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Winter 2017 - Issue 18




Brooks and Gilbert To Address BBCSS’s 20th Anniversary Symposium 

BBCSS is proud to announce a special upcoming symposium, to be held on October 19th, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the existence of the Board. The keynote event will feature David Brooks (New York Times op-ed columnist) and Daniel Gilbert (Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University) who will engage in a lively conversation about the behavioral sciences. Additionally, there will be presentations from senior and the next generation of scientists who are making their mark on the field. The focus of this event is on envisioning the future of the behavioral sciences. We expect a good crowd for this so save the date, watch for the agenda, and/or RSVP now.

Register for the event  |  More information about this event


Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: A Decadal Survey  

The first meeting for the Committee on a Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications for National Security will be held March 23-24, 2017 in Washington, DC, with sessions open to the public on March 23.  The study will identify emerging social and behavioral science research poised to contribute to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities while also developing a longer term research agenda.

Register for the meeting  |  More information on the Decadal Survey project

Sponsor: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Changing Behavioral Health Norms through Messaging for the Public  

A new project under the auspices of BBCSS, in collaboration with the HMD Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, is a follow-on activity to the 2016 report Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorder, which described the current state of behavioral health social norms and the discrimination individuals with mental and substance-use disorders face.  The current project will help the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), who sponsored the original report, by developing and packaging a communications campaign that will address behavioral health social norms.

More information about the project

Sponsor: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


BBCSS Report Influences the Common Rule

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal agencies published the long-awaited revisions to the "Common Rule," which regulates the protection of research participants.

The new rule includes a statement that the rule-making benefited from guidance provided by the 2014 National Research Council (NRC) consensus report, Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (a project with BBCSS oversight and chaired by BBCSS Chair Susan Fiske) and from the 2016 report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Optimizing the Nations Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century.

More detailed information on the final rule can be accessed on the website of the Office of Human Research Protections and at the website of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) that includes summaries of the changes.

More information about the report

Partner with BBCSS and Join in Supporting an Exciting Future for the Behavioral Sciences

BBCSS is expanding in new directions, increasing its stakeholder base, and looking forward to having an even greater impact on critical issues facing the nation. To this end, the Board is looking for strategic partners to help fund our efforts - from organizations (non-profit and industry) as well as individuals. Contact us today to learn more about working with BBCSS.


BBCSS Welcomes Baugh and Eberhardt 

With the start of the new year, two new board members have joined BBCSS' ranks. John Baugh (Washington University, St. Lewis) is well-known for his work in linguistic profiling and discrimination and holds academic appointments in a variety of departments at Washington University. Jennifer Eberhardt (Stanford University) is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and studies the psychological association between race and crime.

Learn more about these new members

We also thank two departing members for their service: Nina Jablonski and Alan Wagner (NAS) whose terms ended in December. Their contributions have made BBCSS that much stronger and we wish them well in all future endeavors.


BBCSS Member Kanwisher Receives Pioneer Award 

The Pioneer Award Program at NIH is in the “high-risk research” category and is awarded to scientists who are very creative and expected to break impactful new ground. Nancy Kanwisher (NAS) was awarded a Pioneer for a project titled, How Does the Functional Organization of the Human Brain Arise in Development? Congratulations to Dr. Kanwisher!

Learn more about her work and the Pioneer program 



Robert L. Goldstone, Ph.D.
Chancellor's Professor
Psychological and Brain Sciences Department and Cognitive Science
Indiana University

1. What is your current position and area of research?
I am a Chancellor's Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, and my primary areas of research are learning, applications of cognitive science to education, and collective behavior.  For all three areas, my laboratory engages in a two-pronged research strategy of obtaining empirical data on human cognition and developing computational models of empirical data.

2. What led you to this field/area of research?
For me, building computational models is a satisfying way of developing theories that explain how people learn and think.  Building a computational model forces researchers to be precise in their theorizing because......Read more

3. What in your opinion has been the greatest achievement in your area of science?
Read the full interview on our website



Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: A Decadal Survey 

This meeting will kick off a new study that will identify potential contributions of the social and behavioral sciences in areas relevant to national security.

Register for the meeting  |  More Information about the study


Spring 2017 BBCSS Meeting 

The BBCSS Bi-Annual Spring Meeting will take place on June 1-2, 2017 in Washington, DC, with open sessions on June 1st.

More Information about upcoming BBCSS meetings


BBCSS' 20th Anniversary 

BBCSS will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a symposium in 2017.  The celebration meeting will take place on October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

More information  |  Register for this event


BBCSS Members

Susan T. Fiske, Chair
John Baugh
Laura L. Carstensen
Judy R. Dubno
Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt
Robert L. Goldstone
Daniel R. Ilgen
Nina G. Jablonski
James S. Jackson
Nancy G. Kanwisher
Janice Kiecolt-Glaser
Bill Maurer
John Monahan
Steven E. Petersen
Dana M. Small
Timothy J. Strauman
Jeremy M. Wolfe

Barbara Wanchisen, Director


BBCSS Sponsors

Core Support
National Institute on Aging
National Aeronautics and
    Space Administration


Project Support
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Educational Research Association
American Psychological Association
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
Institute of Education Sciences/U.S. Department of Education
National Institutes of Health:
   National Institute on Aging
   National Cancer Institute
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

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