News from FABBS

NIMH Brings Together Stakeholder Community

October 8, 2020

On October 5th, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) brought together the stakeholder community for updates on several trans-NIH research initiatives and an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Josh Gordon, Director of NIMH.  In the past, NIMH stakeholders have been organized into two groups, the Alliance for Research Progress, comprised of groups representing families and patients, and the Professional Coalition for Research Progress, made up of

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DHS Seeks Comments on Rule to Restrict Student Visas

October 8, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on September 25, adding to the list of the administration’s efforts to limit international students’ ability to pursue an education in the United States. The rule aims to restrict visas for international students – F (student), J (exchange), and I (foreign media) – by establishing a fixed time period of admission that was previously the duration of a student’s degree program.

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White House Releases Memo on the Budget R & D Priorities for Fiscal Year 2022

September 10, 2020

Last month, Russell Vought, Director of Office of Management and Budget, and Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding ‘FY 2022 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities and Cross-cutting Actions’.

The Memo builds on Administration priorities identified as Innovations of the Future (IotF) including Artificial Intelligence, Quantum

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NSB Meets and Changes to GRFP

July 30, 2020

The National Science Board (NSB) met on Wednesday, July 29th, the first meeting since Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan was sworn in as the NSF Director earlier this month. The agenda included a presentation and panel on Black experiences in science and engineering, and how NSF might be able to improve these experiences through funding and specialized programs.

Dr. Claudia Rankins, a Program Officer in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human

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