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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.

Appropriations Bills Advance in the House, Stalemate in the Senate

July 30, 2020

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday, July 31 on a second ‘minibus’ — multiple spending bills together — for fiscal year (FY) 2021. This second minibus (HR 7617) contains six spending bills for large research funders like the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). See previous FABBS budget article for details. Democratic leaders decided to separate the

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Congress Highlighting the Value of Behavioral, Social, and Economic Sciences Across Topics

July 9, 2020

Capitol Hill is working tirelessly to address pressing issues such as COVID-19; racism; and balancing international collaboration and security threats while also advancing reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and other perennial priorities. In both chambers, and on both sides of the aisle, members of Congress and witnesses have pointed to the importance of behavior and social science in addressing these priorities.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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Sense of Belonging Critical for Students

July 9, 2020

Like all teen-agers, Black students need to feel like they belong, especially in school, where “belongingness” can impact mental health and future outcomes, according to a new paper in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

To help these students, teachers and administrators need to recognize and understand how racial oppression has undermined belongingness needs, according to the paper, “Why Black Adolescents Are Vulnerable at School and How Schools

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Representatives Introduce COVID Relief Package for Federal Research Agencies

July 9, 2020

As Congress continues to assess the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic and anticipate future funding needs, a bipartisan group of Representatives DeGette (D-CO), Upton (R-MI), Johnson (D-TX), Lucas (R-OK), Eshoo (D-CA), and Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy Act (RISE Act) (H.R. 7308)

The legislation authorizes approximately $26 billion in supplemental funding for federal research agencies to mitigate the

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