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FABBS News Highlights: April 30, 2020

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April 30, 2020


CNS Hosts Virtual Meeting May 2-5
Q&A with Ron Mangun, CNS President


The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), brings together scientists committed to understanding the nature of thought by investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific basis of cognition. Forced to cancel their in-person meeting due to the pandemic, CNS will be holding a virtual meeting on May 2-5, 2020, providing participants with an opportunity to share their work and connect with an international audience of attendees. Read more »



Congress Passes Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package


Over the past seven weeks, Congress has passed four supplemental bills - approaching a total of $3 trillion - to help address the health and economic consequences of COVID-19. The most recent package, HR 266, was signed into law on Friday, April 24th. The final vote for the $483 billion relief measure followed two weeks of contentious negotiations. Read more»



NICHD and SBE Leadership Meet with Scientific Communities


On Wednesday, April 22, Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), provided an update on recent activities to the Friends of NICHD. On that same day, Dr. Arthur “Skip” Lupia, Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation (NSF), hosted an open meeting for interested parties, to inform them of new and continuing activities.  Read more »



COVID-19 and Increased Racial Discrimination

The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting almost every aspect of our daily lives. Beyond the catastrophic physical health and economic implications, the pandemic is introducing new challenges in the scientific research enterprise, including the stigmatization of Asians. A report by the Asian Pacific Policy Planning Council indicates that racial discrimination incidents have increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Read more »



EARLY CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Bridget Callaghan, PhD, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology


Tracing the Effects of Childhood Trauma


What happens when the maternal-child relationship breaks down? Bridget Callaghan thought about this question even as a child and is devoting her professional career to finding answers. “We’re trying to understand how experiences, especially of adversity, influence the development of the brain and body, and how they interact to produce physical and mental health and disease outcomes,” said Callaghan, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Brain and Body Lab (BABLab) at UCLA. Read more »



Resources and Guidance Regarding COVID-19


FABBS is working to compile revelant federal and agency notices, resources, research, and other updates that may be of interest to our members. 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 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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