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FABBS News Highlights: May 22, 2020

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May 22, 2020


House Passes HEROES Act, Scientific Community Continues to Advocate for Relief


The House of Representatives passed the most recent COVID-19 emergency response legislation, The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, on Friday, May 15. The proposal would increase aid for state, local and tribal governments on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis; extend unemployment insurance benefits; provide more direct payments to Americans; and provide a variety of investments in the public health infrastructure. This legislation did not have bipartisan engagement in drafting and negotiation. Read more»



NIH Leadership Creates Working Group on Behavioral and Social Science Research, NIMH Releases Updated Strategic Plan


The NIH Council of Councils met on May 15th. On the agenda was a proposal to create a working group on Behavioral and Social Science Research.

The NIMH Advisory Council met on May 19th and Dr. Gordon presented the updated strategic plan, which outlines research and priorities over the next five years. FABBS appreciated that NIMH incorporated a couple of our suggestions. Read more »



National Science Board Announces New Leadership and Members and Releases Vision 2030 Report


Earlier this month, the National Science Board (NSB), which oversees the National Science Foundation, met (virtually), announced new leadership, and released the Vision 2030 report. Ellen Ochoa, currently serving as vice-chair, was elected to succeed Diane Souvaine as NSB Chair. Ochoa, an astronaut with a doctorate in electrical engineering, was the first Hispanic woman in space. Most recently, Dr. Ochoa served as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center until she retired in 2018. Victor McCrary, the vice president for research and graduate programs at the University of the District of Columbia, will take over as vice chair. Read more »


FABBS Responds to OSTP Request for Feedback on Open Access


FABBS responded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) request for information on options for increasing public access to research papers, data, and code. FABBS expressed a shared commitment to increasing availability of federally funded research, citing the efforts of our societies to create open access journals and shortening embargo periods. FABBS also acknowledged the shortcomings of the current model while expressing concern about proposed alternative models with minimal details. Read more »



Announcing our 2019-2020 Research Excellence Award Winners


The FABBS Research Excellence Awards program honors undergraduate and graduate students within our affiliate member departments and divisions who have conducted research of superior scientific quality with broad societal impact. After careful review of our largest pool of applications to date, we are proud to announce our Research Excellence Awardees for 2019-2020.


Undergraduate Research Excellence Awardees:

  • Carly Miron, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychology
  • Yiwen Zhong, University of Michigan, Department of Psychology

Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Awardees:

  • Kaitlin Cassady, University of Michigan, Department of Psychology
  • Jeremy Harper, University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology
  • Stephanie Koebele, Arizona State University, Department of Psychology
  • Jacob Westerberg, Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology
  • Nur Hani Zainal, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Psychology

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The Association for Behavior Analysis International is holding their Annual Convention online from May 23-25. Watch a preview from ABAI President Peter Killeen and register here.



Resources and Guidance Regarding COVID-19


FABBS is working to compile relevant 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, Maddy Veith, Jennifer Anderson

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