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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 education 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

A new National Academies report recommends steps U.S. communities can take to better measure their progress in building resilience to disasters, including measuring resilience around multiple dimensions of a community, and incentivizing the measurement of resilience.

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Current evidence supports the classification of the contemporary red wolf as a distinct species of wolf, although additional genomic evidence from historic wolf specimens could change that assessment, says a new National Academies report.

A new National Academies report calls for different approaches to assess and manage urban flooding, which is compounded by land use and high population density as well as sea-level rise and more frequent heavy precipitation events.

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A new National Academies report provides the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with recommendations for improving the quality of disability evaluations for veterans seeking compensation for traumatic brain injury

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 2

Fall 2018

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 2017.

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

 VA Needs to Improve Head Injury Disability Evaluation System, Study Finds -, April 15, 2019

 Extreme weather continues to batter USA this year: Is global warming to blame? - USA Today, April 15, 2019

 Making sense of conflicting studies on oil spill dispersants: coastal news roundup - Times-Picayune, April 12, 2019

 New Effort to Prevent Sexual Harassment - Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2019

 Chemical dispersants remain effective tool for cleaning up oil spills, study says - The Times-Picayune, April 6, 2019

 Do chemicals that disperse oil spills make the problem worse? Probably not, new study finds - Science, April 5, 2019

 There was actually a study to determine if red wolves are wolves. The answer could have doomed them. - Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2019

 Government Study Confirms Endangered Red Wolves Are a Separate Species Worthy of Protection - Eco Watch, March 29, 2019

 Want to Reduce Opioid Deaths? Get People the Medications They Need - New York Times, March 26, 2019

 The future of nursing: Where are we now? - Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 26, 2019

 US experts: Medicines for opioid addiction vastly underused - Associated Press, March 20, 2019

 Many With Opioid Addiction Don't Get Meds That Can Help - Healthday, March 20, 2019

 WHO panel proposes new global registry for all CRISPR human experiments - Science, March 19, 2019

 News4 Your Sunday: National Academy of Sciences Family Day - NBC News, March 17, 2019