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.

Researcher Documents Benefits of Targeted Conversation in Helping Parents and Children Impacted by Discrimination

November 1, 2021 

Imagine a police stop. The African American woman behind the wheel is unsure about her responses to the officer, her anxiety intensifying.  The emotional impact from the encounter leaves her depressed, but what about her kids in the backseat? 

“Our research shows it’s not just the parent who is impacted by discrimination, it’s both parents and children,” explains Riana Elyse Anderson, a 2021 recipient of the

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NASEM Council on Science Integrity

November 3, 2021

The new Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) held its first meeting on October 25.  

Marcia McNutt, co-chair of the Council, provided an introduction and moderated the discussion on “Restoring Trust in Government through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking,” with guest speaker Kei Koizumi, Principal Deputy Director for Policy

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Modernizing Federal Support Agencies to Meet the Research and Information Needs of Congress

November 3, 2021

On October 21, the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing on “Modernizing the Congressional Support Agencies to Meet the Needs of an Evolving Congress.” Witnesses representing the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) spoke about role of these agencies to support the science and technology information needs of Congress. Committee

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NSF in Reconciliation

November 2, 2021

Some Science Spending Survives Reconciliation Bill Pruning 

Last week, House Democrats introduced a new version of their partisan reconciliation bill just after the White House released its framework for slimming down the House’s initial $3.5 trillion, multiyear legislation to around $1.75 trillion. Some lawmakers are pushing for a vote on the measure this week, in conjunction with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes about $500 billion in new

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