Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
April 2010

Science Policy Insider News (April 2010)

APA Responds to Call for Information on Research Training

NIGMS comments

The APA submitted comments to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to help inform the development of a strategic plan on research training.

APA's NSF-Supported Researcher Gets Rave Review on the Hill

Dan Anderson, APA member and NSF-supported researcher, served as APA's presenter at the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibit and Reception, where his research on the effects of digital media such as television shows and videos on children younger than two years old garnered interest from House Science and Technology Subcommittee Chairmen Brian Baird (psychologist and D-WA) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL).

APA Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations Committee on Fiscal Year 2011 Programs

APA submitted statements to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees outlining funding requests for Fiscal Year 2011 for the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

APA Calls for Psychological Expertise in Oversight of Comparative Effectiveness Research

APA sent a letter to Acting Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, asserting the need for inclusion of psychological expertise on the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a new independent institute authorized by the health care reform bill (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that will oversee comparative effectiveness research.

Science GRO Staff Invited to Participate in CDC Meeting on Teen Dating Violence Research and Policy

Science GRO's Heather Kelly was invited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to participate in a small stakeholder summit on "Linking Evidence-Based Science to Policy Approaches for Teen Dating Violence Prevention" this week in Atlanta.

APA Weighs in on NSF Reauthorization Bill in the House

The House Committee on Science and Technology marked up and approved H.R. 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which authorizes funding levels and programmatic guidelines for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and science offices within the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. APA government relations staff along with colleagues in larger scientific coalitions recommended language to committee staff, particularly relating to inclusion of the behavioral and social sciences at NSF and so-called “public access” requirements for scientific publishing.

Science GRO Visits the Hill on Behalf of Veterans

Science GRO's Heather Kelly and colleagues from the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research Coalition (FOVA) visited members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, to advocate for increased Fiscal Year 2011 funding for the intramural VA research account and support for VA lab space renovations.

Upcoming Briefing on Developing Medications to Treat Addiction

The Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) coalition is hosting a briefing organized by APA’s Science GRO, titled "Developing Medications to Treat Addiction: Implications for Policy and Practice," with speakers Nora D. Volkow, Director of NIDA, and A. Thomas McLellan, Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).