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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.

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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Optimism Remains for a Federal Budget Deal

November 15, 2017

With time winding down before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on December 8th, Washington, DC is abuzz with speculation about how Congress will fund the federal government in Fiscal Year 2018. Already two months into the fiscal year, many Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle realize that they need to strike a deal to raise the spending caps. Without a deal, appropriators must cut around $5B from Fiscal Year 2017 levels.

Word on the

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