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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

Progress on ARPA-H and NSF Authorization

June 24, 2022

ARPA-H

On June 22, the House passed the ARPA-H Act which would authorize the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) through 2027. 

Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations legislation provided $1 billion to establish the agency, but offered little in the way of direction for the new entity. With the details left up to the executive branch, Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services appointed Dr. Adam Russell, an anthropologist, as

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House Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Bills

June 24, 2022

The House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Labor, Health, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittees released fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding proposals this week. The two bills cover the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). These bills reflect Democratic priorities, and final appropriations legislation will need bipartisan support to pass the Senate. 

The House

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NASEM Releases Report on Ontology Use to Accelerate Behavioral Science Research 

June 24, 2022

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Ontologies in the Behavioral Sciences: Accelerating Research and the Spread of Knowledge. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26464.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a consensus study titled “Accelerating Behavioral Science Through Ontology Development and Use.” FABBS is proud to be a co-sponsor (see the full report

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Researcher Studies How Parent-Infant Neural Attunement Supports Healthy Development

June 24, 2022 

Key Findings 

Speech patterns, gaze, and facial expressions increase brain wave attunement (“neural synchrony”) between adults and babies.
Neural synchrony promotes healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development.

 

We all recognize “baby talk;” that high-pitched, singsong speaking voice that we lapse into around an infant. Whether or not we are cognizant of the reason why we do this, research into these specialized patterns of

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