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.

Q&A with Bill Riley, NIH OBSSR

February 26, 2020

William T. Riley, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

What is the role of OBSSR at NIH?

Congress established the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social
Sciences Research (OBSSR) to coordinate behavioral and social sciences
research (BSSR) conducted
and supported by the NIH institute and centers (ICs), and to identify and
develop research initiatives in collaboration with the NIH

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FABBS Honors Warren H Meck

February 13, 2020

WARREN H. MECKSCHOLAR, MENTOR, FRIEND17 November 1956 – 21 January 2020

Throughout his long career, Professor Warren H. Meck systematically uncovered and explained the mechanisms that allow humans (and other animals) to mark the passage of time in the seconds to minutes range – a process now known as “interval timing”. He crossed traditional disciplinary boundaries and had profound impact upon psychology, cognitive science, behavioral neuroscience, and even

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Recent Honors and Awards in Our Sciences

February 13, 2020

In late January, The National Academy of Sciences announced
the recipients of their annual awards
honoring outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social
sciences. Amongst these awardees were several behavioral and cognitive
scientists from our member societies and affiliates. These awards will be
presented on April 26 during the Academy’s 157th annual meeting.

The Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
is presented to honor significant

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President’s Budget Released, Eyes Turn to Congress

February 12, 2020

On February 10th, the administration kicked off the annual federal budgeting process by releasing a proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021. For the fourth straight year, President Donald Trump proposed sizable reductions in federal research budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Congress has not only rejected similar proposed cuts in the past, but also provided

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