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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.

Webinar Showcases Initial Findings from NIH-funded SBE Health Impacts of COVID-19

May 12, 2022

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear that highly effective vaccines and therapeutics alone have been insufficient to control the pandemic. To best prevent the spread, health leaders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) quickly recognized the urgent need to apply evidence from the behavioral and social sciences to increase vaccine acceptance and uptake, adoption of effective behavioral mitigation strategies such as face mask wearing and physical

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National Science Board Holds Spring Meeting, Honoring Waterman Award Winners and Outgoing Board Members

May 12, 2022

On May 5, the National Science Board (NSB) held a hybrid meeting, the first with an in-person component since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSB is a 25-member body that oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF). Board Vice Chair Victor R. McCray welcomed board members and attendees for a packed agenda.

Vice Chair McCray and Director Sethuraman Panchanathan shared updates on numerous activities and initiatives including Congressional efforts to reauthorize

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Work Begins on Fiscal Year 2023 Federal Budget

May 12, 2022

After significant delays in passing government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), Congressional appropriators are now busy crafting FY23 spending bills. Bipartisan meetings have already begun, and leaders have expressed optimism that Congress will complete work on FY23 funding before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. 

Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Shelby, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, have each

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A Vision for Equitable Data: Recommendations from the Equitable Data Working Group 

April 28, 2022 

President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (“Equity EO”) formed the Equitable Data Working Group. The goal of the Working Group is to collect appropriate data to enable rigorous assessment of government programs and policies to assure consistently fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals. 

The working group, co-chaired by Dr. Alondra Nelson, Office of

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