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FABBS News Highlights: January 30, 2020

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January 30, 2020




Legislation to Double NSF Budget in 10 Years Introduced in the House


On Tuesday, January 28, members of the House Science Committee introduced H.R. 5685, the Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act. SALTA would authorize doubling science budgets over 10 years, including the National Science Foundation. Read more »





NSB Releases Report on the State of U.S. Science


On January 15, the National Science Board released a new and improved report on The State of U.S. Science and Engineering. A briefing on Capitol Hill included information from chapters on science and math education, higher education, the technical workforce, and scientific publications.The report revealed troubling trends, including the decline of the relative global position of the U.S. in science and engineering. Read more »


NSF Holds Panel and Showcase on Natural Disaster Resiliency


On Tuesday, January 28th, the National Science Foundation held an interactive showcase in the Rayburn House Office Building with five speakers introducing their Natural Disaster Resiliency projects. Read more »





FABBS Responds to OSTP RFI on Research Environments


FABBS submitted comments in response to a request from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) onthe American research environment.FABBS articulated the importance of and encouraged reliable federal funding for science agencies, filling key leadership positions, and recommended reinstating a key committee on human subjects.


FABBS President-elect Philip Rubin, who previously served as both Principal Assistant Director for Science and the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the OSTP said, "Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier should be commended for this collaborative and ambitious effort. FABBS appreciates the opportunity to comment and looks forward to next steps for the Joint Committee on the Research Environment."





Attention to Oral Language Skills Key to Literacy


Oral language enables children to read, yet most children struggling with speaking and listening are never diagnosed and therefore do not get the help they need. Research shows that between 7 and 9 percent of young children have developmental language disorder, or DLD–“a significant impairment” in the ability to speak and understand language, authors Suzanne M. Adlof and Tiffany P. Hogan explain in Policy Insights for the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 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

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