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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Works to advance the frontiers of the behavioral and social sciences and their applications to public policy. Read more

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Conducts a range of activities where policy meets the life sciences, including the environment, geography, laboratory animal use, and natural resource issues. Read more

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Focuses on government missions in defense, space, and aerospace; national infrastructure challenges; science and engineering disciplines; and continuing assessments of federal labs and research programs. Read more

Institute of Medicine
Health and Medicine Division

Identifies concerns in medical research, care, and education and examines policy matters relating to health care and public health. Read more

Policy and Global Affairs Division
Policy and Global Affairs Division

Works to improve S&T public policy, understanding, and education, particularly with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, work force, and the economy. Read more

Transportation Research Board
Transportation Research Board

Provides leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange. Read more

Gulf Research Program. Photo: NOAA
Gulf Research Program

Thirty-year research program that focuses on human health, environmental protection, and oil system safety in the Gulf of Mexico region. Read more

Recent Studies
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A new Academies report assesses the progress made by NASA on the scientific priorities outlined in the 2011 decadal survey.

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A new report from the National Academies offers a framework to guide federal, tribal, state and local agencies in making decisions about the Spirit Lake and Toutle River system.

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A new National Academies report offers a roadmap that would improve the nation's position in high-intensity laser science and technology, which has broad applications in manufacturing, medicine, and national security.

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A new National Academies report offers a framework to track progress toward assessing the quality and impact of undergraduate STEM education.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2016 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 16/No. 2

Fall 2017

The National Academies In Focus, a magazine featuring the activities and work of the Academies.

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Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2016.

About Us

National Research CouncilThe mission of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. Our independent, expert reports and other scientific activities inform policies and actions that have the power to improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world.

Seven major programs conduct studies, facilitate workshops, and undertake other activities: Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Earth and Life Studies; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Health and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program. The National Research Council's rules and regulations govern this work.

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Recent Coverage

 Legacy of Mount St. Helens eruption puts 50,000 lives in the balance - Washington Examiner, Dec. 8, 2017

 The U.S. has lost its lead in lasers - Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2017

 U.S. Government Should Negotiate Drug Prices, Adviser Group Says - Bloomberg, Nov. 30, 2017

 Report: Here's What The Feds Can Do To Cut Drug Prices - NPR, Nov. 30, 2017

 To Cut Drug Prices, Academy of Sciences Tells the Government to Negotiate With Manufacturers - New York Times, Nov. 30, 2017

 Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students - Denver Post, Nov. 28, 2017

 Research health needs a dedicated group - Nature, Nov. 22, 2017

 Studies Show 'Proactive Policing' Works, But Social Cost Less Clear - NPR, Nov. 9, 2017

 Science Says These Police Tactics Reduce Crime - Scientific American, Nov. 9,2 017

 What the Climate Report Says About the Impact of Global Warming - New York Times, Nov. 3, 2017

 US government report says that climate change is real — and humans are to blame - Nature, Nov. 3, 2017

 Humans to blame for global warming, massive federal government report says - USA Today, Nov. 3, 2017

 Confronting Sexual Harassment in Science - Scientific American, Oct. 27, 2017

 New Mexico backtracks on dropping evolution in classrooms - Associated Press, Oct. 27, 2017