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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.

Senate Holds Nomination Hearing for Top White House Science Advisor

Dr. Eric S. Lander, PhD

The U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation met on April 29th to discuss and question Dr. Eric Lander, President Biden’s nominee for Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), recently elevated to a cabinet-level post. Dr. Lander is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician. He was a principal leader of the international Human Genome Project and was a professor of biology at the Massachusetts

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FABBS Submits Comments on NIH UNITE Initiative

May 5, 2021

Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis S. Collins announced the UNITE initiative to identify short-term and long-term actions to end structural racism and improve the diversity and inclusion of talent within the NIH scientific workforce. 

UNITE is named for five separate, but coordinating objective-based committees: 

Committee U – Understanding stakeholder experiences through listening and

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Endless Frontier Act Reintroduced

On April 21, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) reintroduced the Endless Frontier Act, a $100 billion dollar proposal to ramp up investment in technology research and development aimed at countering China and ensuring American leadership in innovation.

Should it pass, the bill would have major implications for the National Science Foundation (NSF). It would invest $100 billion over

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FABBS a Cosponsor for Understanding Diversity in STEM: WMPD Day

The release of the 2021 biennial report, “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities (WMPD) in Science and Engineering,” inspired a day of online events dedicated to recognizing the progress that has been made and understanding the gaps that remain in the state of diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The United States Congress first mandated the National Science Foundation (NSF) to transmit a biennial report on minorities and women in scientific and

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