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National Academies' Presidents Comment on Proposal for New Questions for Visa Applicants

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:15 EDT

In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, the presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine expressed concern that a proposal to add supplemental questions for visa applicants, published in the Federal Register on May 4, "will have significant negative unintended consequences on the nation's international leadership in research, innovation, and education." The presidents warned that the proposal could discourage leading researchers from coming to the U.S. and could lead science, engineering, and medical societies to hold meetings elsewhere. International collaborations in science, engineering, and medicine have increased dramatically in the last two decades and are critical to the U.S. research enterprise, the presidents wrote. They also emphasized the important contributions of foreign students studying and working in laboratories here, who they fear may no longer see the United States as "a welcoming country." Approximately 25 percent of the members of NAS, NAE, and NAM who are U.S. citizens were born outside the country, the letter notes.

Actions Needed to Strengthen U.S. Skilled Technical Workforce

Wed, 17 May 2017, 11:00 EDT

Policymakers, employers, and educational institutions should take steps to strengthen the nation's skilled technical workforce, says a new report. Action is needed to support students in completing education and training programs and workers in upgrading their skills throughout their lives. Evidence suggests that as a nation, the United States is not adequately developing and sustaining a workforce with the skills needed to compete in the 21st century. Read More

New Report Recommends Priority Actions to Achieve Global Health Security, Protect U.S. Position as Global Health Leader, and Safeguard Billions of Dollars in Health Investments

Mon, 15 May 2017, 11:00 EDT

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies global health priorities in light of current and emerging health challenges and makes recommendations to address these challenges, while maintaining U.S. status as a world leader in global health. Prioritization of resources for each issue or disease is necessary, and it is also essential to embrace a systems-focused approach to capacity building and partnership to achieve results more comprehensively. The committee that wrote the report identified four priority areas encompassing 14 recommendations for global health action: achieve global health security, maintain a sustained response to the continuous threats of communicable diseases, save and improve the lives of women and children, and promote cardiovascular health and prevent cancer. Read More

Gulf Research Program Awards $3.2 Million in Capacity-Building Grants to Benefit Coastal Communities

Thu, 11 May 2017, 14:30 EDT

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today the recipients of 12 capacity-building grants, totaling almost $3.2 million. These competitive grants support community organizations as they conduct science-based projects designed to benefit their coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine to Alaska.

New Report Examines How Assistive Technologies Can Enhance Work Participation for People With Disabilities

Tue, 09 May 2017, 11:00 EDT

Assistive products and technologies -- such as wheelchairs, upper-limb prostheses, and hearing and speech devices -- hold promise for partially or fully mitigating the effects of impairments and enabling people with disabilities to work, but in some cases environmental and personal factors create additional barriers to employment, says a new report from the National Academies. Read More

G7 Academies Release Statements on Cultural Heritage, Economic Growth, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Wed, 03 May 2017, 01:30 EDT

Joint statements from the national science academies of the G7 nations were delivered today to the Italian government in advance of the G7 Summit to be held in Taormina, Italy, at the end of May. The statements, which are intended to inform discussions at the summit, call for actions to protect cultural heritage from natural disasters; invest in science, technology, and infrastructure to drive economic growth; and address the growing burden of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders. G7 Academies’ Joint Statements 2017: Cultural heritage: building resilience to natural disastersNew economic growth: the role of science, technology, innovation and infrastructureThe challenge of neurodegenerative diseases in an aging population

Academy Elects New Members, Foreign Associates

Tue, 02 May 2017, 09:30 EDT

The National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is widely regarded as one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Read More

NAS President Marcia McNutt Delivers Her First Annual Address to Members

Mon, 01 May 2017, 12:00 EDT

Today during the National Academy of Sciences' 154th annual meeting, in her first speech to the members of the Academy, NAS President Marcia McNutt stressed the ongoing vitality of America’s scientific enterprise, and called on the country to strengthen its support for science and to continue to turn to science for solutions to the nation’s and the world’s most pressing challenges. Read More

Kavli Portrait Unveiled

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:00 EDT

A portrait commemorating the late physicist, entrepreneur, innovator, business leader, and philanthropist Fred Kavli was unveiled at the National Academy of Sciences 154th Annual Meeting. It can be found at the entrance of the Academy's Fred Kavli Auditorium, newly named in honor of a generous $10.5 million gift from The Kavli Foundation. Read More

NAS Honors Award Winners

Mon, 01 May 2017, 09:00 EDT

During a ceremony at its 154th annual meeting, the National Academy of Sciences presented the 2017 Public Welfare Medal to Jane Lubchenco for her "successful efforts in bringing together the larger research community, its sponsors, and the public policy community to focus on urgent issues related to global environmental change." NAS also honored 21 other individuals with awards for their outstanding scientific achievements. News Release - Public Welfare MedalNews Release - Awards

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