News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Tell Congress: It’s Time to Roll Back Sequestration »
No one intended for sequestration to actually happen, and neither party is pleased with the results. And this is only the beginning. As a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act, ten-year caps on discretionary spending were set in place and annual cuts to discretionary spending have begun. Another round of sequestration cuts is scheduled to kick in beginning in mid-January 2014.
- New Report Highlights Harmful Effects of Sequestration on Behavioral & Brain Sciences »
Research funding for behavioral and brain sciences is among the devastating cuts that have occurred as a result of sequestration. A recently released, comprehensive report is the first of its kind to highlight specific details of the impact of dramatic cuts across multiple sectors. Coming just as Congress returns to debate about how to resolve our Nation’s budget crisis, the report serves as a reminder of the consequences of failing to financially support the programs that keep our citizens healthy, safe, and educated and our Nation prospering.
- Behavioral Science & Policy Association Debuts »
The newly launched non-profit Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) brings together prominent behavioral science researchers, policy analysts and practitioners with a vision “to promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research into concrete policy solutions that serve the public interest.”
- FABBS Foundation Honors Keith Rayner »
Keith Rayner is, more than any other person, responsible for how eyetracking methodology rejuvenated research in reading. His methodological and theoretical innovations sparked the experimental work on sentence processing that dominated the field of experimental psycholinguistics for decades. His contributions to the experimental study of reading have had a major impact on practice by professional reading educators and clinicians interested in reading disorders.
- Congress Gearing Up to Reauthorize NSF »
The House and Senate are scheduled to hold hearings this week and next to discuss the reauthorization of NSF programs. The Senate’s version of the new America COMPETES Act is not expected to offer any surprises. In the House, however, the Science Committee’s push for accountability at science agencies is seen in some odd provisions in its draft bill.
- Colloquia on Science of Science Communication »
As the body of scientific information rapidly expands, the need for strategies to accurately disseminate research findings to audiences that need them most becomes increasingly important. In addition, the social and political forces at play can make sorting out details a challenge. In response to these growing complexities, the field of science of science communication has developed.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Rochel Gelman »
Rochel Gelman is widely-recognized as a pioneer in the investigation of cognitive development. She is known for her ground-breaking empirical and theoretical contributions to the field. Her vision, coupled with her creative new protocols, called into question long-held assumptions about preschool children’s cognitive competence and paved the way for more recent traditions in developmental science.
- Spirit of Compromise Wins the Day, But Government Battles Damaging Science »
On Wednesday, the nation – perhaps the world – breathed a sigh of relief when Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Leader, and Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader, took to the Senate floor to say that an agreement had been reached to re-open the federal government and avoid defaulting on the nation’s financial obligations.
- Call for Papers on Teaching Bioethics »
The Hastings Center Report and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues seek submissions for a special issue addressing current themes in bioethics education.
- AERA’s Tenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research – Attend or Watch Livestream »
The American Education Research Association (AERA) will host the tenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research: A New Civil Rights Agenda for American Education, on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Washington, DC.
- 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.”