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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Works to advance the frontiers of the behavioral and social sciences and their applications to public policy. Read more

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Conducts a range of activities where policy meets the life sciences, including the environment, geography, laboratory animal use, and natural resource issues. Read more

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Division on Engineering & Physical Sciences

Focuses on government missions in defense, space, and aerospace; national infrastructure challenges; science and engineering disciplines; and continuing assessments of federal labs and research programs. Read more

Policy and Global Affairs Division
Policy and Global Affairs Division

Works to improve S&T public policy, understanding, and education, particularly with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, work force, and the economy. Read more

Transportation Research Board
Transportation Research Board

Provides leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange. Read more

Gulf Research Program. Photo: NOAA
Gulf Research Program

Thirty-year research program that focuses on human health, environmental protection, and oil system safety in the Gulf of Mexico region. Read more

Recent Studies
Russian tanker Renda carrying more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel in Bering Sea, en route to Nome, Alaska, Jan. 6, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo

A full suite of proven oil spill response tools is needed to address potential spills in U.S. Arctic waters, but not all tools are readily available, says a new National Research Council report.


The expanded use of both natural gas as a transportation fuel and aerodynamic devices on trailers could help reduce fuel consumption by medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, says a new National Research Council report.

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Increasing the aperture and resolution of the WFIRST space telescope would add scientific capabilities as well as costs to the mission, says a new National Research Council report.

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It is appropriate to include transportation spending as one component of a diversified stimulus package, especially if the economic downturn is expected to be prolonged, says a new National Research Council report.

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In Focus Magazine

2012 Report to Congress

National Research CouncilVol. 13/No. 1

Summer 2013

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About the National Research Council

National Research CouncilAs the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council's mission is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. Our independent, expert reports and other scientific activities inform policies and actions that have the power to improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world.

The Research Council performs its studies and workshops through six major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, Transportation Research Board, and the Gulf Research Program.

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Recent Coverage

 Ability to respond to oil spill in the Arctic called 'sorely lacking' - Alaska Dispatch, April 24, 2014

 What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic? - National Geographic, April 23, 2014

 Panel Says U.S. Not Ready for Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill - Science, April 23, 2014

 The Deepwater Horizon Threat - New York Times, April 16, 2014

 Regulation of natural gas vehicles and trailer modifications among recommended strategies to reduce fuel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles - Automotive World, April 4, 2014

 NRC weighs in on Phase II of GHG/MPG rules - Fleet Owner, April 3, 2014

 Report urges trailer, tire, natural-gas power standards for Phase II efficiency regs - Overdrive, April 3, 2014

 Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel - National Public Radio, April 2, 2014

 Proposed Mars Missions Challenge NASA Health Standards, Panel Warns - National Geographic, April 2, 2014