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.

Capitol Hill: Spotlight on Science

July 20, 2022

New Bipartisan Caucus for Graduate R&D

On July 13, Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA),Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Stephanie Bice (R-OK) launched the Graduate Research and Development (GRAD) Caucus.

These co-chairs are actively looking to grow the caucus, which they say will “provide briefings on programs and policies important to graduate researchers, educate members of Congress on the work and impact of graduate researchers, and provide a forum for members

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Trans-NIH Initiative Builds Research Network to Measure Emotional Well-Being

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) hosted the final spring 2022 session of the NCCIH Integrated Medicine Research Lecture series, titled “Advancing Research on Emotional Well-Being and Regulation of Eating” (see the recording here). The lecture featured Elissa Epel, Ph.D., past President of The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and past FABBS Council Representative. 

Dr. Epel’s talk highlighted opportunities for engagement and findings from

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Researcher Studies Child Learning through New Lens of an Old Debate

Key Findings 

A parent’s genes can influence their child’s reading skills through inheritance and altering the environment.
Cause and effect of environmental mechanisms of parenting cannot be inferred without first considering genetic influences.
Environmental interventions help improve reading skills in children both with and without a genetic predisposition for dyslexia.

Nature vs. Nurture is one of the oldest debates in psychology. This discourse has since evolved,

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Progress on ARPA-H and NSF Authorization

June 24, 2022


On June 22, the House passed the ARPA-H Act which would authorize the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) through 2027. 

Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations legislation provided $1 billion to establish the agency, but offered little in the way of direction for the new entity. With the details left up to the executive branch, Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services appointed Dr. Adam Russell, an anthropologist, as

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