News from FABBS

Societal Experts Action Network Connects Scientists to Policy Makers

June 17, 2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support from the National Science Foundation, has created the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN). The project’s goal is to connect decision makers leading the response to COVID-19 with behavioral and social science researchers able to inform critical local, state, and federal policy and practice responses to the pandemic.

On June 11, SEAN released a rapid expert consultation guide to support leaders

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Societies Consortium Provides Guidance on Inclusivity in Virtual Meetings

June 4th, 2020

The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM held a virtual conference on May 21st entitled “Effective Approaches to Adopting Inclusive Conduct and Honors Policies”. While virtual meetings have the potential to faciliate access for some people, they can also create additional complications for vulnerable groups. In some cases, proper measures and sensitivity can address these barriers. Interacting in cyberspace is known to elicit a different set of

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National Science Board Announces New Leadership and Members and Releases Vision 2030 Report

May 21, 2020

Earlier this month, the National Science Board (NSB), which oversees the National Science Foundation, met (virtually), announced new leadership, and released the Vision 2030 report.

Ellen Ochoa, currently serving as vice-chair, was elected to succeed Diane Souvaine as NSB Chair. Having served as chair for a term of two years, Dr. Souvaine is completing her service to the board after serving two six-year terms. Ochoa, an astronaut with a doctorate in electrical engineering,

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FABBS Responds to OSTP Request for Feedback on Open Access

May 21, 2020

On May 6, FABBS responded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) request for information (RFI) on options for increasing public access to research papers, data, and code. FABBS expressed a shared commitment to increasing availability of published federally funded research, citing the efforts of our societies to create open access journals and shortening embargo periods. FABBS also acknowledged the shortcomings of the current model while expressing

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