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.

Access to Scientific Publications

This webinar series has concluded. Please contact us (info below) for more information.

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) are pleased to share our plan to present a series of online (virtual/digital/web-based) conversations on Access to Scientific Publications. This series of three sessions will focus on the topic of Open Access.

Feel free to contact either Juliane Baron of

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Gathering Information on Inflammation

June 17, 2020

Adam Gerstenecker’s older brother was born with damage to his brain’s right hemisphere, causing cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

The boys talked and played together, but from early on Gerstenecker knew his brother could not do some things other children could. He grew up wanting to understand the world his brother lived in and, later, how differences in the brain can lead to differences in cognition.

Dr. Gerstenecker is now a clinical neuropsychologist

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NIH Announces Preprint Pilot

June 17, 2020

The urgency of finding a cure and vaccine for COVID-19 underscores the need for enhanced rigor and broader discovery and distribution of early research results. To this end, National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the NIH Preprint Pilot to increase discoverability of preprints — complete, pre-peer review public drafts of scientific documents.

Building on the March 2017 NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-17-050), the pilot will test the possibility

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Societal Experts Action Network Connects Scientists to Policy Makers

June 17, 2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support from the National Science Foundation, has created the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN). The project’s goal is to connect decision makers leading the response to COVID-19 with behavioral and social science researchers able to inform critical local, state, and federal policy and practice responses to the pandemic.

On June 11, SEAN released a rapid expert consultation guide to support leaders

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