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The original vision for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is not what is being implemented today, and the Federal Aviation Administration should "reset expectations" for the program meant to modernize and transform the national airspace, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. The report recommends that FAA adopt a system architecture that supports decision making and provides a foundation for managing changes in technology and operations, and says it should incorporate cybersecurity and unmanned aircraft into its planning and design. Read More
NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a breakfast meeting this morning with several U.S. leaders in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine. The meeting was co-hosted by Koji Omi, founder and chairman of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, which holds a global conference of researchers, policymakers, and business leaders each year in Kyoto, Japan. Read More
Today the national science academies of the G7 countries issued three statements to their respective governments for discussion during the G7 summit to be held in Germany this June. The papers on antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and the future of the ocean were drawn up by the seven national academies under the aegis of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Read More
Although uncertainties about ecological impacts are too great to justify near-term, large-scale implementation of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) in the Everglades, ASR could be phased in to answer several important scientific questions and provide some early restoration benefits, says a report from the National Research Council. The report reviews a study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District. Read More
Today, the membership of the National Academy of Sciences voted to change the name of the Institute of Medicine to the National Academy of Medicine. Today's vote amends the NAS constitution to change the name effective July 1, 2015. This change is part of a broader internal reorganization to more effectively integrate the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Reports and studies on health and medicine will continue uninterrupted as activities of the Institute of Medicine, which will become one of the six program units operating under the direction of the integrated academies. The newly named National Academy of Medicine will continue to be an honorific society that inherits the more than 1,900 current elected members and foreign associates of the IOM. Read More
The National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries 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
A new report from the Institute of Medicine presents 15 "vital signs" for tracking progress toward improved health and health care in the U.S. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report said the set of core measures should reduce the burden on clinicians of taking measurements, enhance transparency and comparability, and improve health outcomes nationwide. Read more
During a ceremony at its 152nd annual meeting, the National Academy of Sciences presented the 2015 Public Welfare Medal to Neil deGrasse Tyson for his "extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science." NAS also honored 17 other individuals with awards for their outstanding scientific achievements. News Release - Public Welfare Medal News Release - Awards
The National Academy of Sciences will hold its 152nd annual meeting from April 25 to 28. During the meeting, the Academy will elect new members, induct members elected in 2014, and present awards recognizing excellence in research or public service. Selected presentations and ceremonies will be video webcast. Follow the annual meeting activities on Twitter @theNASciences and join the annual meeting conversation #NAS152.
A new National Research Council report discusses the Federal Highway Administration's critical role in research, development, and technology to transform the nation's aging network of highways into one that is safer, more reliable, and more resilient.