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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.

Petition to Support Peer Review Launched

June 21st, 2017

On June 12, the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) released a petition urging Congress to support the nation’s scientific research enterprise by allowing the federal peer and merit review processes to judge the relevance of research proposals. The goal of the petition is to inform members of Congress about constituent support for good scientific stewardship and peer/merit review.

CPR hopes the petition will persuade members of Congress to oppose any efforts that may

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White House Releases Discouraging Details of its Fiscal Year 2018 Proposed Budget

May 25th, 2017

On Tuesday, May 22, the Trump Administration released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” Building upon the Administration’s initial “skinny” budget release in March, this comprehensive document encompasses President Trump’s first proposed budget. Unfortunately, the budget does not bode well for federal agencies important to the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS).

National

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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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