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HOLIDAY

Memorial Day Weekend
at the Koshland

Spending Memorial Day Weekend in D.C.? Stop by the Koshland Science Museum, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

  • HOLIDAY

    Memorial Day Weekend
    at the Koshland

    Spending Memorial Day Weekend in D.C.? Stop by the Koshland Science Museum, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

  • STATEMENT

    Initiative on Human Gene
    Editing Announced

    May 18 -- 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. Read More

  • ELECTION

    NAE Elects Foreign Secretary and Four Members to Governing Council

    May 11 -- Newly elected to serve as NAE's foreign secretary is Ruth A. David, recently retired president and CEO of Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER); also elected to NAE's governing council were Anita K. Jones, Richard H. Truly, Wanda A. Austin, and John L. Anderson.

  • NEW REPORT

    Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System

    May 1 - The original vision for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is not being implemented, and FAA should "reset expectations" for the program, says a new National Research Council report.

Futures Initiative Awards $1 Million in Seed Grants

Initiative Awards $1 Million in Seed GrantsThe National Academies Keck Futures Initiative announced today the recipients of 13 grants awarded to support interdisciplinary research projects related to collective behavior, which was the subject of the 12th annual Futures conference held last November.

FBI Review Finds Flaws in Forensic Testimony

An FBI review of criminal cases involving microscopic hair analysis found that erroneous testimony was given by FBI analysts in at least 90 percent of the cases reviewed. A 2009 report by the National Research Council concluded that microscopic hair analysis is not reliable enough to connect individuals to hair found at a crime scene, and that forensic testimony commonly fails to acknowledge the uncertainties and possibility of error involved in forensic techniques. The FBI review, the 2009 report, and the need for greater rigor in the forensic sciences are also discussed in a  New York Times op-ed.

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