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.

NASEM Committee on Behavioral Economics to Policy Holds First Meeting

March 9, 2022

On March 1, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on Future Directions for Applying Behavioral Economics to Policy held its first open-session meeting. This consensus study will review the evidence regarding the application of insights from behavioral economics to key public policy objectives and examine past applications and controversies that have emerged as the field progressed. The committee is tasked with developing guiding

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Justice Department Updates Research Security Policy

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced updates to federal policies regarding academic research security. Notably, the “China Initiative” meant to coordinate the federal response to national security threats posed by the Chinese government is being reformed; the name is now retired, and the DOJ will take a broader approach that better considers the range of potential threats while avoiding stifling research collaborations.  

“We have heard concerns from the civil

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President Biden Highlights Research and Mental Health in State of the Union

On March 1st, President Biden delivered his annual State of the Union address. Biden understandably spent a significant portion of his speech addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the response from the United States and our allies. He also spotlighted successes from the first year of his presidency, pointing to the American Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (aka the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law). Looking ahead, President Biden set a tone of bipartisanship and

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Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Protecting Youth Mental Health

On February 8th, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy testified at a hearing for the Senate Finance Committee to identify mental health concerns for American youth. This bipartisan hearing underscores the Senate’s attention as the ongoing youth mental health crisis that has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Senate have held numerous hearings on this critical topic. (See previous FABBS coverage on another congressional hearing on the topic featuring FABBS Council

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