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FABBS News Highlights: Sept 25, 2020

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September 25, 2020


James S. Jackson, Trailblazer in Research on Race and Health (1944-2020)

James S. Jackson, a prominent social psychologist known for his path-breaking research on race, culture and health, passed away at the age of 76 on September 1 after battling pancreatic cancer the past few years.Read more»


Continuing Resolution Passed in the House, Research Relief Prospects are Hopeful

On Tuesday night, after a long day of partisan disagreement around farm aid, nutrition assistance, and timeline, the House voted 359 to 57 to approve a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open until December 11, 2020. The CR now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass on Wednesday before being sent to the president, who is expected to sign it into law. Members of Congress continue to express support for relief funds to federal research agencies.Read more»


NIMH Council Meeting and FABBS Helps Launch the Friends of NIMH

The NIMH Council met on September 15, covering a wide range of important topics. In his Director’s report, Dr. Gordon provided an update on numerous invitations from Congressional offices, including participation in a briefing for the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and the American Brain Coalition (ABC). FABBS is a member of ABC and our executive director serves on the advocacy committee.

FABBS, in collaboration with American Psychological Association, is pleased to announce the launch of a new coalition, theFriends of NIMHRead more»


White House Issues Memo Limiting Federal Agency Training on Diversity

The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum on Sept. 4 directing federal agencies to halt any spending on employee training involving “critical race theory,” concepts such as “white privilege,” or the idea the U.S. is an “inherently racist or evil country.” The memo claims that “millions” have been spent on sessions the Trump administration deems tantamount to “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”Read more»


Societies Consortium Continues to Grow and Develop New Tools to Support STEMM Community, including Members of FABBS

The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM held its second all-members meeting this September. In order to help societies in their efforts to increase equity and inclusivity in their fields, the Consortium recently created the “Roadmap Towards Excellence & Integrity in STEMM”. Read more»


Shutting Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Once our kids are all back in school, so too will be the school resource officers, there to prevent violence yet unwittingly leaving many students feeling “scared and mistrusted,” according to new research inPolicy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

In “School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System,” researchersTammy Hughes, Tara Raines, and Celeste Malonereport that 77 percent of school resource officers who participated in a 2014 study reported that they made an arrest to calm a student down while 55 percent said they arrested a student because a teacher wanted the student arrested.Read more»


Responding to COVID-19: Emerging Insights from SBE Sciences

On October 9, FABBS is co-hosting a symposium whichwill bring together social and behavioral science researchers, including FABBS President Roxane Cohen Silver, whose work can inform public policies related to the pandemic with policymakers and public servants who are crafting and enacting legislation and other responses to COVID-19. This seminar was created in collaboration with the National Academies Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, and SAGE Publishing.Read more and register now»


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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, Gene Borgida, Diana Liao, Jennifer Anderson


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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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