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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.

NIMH Strategic Plan Update, New BRAIN Initiative Director

February 12, 2020

The Advisory Council for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) met on Tuesday, February 4. NIMH is currently in the process of updating their strategic plan. A request for feedback went out to the community on December 2, 2019 with comments due on January 1, 2020. NIMH then provided an two additional weeks to comment, pushing back their timeline to present their revisions to Council to their next meeting on May 19th, 2020.

Dr. Gordon, NIMH Director, explained

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FABBS Responds to OSTP RFI on Research Environments

January 29, 2020

FABBS submitted comments in response to a request from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on the American research environment. FABBS articulated the importance of and encouraged reliable federal funding for science agencies, filling key leadership positions, and recommended reinstating a key committee on human subjects.

FABBS President-elect Philip Rubin, who previously served as both Principal Assistant Director for Science

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Attention to Oral Language Skills Key to Literacy

January 29, 2020

Oral language enables children to read, yet most children struggling with speaking and listening are never diagnosed and therefore do not get the help they need, according to a new paper published in Policy Insights for the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Research shows that between 7 and 9 percent of young children have developmental language disorder, or DLD–“a significant impairment” in the ability to speak and understand language, authors Suzanne M. Adlof and

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NSF Holds Panel and Showcase on Natural Disaster Resiliency

January 29, 2020

On Tuesday, January 28th, the National Science Foundation held an interactive showcase in the Rayburn House Office Building with five speakers introducing their Natural Disaster Resiliency projects. Many of these grants were awarded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Guest speakers included: Dr. Robin Murphy, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University; Dr. Rebecca Morss, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Dr. Ilkay Altintas, San

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