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.

White House Held a Virtual Summit on Evidence for Action  

April 13, 2022

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) kicked off a yearlong series of discussions on “translating research evidence to practice and policy” with the Summit on Evidence for Action.  Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions gathered to share best practices for generating and using the results of research, promoting consistent

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Researcher Explores the Interaction of Emotions and Memories in the Human Brain Network 

April 14, 2022 

Key Findings 

The hippocampus is crucial in reactivating the brain patterns associated with episodic memories.
The “PMAT” framework, a highly influential model of human memory, involves two memory systems – the posterior medial (PM) and anterior temporal (AT) systems – that interact to drive and organize episodic memories.


Think of a fond memory. How do you feel? Relaxed, excited, or maybe happy? The ability to relive the emotions

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Equity Guides Future of Education Research Report

On March 31, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released recommendations for the Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). NASEM convened an expert committee, at the request of IES, to assess and inform practices at the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research.

The committee addressed three core areas:

critical problems where new research is needed
new methods or

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PCAST Hears from Panel on Science Communication

April 13, 2022 

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met on March 24 to hear from experts on two topics: science communication and wildfire preparedness (watch the recording or see the agenda).

Three co-chairs lead PCAST: Francis Arnold, California Institute of Technology; Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President and former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT

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