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Short Summaries of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Studies Within Public Laws by Congressional Session

The following is a list of congressionally requested National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine studies summarized from the legislative language. For the actual language, click on the title of the Public Law.

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Public Law 116- 92 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
  • Conduct a study on the status of defense research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions and the methods and means necessary to advance research capacity at these institutions to address the national security and defense needs of the United States
  • Conduct a study on whether a risk assessment framework is applicable to determining the potential risks of nuclear terrorism and nuclear war and the implications for national security of assumptions in nuclear policy and doctrine.
  • Form a National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable to explore critical issues related to protecting United States’ national and economic security while ensuring the open exchange of ideas and international talent required for scientific progress and American leadership in science and technology
  • Review and assess the United States’ capabilities for detection, verification, and monitoring of nuclear weapons and fissile material
  • Conduct an assessment of recent advances and the current status of research in the field of high energy density physics
Public Law 116- 94 - Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020
  • Conduct a study on effective ways to measure the resilience of transportation systems and services to natural disasters, natural hazards, and other potential disruptions
  • Examine and quantify the long-term medical and economic impacts of increasing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the U.S.
  • Identify and review the National Institute of Health's autoimmune disease research efforts related to women's health
  • Examine and recommend improvements to research, policies, and activities related to organ donation and transplantation
  • Examine and quantify the long-term medical and economic impacts of the inclusion of women and racial and ethnic minorities in biomedical research and subsequent translational work
  • Evaluate the merits and viability of different nuclear fuel cycles and technology options, including both existing and future technologies
  • Conduct a study on the waste aspects of advanced reactors
  • Conduct a review of studies and methodologies used to estimate the financial savings, energy savings, greenhouse gas reductions, and other benefits or impacts of Energy Savings Performance Contracts, including a prospective technology assessment of likely improvements in building technologies
  • Conduct a review of the scientific literature of currently marketed sunscreens' potential risks to the marine environment and on the potential public health implications associated with reduced use of currently marketed sunscreen ingredients for protection against excess ultraviolet radiation
  • Review the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, assessing the manner in which the rule alters the ability of the Agency to use publicly available peer-reviewed scientific and medical studies in its regulatory decision-making, including what is considered to be the best available scientific information
  • Conduct a study on the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in rail tank cars
  • Study the impacts on safety and mobility of state and local governments withdrawing from elements of the Interstate Highway System (IHS)