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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. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security should work closely with utility operators to improve cyber and physical security and resilience, says a new National Academies report

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While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's system used to identify commercial motor vehicle carriers at high risk for future crashes is conceptually sound, its implementation needs improvement, says a new congressionally mandated National Academies report.

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A new National Academies report lays out a strategy for EPA to evaluate the evidence of adverse human health effects from low doses of exposure to endocrine disruptors.

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The U.S. lacks icebreaking capability and should build four polar icebreakers of the same design as the lowest cost strategy for protecting U.S. interests in the Arctic and Antarctic, says a new congressionally mandated National Academies letter report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2015 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 16/No. 1

Spring 2017

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 2015.

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

 Opioid Epidemic Still a Top Priority This Summer - Healthline, July 17, 2017

 Half a million Medicare recipients were prescribed too many opioid drugs last year - Washington Post, July 13, 2017

 Expert panel to FDA: time to hold opioids to a new standard - Science, July 13, 2017

 The U.S. should rethink its entire approach to painkillers and the people addicted to them, panel urges - Los Angeles, July 13, 2017

 The Pentagon Ponders the Threat of Synthetic Bioweapons - Wired, July 10, 2017

 Morning Transportation - Politico, June 28, 2017

 Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age - Associated Press, June 22, 2017

 Dementia research conclusion: No evidence yet of behavior to prevent it - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 22, 2017

 The little agency that does - Washington Times, June 17, 2017

 Artificial intelligence may help doctors keep up with new research - Reuters, June 14, 2017

 Scientists Praise Energy Innovation Office Trump Wants to Shut Down - New York Times, June 13, 2017

 Trump wants to cut this energy innovation program. Scientists just found that it works - Washington Post, June 13, 2017

 The Energy Agency Trump Aims to Kill Could Instead Be a Model - Bloomberg, June 13, 2017

 Experts: Shift brucellosis focus from bison to elk - Jackson Hole News & Guide, June 7, 2017