Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
June 2004

Science Policy Insider News (June 2004)

Psychologists Defend Sexual Behavior Research on Capitol Hill

On May 15-17, nine psychologists who conduct research on issues related to sexuality and sexual behavior attended the 12th Annual Science Advocacy Training Workshop sponsored by the Science Policy Office.

Congress Holds Hearing on NIH Priority Setting

On June 2, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held its fifth hearing addressing NIH reauthorization.

June 10th Congressional Briefing on Abu Ghraib

One of PPO's goals is to bring relevant psychological science to bear on issues of national concern.

Meeting Context Provided by Dr. Shiffrin

There have been exciting and rapidly evolving developments in computational mining of electronic text databases. Such databases have an explicit knowledge structure-- e.g. the meaning of the sentences and the intended communication-- but also contain an enormous amount of implicit knowledge, such as the meaning of words, the rules of syntax and grammar, the underlying topics of discourse, the relational structure of the topics and contents, and much more.

APA Fellows Testify at Senate Hearing on Adolescent Substance Abuse

On June 15, two APA Fellows, Sandra A. Brown and Roger P. Weissberg, testified before the Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at a hearing entitled "Providing Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services to Adolescents".

Also in this Issue

Rockefeller Introduces Bill to Enhance Support of Behavioral Research at DHS; Data Mining at the White House - Richard Shiffrin Strikes Gold; HeLP (Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention) America Act To Be Introduced; A Place at the Table for Psychology; What's Happening With Science Funding?