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.

Locating the Ignition for Motivation

July 25 2019

How much effort would you expend if you knew a reward was headed your way?

Michael Treadway, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Emory University, is looking at neural circuitry and why some people work hard for a known payoff while others do not. 

Treadway’s research broadly focuses on people with mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia and their decisions to engage in certain behaviors—such as getting out of bed or off the couch.  If

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House Passes STEM Legislation and Hears from OSTP Director and APA Leadership; Brain Research on Capitol Hill

July 25, 2019

On Wednesday,
July 24, the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills to support
science, technology, engineering and math. The Combatting Sexual Harassment in
Science Act, HR 36, would require federal agencies to implement policies for
preventing and handling sexual harassment. The Building Blocks of STEM Act, HR
1665, would direct the National Science Foundation to support STEM education
research focused on early childhood. Both bills have companion legislation

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Clinical Trials Update: Enforcement of BESH Postponed until 2021

July 25, 2019

On Wednesday, July 24, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it would delay the enforcement of registering and reporting results of Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (BESH) on to September 24, 2021. This has already been delayed once before.

This decision, published in a Guide Notice (NOT-OD-19-126), reflects NIH’s need for additional time to address current challenges. In an Open Mike blog post, OBSSR Director William

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National Science Board Meets, Expresses Support for SBE, Discusses Plans to Address Foreign Influence

July 25, 2019

The National Science Board (NSB), a presidentially appointed body tasked with establishing policies for the National Science Foundation, met on July 17 and 18 to discuss numerous issues of importance to the broader scientific community, including an update on the Social Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Directorate, concerns about foreign influence in science, and the NSF’s Vision 2030 plan.

(See webcast of meeting: Day 1, Day 2)

On day one, Dr. Arthur Lupia provided an

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