News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- NRC Examining Proposed “Common Rule” Revisions - Consensus Report Planned »
In July, 2011, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed changes to the federal regulations governing human research protections and sought comments from the public prior to proceeding with regulatory revisions. As DHHS reviewed over 1000 submissions, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences of the National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education began planning for a workshop that would consider the implications of the proposed changes for human research protections in behavioral and social sciences research.
- Kauffman Receives Early Career Investigator Award »
Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Kauffman was awarded the FABBS Foundation’s Early Career Investigator Award during the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s 17th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The award honors early career scientists in FABBS’s twenty-two member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
- Seeking Scientists to Participate in “Hill Day” »
Are you a NIH-funded scientist who lives within driving distance of Washington, DC? If so, would you be willing to spend a day on Capitol Hill with other scientists to talk with Members of Congress about the importance of NIH research funding?
- Our Scientists at Work: Early Career Scientist Studies Linkages between Brain and Reproduction »
We all go through puberty--but what happens in the brain to make the whole process possible?