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FABBS News Highlights: February 28, 2020

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February 28, 2020




Q&A with Bill Riley, NIH OBSSR


We asked Bill Riley, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about the 25th anniversary of OBSSR, and opportunities for comment on their strategic plan. Read more »





Congress Shifts Budget Discussions into High Gear


This week, Congress continues to hold hearings on the President’s budget request. The House Appropriations subcommittees set deadlines for Members to submit their budget requests and scheduled budget mark-ups. Read more »





NSF Symposium Celebrates 70th Anniversary


Earlier this month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted a 70th Anniversary Symposium to reflect on the past, celebrate accomplishments, consider the current scientific landscape, and look towards the future.


During one panel, former NSF directors were asked to describe a memorable experience during their time as director. Dr. Walter Massey spoke on his experience in developing the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences directorate. Read more »





Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Changes to Open-Access Policies


As previously reported by FABBS, the scientific community had been hearing rumors about an executive order (EO) that would require journals featuring federally funded research to be immediately open access. Many scientific societies are committed to open science and actively moving in that direction, however, the lack of details surrounding the mysterious EO created concerns about the process and timeline. Now, more details and opportunities to discuss have emerged. Read more »





COGDOP 2020 Annual Meeting


The Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) met for their annual meeting February 20 -23 in St. Petersburg, Florida, bringing together about 100 chairs of psychology departments from around the country. The theme of the meeting was “Leadership in an Inclusive Academy.” Read more »





Teaching Kids that Pop Music is Make Believe

If your kids are listening to popular music—and they probably are—they most likely are learning about things they shouldn’t. According to new research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, more than half of all popular music contains sexual references: sexual identity, the objectification of women, permissive and risky sexual behaviors and sexual and gender violence. Read more »






FABBS Welcomes the Cognitive Neuroscience Society


The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) is committed to the development of mind and brain research aimed at investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of cognition.








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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, Bridget Dodge, Diana Liao, Jennifer Anderson

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