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Science Directorate
July 2011

Science Policy Insider News (July 2011)

Scientific research has much at stake in debt ceiling/deficit reduction debate: Read all about it

Federal Budget Blog

The Federal Budget Blog will be updated as the government tries to reduce the deficit and raise the debt ceiling

FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) targeted by amendments in the House

Two potentially damaging amendments that had the potential to effect FDA authority over tobacco were thwarted last month

Psychologists inform National Research Council study on pilot fatigue

Six of the nine committee members were psychological scientists from academia, the military, and the private sector

APA and coalition colleagues meet with VA staffers about FY12 research funding

APA urged the House to accede to the higher Senate request for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fiscal Year 2012 intramural research account

APA's Summer Science Fellows visit the Hill for Policy Day

The twelve talented undergraduate fellows visited the offices of their Congressional representatives

APA Fellow testifies on drug and veterans treatment courts

The testimony referenced several meta-analyses demonstrating the effectiveness of drug courts in reducing recidivism

New Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute seeks public comment on its mission

APA plans to submit comments and encourages others to submit feedback regarding the important role of behavioral and social science approaches

Scientific community responds to attacks on National Institutes of Health research

APA joined with organizations, universities and patient groups, and the Coalition to Promote Research, urging policymakers to support the NIH and peer review

NSF funding bill headed to the floor for a vote

Amendments are likely to be offered that would substitute political review for peer review by removing funding for current, merit-reviewed individual grants and eliminating the SBE Directorate entirely