News from FABBS

NAS Symposium Speakers Highlight Value of Basic and Behavioral and Social Sciences

March 12, 2020

Last month, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) held a symposium to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic report ‘The Endless Frontier’ and mark the beginning of a year-long initiative to consider the next 75 years in science (webcast). Vannevar Bush was the Director of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II when he submitted the report to President Truman. The report provided the intellectual architecture for the national

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Impact of COVID-19 on Scientific Societies, Research Questions

March 12, 2020

Concerns for the health of society members, residents of host cities, and the general public, have led many scientific societies to either cancel, postpone, or transition their annual meetings to virtual events.

With the rapid spread of the virus and emerging information, the American Physics Society was one of the first scientific societies to cancel their annual meeting of 11,000 attendees, originally scheduled for March 2 – 6. Several FABBS societies have also been

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NSF Symposium Celebrates 70th Anniversary

February 27, 2020

Earlier this month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted a 70th Anniversary Symposium to reflect on the past, celebrate accomplishments, consider the current scientific landscape, and look towards the future. Please see a webcast of the day and a half long event (event agenda).

Established by Congress in 1950, the mission of the NSF is “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national

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Clinical Trial Definition Continues to Cause Confusion

February 12, 2020

Towards the end of January, FABBS started receiving emails from worried researchers saying their proposals to NIH had been withdrawn before review because they were not classified as clinical trials, and perception was that they should have been. As readers may recall, in October 2014, NIH expanded their definition of clinical trials to include Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (BESH). While the enforcement of registration in for BESH had been

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