News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- 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.
- 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.”
- National Science Foundation Seeks Nominations for National Medals of Science »
The National Medal of Science is awarded by the U.S. President to “individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation.”
- House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on NSF Budget: Requested Increase “Unlikely” »
In late February, Subra Suresh, NSF Director, appeared before the House and Subcommittee on Research and Science Education to make the case for the President’s 4.8% increase in the agency’s budget for FY 2013. Appearing with the National Science Board Chair, Dr. Ray Bowen, Suresh described “a carefully-targeted portfolio of innovative investments that provides increased support for fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering.”
- Agreements on Federal Spending Appear Elusive »
In the month since the President’s FY 2013 budget request arrived in Congress, both the House and Senate have been busy with budget and appropriations work. Reports are that the House will bring a budget resolution to the floor on March 21st, a resolution that will set a discretionary cap at $1.028 trillion or $19 billion below the $1.047 trillion cap that was agreed upon in the Budget Control Act (BCA) or debt ceiling deal in 2011.
- NIGMS and NIMH Release RFA on Modeling Social Behavior »
NIGMS joins with NIMH to seek applications for "developing and testing innovative theories and computational, mathematical, or engineering approaches to deepen our understanding of complex social behavior." The funding announcement invites research proposals that examine the emergence of collective behaviors arising from individual elements or the functioning of a system within its environment.
- FABBS Foundation Honors Shelley Taylor »
Shelley E. Taylor, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles) is now featured in the FABBS Foundation's "In Honor of..." program which honors eminent, senior scientists.
- FDA Center for Tobacco Products Seeks Input on Research Base »
On February 29, 2012, the Center for Tobacco Products held a meeting to seek stakeholder input into its planned research program for tobacco product regulation. David Ashley, Director of the Center's Office of Science, said that science is needed to inform the regulations and described four public health objectives that include reducing initiation, promoting cessation, and reducing the harms for those who use the products.
- House and Senate Committees Advance Non-controversial Spending Bills »
The first FY 2013 spending bills are making their way through House and Senate appropriations committees. While disagreements abound about how to reduce the deficit, there is remarkable agreement on at least some spending measures.
- DHHS Receives Comments on Proposed Human Research Protection Regulations »
In mid-2011, the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Science and Technology Policy proposed the most extensive changes to the regulations governing human research protections since they were first enacted over three decades ago.
- Our Scientists at Work: How Our Emotions Shape Moral Hypocrisy »
Moral hypocrisy, the tendency to judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves, has been studied by researchers before now--but only through the lens of disgust. FABBS Foundation Science Writer Robin Tricoles talks with Dr. Evan Polman and graduate student Rachel Ruttan about moral hypocrisy as it relates to three emotions: anger, guilt, and envy.
- The Brains behind a Better Robot for Seniors: Scientists and Engineers »
Human factors psychologist Wendy Rogers is working with a team of researchers to design a robot that helps older adults retain their independence while maintaining their quality of life.