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.

Senators Launch Women in STEM Caucus

February 24, 2022 

Senators Jacky Rosen (D – NV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R – WV) launched the Women in STEM Caucus on November 8, National STEM Day, to discuss how to expand access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and training for women. The Senators had previously worked on the Building Blocks of STEM Act, a bill which provided grants through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM

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Biden Announces New Top Science Advisors

As of February 18th, Dr. Alondra Nelson, a social scientist, is serving as the Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Dr. Francis Collins is joining the White House as President Biden’s Science Advisor.

Dr. Nelson, previously the Deputy Director for Science and Society at OSTP, will now oversee all six OSTP policy divisions and, in her own words, work “to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity,

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Mental Health Discussed in Congressional Hearing

February 9, 2022 

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held the hearing “Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder: Responding to the Growing Crisis” last Tuesday. Witnesses spoke about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, the behavioral health workforce, and bipartisan efforts to support youth mental health. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired the hearing.

Dr. Mitch Prinstein, Chief Science Officer

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Talking to Children About Race, Gender, and Social Issues: Review and Recommendations

February 9, 2022

Key Findings 

Children are born categorizers; they already notice different kinds of people and are being treated differently.
Educators and caregivers can foster safe, respectful conversations in age-appropriate ways; development research identifies benefits to providing simple descriptions of complex concepts, validating children’s emotions related to their lived experiences, and highlighting cultural strengths and positive experiences to belonging to social

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