Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
May 2007

Science Policy Insider News (May 2007)

Updates from NIH Advisory Council Meetings

As SPIN readers know, advisory councils to the NIH institutes have important policy making roles. Composed of scientific and lay members, these advisory councils meet up to three times per year and most perform the final layer of review on grants for their Institute or Center before the grants are funded.

NIMH Meeting on Basic Behavioral Research

On April 23, Dr. Ed Wasserman, Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa, and Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, APA Science Government Relations staff, met with Dr. Kevin Quinn and Dr. Howard Kurtzman, both of the Behavioral Science and Integrative Neuroscience Research (BSINR) Branch at NIMH, to discuss the state of basic behavioral research at the Institute.

APA Activates Grassroots to Protect Peer Review at NSF

On May 2, APA’s Science Government Relations Office kicked into high gear after hearing from colleagues at COSSA (the Consortium of Social Science Associations, of which APA is a Governing Member) about a congressional attack on the peer review process.

Child Development Scientists Address National Summit on America’s Children

On May 22, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) brought attention to the science of childhood development by sponsoring the National Summit on America’s Children.

Also in this Issue

House Appropriations Testimony; Psychologists Selected to Serve on IOM Prevention Committee; Friends of NICHD Highlight Rehabilitation Research; NASA Workforce Hearing; APA Fellow Delivers Defense Research Testimony on the Hill; IOM Report on Tobacco; Friends of NIDA Sends Science to the Hill; Time Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences Partners with DHS; Behavioral-Social Science Advocacy Coalition Submits Testimony on NIH