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FABBS News Highlights: June 5, 2020

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June 5, 2020


Statement from FABBS President, Roxane Cohen Silver

Dear Colleagues:

FABBS would like to join the voices of the Societies and universities that make up our Federation in decrying the overt racism we have seen in the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery; the implicit racism we have seen in the disproportionatedeaths to COVID of African Americans; and the ongoing police brutality against peaceful protest and expressions of support for the value of Black lives. In my role as president of the FABBS Board, as well as a trauma researcherwho studies the impact of tragedies on individuals and communities, my work makes clear how difficult a time this is for our Black colleagues and peoples of color. These horrendous events come as our country has also been reeling from a difficult few months that saw the deaths to COVID-19 of over 105,000 US lives and the loss of jobs for over 40,000,000 Americans. The chronic stress of the pandemic, coupled with the laying bare of racism and its associated protests, seem to many to be almost too much to bear. I want to recognize the profound grief and anxiety that many of our members are feeling.

But perhaps this time is different and we will really see action toward dismantling racist actions and policies in our country. Perhaps there will be changes — rather than merely lip service — regarding the value of diversity, equity and inclusion in our institutions and our society. Toward that end, FABBS is committed to ensuring that our sciences can contribute to the discussion and pursue actions in support of eliminating disparities in our society and ensuring justice for all. We will continue to support our societies and affiliates and to promote the work of our scientiststo be part of the solution.

Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D.

Associate Director, UCI ADVANCE Program

Office of Inclusive Excellence




Lawmakers Propose Significant Changes to and Funding for NSF

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN), with House sponsors Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI), introduced The Endless Frontier Act on May 21. The legislation (pg 2597) (S. 3832), would make significant changes to the structure of the National Science Foundation (NSF), creating a new Directorate of Technology and renaming NSF to be the National Science and Technology Foundation. S. 3832 authorizes $100 billion for the new directorate, covering fiscal years (FY) 2021 through 2025. Read more»


A Possible Path Forward for FY 2021 and COVID-19 Relief

As states start to reopen and the country approaches the presidential election, Congress is considering how to move forward with any additional COVID-19 stimulus packages and the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021.

Last month, the House passed, along party lines, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions.” The HEROES Act would provide more than $3 trillion to federal agencies, state and local governments, small businesses, and individuals. Eyes are on the Senate as members try to reach a bipartisan agreement for future provisions. Read more»




Q&A with the Vision Sciences Society on their Upcoming Virtual Meeting

We got in touch with the Vision Sciences Society to talk about crafting their virtual annual conference to take place on June 19-24, 2020. Read more»




Societies Consortium Provides Guidance on Inclusivity in Virtual Meetings

The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM held a virtual conference on May 21st entitled “Effective Approaches to Adopting Inclusive Conduct and Honors Policies”. While virtual meetings have the potential to faciliate access for some people, they can also create additional complications for vulnerable groups. Read more»




Collaboration and Continued Education for STEM Teachers to Improve Outcomes

More than half of all children in the United States fail to meet basic proficiency scores in math and science.New research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences finds schools can bolster educational outcomes in STEM through a combination of teacher professional development and new curriculum materials.

“Without changes to classroom processes—what is happening in the classroom each day between teachers, students, and content—student learning is unlikely to improve,” authors Kathleen Lynch, Heather C. Hill, Kathryn Gonzalez and Cynthia Pollard state in “Strengthening STEM Instruction in Schools: Learning from Research.” 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



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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