News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Can physiological traits help paint a clearer picture of psychopathy? »
Christopher Patrick, a clinical neuroscientist and researcher, is looking at how to combine behavioral observations with physiological measurements to get a clearer picture of what contributes to psychopathy.
- 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.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Randall W. Engle »
Randall W. Engle, Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, and Editor-in-Chief for the Association for Psychological Science’s journal, Current Directions in Psychological Science has been frequently honored for his scientific achievements and teaching excellence.
- 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.
- Challenges Remain for Social/Behavioral Science as Pace of Bills Begins to Slow: Scientists Urged to Get Involved »
With much enthusiasm, House and Senate Appropriations leaders began the calendar year with hopes to pass all twelve spending bills. On the heels of the Bipartisan Budget Act, it appeared that it might be possible. Now, with three months left before the next fiscal year begins, amendments to the spending bills are getting in the way.
In the Senate, several spending bills made their way through the Committee, and were packaged as a minibus bill for the Senate floor. One of those bills, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, provided a small increase of 1.16% for NSF and passed through Committee in bipartisan fashion with no threats to social and behavioral sciences. In anticipation of harmful amendments on the Senate floor, FABBS issued an Action Alert urging Senators to vote against any amendments that singled out areas of science for cuts. Late last week, the package of three spending bills was pulled from the Senate floor because no agreement could be reached on how to handle amendments to the bill.
- Congress Postpones Tough Decisions on Federal Budget While Sequestration Looms »
Trying to avert a government shutdown before the elections, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government operating through March 27, 2013. The funding level for federal programs in the final 6 months of FY 2013 is uncertain, but the balance of power following the elections will undoubtedly influence the direction and whether significant cuts will be required or funding remains at levels set in the Budget Control Act.
- 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 Honors Elke Weber »
Elke Weber is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business in the Management Division of Columbia Business School and a professor of Psychology at Columbia University. She also founded and co-directs two centers at Columbia, the Center for the Decision Sciences and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.
- 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.
- Neuropsychology Fellow Quiroz Presented with Early Career Award »
For Yakeel T. Quiroz, recent winner of the FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award, finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is more than a career and quest for knowledge.
“Once you get to work with families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, get to know them, it’s hard to leave them,” says Quiroz, a clinical/research fellow in neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Quiroz explains that once there is clinical presentation, and dementia sets in, the progression of familial Alzheimer’s is similar to that of the sporadic. Understanding the familial, she explains, may offer clues for treating both types of Alzheimer’s. “We’re trying to get a better sense of what’s going on in the pre-clinical phase,” she says.