News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • 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.
  • Dan Ariely Highlights the Science of Self Control at Café Event »
    On February 6, 2013, FABBS Foundation hosted “The Science of Self Control and How We Can Use It to Our Advantage,” in the Yale Club of New York City. The featured speaker for the event was Dr. Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality.
  • Two Psychological Scientists Part of the Nifty Fifty »
    The FABBS Foundation advanced the names of two scientists to join the Nifty Fifty at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival. These scientists will help inspire the next generation of scientists.
  • Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened »
    The behavioral and social sciences, a favorite target of Congress for years, may once again be in the sights. The House Science Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill may include reductions in authorized funding levels for NSF’s SBE Directorate.
  • Cognitive Psychologist Tom Griffiths Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
    Dr. Thomas Griffiths was presented with the FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award at the Cognitive Science Society annual meeting in July 2014 in Quebec City, Canada. Read more about his work in Giving Computers the Wisdom of People.
  • 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.
  • NSF Clarifies Policy on Award Abstracts and Titles »
    On May 29, 2014 the National Science Foundation issued an Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Awardee Organizations. An NSF notice in December announced a focus on transparency and accountability (IN-135), one piece of which is "improving public understanding of our funding decisions through our award Abstracts and Titles." In this vein, the current announcement clarifies the NSF policy on award Abstracts and Titles.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • FABBS Announces a New Policy Annual: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS) »
    The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) announces a new annual journal addressing the interface between policy and behavioral and brain sciences: Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Science (PIBBS); edited by FABBS President Susan Fiske and published by SAGE.

    Research findings in the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior are applicable to nearly every area of public policy. Some links are readily apparent, like the benefits to an aging population of neuroscience research on Alzheimer’s disease, or the importance of cognitive science to improving education. Perhaps not as obvious, but equally valuable, are the contributions of mind, brain, and behavioral science research to policy areas such as innovation, the economy, national security, counter-terrorism, diplomacy, immigration, diversity, and conflict-resolution, among others.

  • U.S. House and NSF Discussing Accountability »
    For years now, the SBE sciences have been a favorite target on Capitol Hill. In the 113th Congress, there remain serious concerns about potential threats to SBE, but now the broader scientific community is also facing challenges on the Hill.