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.
NIH Council of Councils Holds Spring Meeting
On May 20 and 21, the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) convened for two days of presentations including many of particular importance to behavioral and cognitive science communities.
Dr. William Riley, Director of Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), delivered a report, “Trans-NIH Research Opportunities in the Basic Behavioral and Socialread more
Meeting of National Science Board Focuses on Broadening Participation
The National Science Board (NSB) met on May 19 and 20 and heard from National Science Foundation staff about the status and future direction of the foundation.
NSF Director Panchanathan shared his enthusiasm with the Board about the current moment at the Foundation. He discussed how his priorities for the future of NSF align with the NSB’s Vision 2030, with White House priorities, and with funding proposals under consideration in Congress. Director Panchanthan’s three pillars for theread more
Legislation Endorsed by FABBS Passes House
On Monday, May 17, the House of Representatives passed five bills endorsed by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS). The legislation passed by voice vote, a process requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, indicating broad bipartisan support for these important measures.
These bipartisan bills sponsored by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, now head to theread more
NIH Working Group Discusses Diversity in the BRAIN Initiative
Inclusion was at the center of a meeting of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group on May 20. During the meeting, staff reported that the largest share of BRAIN-funded researchers are engineers and that 18.3 percent of these researchers are psychologists or behavioral scientists. Working Group members raised concerns that the focus on engineering may be handicapping inclusion efforts. According to the National Science Foundation, Psychology is one of the STEM fields with the mostread more