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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.

National Science Board Briefs Congress on Science and Engineering Indicators

February 16, 2018

The National Science Board (NSB), which oversees NSF policies and serves as an independent advisory body to the President and Congress on science, released its Science and Engineering (S&E) Indicators 2018  report on January 18, 2018.  The S&E report is issued every two years, and provides a broad picture of how the United States compares with the global community on various S&E indicators.

This year’s report shows that the United States continues to be a

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Congress and White House Agree to “Raise the Caps” and Fund the Government

February 16, 2018

In the early hours of February 9, Congress passed and the President into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892).  The bill’s passage, which was preceded by a brief five-hour federal government shutdown, accomplished several important goals.  First, the bill extends current fiscal year (FY) 2018 funding through March 23, giving lawmakers six weeks to negotiate a final FY 2018 omnibus funding measure.  Second, it suspends the debt limit until March 2019. 

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Science Societies Push for Science-Based Decision Making

January 9, 2018

There was a flurry of activity among science societies when it was first reported that the Administration had banned the use of seven words in budget documents by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency’s director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, was quick to respond that no words were banned, and others at CDC characterized the effort as an attempt to ensure approval of their budget with a Republican Congress. Last week she also sent a letter

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To End the Cycle of Poverty, Begin in the Womb

January 9, 2018

We have long known that environmental toxins can have an adverse impact on pregnant mothers and their infants, but it turns out the environment can have a subtler impact than once thought. Chronic, pronounced stress during pregnancy impacts a baby’s brain development in ways that can negatively affect attention, self-control, and behavior for years to come. That kind of stress is more commonly experienced by people living in poverty, and may help to explain the notoriously

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