News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Prospects for Federal Research Funding are Mixed »
Coming into the new year, there were high hopes that Congress would be able to pass appropriations bills with ease, a return to “regular order.” The budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) reached in late 2015, set overall spending caps for the federal budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. The BBA lifted for two years the spending caps set in place through sequestration and provided enough funding for federal programs to enable passage of an omnibus spending bill for FY 2016. It also set the stage for moving the FY 2017 appropriations bills.
- FABBS Honors Diane F. Halpern »
Diane F. Halpern is an internationally recognized expert in several fields within the psychological sciences, including critical thinking, gender studies, and the learning sciences. FABBS honors her for her significant accomplishments and contributions to the psychological sciences.
- FABBS Foundation Announces 2016 Early Career Award Winners »
The FABBS Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Early Career Impact Award. This award recognizes early career scientists of FABBS member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Now in our fourth year, we are honoring four outstanding scientists representing a broad array of research. The scientists will receive the award at their nominating society’s 2016 Annual Meeting or another high visibility venue. In addition, FABBS Foundation will work with the winners to disseminate their work to a public audience through our science writing program.
- NSF Director Making the Case for All Sciences on Capitol Hill »
Dr. France Córdova, NSF Director, spoke to scientists at the 2015 FABBS Council of Representatives Annual Meeting. She described the amount of time she spends on Capitol Hill interacting with Members of Congress who want to know more about NSF. “I spend a lot of time on the Hill, 150 visits as of 2 months ago.” Córdova has only been on the job since April 2014.
- Milkman presented with Early Career Impact Award at Society for Judgment and Decision Making »
Most of us have a few important items that always seem to fall to the bottom of the to-do list, like opening a retirement account, getting a flu shot, or exercising. Despite their significance for long-term health and well-being, these behaviors become victims of our busy lives, of procrastination, and of the temptation of more appealing activities. Fortunately, University of Pennsylvania professor Katherine Milkman has found strategies to help us prioritize the things that we know are good for us. Milkman is the 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.
- Will Congress Get FY 2016 Spending Bills Over The Finish Line – And How Will Science Fare? »
At this time, a short-term Continuing Resolution is keeping the government doors open until December 11. Hopefully, Congress will be able to reach agreement across the aisle and avoid a shutdown before that date. Although the tracks have been greased, there are plenty of opportunities to derail the process over the next several weeks—and the lack of agreement prevented the bills from getting passed this summer.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Ann L. Brown »
Ann L. Brown was an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of experimental and developmental psychology, special education, cognitive science, education sciences and learning sciences. Indeed, she made seminal contributions to these fields that substantially shaped their direction. She overcame a “slow” start. She was a classic dyslexic who did not learn to read until she was 13 but nonetheless received a First Class Honours degree and subsequently a Ph.D. in Psychology from Bedford College at the University of London at age 24.
Throughout her career, Ann’s research centered on children’s learning, but she studied it in different contexts (laboratory, individual pullout, and intact classrooms) and through different theoretical lenses (behaviorism, cognitive, and sociocultural). She also focused on understanding the nature of individual and developmental differences, with an eye to using this information to enhance the performance of younger and weaker learners, a focus that led eventually to her move to education.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Leaetta M. Hough »
Dr. Hough is known for her independent thinking and work challenging “received wisdom” about what is and is not useful for predicting important outcomes in organizational settings. She is one of the world’s leaders in developing innovative candidate assessment systems. Her focus is on creating tools to reliably evaluate candidate characteristics that predict on-the-job outcomes, such as job performance, advancement, innovation, learning efficiency, engagement, and retention.
- Budget Deal Needed for Science Agencies, But It’s Only a Start »
Just after passing a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), attention turned to what would happen with the rest of the fiscal year funding and whether other matters such as electing a new Speaker of the House and approaching the debt ceiling would play a role.
Meanwhile, federal agencies are playing out various scenarios for FY 2016 – cuts, flat funding, some level of increase – as they once again await the final numbers for the year. The less-than-one-year-planning cycles, combined with funding cuts, continue to undermine the nation’s scientific infrastructure.
- New Members Elected to FABBS Board of Directors »
On January 1, 2016, FABBS will officially welcome three scientists to our Board of Directors. We also recognize three current Board Members who have been re-elected to continue service on the Board. New to the FABBS Board will be: Nora Newcombe (President-Elect), Eugene Borgida (Member-At-Large), and Jun Zhang (Member-At-Large). Continuing their service: Bruce Overmier (Treasurer), Robert Feldman (Member-At-Large), and Donald Foss (Member-At-Large). FABBS appreciates the dedication of time and talent of these new and continuing Board members. Welcome!
- Budget Woes Continue: No Agreement Yet to Avoid a Shutdown »
No one anticipated that this would be an easy year. Yet, with less than two weeks left in the fiscal year, no deal is in sight to fund the government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Complicating the picture for FY 2016 is the budget straightjacket that the White House and Congress placed on federal spending in late 2011 when they created budget caps and automatic spending cuts over a ten-year period. Realizing that these indiscriminate cuts were harmful to taxpayers’ interests, in 2013, a two-year partial rollback of these cuts was made for FYs 2014 and 2015. On October 1, 2015, the start of the new fiscal year, the budget caps and associated cuts will be in full play again.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Charles J. Brainerd »
Dr. Brainerd received his BS, MA, and PhD degrees in experimental psychology from Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Division of General Psychology, the Division of Developmental Psychology, the Division of Experimental Psychology, and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and of the Psychonomic Society. Dr. Brainerd is board certified in forensic examination and in forensic medicine.