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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.

Bipartisan Group Forms Congressional Caucus on Social Determinants of Health

September 8, 2021

Earlier this summer, a bipartisan group of legislators announced a new congressional caucus to address the social determinants of health – non-medical factors that impact health. Led by Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Tom Cole (R-OK), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Markwayne Mullin (R-IN), the formation of the caucus followed the spring introduction of legislation – Social Determinants Accelerator Act (HR 2503).

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Congress Debates Spending Priorities

September 8, 2021

September will be a busy and complicated month on Capitol Hill as Congressional leaders push to meet key deadlines on major spending legislation amid intraparty disagreements over the size and scope of those plans.

Key to watch for FABBS members is the status of Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations. Federal funding expires at the end of September, and Congress is increasingly likely to pass a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown. CRs disrupt the

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Q&A: Dr. Barbara A. Spellman Comments on Why You Should Join AAAS

Barbara A. Spellman (Photo: courtesy of the University of Virginia Law School)

Dr. Barbara Spellman currently serves as the Secretary of the Psychology Section of AAAS. After obtaining her law degree from New York University in 1982 and practicing tax law, Dr.  Spellman earned her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a psychology professor, she focused her research on memory and higher-order cognition. In 2008, having shifted her attention

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New NICHD EDI Initiative Will Shape the Next Five Years in the Institute

September 7, 2021
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Office of Health Equity is leading a new initiative called STrategies to EnRich Inclusion and AchieVe Equity (STRIVE). Watch/listen to the presentation on the initiative delivered by Dr. Charisee Lamar, director of the Office of Health Equity, which covers the timeline in developing the initiative, from a backdrop of various events in 2020, to an open letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis

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