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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

Brandon Turner, Mathematical Psychologist, Speaks to NIH Staff about Data Fusion to Improve Prediction

November 15, 2017

Addressing the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC) on October 6th, Brandon Turner, The Ohio State University, shared insights from his research, Why More is Better: A Bayesian Method for Multimodal Data Fusion. Turner’s research attempts to unify behavioral and neural explanations of cognition in order to generate predictions that are more accurate.

According to Dr. Turner, EEG measures provide “incredible temporal

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The National Academies Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

November 15, 2017

On October 19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) celebrated “20 Years of Informing Policy and Practice” by its Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS). The interdisciplinary board, a “locus of work” for the behavioral sciences at NASEM, held a symposium to discuss the future of these sciences. Established in 1997, BBCSS was created to provide a “forum for objective, independent, and rigorous deliberation

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Early Career Impact Scholars Share Research Contributions on Capitol Hill

November 15, 2017

FABBS, with support from SAGE Publishing, hosted a Congressional Briefing, Research Contributions of Early Career Investigators in the Sciences of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior, on November 7th. The educational event featured five scientists who were nominated by their professional societies to receive a FABBS Early Career Impact Award. The talks were:

Gene-Environmental Influences on Brain and Behavior – Alexandra Burt, PhD (Michigan State University, Society for

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House Democrats Inquire about NIH’s Support of Gun Violence Research; Senate Democrats Urge Program’s Renewal

November 15, 2017

On November 14th, House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr (D-NJ), and Subcommittee on Energy Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins to inquire about the agency’s support of gun violence research. Citing the public health impact of gun-related violence as well as a recent report in Science that the NIH has discontinued dedicated funding for the program, Reps.

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