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Science Directorate
May 2004

Science Policy Insider News (May 2004)

NIMH Council Work Group on Basic Science Presents Recommendations

The Work Group formed last fall to review the NIMH basic science portfolio has concluded its work and drafted a report with recommendations to NIMH on how it can set priorities during times of decelerating budget growth.

NIMH Director Announces Plans for Reorganization

The National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) met on Friday, May 14, and Director Tom Insel announced plans for a major reorganization of the institute to encourage more translational research.

A Rallying Cry for Psychological Science

Periodically a phenomenon emerges in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding mid-Atlantic states in the form of the 17-year cicada. A few days of loud partying is the reward for a lonely grub that’s spent most of its life underground sucking on root sap. Soon we’ll be sweeping up exoskeletons and sleeping with earplugs, marveling (or complaining) about the surprising cycles of science and nature. Hopefully, we’ll also see the demise of a phase of another, perhaps not so natural, cycle--that of lawmakers periodically politicizing science and threatening the integrity of the peer-review process. We could certainly more likely realize that goal if psychologists sign a new Web petition endorsing a set of time-honored scientific principles.

Working Group on Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research Meets at NIH

The Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has organized a special working group to assess the basic research program in the behavioral and social sciences across the NIH.

Also in this Issue

Norman Anderson Testifies for APA; APA Member Uses Senate Appearance to Advocate for Research; NIMH Director Announces Plans for Reorganization;