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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

Institute of Medicine
Institute of Medicine

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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Continuing expansion of federal regulations is diminishing the effectiveness of the U.S. scientific enterprise, says a new Academies report. It identifies actions Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and research institutions should take to reduce the regulatory burden.

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Machines that use X-rays to screen airport passengers, although no longer in use, comply with established health and safety standards that prevent overexposure to radiation, says a new Academies report.


As immigrants and their descendants become integrated into U.S. society, their lives improve in terms of educational attainment, occupational distribution, income, and English language ability, but their well-being declines in the areas of health, crime, and family patterns, says a new Academies report.


Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error -- an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis -- in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, says a new Institute of Medicine report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2014 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 1

Spring/Summer 2015

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

Report to Congress 2014  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2014.

About Us

National Research CouncilOur 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.

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; Institute of Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program.

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Recent Coverage

 Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in their lives - Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2015

 Study: Misdiagnosis Major Issue, Better Care Teamwork Urged - Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2015

 Study: Misdiagnosis Contributes to 1 out of 10 Patient Deaths - NBC Nightly News, Sept. 22, 2015

 Mexican, Central American immigrants slower to assimilate in U.S. - Washington Times, Sept. 21, 2015

 Newest Immigrants Assimilating as Fast as Previous Ones, Report Says - New York Times, Sept. 21, 2015

 UK scientists apply for licence to edit genes in human embryos - Science, Sept. 18, 2015

 Growing gap in lifespan by income, growing gap in government benefits - UPI, Sept. 18, 2015

 The stunning — and expanding — gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor - Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2015

 U.S., China, UK experts to tackle vexed issue of gene editing - Reuters, Sept. 14, 2015

 Report calls for research on how SSI funds are granted - Boston Globe, Sept. 9, 2015

 Detroit News gets prestigious academy of sciences award - Detroit News, Sept. 9, 2015

 Nuclear regulators drop cancer risk study - The Hill, Sept. 8, 2015

 Medical specialists urge more debate on gene-editing technology - Reuters, Sept. 1, 2015

 We must build resilience into our communities - Nature, Aug. 26, 2015

 The Age of the Red Pen - Economist, Aug. 22, 2015

 Report sets new goals for U.S. Antarctic Program - Science, Aug. 11, 2015