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FABBS News Highlights: June 18, 2020

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June 18, 2020


Societal Experts Action Network Connects Scientists to Policy Makers

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support from the National Science Foundation, has created the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN). The project’s goal is to connect decision makers leading the response to COVID-19 with behavioral and social science researchers able to inform critical local, state, and federal policy and practice responses to the pandemic. Read more»




Executive Order Affecting Foreign Students Expected

On June 2, a group of 21 Republican House Representatives sent a letter to the Departments of State and Homeland Security outlining the importance of attracting international students to the United States and expressing support for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. OPT enables international students to work in the U.S. for one to three years post graduation. Read more»




NIH Announces Preprint Pilot

The urgency of finding a cure and vaccine for COVID-19 underscores the need for enhanced rigor and broader discovery and distribution of early research results. To this end, National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the NIH Preprint Pilot to increase discoverability of preprints — complete, pre-peer review public drafts of scientific documents. Read more»




Gathering Information on Inflammation

Adam Gerstenecker’s older brother was born with damage to his brain’s right hemisphere, causing cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.


The boys talked and played together, but from early on Gerstenecker knew his brother could not do some things other children could. He grew up wanting to understand the world his brother lived in and, later, how differences in the brain can lead to differences in cognition.


Dr. Gerstenecker is now a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and studies neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive decline. His groundbreaking work in inflammation and its potential impacts on brain development and cognitive decline has earned him a 2020 Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award. He was nominated by the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

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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 Vieth, 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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