News Archive

News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation

  • Pre-election Spending Battles Continue on Capitol Hill »
    As Congress nears its August recess and with few days left in the legislative calendar before the November elections, it appears once again that a Continuing Resolution (CR) will be needed to fund the government as it moves into the new fiscal year. With an upcoming election, lawmakers want to avoid a government shutdown and postpone the rest of the battles over spending cuts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Calling All Scientists: FABBS and APA to Organize District Science Advocacy Week »
    FABBS and its largest member society, the American Psychological Association, are joining forces to train interested scientists in preparing for and conducting a visit with their member of Congress. The visits are intended to highlight why federal investments in our sciences are important for individuals, society, and the nation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NSF Develops Family Friendly Policies for Scientists »
    The National Science Foundation, with the support of the White House, announced a series of new policies, to support scientists who struggle with balancing parenthood and research careers.
  • National Cancer Institute is Recruiting Psychological Scientists »
    The principal federal agency responsible for cancer research in the U.S. is recruiting junior and senior level scientists for its Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Highlights Need for SBS Sciences in Medical Education »
    In a recently released report, Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians, the Association of American Medical Colleges states that “a complete medical education must include, alongside physical and biological science, the perspectives and findings that flow from the behavioral and social sciences.”
  • GRANT Act Draws Concerns of Scientists and Policymakers »
    The Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011 (GRANT Act or H.R. 3433) would require federal agencies to establish additional transparency measures, but advocates, scientists, and even members of Congress are raising concerns about its potential impact on science.