News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • 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.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Joel S. Warm »
    Professor Warm joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati shortly after receiving his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Alabama in 1966 and completing post-doctoral training in human factors under the direction of Earl Alluisi at the University of Louisville. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, Senior Scientist at the Warfighter Interface Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Distinguished Researcher in the Human Factors Group of the University of Dayton Research Institute.
  • The Road Ahead for Appropriations »
    FY 2014 may prove to be as challenging as any other—perhaps worse. Coming on the tail end of the implementation of sequestration in March 2013–which advocates are still trying to turn back, but which appears increasingly unlikely–the top-line numbers, at least in the House, are dreadful.
  • FABBS Foundation Honors Arnold J. Sameroff »
    Professor Sameroff is one of the founders of the field of developmental psychopathology. His theoretical model brings together biological and environmental risk factors and demonstrates how they work together as causes of developmental impairments in childhood. The Transactional Theory of Development provides a significant advance over earlier models positing single risks as primary causes of impairments.
  • Writing Successful Grant Proposals: Multiple Perspectives on Federal and Foundation Funding »
    Scientists often find themselves engaged in the elusive chase for grant funding. In a tight economic climate, the competition for scarce research dollars is growing more intense. As a service to the scientists we represent, FABBS President Robert Sternberg organized a group of stellar behavioral and brain scientists and science administrators to share their insights on how to create the best proposal and compete well for funding.
  • 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.
  • Spending Plan Complete: Mixed News for Science »
    The December budget deal (otherwise known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 or the “Ryan-Murray Agreement”) set overall spending caps for FY 2014 and 2015. Once set, appropriators worked feverishly over the holidays to put the finishing touches on twelve spending bills, rolling them into an omnibus package that was passed by both houses and signed by the President last week. In the course of their work, the House and Senate also passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open for three days while they finished their work on the omnibus. What does the omnibus offer for science?
  • Behavioral Pharmacologist Johnson Presented with Early Career Impact Award »
    We all know we're supposed to make choices that are good for our long-term health, although that's not easy when we're faced with things that bring us pleasure right now. But for some people, the short-term benefits often win out over the long-term ones. That can help explain why some people get addicted to drug use and other risky behaviors – and why it's so hard to get them to stop, according to FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner Matthew Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
  • FABBS Member Scientific Societies Describe Policy-Relevant Contributions »
    FABBS has launched a project to highlight how the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior are contributing to the health and well-being of individuals, society, and the nation. Our goal is to show that investments in our sciences are producing knowledge that saves lives; improves health, education, business operations, and quality of life; increases safety; improves decision making; spurs innovation; and cuts costs.
  • NRC to hold Public Briefing on Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences »
    The Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council will hold a public briefing on the recently released the Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences on January 30, 2014. This report is the product of a consensus study that was conducted to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising the regulations that govern the protection of human participants in research from the perspective of social and behavioral sciences.
  • 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.