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FABBS News Highlights: September 12, 2019

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September 12, 2019






Congress is Back in Session for a Busy September



Congress returned to Washington, DC after a summer recess. Shortly before leaving town, Congress passed an agreement to lift the unworkable budget caps put into place back in 2011, paving the way for a busy September.


The House has already passed 10 of the 12 appropriations bills. The Senate, on the other hand, had announced their plans to move four appropriations bills each week. Read more  »






NICHD Appoints a Neuropsychologist as Deputy Director, OSTP Releases Budget Priorities for FY21


Alison Cernich, Ph.D., has been selected as deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Cernich will assist the NICHD Director in overseeing the institute’s research programs in biological, behavioral, and clinical research related to conception and pregnancy, typical and atypical development in childhood, reproductive health, and medical rehabilitation. Read more  »






FABBS Scientists Meet with Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)


On Wednesday, August 28, FABBS scientists had the opportunity to meet with Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA) in her district office in Malden, MA. Rep. Clark serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Education Sciences. Rep. Clark is a strong champion for NIH, with a particular interest in behavioral science. Read more  »



EARLY CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Derek Reed, PhD, Association for Behavior Analysis International



Tornadoes, Safe Sex, and Happy Hours: Why Data-Guided Policies Can Save the World


When should people hear a tornado warning siren? If the goal is to minimize fatalities, the answer is – surprisingly – not as soon as possible.


Giving people a longer heads up is better, but only up to about 15 minutes. Lead times longer than that could result in more deaths than no warning at all. Why? Dr. Derek Reed, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, explains the solution to this riddle: we reduce the value or risk of events in the future, a phenomenon called delay discounting. Read more  »







Golden Goose Honors Basic Science that Ultimately Transforms our Lives



The American Association for the Advancement of Science hosted the 8th Annual Golden Goose Awards. This award honors federally-funded research that may have at first seemed “silly”, frivolous, or obscure, but have led to breakthroughs with lasting and broad impact. FABBS was a sponsor for this well-attended event, held at the Library of Congress. Read more  »









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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 federal budget 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, Megan Kamphouse, Diana Liao, Brenda Yang


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