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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.

Without a Need for the Closet, Kids are Just Kids

October 9, 2019

When preschoolers identify
with a gender that is different than their birth sex, do they suffer more depression
than other children? Do they feel the same way about their gender identity as
other children their age? What clothes do they prefer to wear?

Photo by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Psychology professor Kristina Olson, director of the TransYouth Project at the University of Washington, is working with families across the United States and

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A Focus on Foreign Influence in Washington, DC

October 9, 2019

Last month, Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), wrote a letter to the U.S. research community on the topic of foreign influence on our scientific enterprise. Dreoegemeier announced that the OSTP will be holding meetings about research security at academic institutions across the country, inviting researchers and students to join.

These convenings will be part of the Joint Committee on the Research Environment’s effort to

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NAS Hosts Convenings on the Importance of Replication and Reproducibility in Science and Behavioral Science in the Intelligence Community

October 9, 2019

On September 24, the National Academies of Science brought together leaders of federal science agencies, researchers, and representatives from scientific societies and foundations for the Reproducibility and Replicability in Science: Next Steps Symposium. 

The report and convening are a response to a request from Congress to assess current reproducibility and replicability across fields of science, offer recommendations for improving rigor and transparency in

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Q & A with Arthur “Skip” Lupia, NSF

October 9, 2019

Dr. Arthur Lupia is Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation. In that capacity, he serves as head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). He also serves the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and as co-chair of the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Subcommittee on Open Science. Prior to arriving at NSF, he served as Chairperson of

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