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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.

House Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 and Mental Health

On Thursday, March 11, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services held a hearing on “COVID-19 and the Mental Health and Substance Use Crises”.

Members of the Committee heard from four expert witnesses on how the pandemic has affected mental health and substance abuse: Arthur Evans Jr., CEO of the American Psychological Association (a member of FABBS); Dr. Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Co-Director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic

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House Committee Examines Barriers to Entry into the Federal STEM Workforce

On Wednesday, March 17, The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled “Brain Drain: Rebuilding the Federal Scientific Workforce”.

The committee heard from witnesses, including current and former government officials and non-profit science and workforce advocates, about the state of the federal STEM workforce and current challenges to recruitment and retention. Members of Congress and witnesses agreed that inconsistent budgets

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Federal R&D Investment as a Tool for Global Competition

Federal policy discussions about global competition increasingly include the importance of basic research. China’s continued emergence as an economic and military power in the world has generated bipartisan interest in revitalizing the United States’ federal research and development investments as a tool to ensure American global competitiveness in the years ahead. Two recent meetings brought experts together to discuss opportunities for such a policy response.

Task Force on American

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Bridging the Socio-Economic Divide in the Era of Covid

We’ve been told for eons that to get ahead you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

Not really, according to new research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Data show, and 83 percent of Americans agree, that higher education is essential and “one of the most robust routes out of poverty,” Wendy R. Williams and Harmony A Reppond write in “More Than Just Hard Work: Educational Policies to Facilitate Economic Mobility.”

Yet in the world of

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