News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • FABBS Foundation Honors Thomas K. Landauer »
    Tom Landauer received his degree at Harvard University in 1960 and has taken positions at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Princeton University, and University of Colorado. His work has contributed to our understanding of broad issues and implications of human-computer interaction.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors James J. Jenkins »
    James J. Jenkins, fondly known as J3, was one of a group of World War II era psychologists who changed psychology. He began as an I-O psychologist at the University of Minnesota, but was drawn to more experimental endeavors. Jenkins helped to foster psychology's "cognitive revolution." His role in this started with the Social Science Research Council's 1953 summer research conference that helped establish psycholinguistics as a discipline. Then in 1964-65 as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Jenkins became convinced that the concepts of the "mediation theory" of language that he had been promoting would not suffice to explain language development and that a different conception of "how the head works" (a favorite phrase) had to be found. He was flexible in his approaches, always trying to solve the problem rather than advance a particular theory. His work advanced multiple research areas: learning, memory, sentence processing, aphasia, speech perception, and perceptual organization.
  • National Research Council Highlights Behavioral and Social Sciences in Action »
    The National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of The National Academies held a symposium, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Action, on September 24, 2012, with a focus on national security, medicine, and engineering.
  • Science Café to Feature Dan Ariely »
    The FABBS Foundation, with support from Worth Publishers, is pleased to announce a new science café scheduled for Feb. 6, 2013, in New York City. The café will feature behavioral scientist and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Ariely. The FABBS Foundation science cafes are focused on bringing interesting science topics to the general public in a casual environment.
  • Deputy Director Cora Marrett to Leave NSF »
    Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Deputy Director of NSF, announced on July 18, 2014 that she will be stepping down from her position effective August 24, 2014. Marrett was confirmed as NSF Deputy Director in 2011 and has also served as NSF's acting director and acting deputy director. Marrett served as the first assistant director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate, and as assistant director for the Education and Human Resources directorate.
  • RFI Issued on Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-Solving »
    IARPA invests in “high-risk/high-payoff research programs” and the Request for Information aims to “assess the breadth and scope of possible evidence-based interventions, tools, and/or metrics that could be used to significantly improve adaptive reasoning and problem-solving in healthy, high-performing adults.”
  • One Battle Down, One to Go on NSF Appropriations »
    We have one more round to go before NSF appropriations is complete, and your voice counts! During the week of June 16, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the FY 2015 CJS Appropriations bill. As on the House side, we anticipate amendments to be offered that may target the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) and/or specific SBS disciplines by reducing funding or placing restrictions on it. Write your Senators now to encourage support for NSF and opposition to any amendment that singles out any area of science for negative treatment.
  • Science and Human Rights Coalition to Meet in Jan. 2013 »
    The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition is hosting an open meeting on Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2013, focused on the intersections between children’s rights, science, and technology.
  • 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).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Survive Cut in House Spending Bill, But Cut 42% in NSF Reauthorization Plan »
    There was a flurry of activity last week on two major bills addressing science. On the House floor, Members debated the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill that funds the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Alice F. Healy »
    Alice F. Healy has been an outstanding researcher, editor, teacher, collaborator, and colleague for over four decades. Healy is College Professor of Distinction and Director of the Center for Research on Training at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar and her doctoral degree in psychology from The Rockefeller University. After several years as assistant and associate professor at Yale, she joined the faculty at University of Colorado where she has been recognized with all three of the department’s faculty awards for research, teaching, and service.
  • Fairness in Workplace Key to Employee, Organizational Health »
    As an industrial-organizational psychologist, Deborah Rupp studies human behavior in the workplace. Rupp talks about how employees come to judge their workplace as fair or unfair and what that means to them and to their employers.