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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.

Q&A with David Johnson, Former Executive Director

January 21, 2021

As we commemorate 40 years of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), we have invited former FABBS Executive Directors to reflect on their time in the role.

In this Q&A, we spoke with David Johnson, who served as Executive Director from 1988-2000, with insights on the growth of behavioral and social science at federal agencies over time.

During your tenure, federal agencies took significant steps to advance the behavioral and

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Database of Police Outcomes May Be First Step to Reduce Racial Bias

January 21, 2021

Not only are black people more likely than white people to be stopped by police, but new research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences documents that the darker you are, the more likely you are to be shot.

Conversely white people with very white skin are less likely to have force used against them.  “Whiteness serve(s) as a protective factor,” Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Karin D. Martin explain in “The Social Psychology of Racially Biased

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President Biden Announced Key Picks for OSTP and PCAST

January 21, 2021

Days before taking office, then President-Elect Biden announced appointments to the Office of Science Policy and Technology (OSTP) and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The timing of these appointments demonstrates a strong interest in and commitment to science in the next administration. Under the previous administration, the position of OSTP Director sat empty for nearly two years. Acting quickly to make OSTP appointments was a

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FABBS Endorses Bipartisan STEM Legislation

January 21, 2021

House Science Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) have reintroduced four bills that focus on bolstering the STEM workforce. FABBS has endorsed legislation, per the invitation of the Science Committee.

The Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act proposes the National Science Foundation (NSF) create a two-year fellowship program for scientists facing fewer job opportunities in academia because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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