Science Policy Insider News
Science Policy Insider News (April 2009)
On April 2, Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science, delivered testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, chaired by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV).
A much anticipated report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America was recently released, stating that one of its six priorities was for the U.S. to become a smoke-free nation.
APA took the organizational lead, while 23 scientific societies and professional organizations cosponsored another congressional briefing to educate congressional staff on the topic of “Implementing Effective Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System.”
Written testimony was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies covering human factors research.
The DHS posted the minutes from its 2007 and 2008 Science and Technology Advisory Committee meetings.
Psychologist A. Thomas McLellan was nominated by the Obama administration to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy with APA's endorsement.
Science GRO’s Heather Kelly and her veterans’ research coalition colleagues are meeting with Members of Congress to get their suport for $575 million in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) for the VA’s intramural research account and $142 million designated in the VA’s Minor Construction Account to renovate VA research lab facilities. The APA is encouraging appropriations to the VA be a 2-year cycle, instead of only one.
In April, APA sent a slate of nominations to the Department of Education, to fill 9 vacant slots, and encouraging the selection of individuals posessing an understanding of behavioral and social sciences, and an expertise in the psychological science. In response, John Easton, Executive Director of The Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) in Chicago was chosen to be the new Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
At the inaugural meeting discussions of whether the Board should study the potential merger of the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) were examined and the Board voted to move forward with the study.
An NIH Poster Session on their behavioral and social science research contributions to health will be held on April 28, 2009. Given that policymakers in Washington are eager to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, it’s an opportune time for behavioral and social scientists to show how their research has contributed to society's wellness.