News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Psychologist Daniel Kahneman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom »
President Obama recently named Daniel Kahneman as one of 16 winners of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
- GAO: Growth in NIH Indirect Cost Reimbursements to Universities Should Be Assessed »
In late September, the US Government Accountability Office released to the US Senate Committee on the Budget a report on the impact of growth in indirect costs on the NIH mission. Their goal was to identify (1) changes in indirect cost reimbursements to universities and (2) key factors affecting these reimbursements and “what assessment NIH has done to address any impact of these costs on NIH’s research mission.”
- FABBS Foundation Welcomes New Officers to the Board of Directors »
On January 1, 2014, the FABBS Foundation will officially welcome Don Foss as President-Elect and Bruce Overmier as Treasurer of the FABBS Foundation.
- House Passes CR: DOA in Senate »
With fiscal deadlines approaching, there is only symbolic movement to address the lingering fiscal challenges, and actions to reach real compromise are becoming a distant memory.
- Science Advocates Take to the Hill to Defend SBS Sciences »
As Congress returned from the August recess, science advocates were busy laying out a strategy to shore up support for the social and behavioral sciences. The SBS science community met in mid-August to launch a cross-organization coordinating group to address potential threats to our sciences that could be included in a funding bill or NSF reauthorization bill. A Steering Committee will be headed by Felice Levine and Ken Prewitt and involve FABBS, COSSA, and a number of SBS societies.
- AAU Issues Strong Statement of Support for Social and Behavioral Sciences »
With threats to the behavioral and social sciences remaining on the horizon, the Association of American Universities’ Executive Committee, issued a statement expressing its “unequivocal support for federal funding of the behavioral and social sciences.” The AAU represents sixty leading research universities in the U.S. and two in Canada.
- New Members Elected to FABBS Board of Directors »
On January 1, 2014, FABBS will officially welcome four scientists as members of the Board of Directors: Jeremy Wolfe (President-Elect), Bruce Overmier (Treasurer), Wendy Rogers (Member-at-Large), and Marvin Chun (Member-at-Large).
- Transitions and Shifting Roles Ahead for FABBS »
On October 1, Paula Skedsvold, PhD, will move from the position of Executive Director to focus solely on advocacy for FABBS and its member scientific societies. Her goal in making this transition is to continue the work she loves, while also finding a better work-life balance as a new parent.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Jerome L. Myers »
Jerome L. Myers was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1953 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1957. After graduate school, he joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts where he spent his entire, distinguished career.
- President Nominates New NSF Director »
President Obama nominated France Anne Cordova to serve as Director of the National Science Foundation. The nominee must receive Senate confirmation.
- House and Senate Committees Move Spending Bills, but Huge Gaps Remain »
House and Senate appropriators have advanced most of the twelve spending bills, but getting floor action on many of them will be difficult. As they leave for a five-week break, the opportunities for either a grand bargain or reasoned compromise before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th are quickly shrinking.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Rachel Keen »
Dr. Keen's experiences since acquiring her B.A. from Berea College in 1959 have helped shape the direction of her research, as she investigated infants’ habituation, conditioning, and the orienting response using heart rate change as the primary measure.