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FABBS News Highlights: March 12, 2020

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March 12, 2020


Impact of COVID-19 on Scientific Societies, Research Questions


Concerns for the health of society members, residents of host cities, and the general public, have led many scientific societies to either cancel, postpone, or transition their annual meetings to virtual events. NSF has released a Dear Colleague letter inviting proposals related to COVID-19, and NIH has posted guidance on administrative issues related to the pandemic. Read more »



FABBS Advocates for Federal Funding for Behavioral and Brain Sciences


Appropriations subcommittees are busy collecting information and hearing from federal agency leadership, constituents, and the advocacy community, as they work to draft language for thefiscal year 2021 budgets under their jurisdictions. FABBS advocates for numerous federal budgets and programs investing the behavioral and brain sciences. To that end, FABBS belongs to over a dozen coalitions that come together in support of these agencies and programs. Read more»



NAS Symposium Speakers Highlight Value of Basic and Behavioral and Social Sciences


Last month, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) held a symposium to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic report ‘The Endless Frontier’ and mark the beginning of a year-long initiative to consider the next 75 years in science. In her welcoming remarks, Marcia McNutt, President of NAS, praised the report and identified opportunities for future growth including building a solid understanding of behavioral and social sciences as well as the humanities, a theme that would be heard throughout the day. Read more »



FABBS Honors Paul Rozin


Paul Rozin has made a career of asking important questions that spark whole research literatures following from his work. As Rozin himself put it, “I open up fields rather than mine them.” His approach to research is informed by his orientation to understanding human psychology. As he notes, “I’m more interested in the process of knowing the nature of science and scholarship, rather than the facts: How do we advance? What does it mean to find something out? How do we get evidence? How do we make that evidence into a theory?”. Read more »



New Education Issue Available Now

The latest issue of Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Volume 7, Issue 1) is now available, co-edited by members of the American Educational Research Association. This issue focuses on education research, including themes of matter beyond cognitive skills, measurement and metrics, and training.


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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


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 Neuroscience SocietyCognitive 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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