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.

Bill to Accelerate Cognitive Research in COVID-19 Passes the House

August 18, 2022

The House of Representatives passed the Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID–19 Cognitive Research Act on July 26th. This bill, introduced by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), authorizes $1,000,000 for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research on the disruption of regular cognitive processes associated with both short-term and long-term COVID-19 infections.

Following the tragic deaths of two Ohioans from suicide, both of whom experienced new mental health challenges

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Impending CR as Senate Releases Draft Appropriation Bills

On July 28, Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats released draft appropriations bills. Despite optimism earlier this year, this is a sign that bipartisan talks have not progressed as well as hoped. It is now highly unlikely that Congress will pass appropriations before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The most likely outcome in the short term is that Congress will pass a continuing resolution keeping the government running at current funding levels until after the midterm

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Researcher Explores the Neural Correlates of Mental Illness

August 18, 2022

Key Findings 

A variety of neural responses can help us predict prospectively who will develop symptoms of psychopathology such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
Stress exposure changes the way the brain processes threats and rewards.

When individuals live through stressful experiences, what makes some of them more susceptible to developing symptoms of mental health disorders than others? This is one question Dr. Anna Weinberg, associate professor of

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Biden Signs Historic Science Legislation

On August 9, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law. This historic and long awaited $280 billion dollar package aims to supercharge America’s international economic competitiveness, overhauling high-tech industrial policy, bolstering domestic manufacturing, and accelerating research and development across the public and private sectors. 

FABBS is tremendously grateful to Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Frank Lucas, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Science

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