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New report reviews current WIC food packages - News Medical, Nov. 23, 2015

NIH program fails to launch blacks in biotech - Science, Nov. 20, 2015

NIH to retire the last of government-owned research chimps - Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2015

China's Bold Push into Genetically Customized Animals - Scientific American, Nov. 17, 2015

Social cost of carbon emissions in spotlight - Nature, Nov. 13, 2015

Can CRISPR Avoid the Monsanto Problem? - New Yorker, Nov. 12, 2015

Leukaemia success heralds wave of gene-editing therapies - Nature, Nov. 5, 2015

Gene drive workshop shows technology’s promise, or peril, remains far off - Science, Oct. 29, 2015

Robert M. White, top weatherman under five US presidents, dies at 92 - Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2015

Gene editing: Research spurs debate over promise vs. ethics - Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2015

Gene-editing record smashed in pigs - Nature, Oct. 6, 2015

Science Would Like Some Rules for Genome Editing, Please - Wired, Oct. 6, 2015

Major Study Finds Immigrants Less Likely Criminals Than Native-Born - Times of San Diego, Sept. 27, 2015

A Medical Detective Story: Why Doctors Make Diagnostic Errors - Wall Street Journal, Sept. 26, 2015

Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in their lives - Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2015

Study: Misdiagnosis Major Issue, Better Care Teamwork Urged - Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2015

Study: Misdiagnosis Contributes to 1 out of 10 Patient Deaths - NBC Nightly News, Sept. 22, 2015

Mexican, Central American immigrants slower to assimilate in U.S. - Washington Times, Sept. 21, 2015

Newest Immigrants Assimilating as Fast as Previous Ones, Report Says - New York Times, Sept. 21, 2015

UK scientists apply for licence to edit genes in human embryos - Science, Sept. 18, 2015

Growing gap in lifespan by income, growing gap in government benefits - UPI, Sept. 18, 2015

The stunning — and expanding — gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor - Washington Post, Sept. 18, 2015

U.S., China, UK experts to tackle vexed issue of gene editing - Reuters, Sept. 14, 2015

Report calls for research on how SSI funds are granted - Boston Globe, Sept. 9, 2015

Detroit News gets prestigious academy of sciences award - Detroit News, Sept. 9, 2015

Nuclear regulators drop cancer risk study - The Hill, Sept. 8, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

International Summit on Human Gene Editing Begins

International Summit on Human Gene Editing BeginsNov. 30 - The International Summit on Human Gene Editing takes place Dec. 1-3 in Washington, D.C., and will convene experts from around the world to discuss the scientific, ethical, and governance issues associated with human gene-editing research. Watch the Webcast

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Nov. 20, 2015

WIC Program Usage Reviewed in New Interim Report

©sam74100/iStock/ThinkstockWomen and children who participate in the WIC program have low or inadequate intakes of several key nutrients that could be addressed with changes to the program's food packages, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report is the first in a two-phase study that provides a series of findings and conclusions and establishes a set of criteria and a framework that will guide the second phase of the study in which changes to the WIC food packages will be considered. The final report will also build upon the 2006 Institute of Medicine report WIC Food Packages: A Time for Change.

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Oct. 26, 2015

Report Offers NASA Framework for Prioritizing Earth Observations

©Lite Productions/ThinkstockA new Academies report offers NASA a framework for prioritizing satellite observations and measurements of Earth based on their scientific value. NASA is operating in a constrained budgetary environment that necessitates making difficult choices among competing priorities for investment. The framework provides a partially quantitative and transparent approach to rating measurements’ relative importance.

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Oct. 19, 2015

NAM Elects 70 New Members, 10 International Members

The National Academy of Medicine today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 international members during its 45th annual meeting. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Annual Meeting Webcast | Agenda

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Oct. 19, 2015

NAM Presents Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Names Fellows

The National Academy of Medicine today presented the Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Robert L. Brent, distinguished professor and Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Philadelphia, for his fundamental research on environmental risk factors for birth defects and for the compassionate counseling he has provided to women and families about these risks.

Additionally, NAM awarded the 2015 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to Kay Jamison -- Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore -- and Kenneth Kendler, Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. This was the first time two separate nominees are receiving the award.

The Academy also announced five health professionals who were selected for the class of 2015 NAM Anniversary Fellows

Lienhard News Release | Sarnat News Release | Fellows Program News Release | Annual Meeting Webcast | Agenda

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Oct. 19, 2015

NAM Honors Members for Outstanding Service

The National Academy of Medicine honored members Alan Leshner, chief executive officer emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.; Jonathan M. Samet, distinguished professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, department of preventive medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and Susan C. Scrimshaw, president, The Sage Colleges, Troy, N.Y., for their outstanding service. The three received medals during the NAM’s anniversary gala on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. News Release | Annual Meeting Webcast | Agenda

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Oct. 16, 2015

Annual Meeting of National Academy of Medicine on Oct. 19

Annual Meeting of National Academy of MedicineThe 2015 NAM Annual Meeting will feature a daylong scientific program exploring the biology of aging; its public health and social impacts; and exciting innovations that could catalyze progress in extending the lifespan and foster healthy aging. Watch a live webcast beginning at 8 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19

In addition, NAM President Victor J. Dzau will welcome the newest class of Academy members and present the 2015 Lienhard and Sarnat awards. This is the inaugural annual meeting as the National Academy of Medicine and the 45th year since the establishment of the Institute of Medicine.

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Oct. 15, 2015

Design Competitions Needed to Maintain Capable Workforce and Nation's Nuclear Deterrent

©EzumeImages/iStock/ThinkstockPreserving the nation's nuclear weapon design skills is essential for sustaining a credible nuclear deterrent, understanding the status and direction of foreign nuclear weapons programs, and determining the best solutions to problems that arise during stockpile surveillance and maintenance. In the absence of nuclear explosion testing, the National Nuclear Security Administration should develop a series of design competitions that integrate the full end-to-end design process from novel design conception through production and non-nuclear testing of an engineered prototype, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report emphasizes that these competitions should be done with the clear understanding that the prototypes would not enter the nation's nuclear weapon stockpile.

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Oct. 14, 2015

In Memoriam: Robert M. White (1923 - 2015)

Robert M. White, Former NAE PresidentRobert M. White – a member of the National Academy of Engineering and its president from 1983 to 1995 – has died at age 92. A meteorologist and alumnus of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, White served as the first administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1970 to 1977. Previously, he had led the U.S. Weather Bureau from 1963 to 1965, Environmental Science Services Administration from 1965 to 1970, and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research from 1980 to 1983. He also was the first chairman of the World Climate Conference in 1978.

The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, such as the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Vannevar Bush Award, and honorary degrees, White more recently directed the Washington Advisory Group, a team of experienced administrators who advise on environment, energy, and climate change and the development and management of organizations and research programs. White was honored in 2014 by Congressman Frank R. Wolf for "groundbreaking contributions to the federal coordination of meteorology in the United States."

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Oct. 12, 2015

NAS Member Wins Nobel in Economics

NAS member Angus DeatonThe 2015 Nobel in economic sciences was awarded to NAS member Angus Deaton "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare."

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Oct. 8, 2015

Federal Truck Size and Weight Study Falls Short of Congressional Requirements, Says New Report

©Gunter Nezhoda/iStock/ThinkstockAlthough a U.S. Department of Transportation report on federal truck size and weight limits acknowledges gaps in addressing its legislative charge, a more comprehensive and useful response would have been possible, says a new letter report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The DOT's Comprehensive Truck Size & Weight Limits Study lacks a consistent and complete quantitative summary of the alternative configuration scenarios, and major categories of costs -- such as expected bridge structural costs, frequency of crashes, and infrastructure costs on certain roads -- are not estimated.

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Oct. 8, 2015

New Roundtable to Examine Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today the launch of a new roundtable that will examine issues related to the development of U.S. stores of unconventional hydrocarbon resources such as shale oil and gas. Learn more about the roundtable and sign up to receive updates about its activities at

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Oct. 7, 2015

Members Share 2015 Nobel in Chemistry

NAS/NAM member Paul Modrich and NAS member Aziz Sancar Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar, and Tomas Lindahl have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair." Modrich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, and Sancar is an NAS member.

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Oct. 5, 2015

NAS Member and Foreign Associate Receive Nobel Prize in Medicine

NAS member William Campbell and NAS foreign associate Satoshi OmuraThe 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was divided, one half jointly to NAS member William C. Campbell and foreign associate Satoshi Ōmura "for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites" and the other half to Youyou Tu "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria."

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Oct. 2, 2015

National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting Begins

National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting BeginsOct. 2 – NAE members will gather on Oct. 4-5 in Washington, D.C., to congratulate new members and welcome distinguished speakers who will discuss this year’s annual meeting theme, the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Agenda | Learn More

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Sept. 29, 2015

Airport X-ray Screening Systems Comply With Health and Safety Standards for Radiation Exposure

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty ImagesMachines that use advanced X-ray imaging technology to screen airport passengers comply with radiation exposure limits set by the American National Standards Institute/Health Physics Society, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report also finds that the machines adhere to the recommended safety mechanisms described in the ANSI/HPS standards to prevent overexposure to radiation in the event of a mechanical failure or deliberate tampering. Read More

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Sept. 22, 2015

New Report Recommends Streamlining, Harmonizing Regulations for Federally Funded Research

©Vishnu Kumar/Hemera/ThinkstockContinuing expansion of federal research regulations and requirements is diminishing the effectiveness of the U.S. scientific enterprise by directing investigators' time away from research and toward administrative matters, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report identifies specific actions Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and research institutions should take to reduce the regulatory burden. Read More

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Sept. 22, 2015

Urgent Change Needed to Improve Diagnosis

©Creatas/ThinkstockMost people will experience at least one diagnostic error -- an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis -- in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report found that although getting the right diagnosis is a key aspect of health care, efforts to improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors have been quite limited.

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Sept. 21, 2015

Report Finds Immigrants Come to Resemble Native-Born Americans Over Time, But Integration Not Always Linked to Greater Well-Being for Immigrants

©TheaDesign/iStock/ThinkstockAs immigrants and their descendants become integrated into U.S. society, many aspects of their lives improve, including measurable outcomes such as educational attainment, occupational distribution, income, and English language ability, but their well-being declines in the areas of health, crime, and family patterns, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. At the same time, several factors impede immigrants' integration into society, such as their legal status, racial disparities in socio-economic outcomes, and low naturalization rates.

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Sept. 17, 2015

New Report Examines Implications of Growing Gap in Life Span by Income for Entitlement Programs

©Roz Woodward/Photodisc/ThinkstockAs the gap in life expectancy between the highest and lowest earners in the U.S. has widened over time, high earners have disproportionately received larger lifetime benefits from government programs such as Social Security and Medicare, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report looked at life expectancy patterns among a group of Americans born in 1930 and compared those with projections for a group born in 1960.

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Sept. 14, 2015

Chinese Academy of Sciences and Royal Society to Join in Convening International Summit on Human Gene Editing; Organizing Committee Named

Gene EditingThe Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society (the science academy of the U.K.) are joining the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine in co-hosting an international summit on human gene editing to be held Dec. 1-3 in Washington, D.C. An organizing committee has been appointed to develop an agenda for the summit, which will bring together experts from a variety of disciplines to discuss scientific, medical, ethical, and governance issues associated with advances in human gene-editing research. Read More

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Sept. 10, 2015

Chad Mirkin Awarded First NAS Prize in Convergence Research

Chad A. Mirkin, inaugural recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler PrizeChad A. Mirkin is the inaugural recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research, the National Academy of Sciences announced today. A professor at Northwestern University and the director of its International Institute for Nanotechnology, Mirkin is being awarded the $400,000 prize "for impressively integrating chemistry, materials science, molecular biology, and biomedicine in the development of spherical nucleic acids that are widely used in the rapid and automated diagnosis of infectious diseases and many other human diseases -- including cancers and cardiac disease -- and in the detection of drug-resistant bacteria."

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Sept. 9, 2015

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World Wins Best Book Award From Academies; Particle Fever, Your Inner Fish, Detroit News, Reuters Also Take Prizes

Winners of 2015 Communication Awards AnnouncedThe recipients of the 2015 Communication Awards were announced today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation since 2003 as part of the Keck Futures Initiative, these prestigious awards — each of which includes a $20,000 prize — recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. The winners will be honored during a ceremony on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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Sept. 9, 2015

Rise in Federal Disability Benefits for Children With Mental Disorders Consistent With General Population

©MZiello/iStock/ThinkstockThe percentage of poor children who received federal disability benefits for at least one of 10 major mental disorders increased from 1.88 percent in 2004 to 2.09 percent in 2013, and such growth is consistent with and proportionate to trends in the prevalence of diagnosed mental disorders among children in the general U.S. population, says a new report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The increase also is not unexpected. This is because a sizeable number of low-income children with disabling mental disorders do not receive federal benefits, yet are eligible for such benefits. Read More

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Aug. 11, 2015

New Report Recommends Priorities for Next Decade of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research

Photo courtesy the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic ProgramAn initiative to better understand how melting ice sheets will contribute to sea-level rise, efforts to decode the genomes of organisms to understand evolutionary adaptations, and a next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment to address fundamental questions about the origin of the universe are the top research goals for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science recommended in a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report, which offers a strategic vision to guide the U.S. Antarctic Program at the National Science Foundation over the next 10 years, also recommends that NSF continue to support a core program of investigator-driven research across a broad range of disciplines and strengthen logistic and infrastructure support for the priority research areas. Read More

Members of the committee will present the report's findings and take questions during a one-hour webinar beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 11. Please register at here.

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Aug. 10, 2015

Dr. Robert L. Ullrich Appointed as Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima, Japan

Dr. Robert L. UllrichThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert L. Ullrich as Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, Japan. He succeeds Dr. Roy Shore, who retired from RERF in June 2015.

Dr. Ullrich joined RERF as its Associate Chief of Research in November 2013. Prior to joining RERF, Dr. Ullrich was the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Cancer Biology, Director of the Sealy Center for Cancer Biology, and Interim Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking research on mechanisms and risk of cancer following exposure to ionizing radiation and for his scientific leadership of laboratory, academic, and medical programs. Dr. Ullrich received the Radiation Research Society’s Failla Award in 2012 for outstanding research contributions in radiation science. Read more

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July 24, 2015

Community-Based Flood Insurance Offers Potential Benefits, Faces Many Challenges

FEMA photo by Andrea BooherCommunity-based flood insurance -- a single insurance policy that in theory would cover an entire community -- may create new opportunities to reduce flood losses and enhance the likelihood of communities paying more attention to flood risk mitigation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This option for providing flood insurance, however, would not provide the sole solution for all of the nation's flood insurance challenges. The report discusses the pros and cons of this policy option, identifies challenges that need to be addressed if it were to be implemented, and describes scenarios, that depending on the underlying circumstances in a community, can help guide decisions about when community-based flood insurance would be beneficial over individual policies. Read More

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July 14, 2015

New Report Presents Framework to Establish Standards for Psychosocial Interventions Used to Treat Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

©shironosov/iStock/ThinkstockA considerable gap exists in mental health and substance abuse treatments known as psychosocial interventions between what is known to be effective and those interventions that are commonly delivered, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mental health and substance use disorders are a serious public health problem, affect approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, and often occur together. The report presents a framework for implementing evidence-based psychosocial interventions, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for individuals suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Read More

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July 14, 2015

Koshland Science Museum's Extreme Event Game Wins Gold Medal

KSM Wins Gold MedalThe Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences has been awarded a gold medal by the Serious Games Association for Extreme Event, a role-playing game developed in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Resilient America project. The awards acknowledge outstanding games that provide superior interaction and training opportunities.
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July 6, 2015

Marcia K. McNutt Nominated to Be Next NAS President

Marcia K. McNutt; AAAS photo by Stacey Pentland PhotographyThe Council of the National Academy of Sciences has approved the nomination of Marcia K. McNutt, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, for election as president of the Academy, to succeed Ralph J. Cicerone when his second term as NAS president ends on July 1, 2016. Read More

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