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.
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
SBE Directorate at NSF holds Spring Advisory Council Meeting
The Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science (SBE) Advisory Committee (AC), convened on May 6 and 7 for a packed agenda covering a wide range of topics of importance to FABBS members. FABBS board member Sandra Graham of UCLA serves on the SBE AC.
The meeting kicked off with a budget update from Dr. Arthur “Skip” Lupia, National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director. The NSF received additional funds from Congress to award over 1,000 COVID-specificread more
Announcing FABBS Affiliate Award Winners
Central to FABBS mission is to promote the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior, and to communicate the importance of its research to the public – this includes encouraging and recognizing the work of young scientists. The FABBS Research Excellence Awards program honors undergraduate and graduate students within our affiliate member departments and divisions who have conducted research of superior scientific quality with broad societal impact. Awardees researchread more