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FABBS News Highlights: February 13, 2020

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February 13, 2020




President's Budget Released, Eyes Turn to Congress


On February 10th, the administration kicked off the annual federal budgeting process by releasing a proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021. For the fourth straight year, President Donald Trump proposed sizable reductions in federal research budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Read more »






Clinical Trial Definition Continues to Cause Confusion


Towards the end of January, FABBS started receiving emails from worried researchers saying their proposals to NIH had been withdrawn before review because they were not classified as clinical trials, and perception was that they should have been. As readers may recall, in October 2014, NIH expanded their definition of clinical trials to include Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (BESH). While the enforcement of registration in for BESH had been delayed, enforcement of the new definition for grant applications has gone into effect and our community has been experiencing the consequences. Read more »


NIMH Strategic Plan Update, New BRAIN Initiative Director


The Advisory Council for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) met on Tuesday, February 4. NIMH is currently in the process of updating their strategic plan. A request for feedback went out to the community with comments due on January 1, 2020, but an added extension then provided an two additional weeks to comment. Dr. Gordon, NIMH Director, explained that, due to the two-week extension, and over 6,000 comments that they received, NIMH staff is still working to incorporate the feedback. Read more »





Warren H. Meck

17 Nov 1956 – 21 Jan 2020


Throughout his long career, Professor Warren H. Meck systematically uncovered and explained the mechanisms that allow humans (and other animals) to mark the passage of time in the seconds to minutes range – a process now known as “interval timing”. He crossed traditional disciplinary boundaries and had profound impact upon psychology, cognitive science, behavioral neuroscience, and even interventions for clinical disorders. His work showed how the seemingly simple process of interval timing could form the foundation for much of human cognition. Read more »





Recent Honors and Awards in Our Sciences


In late January, The National Academy of Sciences announced the recipients of their annual awards honoring outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences. Amongst these awardees were several behavioral and cognitive scientists from our member societies and affiliates: Richard N. Aslin, Haskins Laboratories and Yale University; Susan Elizabeth Carey of Harvard University; Christina Maslach, University of California, Berkeley; Michael C. Frank, Stanford University; and Nim Tottenham, Columbia University. 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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