National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine Announce Initiative on Human Gene Editing

May 18, 2015

The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine are launching a major initiative to guide decision making about controversial new research involving human gene editing. Human gene-editing technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas9, may lead to promising new treatments for disease. However, recent experiments to attempt to edit human genes also have raised important questions about the potential risks and ethical concerns of altering the human germline. Future advances are likely to raise new questions. The initiative will include an international summit this fall to convene researchers and other experts to explore the scientific, ethical, and policy issues associated with human gene-editing research. In addition, a multidisciplinary, international committee will conduct a comprehensive study of the scientific underpinnings and clinical, ethical, legal, and social implications of human gene editing. The committee will consider and recommend standards, guidelines, and practices governing the use of gene-editing technologies in biomedical research and medicine. An advisory group to steer the overall initiative will soon be announced. Read More

NAE Elects Foreign Secretary and Four Council Members

May 11, 2015

The National Academy of Engineering has elected Ruth A. David, recently retired president and chief executive officer of Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), to a four-year term as foreign secretary. David previously served as councillor from 2007 to 2013. Also elected to NAE's governing council for three-year terms are Anita K. Jones, university professor emerita at the University of Virginia; Richard H. Truly, retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy and retired director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Wanda A. Austin, president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation; and John L. Anderson, president of Illinois Institute of Technology. All terms begin July 1.

FAA Should 'Reset Expectations' for Next Generation Air Transportation System

May 1, 2015

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

Prime Minister of Japan Speaks at U.S. National Academy of Sciences

April 30, 2015

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

Science Academies of G7 Nations Call for Action on Antibiotic Resistance, Tropical Diseases, and the Future of the Ocean

April 29, 2015

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

Phasing in Aquifer Storage and Recovery in the Everglades Could Help Answer Remaining Questions

April 29, 2015

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

IOM to Become National Academy of Medicine

April 28, 2015

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

Academy Elects New Members, Foreign Associates

April 28, 2015

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

Core Measures Identified to Assess the Nation's Health

April 28, 2015

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

NAS Honors Award Winners

April 27, 2015

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

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