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FABBS Presents to NSF SBE Advisory Committee

May 25th, 2017

At the invitation of the NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Advisory Committee, FABBS Executive Director Dr. Paula Skedsvold was asked to share FABBS’s perspective on legislative and communications issues facing the social and behavioral sciences in the 115th Congress.

Dr. Skedsvold highlighted for the Advisory Committee FABBS’s role in educating Members of Congress and their staff about the contributions of social and behavioral sciences to the

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FABBS Joins Effort to Urge Congress to Reject Administration’s Proposed R&D Cuts

May 25th, 2017

Spearheaded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 149 U.S. science, engineering, medical, health, and higher education organizations signed onto a letter urging Congress to reject the President’s proposed cuts to science in the FY 2018 appropriations bills. Although the President signaled in an earlier budget outline (called the “skinny” budget) that he would make severe cuts to some federal science agencies, the release of the full budget on

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NIH Rolling Out New Policy to Limit Support for Individual Grantees

May 25th, 2017

On May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new policy, restricting the amount of support individual grantees may receive from the agency. In a statement, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said NIH was enacting this policy to ensure the agency is “exercising optimum stewardship of the funds that we receive from taxpayers.” NIH also said the policy is necessary to address an imbalance in the distribution of NIH grant funding. Data indicate that 10 percent

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Feldman Barrett Highlights Need to Integrate Neuroscience and Behavioral Science

April 20th, 2017

At a Friday morning meeting of behavioral and social science representatives at NIH, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University, called for a greater integration of neuroscience with behavioral science as well as the need for a cumulative science to advance research and knowledge. Feldman Barrett addressed the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, a group of behavioral and social scientists selected by each of the NIH Institute and

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