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Challenges Remain for NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in FY 2019
March 28, 2018
The House Committee on Space, Science and Technology (SST) held a hearing on March 16, 2018, to review the Administration’s 2019 fiscal year budget proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Witnesses present at the hearing included Dr. France Cordova, Director of the NSF; Dr. Maria T. Zuber, Chair of the National Science Board (NSB); and Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, CEO of the NSF.
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and other Republican members of the committee statedread more
Budget Deals, Side Deals, and An Addendum: The Confusing State of Federal Science Funding
February 20, 2018
As Congressional leaders geared up to pass a fifth Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government funded in a fiscal year that began almost 6 months ago, there was increased enthusiasm that a budget deal to lift the sequestration level spending caps was possible. A deal was finally reached, and science advocates celebrated. Raising the caps meant more wiggle room in the federal budget to fund science agencies and now appropriators could begin the process of completingread more
Individualized Medicine with No Side Effects? It’s Already Here
February 16, 2018
We live in an age of personalization, and medicine is increasingly part of that trend. Recent advances in genetic research have allowed medications to be tailored to a person’s DNA profile, for example. But another form of ‘individualized medicine’ has been around far longer: biofeedback, a therapeutic intervention in which patients are trained to recognize and modify their biorhythms. Using electronic monitoring, biofeedback practitioners help patients become awareread more
Economic Inequality Is Affecting More Than Our Wallets
February 16, 2018
Economic inequality is a growing concern to Americans. Disparities in wealth and education have a real impact on American lives, especially during childhood. Poverty has deleterious effects on early brain development and even genetics, studies show, in part because toxic stress and adversity increase stress hormones.
Prolonged stress response can negatively impact cognitive functioning and mental health. But there is more to the intertwined story of economics andread more