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.

Continuing Resolution Passed in the House, Research Relief Prospects are Hopeful

September 24, 2020

On Tuesday night, after a long day of partisan disagreement around farm aid, nutrition assistance, and timeline, the House voted 359 to 57 to approve a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open until December 11, 2020.

According to the bill summary, the CR would appropriate funding at levels provided in FY 2020, extend the availability of funding for certain multiyear research grants that were interrupted by COVID-19, and expire on

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White House Releases Memo on the Budget R & D Priorities for Fiscal Year 2022

September 10, 2020

Last month, Russell Vought, Director of Office of Management and Budget, and Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding ‘FY 2022 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities and Cross-cutting Actions’.

The Memo builds on Administration priorities identified as Innovations of the Future (IotF) including Artificial Intelligence, Quantum

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Dr. Ruby Takanishi, Founding Executive Director of FABBS – In Memoriam

September 10, 2020

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Dr. Ruby Takanishi, the founding Executive Director of FABBS.

As we commemorate 40 years of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, we will be asking the former FABBS Executive Directors to reflect on their time in the role.

We lost Dr. Takanishi before we had the opportunity to speak with her directly. Reflections for this profile were drawn from: SRCD Oral History with Ruby

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End of Fiscal Year Looming, COVID Relief Negotations Continue

September 10, 2020

The House and Senate returned to work, if not physically to Washington, DC, after an August recess. With the general elections under two months away and fewer than 10 legislative days before fiscal year (FY) 2021 starts on October 1, legislators will need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) – funding at the FY 2020 level – to keep the federal government open.

Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has advocated for a CR to go through

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