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.

PCAST Hears from Panel on Science Communication

April 13, 2022 

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met on March 24 to hear from experts on two topics: science communication and wildfire preparedness (watch the recording or see the agenda).

Three co-chairs lead PCAST: Francis Arnold, California Institute of Technology; Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President and former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT

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President Biden Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

On March 28, the President released his fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request with mixed news for the agencies that support behavioral and brain science. This came very late due to significant delays in finalizing the FY22 budget, which passed March 11. The FY23 recommendations were largely based on FY21 enacted funding levels, creating some confusion. It is unclear how this will affect the appropriations process moving forward.

Members of Congress often downplay the importance of the

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Webinar Addresses Animal Use in Research

March 24, 2022

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) held an important webinar, “Non-Animal Models in Biomedical Research: We Aren’t There Yet,” on Wednesday, March 16th.
The panel included four biomedical researchers who provided examples of how animal models have furthered drug development and therapies that have helped increase human survival against infectious and deadly diseases

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NSF Establishes TIP Directorate

March 24, 2022

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman Panchanathan announced the launch of a new research Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) on March 16th.

TIP will integrate new and existing programs focused on advancing emerging technologies, accelerating the transition from research to practice, and bolstering the STEM workforce. According to Director Panchanathan, who spoke at the FABBS annual meeting in December 2021, “By pursuing new

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