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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.

Tornadoes, Safe Sex, and Happy Hours: Why Data-Guided Policies Can Save the World

September 11, 2019

Key Findings 
People discount future rewards and risks.People’s actions are very sensitive to their environment.We can help people lead healthier lives by understanding the principles of how people make choices.

When should people hear a tornado
warning siren?

If the goal is to minimize fatalities, the answer is –
surprisingly – not as soon as possible. Giving people a longer heads up is
better, but only up to about 15 minutes. Lead times longer than

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NICHD Appoints a Neuropsychologist as Deputy Director, OSTP Releases Budget Priorities for FY21

September 11, 2019

Credit: National Institutes of Health

Alison Cernich, Ph.D., has been selected as deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Cernich will assist the NICHD Director in overseeing the institute’s research programs in biological, behavioral and clinical research related to conception and pregnancy, typical and atypical development in childhood, reproductive health, and medical

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FABBS Scientists Meet with Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)

September 11, 2019

On Wednesday, August 28, FABBS scientists had the honor of meeting with Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA) in her district office in Malden, MA. Rep. Clark serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Education Sciences. Rep. Clark is a strong champion for NIH, with a particular interest in behavioral science.

FABBS immediate past-president Jeremy Wolfe,

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FABBS Honors Linda B. Smith

August 21, 2019

Linda B. Smith is an internationally recognized leader in developmental psychology and cognitive science. She is well known for her ground-breaking theoretical and empirical work on cognitive development, including comprehensive theories based on dynamic systems, and how the infant’s natural predispositions and visual world interact to guide object name learning. Taking a complex systems view, she seeks to understand the developmental process and, in particular, the

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