News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- The Ups and Downs of Science Funding »
Both the U.S. House and Senate are identifying ways to move FY 2012 appropriations bills through their respective chambers. This year, the strategy may be to package small groups of spending bills or “minibuses” for votes, rather than bringing all remaining spending bills (an omnibus bill) to the floor as a whole.
- Congress Rolling Out Continuing Resolution as Agencies Prepare for Cuts »
On Sept 14, 2011, House appropriators introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund government programs from October 1 through November 18, 2011. Passage of the CR is expected in both the House and Senate this week.
- NIGMS Seeks Applications for Short Courses on Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Tools In Biological and Behavioral Research »
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is encouraging applications for Research Education Grants (R25) to conduct workshops and short courses that aim to improve the integration of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches in biological and/or behavioral research.
- On-Line Research Ethics Resources Created »
The America COMPETES Act of 2007 required that institutions receiving support from NSF provide training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.
- National Science Board Seeks Nominations for Science Leadership and Public Service Awards »
The National Science Board (NSB) is seeking nominations for the Vannevar Bush Award which is given annually to leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology and public policy.
- Democrats Release Report Critical of Senator Coburn’s Analysis of NSF »
Democratic committee staff evaluated the substance of the claims made by Senator Coburn in The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope that “NSF had mismanaged or wasted $3 billion” and could not "validate a single category of significant purported savings.”
- What Does the Debt Ceiling Solution Mean for Science Funding? »
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (i.e., the debt ceiling agreement) establishes caps on discretionary spending for the next ten years (FY 2012-FY 2021).
- As New Fiscal Year Approaches, CR Likely -- Again »
Fiscal Year 2012 officially begins on October 1, 2011, but neither the House nor Senate has completed work on the 12 appropriations bills.
- NRC Releases K-12 Science Education Framework and Makes Plans for SBE Sciences »
On July 19, 2011, the National Research Council (NRC) released its long-awaited report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The framework identifies seven crosscutting concepts, eight key science and engineering practices, and core ideas in four disciplinary areas.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Carol Dweck »
Carol S. Dweck, PhD (Stanford University) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
- HHS Proposes Changes to Human Research Protection Regulations »
The federal government is seeking comments on how to improve protections for human research participants, while also facilitating research and reducing burdens on investigators.
- SBE Research Survives House Appropriations Committee, but Faces Challenge on Floor »
Amidst the ongoing and critical work necessary to deal with the debt ceiling, the pace of progress on appropriations bills has recently slowed in the House.