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.

Recovering and Looking Forward in 2021 – A Letter from the FABBS President

I’m sure that, like me, you are happy to see 2020 in the rear view mirror. I do not remember ever being so happy to replace a calendar on my wall or desk. Unfortunately, that relief was fleeting as we witnessed the violent assault on our nation’s Capitol earlier this week. 

As the President of the FABBS Board and someone who has devoted my career to studying the impact of disasters and the health effects of media exposure, I feel the need to recognize

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Trump Signs ‘Stimnibus’ – FY21 Spending Bills and COVID Relief

January 6, 2021

On December 27, 2020, following threats to refuse, President Trump signed the spending package for fiscal year 2021. Congress had passed the legislation on December 21 by wide margins and bipartisan support. Prior to this, budget disagreements had required two short-term continuing resolutions, to extend government funding to avoid a government shut down.

The final 5,000 page package – the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (HR 113) – established spending levels

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BBCSS Thanks and Celebrates Susan Fiske for her Service as Chair and Welcomes Terrie Moffitt and Five New Members

January 6, 2021

Susan Fiske, PhD

Susan Fiske chaired her last meeting of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Services (BBCSS) in November 2020. Dr. Fiske, who had served as the president of FABBS and continues to be the editor of the FABBS journal – Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, had dedicated eleven years of service to the Board, including six years of exceptional leadership as chair. Dr. Fiske was celebrated by the board in a virtual celebration of

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FABBS Annual Meeting Features Leaders from NIH and NSF, Discusses Diversity Initiatives

December 16, 2020

FABBS held its Annual Council of Representatives Meeting earlier this month on December 7th. Meeting virtually, the FABBS Board was joined by member society and corporate affiliate representatives to hear from leadership of behavior and social sciences offices at NIH and NSF, discuss FABBS advocacy priorities for 2021, and diversity initiatives in our sciences, societies, and schools. FABBS President, Roxane Cohen Silver, provided opening and closing remarks, as well

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