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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

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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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Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level, says a new Academies report.

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A number of proactive policing strategies are successful in reducing crime and most practices do not harm communities' attitudes toward police, finds a new Academies report.

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Two new National Academies reports propose steps to improve public safety and resilience in the face of extreme weather and other disasters.

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U.S. colleges and universities should respond with urgency to the current surge in undergraduate enrollments in computer science courses and degree programs, which is straining resources at many institutions, says a new Academies report.

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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

 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

 Falling Behind - Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 27, 2017

 U.S. Fleet Used to Track Climate Change Shrinking, New Study Says - The Weather Channel, Oct. 26, 2017

 Ethanol has replaced oil trains as hidden safety risk in N.J. - The Record, Oct. 13, 2017

 Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes - Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2017

 Experts urge railroads to improve tracks, tank cars for hazardous fuel shipments - USA Today, Oct. 11, 2017

 Daily on Energy: Fighting moves from clean power to clean water - Washington Examiner, Oct. 11, 2017