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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.

Encouraging Progress on NSF Authorization

On January 25, House leadership introduced the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act of 2022, marking an important step toward reauthorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Last year, the House and Senate each passed legislation that would authorize funding for NSF. Over the summer, the Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), a package of bills addressing investments at

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A Look Back at the First Year of the Biden Presidency

January 27, 2022

 President Biden recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of his presidency. His administration has made significant progress to improve federal support for science, but additional work remains. FABBS has worked with the new Administration since day one to inform their approach, including by contributing to a transition memo to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), meeting with agency and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials, and

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Dr. Carlotta Arthur, Engineer and Psychologist, will be the New Executive Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies

January 27, 2022 

Dr. Carlotta M. Arthur has been selected to take the reins as the new executive director at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE), starting on February 14th. She will succeed Mary Ellen O’Connell, who has served the Academies for 20 years and as the executive director of DBASSE since

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Q&A with Dr. Barbara A. Wanchisen, Past FABBS Executive Director

January 27, 2022 

As we commemorate 41 years of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), we have invited former FABBS Executive Directors to reflect on their time in the role. In this Q&A, we spoke with Barbara A. Wanchisen, PhD, who served as Executive Director from 2001 to 2008, with insights on the growth of behavioral and social science at federal agencies over time. 

Barbara A. Wanchisen, PhD

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