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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.

Fiscal Year 23 Budget Includes Increases for Science

January 13, 2023

FABBS commends the House and Senate for coming together and passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. The overdue omnibus provides 10.3 percent increase in R&D funding over FY 2022 including for federal agencies supporting behavioral and brain sciences: Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). The President signed the omnibus

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Congress Works to Wrap up FY 23 Budget and Settle Committee Leadership for the 118th

December 15, 2022

At the time of writing, all eyes were on the Senate to approve the House-passed continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open until December 23rd*. Having reached a bipartisan agreement on topline spending numbers earlier this week, Appropriators have said that the short-term CR will enable them to finalize an omnibus “framework.” Congress hopes that the omnibus – a collection of 12 annual spending bills to be passed at once – can make it to the

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NIH ACD Meets and OBSSR Holds Research Festival

December 15, 2022

NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Meeting  

The Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) at the National Institutes of Health met on December 8 and 9. The ACD provides feedback and makes recommendations on program development, resource allocation, and NIH administrative regulation. The Committee also reviews and evaluates applications for grants and cooperative agreements for research and training for projects that show promise of making valuable

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New Research Emphasizes a Need to Update Anti-Bullying Regulations and Increase Funding to Mitigate Weight-Based Mistreatment Among Adolescents

December 15, 2022

Findings from Leah M. Lessard and Samantha E. Lawrence published in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences show that as many as four-in-five high school students have observed weight-based mistreatment at school. Weight is the most commonly cited reason for bullying, affecting as many as 50 percent of youths. 

These widespread, pervasive judgments can be extremely harmful. Weight-related teasing, bullying, and stigma cause mental health problems,

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