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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.

White House Proposes Terminating Federal Advisory Committees

June 27, 2019

On June 14, the President released an Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees. The order has been met with a combination of confusion and concern from the scientific community.

The proposal to evaluate the usefulness of current advisory committees is a reasonable one. However, the Executive Order states specific numbers and cuts, and provides no justification. Namely, agencies are ordered to ‘terminate at least one-third’

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Congress Examines Foreign Influences in Taxpayer Funded Research

June 27, 2019

The issue of foreign influence in taxpayer-funded research has been a growing concern in Washington, DC in recent years. On June 5, the Senate Finance Committee convened a hearing, “Foreign Threats to Taxpayer-Funded Research: Oversight Opportunities and Policy Solutions” to better understand the risks and consider possible solutions. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) raised this issue last fall in a letter to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In

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Q&A With Jim Gnadt, BRAIN Initiative

June 27, 2019

The following Q&A is one in an occasional series of conversations with federal leaders in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

Courtesy National Institutes of Health

Dr. Jim Gnadt, NINDS Program Director in Systems and Computational Neuroscience and Team Lead for the NIH BRAIN Integrative and Quantitative Approaches, has worked in systems, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroengineering for over 35 years.

Prior to taking the position at NINDS, Dr. Gnadt was an

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Helping Students and Schools Grow Together through Research and Mentorship

June 27, 2019

Key Findings 
Whether institutional values match the students they serve matters for student well-being, how well they do, and how they understand themselvesReframing the context is necessary to support all students

The demographics of people graduating high school and enrolling in higher education are shifting rapidly across the United States.

This includes more students 25
years and older and those from minoritized racial and ethnic groups –

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