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FABBS New Highlights: Sept 11, 2020

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September 11, 2020


Dr. Ruby Takanishi, Founding Executive Director of FABBS – In Memoriam

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Dr. Ruby Takanishi, the founding Executive Director of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences.

As we celebrate 40 years of FABBS, we will ask the former Executive Directors to reflect on their time in their role.Read more»


End of Fiscal Year Looming, COVID Relief Negotiations Continue

With the general elections under two months away and fewer than 10 legislative days before fiscal year (FY) 2021 starts on October 1, legislators will need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) – funding at the FY 2020 level – to keep the federal government open.

On September 9, Senate Republicans unveiled an estimated $300-billion coronavirus relief proposal, theDelivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act. Read more»

FABBS Endorses Legislation to Support Early Career Scholars and Provide Research Relief During COVID and Calls for Research on Systemic Racism in Academia

On Wednesday, September 9, the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (HSST) held a hearing on the ‘Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on University Research’. Chaired by Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Jim Baird (R-IN), the hearing featured four university representatives, including a PhD student, articulating the consequences of COVID-19 on innovation, researchers, and students. Members also discussed two pieces of legislation. Read more»


White House Releases Memo on the Budget R & D Priorities for Fiscal Year 2022

Last month, Russell Vought, Director of Office of Management and Budget, and Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding ‘FY 2022 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities and Cross-cutting Actions’. Read more »


FABBS Selected for Day One Policy Accelerator Cohort

FABBS is excited to announce our participation in the second Day One Accelerator Cohort—a platform to democratize science, tech, and innovation policy development. The goal of the Day One Project is to to identify 100 actionable ideas for the first day of the next Presidential term. Read more»


Focusing on Numbers Ignores Sources of Gender Bias

In a new paper on testing and gender bias published in the FABBS journal,Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, author Joseph R. Cimpianquotes an elementary school teacher:

 “These are my students’ standardized test scores, and there are absolutely no gender differences. See, the girls can do just as well as the boys if they work hard enough.”

In “Why Focusing on Test Metrics May Impede Gender Equity: Policy Insights,” Cimpian describes gender bias as “one of the most consistent predictors of gaps in both math and reading.”

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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 Research •  American Educational Research Association  • American Psychological Association  •  American Psychosomatic Society   • Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback •  Association for Behavior Analysis International  • Behavior Genetics Association •   Cognitive Neuroscience Society  •  Cognitive Science Society •  International Society for Developmental Psychobiology  • Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society •  National Academy of Neuropsychology  • The Psychonomic Society •  Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology  • Society for Computers in Psychology •  Society for Judgment and Decision Making  • Society for Mathematical Psychology  • Society for Psychophysiological Research  • Society for Research in Child Development  • Society for Research in Psychopathology  •  Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues  • Society for the Scientific Study of Reading  • Society for Text & Discourse   • Society of Experimental Social Psychology  • Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology  • Vision Sciences Society

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FABBS promotes human potential and well-being by advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior; promoting scientific research and training in these fields; educating the public about the contributions of research to the health and well-being of individuals and society; fostering communication among scientists; and recognizing scientists who have made significant contributions to building knowledge.

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