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Science Directorate
March 2009

Science Policy Insider News (March 2009)

Challenges to Enhancing Diversity of the Scientific Workforce

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As a founding member of the Collaborative for Enhancing Diversity in Science (CEDS), APA recently sponsored a Congressional briefing that focused on the challenges faced by all stakeholders, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), in creating a diverse scientific workforce.

Answers to Questions About Challenge Grants

Are you thinking of applying for one of the two-year NIH Challenge grants? APA scientists have raised many questions about what costs and benefits there may be to winning support for two years as opposed to the usual four years with a Research Project Grant (R01).

APA Features Financial Risk-Taking Research at CNSF Exhibition

Dr. Brian Knutson and his colleagues presented their research in the study of the neurochemical and neuroanatomical mechanisms responsible for emotional experience in the hopes of better understanding clinical disorders of affect and addiction, as well as economic behavior.

FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee Discusses Consumer Information

The FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee met on February 26-27, 2009 and discussed the history, development, and adequacy of Medication Guides, Patient Package Inserts, and Consumer Medical Information as information resources for patient populations, and concluded with a strong endorsement for using behavioral and social science in the design and evaluation of FDA communications.

Friends of AHRQ Hold First Meeting of New Year

Dr Carolyn Clancy, Director of AHRQ, presented a briefing at the meeting which included a discussion of new priority areas for comparative effectiveness research (CER), several of which had behavioral or psychological foci.

Friends of NIDA Meet With Board of Scientific Advisors

(NIDA) and the Board of Scientific Advisors met for their Annual Meeting, and as part of the Executive Committee report, the Board was given a summary of the coalition’s educational briefing series.

APA Welcomes New Presidential Science Advisor

APA is happy to announce that John Holdren, PhD, was recently confirmed by the Senate as the new Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) after a hold on his confirmation came up over the past few weeks.

APA and Partner Organizations Recommend Five Scientists for New Health Info Tech Advisory Committees

Two new committees were created by Congress in the Recovery Act (economic stimulus legislation) to improve electronic infrastructure, which the Administration sees as an important predicate for health care reform. They are the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy and HIT Standards.

National Academies Calls on Psychologists to Improve Intelligence Analysis

The National Research Council held its first meeting of the Committee on Behavioral and Social-Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security on February 12, 2009, which is comprised mostly of psychologists and political scientists.

NIH Scientific Management Review Board Meeting Agenda

The NIH Office of the Director has created a new website for the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), and one of the topics of discussion will be whether or not the SMRB should take up the question of a potential merger of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).