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FABBS News Highlights: July 31, 2020

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July 31, 2020


Appropriations Bills Advance in the House, Stalemate in the Senate

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday, July 31 on asecond ‘minibus’— multiple spending bills together — for fiscal year (FY) 2021. This second minibus (HR 7617) contains six spending bills including large research funders like the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).  The Senate has been focused on COVID recovery, seemingly putting any discussion of FY 21 appropriations on an indefinite hold. Read more»

Federal Funding for COVID-19 Research — New and Recovery

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives, in terms of research, federal policymakers are trying to determine the best ways to mitigate the consequences on the scientific ecosystem and the pressing questions where additional research is needed. After months of discussion, the White House and Senate Republicans released their version of the next COVID-19 supplemental funding package, the Health Education and Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. Read more»


NSB Meets and Changes to GRFP

The National Science Board (NSB) met on Wednesday, July 29th, the first meeting since Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan was sworn in as the NSF Director earlier this month. The agenda included a presentation and panel on Black experiences in science and engineering, and how NSF might be able to improve these experiences through funding and specialized programs. NSF also recently released a Graduate Research Fellowships Program announcement that included some revisions of concern to the scientific community. Read more»


How Falsehoods Start to Sound Like Facts

You need a microscope to view the stars.

You need a microscope to view the stars.

Believe me yet? Vanderbilt University psychologistLisa K. Faziosays hearing a statement — even “extreme falsehoods that you definitely should know are false” — more than once increases the likelihood people will believe it.

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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

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