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.

Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Protecting Youth Mental Health

On February 8th, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy testified at a hearing for the Senate Finance Committee to identify mental health concerns for American youth. This bipartisan hearing underscores the Senate’s attention as the ongoing youth mental health crisis that has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Senate have held numerous hearings on this critical topic. (See previous FABBS coverage on another congressional hearing on the topic featuring FABBS Council

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AAAS Annual Meeting: A Banner Year for Psychology

February 24, 2022 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, titled Empower with Evidence, was conducted virtually on February 17-20, and featured an exceptional array of scientific topics, including public health, science communications, STEM education, science policy, the social and behavioral sciences, linguistics, and more.  

The meeting kicked off with the “Empower with Evidence” Presidential Address by Susan Amara, scientific

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NASEM Committee on Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations Holds First Meeting

February 23, 2022

On January 26th, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) held its open session meeting launching the Committee on Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in STEM organizations. The goal is to provide a hallmark consensus report of clear and actionable advice to the nation in advancing anti-racism and DEI.

This meeting was monitored by Dr. Susan Fiske, committee member, past president of FABBS, and Policy Insights from

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Energy and Commerce Hearing on ARPA-H

February 23, 2022

On Tuesday, February 8th, the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C) held a public hearing, “ARPA-H: The Next Frontier of Biomedical Research,” to discuss President Biden’s proposal for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). ARPA-H would establish a new research agency to “develop breakthroughs—to prevent, detect, and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer.” 

The Committee sought

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