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FABBS News Highlights: Oct 9, 2020

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October 9, 2020


President Signs CR Through December 11, COVID Stimulus Stalls, Again

The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that extends fiscal year (FY) 2020 government funding levels through December 11. The CR does not include additional funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address COVID-19, but does include language allowing NIH to provide no cost extensions to specific grants set to expire on September 30, 2020. After a few glimmers of hope that Congress might be able to pass additional COVID-19 relief before heading home for elections, President Trump announced on Tuesday that he was ending any negotiations. Read more»


NIMH Brings Together Stakeholder Community

On October 5th, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) brought together the stakeholder community for updates on several trans-NIH research initiatives and an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Josh Gordon, Director of NIMH. Read more»


House Hearing on National Disasters Stresses Importance of Communication and Expedited Research

On September 30, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held “Coping with Compound Crises: Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and a Global Pandemic“, inviting witnessesRoxane Cohen Silver, FABBS President and Professor at University of California, Irvine andSamantha Montano, a “disasterologist” and Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Read more»


DHS Seeks Comments on Rule to Restrict Student Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The rule aims to restrict visas for international students – F (student), J (exchange), and I (foreign media) – by establishing a fixed time period of admission that was previously the duration of a student’s degree program. Deadline to comment is October 26.Read more»


New PIBBS Issue Just Released: Policy Insights from Social Psychology

Volume 7, Issue 2 of our journal,Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is now available online, covering topics such as discrimination, education, and health and well-being.


FABBS Webinar Series: Data Standards for Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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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


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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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