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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.

Congress Advances Third Stimulus Bill, FABBS Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommittees

March 27, 2020

Following days of negotiations, on Wednesday, March 25th, the Senate passed the third COVID-19 stimulus bill – Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (S. 3548). Having resolved differences on the provisions for local government funds, aid to hospitals, food stamps, and assistance to the airlines, the package headed to the House and was passed on Friday. Several Senators have been unable to vote due to being quarantined. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tested

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FABBS Advocates for Federal Funding for Behavioral and Brain Sciences

March 12, 2020

Appropriations subcommittees are busy collecting information and hearing from federal agency leadership, constituents, and the advocacy community, as they work to draft fiscal year 2021 budgets under their jurisdictions. On behalf of our scientific societies, FABBS advocates for numerous federal budgets and programs investing the behavioral and brain sciences. To that end, FABBS belongs to over a dozen coalitions that come together in support of these agencies and

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NAS Symposium Speakers Highlight Value of Basic and Behavioral and Social Sciences

March 12, 2020

Last month, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) held a symposium to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic report ‘The Endless Frontier’ and mark the beginning of a year-long initiative to consider the next 75 years in science (webcast). Vannevar Bush was the Director of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II when he submitted the report to President Truman. The report provided the intellectual architecture for the national

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Impact of COVID-19 on Scientific Societies, Research Questions

March 12, 2020

Concerns for the health of society members, residents of host cities, and the general public, have led many scientific societies to either cancel, postpone, or transition their annual meetings to virtual events.

With the rapid spread of the virus and emerging information, the American Physics Society was one of the first scientific societies to cancel their annual meeting of 11,000 attendees, originally scheduled for March 2 – 6. Several FABBS societies have also been

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