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Michael C. Frank Featured at NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Meeting

October 30, 2018

At a recent meeting of the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, Michael C. Frank of Stanford University spoke to attendees about the need for more big data to understand early language development in children. His talk, “Early Language Learning at Scale: Bigger Data for Language Development” was well-received. The Coordinating Committee is comprised of behavioral and social scientists from all Institutes, Centers, and Offices of the

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Q & A with Arthur Lupia, NSF Assistant Director, on Challenges and Directions for SBE

October 30, 2018

Just after Labor Day, Arthur (Skip) Lupia, joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an Assistant Director and Director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate. We asked him about the challenges the Directorate has faced and his vision for SBE.

What are your priorities for the SBE Directorate in the upcoming year? 

Thank you for asking. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a social and behavioral scientist. When

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NICHD to Update Strategic Plan: Opportunities for Input

September 20, 2018

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) recently announced its plans to update its strategic plan . NICHD plays a significant role in supporting behavioral and brain science research and research training activities.

Behavioral and brain science researchers are encouraged to communicate with the Institute about sustaining NICHD support for our sciences.  This input will be particularly helpful and informative for

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NSF Launches 2026 Idea Machine Prize Competition

September 20, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a competition to seek the public’s input in setting the U.S. research agenda in fundamental research. The 2026 Idea Machine builds on the agency’s 10 Big Ideas and is part of a systematic effort to identify investment opportunities that are “bold foundational research questions that are large in scope, innovative in character, originate outside of any particular directorate, and

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