Statement by the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine on Preventing Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in science, engineering, and medicine diminishes the integrity of the U.S. research enterprise. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine take this issue very seriously. We have long been committed to providing a safe workplace free of harassment and intimidation, and our sexual harassment policy applies to anyone who is involved in the work of the Academies, including staff, volunteers, and members of our three Academies. We want to be sure that we are doing everything possible to prevent sexual harassment, to instill a culture of inclusion and respect, and to reinforce that harassmen...
Source: News from the National Academies - May 22, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

G7 Science Academies Release Statements
In advance of the G7 Summit to be held in La Malbaie, Canada, on June 8 and 9, 2018, the national science academies of the G7 nations released joint statements to inform discussions at the summit. One statement calls for actions to secure a digital future, while the other proposes international collaboration on basic Arctic research. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 17, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

EngineerGirl Announces 2018 "Community Infrastructure" Essay Contest Winners
The National Academy of Engineering today announced the winners of its 2018 EngineerGirl essay competition. This year's contest asked students in grades 3 to 12 to pick an infrastructure system in their community and write about how the system could be improved. The infrastructure systems were divided into categories: transportation, water treatment, energy, public safety, communication, financial security, health care, and recreation. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 15, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAE Elects Chair, Vice President, and Four Councillors
The National Academy of Engineering has re-elected Gordon R. England, chairman of PFP Cybersecurity, to serve a two-year term as the NAE's chair. The NAE chair works with the NAE president to promote the Academy and its policies to the engineering community and the public. Also re-elected to serve a four-year term as the NAE's vice president is Corale L. Brierley, principal of Brierley Consultancy LLC.Re-elected to a second term as councillor is John L. Anderson, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, and newly elected to three-year terms as councillors are Nadine Aubry, dean o...
Source: News from the National Academies - May 14, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Says Programs and Services for Children With Disabilities Should Coordinate Care Across Service Sectors, Focus on Long-Term Goals
While a variety of services and programs exist to support the needs of children with disabilities and their families, a focus on achieving specific near- and long-term goals that help prepare for adulthood and coordination of care within and across service sectors are integral to encouraging healthy growth and development, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report examined federal, state, and local programs and services in a range of areas, such as health care, special education, transition to adulthood, vocational rehab...
Source: News from the National Academies - May 11, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing Announced
The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing will take place Nov. 27-29 in Hong Kong. The three-day summit will be co-hosted by the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, the Royal Society of London, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. The summit will be held in the Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 8, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Report Urges Development of Approaches that Integrate STEMM Fields with Arts and Humanities
An emerging body of evidence suggests that integrating STEMM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) with the humanities and arts in higher education is associated with positive learning outcomes that may help students enter the workforce, live enriched lives, and become active and informed citizens, says a new report from the Academies. Colleges and universities should consider developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that integrate these fields. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 7, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Recommends Academic Institutions Should Prepare Undergraduates for a Data-Driven Workplace
All U.S. undergraduate students should develop a basic understanding of data science to prepare them adequately for the workforce, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report examines the importance and benefits of postsecondary data science education and recommends offering a range of educational pathways, attracting students with varied backgrounds to the discipline, and embedding ethics and privacy into the curriculum. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 2, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Academy Elects New Members, Foreign Associates
The National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is widely regarded as one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 1, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAS Honors Award Winners
During a ceremony at its 155th annual meeting, the National Academy of Sciences presented the 2018 Public Welfare Medal to physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian Paul Farmer for"pioneering enduring, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries." NAS also honored 19 other individuals with awards for their outstanding scientific achievements.News Release - Public Welfare MedalNews Release - Awards (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - April 30, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAS Annual Meeting Begins
The National Academy of Sciences will hold its 155th annual meeting April 28 to May 1. During the meeting, the Academy will elect new members, induct members elected in 2017, and present its 2018 awards recognizing excellence in research or public service. Selected presentations and ceremonies will be video webcast. Follow the annual meeting activities on Twitter @theNASciences and join the annual meeting conversation #NAS155. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - April 28, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents Honor American 2017 Nobel Laureates
NAS President Marcia McNutt, NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr., and NAM President Victor J. Dzau honored U.S. 2017 Nobel Prize recipients Barry Barish, Joachim Frank, Michael Rosbash, Kip Thorne, and Michael Young at a reception on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 18. U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) co-hosted the event. The ceremony recognized the scientists for their significant contributions to their fields as well as to the advancement of human knowledge. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - April 19, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gulf Research Program Awards Over $340,000 to Assist Scientific Research Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced 11 grant awards totaling $341,283 to assist in the recovery of Gulf Coast scientific research efforts impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These awards are the result of the first of two fast-track grant cycles for Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants announced last November to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, or other research materials damaged or lost as a result of the hurricanes and their aftermaths. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - April 18, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Reforms Needed to Help Launch Careers of Young Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists
A new report from the National Academies calls for a series of substantial reforms to strengthen the U.S. biomedical research system for the next generation of scientists. The congressionally requested report includes recommendations to open career paths inside and outside of academia for early career scientists, broaden responsibility among public and private stakeholders for the future of the research ecosystem, and increase policy experimentation and investment in that research ecosystem, so that scientists are empowered to imagine new and innovative treatments for diseases and improvements to health and well-being. Rea...
Source: News from the National Academies - April 12, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

EPA's IRIS Program Has Made Substantial Progress, Says New Report
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Information System program has made"substantial progress" in implementing recommendations outlined in past reports by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, improving the program's overall scientific and technical performance, says a new Academies report. The program, which is used to assess the hazards posed by environmental contaminants, remains a work in progress and should continue to evolve as it adapts and applies new scientific practices and knowledge, the report says. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - April 11, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Single Breakthrough Discovery for Citrus Greening Disease in Florida Unlikely, Says New Report; Calls for a Master Plan to Coordinate Research Efforts and Management
A single breakthrough discovery for managing citrus greening in Florida in the future is unlikely, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that wrote the report called for a systems approach to prioritize research on the disease and strategically distribute resources for research to effectively manage the disease, which is the most serious threat for citrus growers worldwide. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - April 10, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Recommends a Nationwide Effort to Better Estimate Methane Emissions
The U.S. should take bold steps to improve measurement, monitoring, and inventories of methane emissions caused by human activities, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Better data on methane— a greenhouse gas that contributes to air pollution and threatens public and worker safety— would help inform decisions related to climate, economics, and human health. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - March 27, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Considers Remedies for Important Knowledge Gaps in Current Crime Statistics
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews the U.S. crime statistics system, and considers the appropriate governance structure to set a policy for the system as a whole, establish the process for updating and maintain the underlying classifications of crime, provide a voice for the range of crime data stakeholders, and facilitate ongoing methodological research and development. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - March 21, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on Effort to Counter Online Misinformation
We are pleased to announce that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are exploring ways to mobilize our expertise to counter misinformation on the web related to science, engineering, and health. Part of the mission of the National Academies has always been to help ensure that public discourse is informed by the best available evidence. To that end, we are convening Academy members to discuss ways by which we could help verify the integrity and accuracy of content in these fields in a manner that is consistent with our standards for objective, trustworthy, evidence-based information; this explorato...
Source: News from the National Academies - March 20, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Quality of Abortion Care Depends on Where a Woman Lives, Says One of Most Comprehensive Reviews of Research on Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the U.S.
While legal abortions in the U.S. are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition, the report notes, the vast majority of abortions can be provided safely in office-based settings. The committee that wrote the report examined the scientific evidence on the safety and quality of the four abortion methods used in the U.S. -- medication, aspiration, dilation and evacuation (D&E), and induction. It assessed quality of ca...
Source: News from the National Academies - March 16, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment and Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review the draft Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)– a congressionally mandated report that evaluates the state of climate science and the broad range of impacts of climate change in the United States every four years– and the draft Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2)– a report that feeds into the overall assessment process developed by the USGCRP. The final NCA4 and SOCCR2 reports are anticipated to be released by USGCRP later this year. The National Academies releas...
Source: News from the National Academies - March 12, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Report Identifies Options for Lowering Risk of Failure of Undersea Bolts on Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Rigs
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies strategies for improving the reliability of bolts used in offshore oil and gas drilling rigs, thereby reducing the risk that a bolt failure could cause a spill of oil, drilling fluids, or natural gas into the environment. Although the oil and gas industry has made important advances in improving the reliability of bolts, there are multiple opportunities for the industry and the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to work together to further improve reliability and safety culture, the repor...
Source: News from the National Academies - March 9, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Unclassified Version of New Report Predicts Small Drone Threats to Infantry Units, Urges Development of Countermeasures
The emergence of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) that operate without a human pilot, commonly known as drones, has led to adversarial groups threatening deployed U.S. forces, especially infantry units. Although the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense are developing tactics and systems to counter single sUASs, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine emphasizes the need for developing countermeasures against multiple sUASs— organized in coordinated groups, swarms, and collaborative groups— which could be used much sooner than the Army anticipates....
Source: News from the National Academies - March 6, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Examines Factors Used in Social Security's Process for Determining Disability in Adults
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines to what extent and in which ways health care utilization -- such as in-patient hospitalizations, emergency department use, and hospital readmission -- reflects disease severity, disability, and ability to perform gainful activity. The committee that conducted the study was unable to find an association between health care utilization and disease severity as it relates to the Social Security Administration's determination of severe impairment -- an impairment or combination of impairments severe enough to prevent a person from performin...
Source: News from the National Academies - March 2, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAS President Co-Authors PNAS Perspective
Read a new Perspective on promoting transparency in scientific authorship co-authored by NAS President Marcia McNutt. Appearing in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the piece offers suggestions for improving how author contributions are attributed in scientific publications. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - February 27, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Financial Structure of Early Childhood Education Requires Overhaul to Make It Accessible and Affordable for All Families and to Strengthen the Workforce in This Field
High-quality early care and education (ECE) is critical to positive child development and has the potential to generate economic returns, but the current financing structure of ECE leaves many children without access to high-quality services and does little to strengthen the ECE workforce, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Transforming the accessibility, affordability, and quality of ECE provided outside the child's home will require phased implementation, amounting to at least an estimated $140 billion annually from the public and private (philanthropy, employers, and fa...
Source: News from the National Academies - February 22, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Proposes Framework for Policymakers to Address Debate Over Encryption
A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposes a framework for evaluating proposals to provide authorized government agencies with access to unencrypted versions of encrypted communications and other data. The framework is the product of an 18-month study led by a diverse array of leaders from law enforcement, computer science, civil liberties, law, and other disciplines. Read More  (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - February 15, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies Announce Initiative on Environmental Health, Appoint Advisory Committee
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are launching an Academies-wide initiative to transform how the nation addresses the complex issues associated with environmental health— a field that examines how the environment affects human health. The initiative will bring together expertise across the institution, including environmental, medical, and social science, energy, and engineering, and involve leaders from government, corporate, and academic entities to explore the latest science, identify promising solutions, and create innovative pathways toward improving environmental health. Read More (...
Source: News from the National Academies - February 15, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAS Announces Launch of the LabX Public Engagement Program
In keeping with its mission to communicate the nature, values, and judgments of science to the public, the National Academy of Sciences is launching LabX, a public engagement initiative that will promote evidence-based decision-making on issues that have significant relevance to communities and in which science is an important factor. The new program will kick off with an immersive event on March 7, organized in conjunction with Museum Hack and the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences."In today's world where the boundary between science and science fiction is hard to discern, it is too easy to forget ...
Source: News from the National Academies - February 14, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAE Elects 83 Members and 16 Foreign Members
The National Academy of Engineering has elected 83 new members and 16 foreign members, announced NAE President C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., today. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,293 and the number of foreign members to 262. Election to the Academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. A list of the newly elected members and foreign members is available, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - February 8, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

VA Provides Mental Health Care to Veterans of Recent Iraq and Afghanistan Wars of Comparable or Superior Quality to Other Providers, Yet Substantial Unmet Need Remains
While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides mental health care of comparable or superior quality to care provided in private and non-VA public sectors, accessibility and quality of services vary across the VA health system, leaving a substantial unmet need for mental health services among veterans of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A survey of these veterans developed and fielded by the committee that conducted the study found that approximately half of those who may have a need for mental...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 31, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gulf Research Program Awards $5.3 Million to Enhance Environmental Restoration Outcomes and Improve Oil Spill Risk Assessment
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced grants totaling $5.3 million awarded for seven new projects. Five of the projects involve developing or testing new technologies or methods for monitoring or evaluating environmental restoration projects to improve future restoration efforts. The remaining two projects focus on improving the information available to decision-makers for evaluating public health risks resulting from oil spills. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - January 24, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

One of the Most Comprehensive Studies on Health Effects of E-Cigarettes Finds That Using E-Cigarettes May Lead Youth to Start Smoking, Adults to Stop Smoking
Evidence suggests that while e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be far less harmful than conventional cigarettes, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. They contain fewer numbers and lower levels of toxic substances than conventional cigarettes, and using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking. However, their long-term health effects are not yet clear. Among youth -- who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do -- there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the ris...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 23, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Paul Farmer to Receive National Academy of Sciences' Public Welfare Medal
The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2018 Public Welfare Medal to physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian Paul Farmer for"pioneering enduring, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries." The medal is the Academy's most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - January 22, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Integration of a Wide Range of Safety Systems Is Needed to Develop an In-Time Aviation Safety Management System, New Report Says
A comprehensive aviation safety system as envisioned by NASA would require integration of a wide range of systems and practices, including building an in-time aviation safety management system (IASMS) that could detect and mitigate high-priority safety issues as they emerge and before they become hazards, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. An IASMS could continuously monitor the national airspace system, assess the data that it has collected, and then either recommend or initiate safety assurance actions as necessary. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - January 18, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Academy Honors 19 for Major Contributions to Science
The National Academy of Sciences will honor 19 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - January 17, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Calls for Lowering Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels for Driving, Increasing Federal and State Alcohol Taxes, Increasing Enforcement, Among Other Recommendations
Despite progress in recent decades, more than 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities occur each year in the U.S. To address this persistent problem, stakeholders -- from transportation systems to alcohol retailers to law enforcement -- should work together to implement policies and systems to eliminate these preventable deaths, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report recommended a number of actions, such as lowering state laws criminalizing alcohol-impaired driving from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent blood alcohol co...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 17, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Prasad Raghavendra, David Steurer to Receive Inaugural Michael and Sheila Held Prize From the National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences will award the first annual Michael and Sheila Held Prize to Prasad Raghavendra, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and David Steurer, professor of theoretical computer science at ETH Zurich. The pair are receiving the $100,000 prize"for a body of work which revolutionizes our understanding of optimization and complexity" in computer science. The prize honors outstanding, innovative, creative, and influential research in the areas of combinatorial and discrete optimization, or related parts of computer scie...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 16, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on the Political Review of Scientific Proposals
The highest standards of scientific integrity, transparency, and accountability are critical to maintaining public confidence in our nation ’ s research enterprise and in the wise use of the public investment in research. The public expects policymakers and agencies to base those investments on independent advice and assessment from unbiased experts without political interference. For these reasons, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine view any political review of scientific proposals as inappropriate, as it gives the appearance of political interference in science. At the same time, we recog...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 16, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Review of NASA's Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks: 2017 Letter Report
NASA asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review more than 30 publicly available evidence reports on human health risks for long-duration and exploration space flight. A new letter report -- the fifth and final in the series -- examines five NASA evidence reports on astronauts’ risk of bone fracture due to spaceflight-induced changes to bone, early onset osteoporosis due to spaceflight, cardiac rhythm problems during spaceflight, renal stone formation, and adverse health outcomes and decreases in performance due to in-flight medical conditions. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - January 10, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

NIOSH, BLS, and OSHA Should Strengthen Coordination for Occupational Injury, Illness, and Exposure Surveillance
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health should lead a collaborative effort with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the states to establish and strengthen regional occupational safety and health surveillance programs, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The nation needs a robust occupational safety and health surveillance system to provide critical information about the relationships between work and injuries and illnesses in order to inform policy development, guide educational and regulatory activities, d...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 9, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies Announce Initiative on Climate Communication; Appoints Advisory Committee
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are launching a major initiative to more effectively enable their extensive body of work on climate science, impacts, and response options to inform the public and decision-makers."The National Academies have a vast library of authoritative information to help everyone from savvy citizens to responsible decision-makers understand, prepare, and respond to climate change," said Marcia McNutt, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences."This initiative facilitates access to that storehouse to help protect the many sectors of human investment ...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 9, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Members in the News
Forty-three members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine– including National Academy of Engineering President C. D. Mote, Jr.– have been elected to the 2017 class of National Academy of Inventors Fellows. According to the National Academy of Inventors, which is not affiliated with the National Academies,“election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic developm...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 2, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Withdrawal from ITER Could Isolate U.S. Scientists from International Effort on Fusion Energy, New Report Says
This report is the first in a two-phase study examining the state and potential of magnetic fusion research in the U.S. and providing guidance on a long-term strategy for the field. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - December 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Statement on Stop-Work Order for National Academies Study on the Department of the Interior's Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Inspection Program
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has ordered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to suspend all work on a study to review and update the bureau’s offshore oil and gas operations inspection program to enhance safety. The stop-work order, dated Dec. 7, says that within 90 days the stop-work order will either be lifted and work on the study can resume, or the contract to perform the study will be terminated. The committee conducting the study held its first and only meeting (to date) in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26-27. Future meetings pla...
Source: News from the National Academies - December 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on Report of Banned Words at CDC
We are concerned deeply by a report that staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were instructed not to use certain words in budget documents. As leaders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, we are especially stunned that“evidence-based” and“science-based” are reportedly among the barred terms. Evidence-based advice to inform policymakers and public discourse has been the foundation of National Academies’ counsel since the creation of the NAS more than 150 years ago by Abraham Lincoln. Evidence-based advice drove American prosperity, health, and nat...
Source: News from the National Academies - December 18, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

NASA Makes Progress Toward Space Exploration Science Priorities Outlined in 2011 Decadal Survey, Should Develop U.S. Strategy for International Space Station Beyond 2024
Although NASA has made progress toward the overall space exploration science priorities recommended in a 2011 decadal survey by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the space agency should raise the priority of scientific research that addresses the risks and unknowns of human space exploration. This heightened priority is particularly important given the limited remaining lifetime of the International Space Station (ISS)– the most significant destination for microgravity research– and because the U.S. currently does not have a strategy for the station beyond 2024, says a new midterm a...
Source: News from the National Academies - December 15, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies' Gulf Research Program Launches New Funding Opportunity to Advance Scientific and Environmental Literacy
The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced a new opportunity for nonprofit, state, and local entities to apply for grant funding to advance the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of children and youth in the K-12 grade range. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - December 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Report Offers Guidance on How to Monitor the Quality of STEM Undergraduate Education
Monitoring the quality and impact of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education will require the collection of new national data on changing student demographics, instructors' use of evidence-based teaching approaches, student transfer patterns, and other dimensions of STEM education, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - December 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news