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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.

Meeting of National Science Board Focuses on Broadening Participation

The National Science Board (NSB) met on May 19 and 20 and heard from National Science Foundation staff about the status and future direction of the foundation.

NSF Director Panchanathan shared his enthusiasm with the Board about the current moment at the Foundation. He discussed how his priorities for the future of NSF align with the NSB’s Vision 2030, with White House priorities, and with funding proposals under consideration in Congress. Director Panchanthan’s three pillars for the

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Legislation Endorsed by FABBS Passes House

On Monday, May 17, the House of Representatives passed five bills endorsed by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS). The legislation passed by voice vote, a process requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, indicating broad bipartisan support for these important measures.

These bipartisan bills sponsored by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, now head to the

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NIH Working Group Discusses Diversity in the BRAIN Initiative

Inclusion was at the center of a meeting of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group on May 20. During the meeting, staff reported that the largest share of BRAIN-funded researchers are engineers and that 18.3 percent of these researchers are psychologists or behavioral scientists. Working Group members raised concerns that the focus on engineering may be handicapping inclusion efforts. According to the National Science Foundation, Psychology is one of the STEM fields with the most

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SBE Directorate at NSF holds Spring Advisory Council Meeting

The Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science (SBE) Advisory Committee (AC), convened on May 6 and 7 for a packed agenda covering a wide range of topics of importance to FABBS members. FABBS board member Sandra Graham of UCLA serves on the SBE AC.  

The meeting kicked off with a budget update from Dr. Arthur “Skip” Lupia, National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director. The NSF received additional funds from Congress to award over 1,000 COVID-specific

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