When the Science Board was constituted in 2008, specific goals were organized into three broad categories: research support, scientific education, and research dissemination.
One of the primary goals falling under research support is to work with other organizations to promote research funding of behavior science. As part of these efforts, ABAI pursues science advocacy and education as a member of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS).
Additionally, ABAI has a mutually benefitial relationship with the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB), an organization dedicated to strengthening the representation of theoretical and applied issues in quantitative and computer forms within the study of behavior. SQAB holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the ABAI annual convention.
PartnerShip Behavior Analytic Research Citations features Current Contents in ABA, a research review of more than 50 journals. The site compiles research articles in one, easy to read database that can be sorted and searched to meet individual needs. Each article includes a hyperlink to the publisher's website which includes citation information, an abstract, and a full-text PDF if available.
November 2015 NSF Webinar on Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) Program
The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interconnected fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches. This webinar was designed to describe the goals and focus of the NSF-NCS solicitation, help investigators understand its scope, and answer any questions potential PIs may have. You can access PowerPoints, audio, and transcripts here.
Improving the Lives of Older Americans Through Science and Technology
In preparation for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council are seeking individual input from a broad range of stakeholders about new or expanded initiatives involving science and technology that can help improve the quality of life for older Americans. Read the full call to action.
Grassroots Advocacy for Science
You may have heard about the drastic cuts to federal research funding proposed by some members of Congress in the United States. Such cuts threaten scientific advances and science education. Speaking out on such issues has never been easier than it is now. ABAI has joined forces with FABBS to provide science policy updates and action alerts. FABBS has recently developed an efficient way for scientists to stay abreast of important science policy issues and to take action. Simply go to the FABBS web page. With a few quick mouse clicks you can sign up for policy updates and, if desired, send a letter to your elected officials. This is a quick and effective way to make your opinions known on important policy issues affecting science and society. ABAI is proud to be working with other like-minded organizations to promote science, and we encourage you to get involved.
Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (8th edition) was published in 2011. The guide serves an important regulatory and policy function in animal research, endorsed by the Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of NIH, which sets the agenda for most of the Institutional Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) that govern animal research in the United States.
As a member organization of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), ABAI supports accreditation and assessment programs for animal research facilities that directly affect university programs in behavior analysis.