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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.

Open Access and “Zero Embargo” Rumors

January 15, 2020

In early December, the science community started hearing rumors about an Executive Order (EO) that would require all federally-funded research to be available to the public at the time of publishing in place of the 12-month post-publication embargo period outlined by the 2013 “Holdren memo”. These rumors suggested that the EO would be effective immediately and was coming from somewhere other than the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). It has since been

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Using Computers Not Only to Write, but to Learn How

January 15, 2020

Today’s teen-agers may be Snapchat savvy, but many
of these same students are unskilled in using computers to write well, according
to new research in Policy Insights from
the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 

Teachers, likewise, are not getting the training they need to teach students to use digital technologies to write—a key skill for success in college and in an increasing number of career fields, according to “Technology as a Lever for Adolescent

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FY 2020 Budget Signed Before Holiday, FY 2021 Budget May Face Hurdles

January 15, 2020

On December 20th, shortly before the continuing resolution that kept the government open expired, the President signed two FY 2020 spending packages. As in past years, despite significant cuts to science budgets in the President’s budget proposal, the final budget included increases for science.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – $41.7 billion, a $2.6 billion (6.65%) increase, $500 million for the BRAIN Initiative and increases for every NIH institute.National

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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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