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Events and Announcements
New NIH training grant program announcement: Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies and Approaches in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
OBSSR and participating Institutes are supporting another four years of Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies and Approaches in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (RFA-OD-19-012). This program will support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. This funding opportunity is designed to fill educational gaps and needs in the behavioral and social sciences research community that are not being addressed by existing educational opportunities. Proposed educational programs should be integrative, both in the transdisciplinary nature of the skills and approaches taught and in applicability across a wide range of BSSR areas.
NIH launches new training program to enhance quantitative training in behavioral and social sciences research
OBSSR and participating Institutes recently launched a new Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Institutional Research Training Program. The vision of the Advanced Data Analytics for BSSR Training Program is to support the development of a cohort of specialized predoctoral candidates who will possess advanced competencies in data science analytics to apply to an increasingly complex landscape of behavioral and social health-related big data.
12th NIH Matilda White Riley Honors:
Save the Date and ESI Paper Competition
Each year OBSSR honors the work of an established investigator and exceptional, recently published papers of Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) during the NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors. The 12th Honors will be held on the NIH Campus on Thursday, June 6, 2019. More information to follow, but please note that in January 2019, ESIs will be able to submit one research article meeting the following criteria:
- The first author of the paper is an Early Stage Investigator (as of the deadline for this paper competition submission), defined by the NIH as someone who has completed their terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.
- The article was published or accepted and in-press between 01/01/18 and 12/31/18.
- The article involves original research published in a peer-review journal. (Note: conceptual, review, or meta-analysis papers are not eligible for this competition).
ABCD study completes enrollment, announces opportunities for scientific engagement
NIH announced recently that enrollment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is now complete and, in early 2019, scientists will have access to baseline data from all ABCD Study participants. There are 11,874 youth, ages 9-10, participating in the study, including 2,100 young people who are twins or triplets. All will be followed through young adulthood. The ABCD Study is a landmark study on brain development and child health that will increase understanding of environmental, social, genetic, and other biological factors that affect brain and cognitive development and can enhance or disrupt a young person’s life trajectory.
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December SOBC Grand Rounds Webinar
On Monday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Science of Behavioral Change (SOBC) Grand Rounds Presents Mary Dozier, Ph.D.: Defining and Monitoring Intervention Fidelity with Precision in a Home Visitation Model. Dr. Dozier is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. Over the last 25 years, she has studied the development of young children in foster care and young children living with neglecting birth parents, examining challenges in attachment and regulatory capabilities. The meeting number is 190 372 314.
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Recording Archive and Photos:
2018 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival
OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee held the third NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival: Connecting People to Advance Health on the NIH campus on November 27, 2018. This 1-day festival brought together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network and collaborate with one another and share scientific ideas, highlight recent advances in NIH-supported behavioral and social sciences research in fiscal year (FY) 2018, and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research. Festival photos and the archived recording are now available.
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