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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 & 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

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

Broader use of standardized psychological testing for applicants submitting disability claims to the U.S. Social Security Administration should improve the accuracy and consistency of disability determinations, says a new Institute of Medicine report.

Kitt Peak National Observatory, part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (photo credit: P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF)

A new report from the National Research Council recommends ways to better position the U.S. ground-based optical and infrared astronomy system to meet its decadal survey science objectives.

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Gradual and variable change in mental functions occurs naturally as people age. A new Institute of Medicine report presents three top actions individuals can take to help maintain optimal cognitive function with age.

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U.S. communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2013 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 14/No. 2

Winter 2014

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

Annual ReportView the latest Report to Congress, which details the National Academies' work for 2013.

About the National Research Council

National Research CouncilAs the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council's mission 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.

The Research Council performs its studies and workshops through six major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, Transportation Research Board, and the Gulf Research Program.

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Recent Coverage

 Everything ages, even your brain. Don’t worry so much. It’s probably not Alzheimer’s - Washington Post, April 14, 2015

 Your brain's aging and a new report urges ways to stay sharp - Associated Press, April 14, 2015

 Expert advice: Do 3 things to protect your aging brain - USA Today, April 14, 2015

 Report Urges More Psychological Testing to Determine Disability Claims - PsychCentral, April 13, 2015

 Early education workforce needs support, report finds - EdSource, April 2, 2015

 All Lead Preschool Teachers Should Have B.A., Top Advisory Groups Urge - Education Week, April 2, 2015

 Bill would raise age for legal tobacco purchases to 21 in RI - Washington Times, March 25, 2015

 Accelerating Chemical Production With Biology - Chemical & Engineering News, March 16, 2015

 Raise the smoking age? Report predicts big health benefits if we do - CNN, march 13, 2015

 Report: Raising legal age for tobacco would stop, delay use - Associated Press, March 12, 2014

 Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study - Reuters, March 12, 2014