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FABBS News Highlights: May 24, 2019

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May 24, 2019






House Appropriations Committee Approves Increases to NSF Budget and Report Language


On May 22, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2020 budget for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The final vote was 30 to 22 along partisan lines.



Legislation Affecting Science: Cannabis Research, STEM Education, Cures and Innovation Acts


FABBS continues to track – and weigh in on – legislation affecting our sciences both positively and negatively. Below are several bills of interest not included in our last update on relevant legislation.








Administration Announces Joint Committee to Invigorate US Research


On May 6, the White House National Science and Technology Council announced the creation of a committee to invigorate US Research, The National Science and Technology Council Joint Committee on Improving Research Environments.


At the NIH, the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on Changing Culture to End Sexual Harassment held a May 16 public listening session.


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Keith Holyoak, PhD


Keith Holyoak’s career in cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience has been devoted to understanding the representation of knowledge in the human mind and brain. Over the past four decades, working with an evolving network of exceptional students and collaborators, he has made important contributions to our understanding of how people think and reason. The central focus of his work has been on how people learn and use abstract relationships that depend on more than direct similarity—relations of the sort required to grasp social regulations, moral concerns, causality, metaphors, and analogies. In all these areas, Holyoak has aimed to understand the cognitive skills that endow humans with what the philosopher Charles Peirce called “special aptitudes for guessing right.”








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FABBS News Highlights is a semi-monthly electronic newsletter published by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences with the goals of keeping scientists updated on funding and policy issues affecting the sciences of mind, brain and behavior; recognizing the research contributions of leading scientists; and sharing research findings to inform policies and programs.


Editor: Juliane Baron

Contributors: Juliane Baron, Diana Liao


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