FABBS Makes Case for Behavioral Science at PCAST Meeting
FABBS Executive Director Paula Skedsvold told members of PCAST that research in the behavioral and social sciences is necessary for addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges and must be a part of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and STEM education initiatives. “The scientific workforce of the future must be equipped to undertake questions about human behavior which are so vital to the capacity building of our nation.” Recently, FABBS member societies and sister organizations in the social sciences sent a letter to PCAST describing why our sciences are critical to maintaining America’s competitiveness and the well-being of its citizens. In response to this letter, FABBS was invited to offer a two-minute statement to PCAST at their meeting on May 21, 2010 (watch video).
PCAST is preparing a report on STEM education for the President, and we hope our collaborative efforts will lead to greater recognition of the contributions of our sciences to building a solid foundation for the country’s future.