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.

Researcher Explores the Interaction of Emotions and Memories in the Human Brain Network 

April 14, 2022 

Key Findings 

The hippocampus is crucial in reactivating the brain patterns associated with episodic memories.
The “PMAT” framework, a highly influential model of human memory, involves two memory systems – the posterior medial (PM) and anterior temporal (AT) systems – that interact to drive and organize episodic memories.


Think of a fond memory. How do you feel? Relaxed, excited, or maybe happy? The ability to relive the emotions

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Equity Guides Future of Education Research Report

On March 31, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released recommendations for the Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). NASEM convened an expert committee, at the request of IES, to assess and inform practices at the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research.

The committee addressed three core areas:

critical problems where new research is needed
new methods or

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PCAST Hears from Panel on Science Communication

April 13, 2022 

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met on March 24 to hear from experts on two topics: science communication and wildfire preparedness (watch the recording or see the agenda).

Three co-chairs lead PCAST: Francis Arnold, California Institute of Technology; Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President and former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT

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President Biden Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

On March 28, the President released his fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request with mixed news for the agencies that support behavioral and brain science. This came very late due to significant delays in finalizing the FY22 budget, which passed March 11. The FY23 recommendations were largely based on FY21 enacted funding levels, creating some confusion. It is unclear how this will affect the appropriations process moving forward.

Members of Congress often downplay the importance of the

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