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Agency and Academy Activities

FABBS engages with various federal agencies and the National Academies in efforts which promote the understanding and impact of the behavioral and brain sciences.

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OMB Revises Standards of Race and Ethnicity Data

On March 28th, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced revisions to the Statistical Policy Directive (SPD) No.15: Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity.  OMB periodically reviews statistical policy directives to update guidance …

Science and Engineering Report Released

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted the National Science Board (NSB) and Foundation (NSF) leadership for the release of the 2024 U.S. Science and Engineering Indicators (S&E) report and to share the President’s NSF budget request …

NASEM Holds Forum on Failures in Social Systems

The National Academies of Science held a symposium on “Failures in Social Systems: Converging Biological, Behavioral, and Engineering Insights” on March 7th. The panelists discussed how failures in the sciences are caused by human social factors and systems.

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Preventing Alcohol Misuse – Congressional Briefing

On Thursday, March 21, the Friends of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), of which FABBS is an active member, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill titled “Preventing Alcohol Misuse: Research to Improve and Save Lives.” The …

NSF Appoints Science Policy Scholar to Lead SBE Directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing to lead the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate. Her first day will be April 22. Dr. Husbands Fealing currently serves as the Dean of …

NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon to Step Down in June

On February 29th, Dr. Joshua A. Gordon announced his plans to step down as the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – effective June 14. Dr. Gordon has served in …

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