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.

Hill Updates: NSF Reauthorization and Funding for Health Research

November 18, 2021

National Science Foundation 

This week the House and Senate agreed to begin official negotiations on a package of legislation which includes National Science Foundation Reauthorization, as previously reported on in the FABBS newsletter. Earlier this year, the House and Senate passed dramatically different versions of the legislation, and have been unable to reconcile differences. Senate Majority Leader Schumer attempted to attach the Senate version to a must-pass

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Mixed Signs for Federal Research Funding

A bipartisan group of House and Senate Appropriators left a November 2 meeting pessimistic about the chance of agreement on federal spending levels for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Earlier this year, Congress passed a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open through December 3, at which point a shutdown will go into effect if lawmakers are unable to find bipartisan agreement. Differences over the balance between defense and non-defense spending lawmakers suggesting another CR

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New Coalition on Gun Violence Prevention Research Launches

November 2, 2021

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently launched a new coalition advocating for the future of gun violence prevention (GVP) research funding – the GVP Research Roundtable. FABBS joined the discussion to collaborate on efforts to support top-line research funding asks that would include firearms research. The ad hoc community, comprised of groups representing clinicians, medical providers, patients, and researchers, would focus on durable, sustainable,

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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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