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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.

Outlook for Science in the 118th Congress

January 13, 2023

Speakership

After a historic number of attempts (15!) and considerable drama, on January 7th, House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be Speaker of the House. Speaker McCarthy made a long list of concessions in order to get the votes he needed, including an agreement to cap future budgets at FY22 levels, addressing the debt ceiling (we could hit in July), promises on committee assignments, open amendments, reinstatement of Holman’s rule, and a process

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SBE AC Welcomes New Leadership at Fall Meeting

January 13, 2023

The Advisory Committee (AC) for the Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) met on December 15 and 16. The SBE meets twice yearly to provide advice, recommendations, and oversight to the Directorate concerning support for research, education, and human resources. Members represent a cross section of social, behavioral, and economic sciences; former FABBS Board Member, Dr. Sandra Graham, also serves on the AC.

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Academies Kicks Off Study on Scientific Misinformation

January 13, 2023

In mid-December, the National Academies held the first meeting of a committee formed to assess the causes and extent of misinformation about science. Motivated by growing concern about the potential negative consequences of inaccuracies, the report will recommend ways to minimize the spread of science misinformation and limit its harms. The study is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and specifically the Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences Division of

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White House Announces Alliance to Advance STEMM Equity

January 13, 2023

At a stakeholder summit on December 12, the White House launched the STEMM Opportunity Alliance, a consortium of almost 100 institutions that will work to address barriers and promote equitable participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM).

The initiative will coordinate over $1 billion of promised public and private spending, focusing on five “equity and excellence” action areas: promoting science literacy and

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