Why we do what we do is the focus of a new research initiative at Harvard, Foundation of Human Behavior. And it just landed prominent backers in alumni Bill and Karen Ackman, who's interest in this research is linked to their foundation's focus on alleviating poverty.
Legislation labeled the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act might seem at first glance to be a good omen for federal science funding. But the research spending bill amounts to a tighter leash on the NSF along with deep cuts, particularly to social and behavioral sciences. It could mean an all-hands-on-deck alert for private science funders.