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 Uses Machine Learning to Understand Cognitive Processes of LanguageĀ 

Key Findings 

Computational models can learn from past experiences, including social media posts, to predict future language use.
Considering contexts such as content domain improves behavior prediction.
Computational models of language can improve services such as cognitive assessment and secondary language learning.

Language is a fundamental component of the human cognitive system and enables complex social dynamics. However, the cognitive processes underlying components

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Biden Signs New Pandemic Preparedness Memo

October 27, 2022

On October 18, President Biden signed a national security memorandum intended to prepare the U.S. to detect, respond to, and mitigate the consequences of the next large-scale viral or biological threat. The memo is addressed to 20 federal agencies, with the National Science Foundation notably missing from the list. The memo directs agencies to prioritize biodefense and pandemic preparedness and provide further research and development of tools that would help expand the

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White House Memo Poses Cross-Cutting Questions for Social and Behavioral Sciences

October 5, 2022

The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council was rechartered in April 2022 to identify tools and insights from these disciplines to address pressing social issues and coordinate policy across federal agencies. The recently released Policy Development memo identifies five interagency working groups around policies to advance Administration priorities:

Accessibility of Digital Infrastructure and Services;Communicating

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NIMH National Advisory Mental Health CouncilĀ Discusses Updates and Upcoming Anniversary Celebration

October 5, 2022

The National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) met in September to hear updates on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Council advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Director of NIMH on all policies and activities related to mental health research, research training, and other programs of the Institute.

While not yet officially confirmed, this was

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