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White House Proposes Terminating Federal Advisory Committees

June 27, 2019

On June 14, the President released an Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees. The order has been met with a combination of confusion and concern from the scientific community.

The proposal to evaluate the usefulness of current advisory committees is a reasonable one. However, the Executive Order states specific numbers and cuts, and provides no justification. Namely, agencies are ordered to ‘terminate at least one-third’

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NSF Seeking Feedback – Ideas Machine and NSF Grantee Experiences

June 13, 2019

The National Science Foundation received more than 800 idea
submissions for the NSF 2026 Idea
Machine competition. Now the 33 best submissions are completing for the grand prize. To
this end, NSF is asking the scientific community and the public to help NSF determine which entries will advance
to the next stage.

NSF is eager to hear from external stakeholders and invites FABBS members to watch entrants’ video pitches and comment on the importance and potential

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NIMH and NICHD Advisory Councils Meet, Discussing Their Respective Strategic Plans

June 13, 2019

NIH institute Advisory Councils advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Director of National Institutes of Health; and the Directors of individual institutes, on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of relevant health research, research training, and other programs. Councils are comprised of topic experts approved by NIH leadership, who are often identified by the individual institutes.

The
House Appropriations Committee included

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OBSSR Honors Behavioral Scientists and NAS Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences Meets

June 13, 2019

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research hosted its 12th Matilda White Riley Awards, the annual distinguished scholar lecture named for a celebrated scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Riley provided outstanding leadership and transformative work in the behavioral and social sciences across the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In 2016, OBSSR expanded the event to recognize emerging scientists with a competition for peer-reviewed

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