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.

NASEM Committee on Anti-Racism and DEI in STEM Held its Second Meeting

April 13, 2022

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) held its second meeting for the Committee on Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) in STEM on March 22. See FABBS previous coverage on the first meeting here. The goal of the interdisciplinary committee is to provide a hallmark consensus report of clear and actionable advice to the nation in advancing anti-racism and DEI within all levels of STEM organizations.

Dr. Susan Fiske, past

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White House Held a Virtual Summit on Evidence for Action  

April 13, 2022

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) kicked off a yearlong series of discussions on “translating research evidence to practice and policy” with the Summit on Evidence for Action.  Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions gathered to share best practices for generating and using the results of research, promoting consistent

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Researcher Explores the Interaction of Emotions and Memories in the Human Brain Network 

April 14, 2022 

Key Findings 

The hippocampus is crucial in reactivating the brain patterns associated with episodic memories.
The “PMAT” framework, a highly influential model of human memory, involves two memory systems – the posterior medial (PM) and anterior temporal (AT) systems – that interact to drive and organize episodic memories.


Think of a fond memory. How do you feel? Relaxed, excited, or maybe happy? The ability to relive the emotions

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Equity Guides Future of Education Research Report

On March 31, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released recommendations for the Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). NASEM convened an expert committee, at the request of IES, to assess and inform practices at the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research.

The committee addressed three core areas:

critical problems where new research is needed
new methods or

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