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.

House Passes NSF Reauthorization

February 10, 2022

Last week, the House passed the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act of 2022, marking an important step toward reauthorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF). Now, the two chambers need to reach an agreement that reconciles differences between this bill and the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).

America COMPETES Act

Last year, the House

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FABBS Welcomes Spring Interns

 February 9, 2022 

FABBS welcomed two spring interns – Anna Peña-Gomez from Florida International University and Alexis Rodriguez from Arizona State University. FABBS offers undergraduate hybrid internship opportunities for the spring, summer, and fall semesters, where students can gain experience in the fields of science communication and advocacy in the nation’s capital. We invited Anna and Alexis to (another) interview to discuss what they hope to get out of the experience

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Emerging Science Partners and the Future of Global Research Report Released

February 8, 2022

In January 2022, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released the “Global Connections Emerging Science Partners,” a report from the Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships Initiative (CISP) to identify the benefits of international collaboration and recommend actions. The project was co-chaired by Dr. Arthur Bienenstock and Dr. Peter Michelson, who serve on the University Large-Scale Science (LSS) Working Group, which includes FABBS President Dr.

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NIMH Holds Winter Advisory Council Meeting

February 8, 2022

The National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council (AC) met on February 1 (see the agenda here). The Institute Director, Dr. Joshua Gordon, welcomed seven new members and recognized four members transitioning off of the board including Dr. Yael Niv, Princeton. When sharing her reflections on her time on the AC, she mentioned that she initially thought that her induction in the Council was due to her work in computational methods; yet she thought

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