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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.

Q&A with New FABBS Board President, Roxane Cohen Silver

January 15, 2020

FABBS welcomes Roxane Cohen Silver, University of California, Irvine, as she steps into the role of FABBS President for a two-year term.

What inspired you to become President of the FABBS board?

My academic area of expertise is on the psychological, physical, and social impact of traumatic life experiences, such as natural disasters, mass violence events, and other community traumas. Over the years, I have been struck by the fact that public leaders and decision

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Open Access and “Zero Embargo” Rumors

January 15, 2020

In early December, the science community started hearing rumors about an Executive Order (EO) that would require all federally-funded research to be available to the public at the time of publishing in place of the 12-month post-publication embargo period outlined by the 2013 “Holdren memo”. These rumors suggested that the EO would be effective immediately and was coming from somewhere other than the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). It has since been

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Using Computers Not Only to Write, but to Learn How

January 15, 2020

Today’s teen-agers may be Snapchat savvy, but many
of these same students are unskilled in using computers to write well, according
to new research in Policy Insights from
the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 

Teachers, likewise, are not getting the training they need to teach students to use digital technologies to write—a key skill for success in college and in an increasing number of career fields, according to “Technology as a Lever for Adolescent

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FY 2020 Budget Signed Before Holiday, FY 2021 Budget May Face Hurdles

January 15, 2020

On December 20th, shortly before the continuing resolution that kept the government open expired, the President signed two FY 2020 spending packages. As in past years, despite significant cuts to science budgets in the President’s budget proposal, the final budget included increases for science.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – $41.7 billion, a $2.6 billion (6.65%) increase, $500 million for the BRAIN Initiative and increases for every NIH institute.National

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