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.

NASEM BBCSS Holds 2021 Fall Meeting

The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine met on December 9 and 10 for their Fall Advisory Meeting. BBCSS provides vision on how to advance public policy and practice by leveraging cutting-edge research from these fields. Each day, part of the agenda, featuring updates from federal colleagues and science presentation, was open to the public. Dr. Terrie

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SBE Advisory Committee Highlights FABBS Work

The Advisory Committee (AC) for the Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation met on December 2 and 3 for a packed agenda. Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, serves as the chair and started the meeting by welcoming new members Marie Banich, the Executive Director of the Intermountain Neuroimaging Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Robin Leichenko, a geographer at Rutgers University.

Arthur “Skip” Lupia,

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FABBS 2021 Annual Meeting Highlights Opportunities Ahead

FABBS met virtually on December 6 for our 2021 annual meeting, bringing together our board members, representatives from our 28 scientific society members and three corporate affiliates to reflect on the past year and identify priorities going into 2022.

Despite the obvious challenges presented by the pandemic, 2021 was an exciting year for FABBS. The organization grew, adding two new staff members, including a third full-time position, and began regularly hosting interns to better meet our

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Congress Avoids Debt Crisis, Funding Obstacles Still Ahead

Debt Ceiling

On December 14, after months of brinksmanship, Congress passed legislation raising the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell were able to negotiate a deal allowing Senate Democrats to pass the legislation with only 51 votes. Ten Republicans supported a procedural motion needed to advance the bill without being subject to the filibuster.

Democrats raised the debt limit by $2.5 trillion, avoiding another vote on the issue until after the

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