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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.

NSF Releases Two Dear Colleague Letters, Opportunities for FABBS Scientists

November 12, 2020

Earlier this month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague Letter: Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI). This is an important opportunity for FABBS members as NSF is particularly interested in proposals that integrate a deep understanding of human cognition, perception, information processing, decision making, social and cultural behavior and related areas into the design, development, and sustainability of infrastructure. (Also see

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Senate Releases Budget for FY 2021, CR Expires on December 11

November 12, 2020

With the election behind us, a lame duck Congress will need to return to Washington to finish up the budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021 that started on October 1. The government has been operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on December 11, 2020. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had told reporters Wednesday that he wants a deal on the next coronavirus relief bill by the end of the year. However, the House and Senate are still very far apart

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What the Outcome of the Election Means for Science

November 12, 2020

On Saturday, November 8, President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation, both mentioning the importance of science in their brief remarks. In his transition documents, Biden has identified four priorities: COVID-19, Economic Recovery, Racial Equality, and Climate Change. For each of these priority areas, the administration would be well served to consider what we have learned from the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

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Science and Human Rights Coalition Highlights Responsibility of Science to Society

November 6, 2020

Converted into a virtual format, the 2020 Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference took place from Oct 22-23. This is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition, of which FABBS is an affiliate. This conference brought together human rights leaders, academic researchers, scientists and engineers who work in private industry, government officials, members of impacted and vulnerable

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