Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
October 2009

Science Policy Insider News (October 2009)

APA’s Science Fellow Placed at NSF for the Year

APA’s Science Fellow Placed at NSF for the Year

Kim Montgomery, PhD, will spend her year working as a Special Assistant in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA).

House Energy and Commerce Committee Members Question NIH Stimulus Priorities

APA is working with the Coalition to Protect Research and other scientific organizations to help defend NIH’s peer review process and the important work that is being conducted in these areas.

APA Hosts Annual Friends of NIDA Meeting with NIDA Director

The meeting provided an opportunity for constituent organizations to hear recent news from NIDA and priorities for the coming year.

FDA Releases New Strategic Plan for Risk Communication

On September 30, the Food and Drug Administration issued its Strategic Plan for Risk Communication, “…which outlines the agency’s efforts to disseminate more meaningful public health information.”

APA Nominates Psychologists to Serve on New FDA Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration published a Federal Register Notice requesting nominations for the new Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.

NIH Continues to Deliberate Over Organization of Substance Use Research

Last spring, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held the first meeting of its Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), which was established to provide greater oversight of organizational structure and resource allocation across the twenty seven Institutes and Centers within NIH.

Psychologists Inform Distracted Driving Summit

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a press release announcing he would be holding a Distracted Driving Summit in September in the nation’s capitol.

APA Raises Profile of Inhalant Abuse Research with ONDCP

On October 5th, Science GRO Director, Dr. Geoff Mumford, accompanied Dr. Robert Balster and Dr. Matthew Howard to a briefing for senior staff at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

APA Supports Congressionally Threatened Political Science Program at NSF

On October 13th, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) proposed an amendment to a Senate bill funding NSF for Fiscal Year 2010 (H.R. 2847) that would strip all funds for the political science program in NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate.

APA Hosts Farewell Reception for Departing NICHD Director

As we reported in October’s Psychological Science Agenda, NICHD Director Duane Alexander is leaving the Institute.

APA Staff Invited to VA/DoD Mental Health Summit

APA staff who cover issues relevant to military personnel and veterans were invited to attend the October 26th opening session of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Summit on America’s 21st century response to the psychological needs of returning veterans and service members.

Miscellaneous NIH News

Learn about changes in grant deadlines, outgoing personnel, and an open position at NIGMS.