News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Our Scientists at Work: How Watching the Clock Affects Performance »
Where we focus our attention affects how we perceive the passage of time. Pay attention to a task at hand, and time flies. Pay attention to the passage of time, and things seem to slow. Cognitive psychologist Joseph Magliano explains why.
- Our Scientists at Work: The Psychology Behind Going Green »
We have habits, fears, and biases that get in the way of making all sorts of sound decisions, even when it comes to going green. Psychologist Elke Weber sheds light on why we make the decisions we do, especially when they’re not necessarily in our best interest.
- U.S. House Votes to Defund Political Science Research at NSF »
On May 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives debated the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill on the House floor and voted 218-208 to eliminate funding for political science research funded by the National Science Foundation. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the amendment stating that it was “oriented toward ensuring, at the least, that the NSF does not waste taxpayer dollars on a meritless program.”
- Next Steps for Behavioral and Social Sciences in K-12 STEM Education »
Drawing upon the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education, ACHIEVE began its work to create a set of common science standards. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences joined with the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and Society for Research in Child Development to provide input as primary reviewers to the draft science standards report.
- Capitol Hill Update and the “Devastating” Impact of Sequestration »
In what is typically a busy appropriations time of the year, add to it a great deal of discussion about the upcoming sequestration set to begin in January 2013. The sequestration was put into motion with the Budget Control Act (BCA), signed into law in 2011 following negotiations between Congress and the President over the debt ceiling and deficits. Sequestration provides for automatic cuts of an estimated 8-10 percent to the domestic, discretionary part of the federal budget–meaning to agencies that fund much of the nation’s scientific research.
- “Tough Choices” in President’s FY 2013 Budget »
The President sent his budget request to Congress on Monday, Feb. 13, the "opening bid" in what is sure to be a contentious year. The Budget Control Act agreed to by the White House and Congress last year set discretionary spending caps, freezing discretionary spending at 2011 levels and requiring trade-offs, according to the Administration.
- FABBS' Advocacy for the Sciences of Mind, Brain, and Behavior: Why It’s Important to Scientists »
Learn more about the vision for FABBS and FABBS Foundation and why our advocacy and education is important for our sciences.
- FABBS and FABBS Foundation Welcome New Staff »
We are very pleased to report the addition of two new staff to our offices in Washington, DC.
- Congress to Reconvene and Another Appropriations Process to Begin »
The Second Session of the 112th Congress is formally getting underway this week. Before 2011 ended, House and Senate conferees had agreed on a spending package that included the nine remaining appropriations bills for FY 2012. NIH received funding at $30.7 billion, an increase of $299 million over FY 2011 levels, minus a .189 percent across the board cut for all programs in the Labor-HHS-Education section of the omnibus bill.
- 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.
- FABBS and FABBS Foundation Presidents to Launch New Initiatives »
Robert Sternberg and Art Graesser, Presidents of FABBS and the FABBS Foundation respectively, are launching new initiatives during their 2012-2014 terms. The focus will be on building communication channels that advance the missions of our member societies through the FABBS advocacy efforts and FABBS Foundation education activities.
- President’s Bioethics Commission Releases Report on Human Research Protections »
Prompted by the recent revelations of the 1940's U.S. Public Health Services research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues releases a report on the United States system of human research.