News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- Call for Papers on Teaching Bioethics »
The Hastings Center Report and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues seek submissions for a special issue addressing current themes in bioethics education.
- AERA’s Tenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research – Attend or Watch Livestream »
The American Education Research Association (AERA) will host the tenth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research: A New Civil Rights Agenda for American Education, on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Washington, DC.
- 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.
- Challenges Remain for Social/Behavioral Science as Pace of Bills Begins to Slow: Scientists Urged to Get Involved »
With much enthusiasm, House and Senate Appropriations leaders began the calendar year with hopes to pass all twelve spending bills. On the heels of the Bipartisan Budget Act, it appeared that it might be possible. Now, with three months left before the next fiscal year begins, amendments to the spending bills are getting in the way.
In the Senate, several spending bills made their way through the Committee, and were packaged as a minibus bill for the Senate floor. One of those bills, the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, provided a small increase of 1.16% for NSF and passed through Committee in bipartisan fashion with no threats to social and behavioral sciences. In anticipation of harmful amendments on the Senate floor, FABBS issued an Action Alert urging Senators to vote against any amendments that singled out areas of science for cuts. Late last week, the package of three spending bills was pulled from the Senate floor because no agreement could be reached on how to handle amendments to the bill.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Psychologist Daniel Kahneman to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom »
President Obama recently named Daniel Kahneman as one of 16 winners of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
- 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.
- GAO: Growth in NIH Indirect Cost Reimbursements to Universities Should Be Assessed »
In late September, the US Government Accountability Office released to the US Senate Committee on the Budget a report on the impact of growth in indirect costs on the NIH mission. Their goal was to identify (1) changes in indirect cost reimbursements to universities and (2) key factors affecting these reimbursements and “what assessment NIH has done to address any impact of these costs on NIH’s research mission.”
- 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?