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.

FABBS Submits Comments on NIMH and NEI Strategic Plans and NIH Data Sharing Proposal

January 15, 2020

In response to requests for comment, FABBS provided feedback to draft strategic plans for the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Eye Institute (NEI). FABBS collaborated with the Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Sciences (CAAPS) on comments to NIMH. Dr. Josh Gordon, NIMH Director, had said that the revision would be a ‘refresh’ rather that a ‘rewrite’. The joint comments commended the NIMH on important

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Important Comment Opportunities

December 19, 2019

FABBS will be submitting comments on all four opportunites below. You are invited to share any points that you would recommend including with Juliane Baron ( Please also consider submitting comments directly. 

NIMH Request For Information on Strategic Plan for Research – January 1NEI Request For Information on Strategic Plan “2020 Vision for the Future” – January 8NIH Request For Comment on Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing

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FABBS Annual Meeting Features Speakers from NIH, NSF, and OSTP

December 18, 2019

FABBS held its Annual Council of Representatives meeting on December 9th, 2019. This meeting is an opportunity for representatives from our member societies and our Board members to be updated on FABBS Advocacy efforts, discuss a range of topic affecting FABBS fields of sciences, and hear from and engage with colleagues from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). 


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FABBS Honors Lila R. Gleitman

December 19, 2019

Lila R. Gleitman is a Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Antioch College in 1952. As a student of Zelig Harris at the University of Pennsylvania, she received her Ph.D. in Linguistics. She was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1972, where she served as the dissertation advisor of numerous luminaries in the psychology of language. Professor Gleitman’s research in

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