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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.

National Science Board and Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences Hold Fall Meetings

November 21, 2019

The National Science Board (NSB) met on November 19th and 20th. NSF Director, France Córdova, reviewed recent NSF activities and accomplishments including Nobel Prize and MacArthur winners supported by NSF. Córdova announced Convergence Accelerator awards for two Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. Daniel Gorogg was among the new senior staff announced. He recently joined the Social, Behavioral and Economic

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FABBS Members on the Hill

November 20, 2019

The American Psychological Association and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a congressional briefing on November 12 on “Advancing Basic Research to Inform the Science of Suicide”. The briefing was co-hosted by Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Rep. Anthony Gonzales (R-OH). Two psychology professors, Dr. Mitch Prinstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. David Jobes, Catholic University of America, spoke of their work and the needed funding

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OSTP Hosts Meeting on the ‘Research Environment’

November 20, 2019

On Tuesday,
November 5, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
hosted a summit to inform the work of the Joint Committee on the Research
Environment (JCORE), an effort announced in May of this year.

JCORE consists of four subcommittees with the goals of coordinating administrative requirements for federally-funded research; promoting rigor and integrity in research; fostering safe, inclusive, and equitable research environments; and

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Social and Emotional Learning Vital to Student Success

November 20, 2019

It used to be that society deemed a well-educated student as having not only strong academics but also solid grounding in personal and social responsibility, creativity and critical thinking.  Now, according to research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, student success tends to be measured narrowly based on test scores, particularly in English and math.

“A common perception holds that attending to social and psychological development will

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