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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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The U.S. Agency for International Development should speed its transformation into a global leader and catalyst in applying science, technology, and innovation to the challenges facing developing countries, says a new Academies report.

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Clinical trials for heritable genome editing could be permitted in the future, but only for serious conditions under stringent oversight, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine.

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While workers in the engineering technology (ET) field play an important role in supporting U.S. technical infrastructure, there is little awareness of ET as a field of study or category of employment, says a new National Academy of Engineering report.

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A new Academies report examines the evidence on undergraduate research experiences and recommends more well-designed research to gain a deeper understanding of how these experiences affect different students and to examine the aspects that are most beneficial.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2015 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 2

Fall/Winter 2015

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

Report to Congress 2015  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2015.

About Us

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Seven major programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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.

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Recent Coverage

 Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support - New York Times, Feb. 14, 2017

 Ethicists advise caution in applying CRISPR gene editing to humans - Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2017

 To prevent serious medical conditions, scientists should be able to edit people's DNA, panel says - Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14, 2017

 Major global warming study again questioned, again defended - Associated Press, Feb. 9, 2017

 Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants - New York Times, Feb. 2, 2017

 This NASA Expert Made ‘The Space Between Us’ a Realistic Mars Movie - The Observer, Feb. 2, 2017

 The apple that never browns wants to change your mind about genetically modified foods - Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2017

 Base the social cost of carbon on the science - Nature, Jan. 18, 2017

 The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects - Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2017

 Experts have only a hazy idea of marijuana’s myriad health effects, and federal laws are to blame - Los Angeles Times, Jan. 12, 2017

 Massive marijuana research report details knowledge base with eye on future - Denver Post, Jan. 12, 2017

 Landmark study: marijuana is effective medicine, but has drawbacks - San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 12, 2017

 What medical marijuana can and can’t do for your health - PBS News Hour, Jan. 12, 2017

 NAM Report Targets Health Inequity - MedPage Today, Jan. 12, 2017

 White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming - New York Times, Jan. 10, 2017