Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
March 2010

Science Policy Insider News (March 2010)

Sure Sign of Spring: Budget Briefings

Sure Sign of Spring: Budget Briefings

APA Government Relations staff participated in briefings this spring held by two active advocacy coalitions: Friends of NIA (National Institute on Aging) and Friends of NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).

APA Fellows Hatsukami and Henningfield Appointed to Advise on Tobacco

March was a historic month for tobacco control efforts. Besides the passage of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act and the Food and Drug Administration's Final Rule restricting access and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to youth, on March 30-31, the relatively new Center for Tobacco Products convened the first meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) with two APA-nominated scientists as voting members.

Working Group Divided on How to Enhance Substance Use Research at NIH

The majority of the Substance Use Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Working Group feel the best way to proceed is a functional reorganization of all research programs with a relevant scientific focus, while a minority believe a structural reorganization is needed, merging NIDA and NIAAA into a single institute.

Taking Science GRO’s Advocacy Training on the Road Again

Science GRO’s Heather Kelly was invited by the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) to present an advocacy training for psychological and other behavioral science researchers at its March annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Jumpstarting APA’s Fiscal Year 2011 Support for VA Research

Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science, delivered APA's oral testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies.

APA Congressional and Executive Branch Fellows Meet with Rep. Brian Baird

Rep. Baird discussed his votes on recent legislation and described ways in which psychologists’ expertise can be critical behind the scenes in the policy environment on Capitol Hill.

Advocating for Fiscal Year 2011 Psychological Research at DoD

It is unclear at this point how human-centered, behavioral research programs specifically would fare in each of the military laboratories and defense-wide agencies under the President’s request.

NIGMS Wants Your Ideas on Research Training

The Science Government Relations Office is collecting comments in response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' request for input into a strategic plan on research training.

Announcing National Lab Day on May 12

National Lab Day is an ongoing grassroots initiative with a mission to bring together volunteers, university students, educators, scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals to provide discovery-based science experiences to the younger community.

The Science GRO Welcomes Christine Jamieson

Christine Jamieson joins the team as our new Science Policy Associate.