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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 Ron Mangun, CNS President

April 30, 2020

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), FABBS’ newest society, brings together scientists committed to understanding the nature of thought by investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific basis of cognition. CNS had been scheduled to host their annual meeting in Boston on March 14 -17, 2020. Forced to cancel the in-person meeting due to the pandemic, CNS will be holding a virtual meeting on May 2-5, 2020, providing participants an opportunity to share

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Congress Passes Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package

April 30, 2020

Over the past seven weeks, Congress has passed four supplemental bills, approaching a total of $3 trillion, to help address the health and economic consequences of COVID-19. The most recent package, HR 266, was signed into law on Friday, April 24th. FABBS has reported on the first three packages. The final vote for the $483 billion relief measure followed two weeks of contentious negotiations. Initially, the White House requested $251 billion to replenish a

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NICHD and SBE Leadership Meet with Scientific Communities

April 30, 2020

While obeying ‘stay at home’ orders, leaders of federal agencies supporting behavioral sciences continue working to advance our fields and to meet, at least virtually, with the scientific community.

On Wednesday, April 22, Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), addressed the Friends of NICHD with an update on recent activities. 

Dr. Bianchi shared highlights from her testimony before the House along

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NSF Receives Funding in Stimulus

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a critical role supporting research to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate physical, emotional and economic consequences. NSF received $75 million in the most recent stimulus package, the CARES Act, to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond” to the pandemic.

In addition to base support, NSF has a mechanism, Rapid Response Research (RAPID), to fast-track time-sensitive ideas and enables the agency to help fight the pandemic

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