News

News from FABBS

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.

Comics: A Valuable Interplay of Visual Art and Words

March 26, 2020

As
a boy Neil Cohn loved comics, and he turned that love into an original and respected
scientific domain influenced by linguistics and integrating drawing and
language into a common understanding.

“I study people’s minds and brains and how they understand visual information,” Cohn says from his home in the Netherlands.  He studies how people process visual information, especially drawings used in comics and emoji, and he compares drawings and graphics with the

read more

Guidance and Resources Regarding COVID-19

March 26, 2020

For future updates, please see our COVID-19 page.

Information and guidance for the general public, as well as researchers and scientific societies, has developed and changed quickly as the understanding of COVID-19 deepens. Here is a compilation of resources, federal and agency notices, and other updates that may be of interest to our members.

OMB Notices

These memos from the White House Office of Management and Budget provided a range of administrative relief and

read more

FABBS Commnents on Modernization of Clinical Trials and OBSSR Invites Research on Gun Violence

March 26, 2020

In response to a request for comment, FABBS provided feedback on NIH plans regarding the modernization of ClinicalTrials.gov. FABBS strongly supports efforts to update infrastructure and usability of ClinicalTrials.gov and shares a strong commitment to transparency and maximizing availability of federally funded research. FABBS identified concerns about consequences of the NIH expansion of the definition of clinical trials, particularly with regards to the challenges of

read more

Congress Advances Third Stimulus Bill, FABBS Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittees

March 27, 2020

Following days of negotiations, on Wednesday, March 25th, the Senate passed the third COVID-19 stimulus bill – Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (S. 3548). Having resolved differences on the provisions for local government funds, aid to hospitals, food stamps, and assistance to the airlines, the package headed to the House and was passed on Friday. Several Senators have been unable to vote due to being quarantined. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tested

read more