News from FABBS

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.

Congress Kicks Off the 117th Session

January 8, 2021

The U.S. Congress began its 117th session on January 3, 2021, after swearing in new and returning Senators and Representatives. The new Congress faces demands for trillions of dollars in new spending in efforts to address needs of a worsening pandemic and long-term consequences. The outcome of the January 5 election for the two U.S. Senators from Georgia resulted in a chamber split evenly between Republicans and Democrats with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris providing the

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Recovering and Looking Forward in 2021 – A Letter from the FABBS President

I’m sure that, like me, you are happy to see 2020 in the rear view mirror. I do not remember ever being so happy to replace a calendar on my wall or desk. Unfortunately, that relief was fleeting as we witnessed the violent assault on our nation’s Capitol earlier this week. 

As the President of the FABBS Board and someone who has devoted my career to studying the impact of disasters and the health effects of media exposure, I feel the need to recognize

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Trump Signs ‘Stimnibus’ – FY21 Spending Bills and COVID Relief

January 6, 2021

On December 27, 2020, following threats to refuse, President Trump signed the spending package for fiscal year 2021. Congress had passed the legislation on December 21 by wide margins and bipartisan support. Prior to this, budget disagreements had required two short-term continuing resolutions, to extend government funding to avoid a government shut down.

The final 5,000 page package – the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (HR 113) – established spending levels

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BBCSS Thanks and Celebrates Susan Fiske for her Service as Chair and Welcomes Terrie Moffitt and Five New Members

January 6, 2021

Susan Fiske, PhD

Susan Fiske chaired her last meeting of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Services (BBCSS) in November 2020. Dr. Fiske, who had served as the president of FABBS and continues to be the editor of the FABBS journal – Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, had dedicated eleven years of service to the Board, including six years of exceptional leadership as chair. Dr. Fiske was celebrated by the board in a virtual celebration of

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