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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.

FABBS Invited to Provide Feedback on ARPA-H

August 11, 2021

Earlier this summer, the Biden Administration proposed the creation of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) at the National Institutes of Health. In the President’s proposal, ARPA-H would receive $6.5 billion to “drive transformational innovation in health research and speed application and implementation of health breakthroughs.” This is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a similar program at the Department of

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House of Representatives Passes Research Funding Bills

On July 29, the House of Representatives passed a seven-bill appropriations package on a strict party-line vote, with all Democrats supporting the measure which includes key agencies supporting behavioral science: the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation, was held up due to intra-party disagreements largely relating to police

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NSB Discusses Diversity in STEM at August Meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) convened virtually on August 3-4 for its quarterly meeting overseeing the National Science Foundation (NSF). The open sessions of the meeting featured updates from NSF staff and discussions about the Vision 2030 initiative and tools for broadening participation in science and engineering.

The Committee on External Engagement led a presentation and discussion focused on the role of community colleges in creating opportunities to develop STEM talent across

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NASEM Summit on Diversity

July 15, 2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) held a national summit on Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations on July 29th and 30th. Over the two days, the panel discussed the effects of systemic and structural racism and bias on underrepresented individuals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) as well as strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in

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