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FABBS News Highlights: January 16, 2020

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January 16, 2020




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


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. Read more »





FABBS Submits Comments on NIMH and NEI Strategic Plans and NIH Data Sharing Proposal


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). Also in January, FABBS responded to a request for comment on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing. Read more »




Open Access and “Zero Embargo” Rumors


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.” 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 confirmed that discussions about open access are happening at OSTP, however, no language has been shared with the scientific community. Read more »





Using Computers Not Only to Write, but to Learn How


Today’s teenagers 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 Writing,” by Penelope Collins, Tamara Powell Tate and Mark Warschauer. Read more »





2020 Early Career Impact Awardees


FABBS is pleased to announce the 2020 Early Career Impact Award winners. This award is presented to early career scientists of FABBS member societies during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. We will feature profiles on each of these awardees throughout the year.


Congratulations to:


Cognitive Science Society
Neil Cohn, Tilburg University, Netherlands


International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
Bridget L. Callaghan, University of California, Los Angeles


National Academy of Neuropsychology
Adam Gerstenecker, University of Alabama – Birmingham


Psychonomic Society
Lisa K. Fazio, Vanderbilt University


Society for Judgment and Decision Making Award
David G. Rand, Massachusetts Institute of Technology






Q&A with Roxane Cohen Silver, FABBS President



FABBS welcomes  Roxane Cohen Silver, University of California, Irvine, as she steps into the role of FABBS President for a two-year term. 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, Diana Liao, Jennifer Anderson


FABBS Member Societies


Academy of Behavioral Medicine ResearchAmerican Educational Research AssociationAmerican Psychological AssociationAmerican Psychosomatic SocietyAssociation for Applied Psychophysiology and BiofeedbackAssociation for Behavior Analysis InternationalBehavior Genetics AssociationCognitive Science SocietyInternational Society for Developmental PsychobiologyMassachusetts Neuropsychological SocietyNational Academy of NeuropsychologyThe Psychonomic SocietySociety for Behavioral NeuroendocrinologySociety for Computers in PsychologySociety for Judgment and Decision MakingSociety for Mathematical PsychologySociety for Psychophysiological ResearchSociety for Research in Child DevelopmentSociety for Research in PsychopathologySociety for the Psychological Study of Social IssuesSociety for the Scientific Study of ReadingSociety for Text & DiscourseSociety of Experimental Social PsychologySociety of Multivariate Experimental PsychologyVision Sciences Society


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