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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Advising the nation on science, engineering, and medicine.
Advising the nation on science, engineering, and medicine.

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New video! We have a discussion with Jeff Bingaman, former US Senator from New Mexico, on the importance of building a skilled technical workforce. Watch and subscribe.

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On October 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy made an address at the anniversary convocation of the National Academy of Sciences. In his speech President Kennedy characterizes the National Academy of Sciences as the principal link between the scientific community and public policy, noting how scientific research has influenced governmental decisions concerning defense, energy, foreign aid, and communications. Listen to the sound recording of his address here:

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"If a serious infectious disease blossomed across the globe today, the U.S. death toll could be double that of all the casualties suffered in wars since the American Revolution. Those 2 million potential American lives lost to a global pandemic is just one sobering statistic cited in a new report released today by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that urges sustained U.S. spending on global health initiatives. It also calls on the federal government to develop a new 'International Response Framework' to guide the nation’s preparation and reaction to intercontinental epidemics and global pandemics."

Read the rest of this article in Science here:

Read the featured report, Global Health and the Future Role of the United States:

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50 years ago today, the Butler Act was repealed and educators in Tennessee were able to resume teaching evolution in their classrooms. Shortly after this the remaining state bans on the teaching of evolution—in Arkansas and Mississippi—were ruled to be unconstitutional in the courts.

Science, Evolution, and Creationism explains the fundamental methods of science, documents the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluates the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including "intelligent design."

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The growth of incarceration in the United States during four decades has prompted numerous critiques and a growing body of scientific knowledge about what prompted the rise and what its consequences have been for the people imprisoned, their families and communities, and for U.S. society. This infographic highlights the causes and effects of the increasing rate of incarceration in the U.S., as detailed in the report The Growth of Incarceration in the United States:

Read the report:

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On Friday, hackers carried out a large cyberattack, reaching hundreds of thousands of computers in over 150 countries. In a world of increasing dependence on information technology, the prevention of cyberattacks on a nation's important computer and communications system and networks is a problem that looms large. This video explains 6 key things to know about cybersecurity as it intersects with public policy.

In order to best prevent such attacks, this collection explains the importance of increasing the usability of security technologies, recommends strategies for future research aimed at countering cyberattacks, and considers how information technology systems can be used to not only maximize protection against attacks, but also respond to threats.

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In order for the United States to maintain the global leadership and competitiveness in science and technology that are critical to achieving national goals, we must invest in research, encourage innovation, and grow a strong and talented science and technology workforce. Continuing our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, our collection of higher education titles offers a comprehensive road map for increasing involvement of underrepresented minorities and improving the quality of their education, as well as eliminating gender bias in academia and recruiting women students and faculty in science and engineering.

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Yesterday, the Department of Energy declared an emergency at the Hanford Site in Washington state. The Hanford Site, about 150 miles southeast of Seattle, is a former nuclear production complex and is generally considered the most contaminated nuclear site in America.

Destry Henderson, spokesperson for the Hanford site's emergency operations center, has said that there was no contamination or radiological releases as a part of this event and all personnel in the immediate area have been accounted for.

Our report provides background information on the Hanford Site and discusses a risk assessment tool to estimate quantitative effects of contaminant releases.

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Science instruction is changing - is your district using classroom assessments that keep pace? With tools and resources to help you develop and implement these new assessments, our new book, Seeing Students Learn Science, can help you work with teachers to create assessments that support active, engaged science learning.

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Teacher Appreciation Week begins today! Our education titles seek to support teachers by providing guidance to help them understand and implement new teaching standards, resources to enhance lesson plans, and methods to improve their own learning. All are free to download.
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