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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.

End of Fiscal Year Looming, COVID Relief Negotations Continue

September 10, 2020

The House and Senate returned to work, if not physically to Washington, DC, after an August recess. With the general elections under two months away and fewer than 10 legislative days before fiscal year (FY) 2021 starts on October 1, legislators will need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) – funding at the FY 2020 level – to keep the federal government open.

Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has advocated for a CR to go through

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FABBS Endorses Legislation to Support Early Career Scholars and Provide Research Relief During COVID and Calls for Research on Systemic Racism in Academia

September 10, 2020

On Wednesday, September 9, the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (HSST) held a hearing on the ‘Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on University Research’. Chaired by Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Jim Baird (R-IN), the hearing featured four university representatives, including a PhD student, articulating the consequences of COVID-19 on innovation, researchers, and students. Members also discussed two

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FABBS Selected for Day One Policy Accelerator Cohort

September 10, 2020

FABBS is excited to announce our participation in the second Day One Accelerator Cohort—a platform to democratize science, tech, and innovation policy development. The goal of the Day One Project is to identify 100 actionable ideas for the first day of the next Presidential term. As part of this cohort, FABBS will be participating with 14 other teams from different corners of the S&T community to develop a policy proposal over 45 days. FABBS’ selected policy

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Focusing on Numbers Ignores Sources of Gender Bias

September 10, 2010

In a new paper on testing and gender bias published in the FABBS journal, Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, author Joseph R. Cimpian quotes an elementary school teacher:

            “These are my students’ standardized test scores, and there are absolutely no gender differences. See, the girls can do just as well as the boys if they work hard enough.”

In “Why Focusing on Test

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