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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.

FABBS Responds to OSTP RFI on Research Environments

January 29, 2020

FABBS submitted comments in response to a request from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on the American research environment. FABBS articulated the importance of and encouraged reliable federal funding for science agencies, filling key leadership positions, and recommended reinstating a key committee on human subjects.

FABBS President-elect Philip Rubin, who previously served as both Principal Assistant Director for Science

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Attention to Oral Language Skills Key to Literacy

January 29, 2020

Oral language enables children to read, yet most children struggling with speaking and listening are never diagnosed and therefore do not get the help they need, according to a new paper published in Policy Insights for the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Research shows that between 7 and 9 percent of young children have developmental language disorder, or DLD–“a significant impairment” in the ability to speak and understand language, authors Suzanne M. Adlof and

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NSF Holds Panel and Showcase on Natural Disaster Resiliency

January 29, 2020

On Tuesday, January 28th, the National Science Foundation held an interactive showcase in the Rayburn House Office Building with five speakers introducing their Natural Disaster Resiliency projects. Many of these grants were awarded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Guest speakers included: Dr. Robin Murphy, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University; Dr. Rebecca Morss, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Dr. Ilkay Altintas, San

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Legislation to Double NSF Budget in 10 Years Introduced in the House

January 29, 2020

On Tuesday, January 28, members of the House Science Committee introduced H.R. 5685, the Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act. SALTA would authorize doubling science budgets over 10 years, including the National Science Foundation. The bill recommends $9.4 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2021, a significant increase over the FY 2020 $8.3 billion. The Research and Related Activities budget line, which includes the NSF research directorates, would grow

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