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.

Demonstrating Research on Cognitive Functioning in Virtual Reality to Lawmakers

September 25, 2019

At the Coalition for Health Funding Public Health Fair, FABBS partnered with our member society, the American Psychological Association (APA), to showcase the innovative work of two University of Iowa researchers. Dr. Jodie Plumert, a psychologist, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Kearney, a computer scientist, use virtual reality to study child pedestrian and bike safety – risk free.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) put on the virtual reality headset,

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Congress is Back in Session for a Busy September

September 11, 2019

Congress returned to Washington, DC after a summer recess. Shortly before leaving town, Congress had passed an agreement to lift the unworkable budget caps put into place back in 2011, paving the way for a busy September.

The House has already passed 10 of the 12 appropriations bills. The Senate, on the other hand, had announced their plans to move four appropriations bills each week. The subcommittee scheduled mark-ups for Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS), the

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Golden Goose Honors Basic Science that Ultimately Transforms our Lives

September 11, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science hosted the 8th Annual Golden Goose Awards. This award honors federally-funded research that may have at first seemed “silly”, frivolous, or obscure, but have led to breakthroughs with lasting and broad impact. FABBS was a sponsor for this well-attended event, held at the Library of Congress.

Representatives Davis, Bonamici, Foster, and Tonko

In past years, The Golden Goose Awards has honored former FABBS

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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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