate. Contact Congress Now!
- Bill Cutting NSF SBE Directorate by 45% Advances to House Floor »
Despite widespread opposition from the science and higher education communities, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee voted along party lines to favorably report out of Committee the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill is designed to reauthorize programs at several of the nation’s science agencies, including the National Science Foundation.
- Psychologist Immordino-Yang Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
With her strong background in science and languages, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the American Educational Research Association, took a job as a science teacher at a junior/senior high school south of Boston, one of the nation’s most culturally diverse schools with 81 languages spoken. “I was fascinated by the way the students used their home cultures, languages and understandings of family relationships to leverage themselves to understanding scientific concepts,” she said.
Immordino-Yang is now working to understand the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for young people’s development and successful learning in and out of school. She uses her research to assist educators and parents in supporting children’s healthy development and meaningful learning.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Ed Diener »
Ed Diener, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) at the University of Illinois, where he has been a faculty member since 1974. He is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Utah and the University of Virginia.