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Science Directorate
July 2006

Science Policy Insider News (July 2006)

Partnering with Homeland Security

When Science Policy staff submitted written testimony supporting funding for the behavioral and social science programs at DHS, we also initiated visits with Congressional staff to recommend report language meant to accompany the DHS Appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) as it wends its way across Capitol Hill.

NSF Directorates Team up on Neuroscience

When Science Directorate staff met with the two new Assistant Directors at NSF (Dr. Jim Collins, AD of Biological Sciences and Dr. David Lightfoot, AD of SBE Sciences) back in March, they alerted us to an upcoming workshop they had planned to explore their mutual interests in neuroscience.

Task Force Meets to Examine Early Career Support

On July 23 - 24, Science and Education Policy staff worked with the Task Force Supporting Early Career Psychologists to discuss the availability of current loan repayment, scholarship, and fellowship programs.

Legislation to Fund NIH Moves Forward in Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee has reported legislation that will fund the National Institutes of Health and other programs for Fiscal Year 2007 (which begins on October 1, 2006).

An Interview with Emmeline Edwards, PhD, Director of Extramural Research at the NINDS Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Program

In Fiscal Year 2006, the National Institutes of Health received its smallest budget increase since the mid-1960s—one half of one percent—and actually saw its budget cut after a 1% across-the-board cut was applied. How is that affecting research funding and programs at the institutes that fund behavioral research?

Senate Appropriations Report Highlights Many Behavioral Science Research Programs

Each year Science Policy Office staff work with members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to suggest behavioral research programs or projects that might be highlighted in the reports that accompany the legislation.

Phil Rubin Assumes Chair of NRC Board

On July 20-21, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) of the National Research Council held its twelfth meeting here in DC. The meeting was unusual in that there was essentially a wholesale turnover of Board membership.

Also in this Issue

Senate Appropriators Call for Funding the NCS out of NIH Director's Budget; APA Summer Research Fellows Visit Army Research Laboratory Psychologists; Dr. Zerhouni’s E-mail Newsletter Focuses on NIH Funding and Management; Sara Robinson Going, Going, Gone