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Partial Shutdown Continues, New OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier

January 24, 2019

At press time, the 2019 partial federal government shutdown entered its 34th day, making it the longest government shutdown in history. Without a clear end in sight, the behavioral and brain research community is feeling the consequences.

The National Science Foundation, a critical support for behavioral and brain research, is one of the agencies affected by the partial shutdown. NSF is able to accept applications online during the shutdown. However, NSF program officers

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Deciphering the 2018 Midterm Elections and Its Implications for Science

November 16, 2018

The historic 2018 midterm elections are over with a record 49.2% of the eligible voting population casting ballots in congressional and gubernatorial elections nationwide.

The overarching outcomes are apparent—the U.S. House of Representatives will be controlled by the Democrats, while the Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. Senate.  Nonetheless, a week after the election and still unfolding, there are 8 undeclared races in the House and two in the Senate,

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NSF Funding in Limbo For Now

October 30, 2018

With enthusiasm from many corners, Congress passed and the President signed a massive spending bill funding the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health, and Education a couple of days before FY 2019 would begin. Although agencies funded under the bill fared well, agencies such as the National Science Foundation have not received a budget for the current fiscal year.

NSF and other agencies continue their FY 2018 funding under a short-term continuing resolution  (CR) that

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Fund Health and Education Agencies for Fiscal Year 2019

September 20, 2018

On September 18, by a vote of 93-7, the United States Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations conference report before the start of the fiscal year—a feat not achieved since 2007! The bill funds the National Institutes of Health and other health agencies, as well as the Institute for Education Sciences within the Department of Education. The measure, H.R. 6137, which also includes funding for the Department of

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