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Using Science to Improve Eyewitness Testimony

NAS member Tom Albright Science is improving the way many police departments handle eyewitness identifications, a change spurred in part by a 2014 National Academies report, Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification. In an interview, NAS member Tom Albright, a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies who studies how our eyes and brains process, construct, and remember what we see, explains the science that helped shape the report and reflects on its impact.

Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics – Jan. 27 and 28 Workshop

Video WebcastOn Jan. 27 and 28, the National Academies will host a workshop on the environmental health effects of microplastics — pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size, which can come from larger plastic debris, cosmetics, and clothes.

Participants will explore methods to detect and quantify microplastics in food and the environment, delve into research on the effects of microplastics on the health of humans and animals, and discuss ways to reduce microplastics. The workshop will feature speakers from the U.S. EPA, NOAA, CDC, USDA, universities and associations, and others. Agenda | Watch the webcast

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  • Winners Selected for TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Winners have been selected for the TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition, a competition to encourage university students to design innovative and practical solutions to challenges at airports. Read More

  • Cultural ProgramsExplore relationships among the arts and sciences, engineering, and medicine through the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • New Video on Food AllergiesFood allergy is a complicated disease, and the science around prevention and management is changing. What are some promising approaches for improving the lives of people with food allergy? Watch this video to find out.

  • New Video The National Academy of Medicine has released a documentary video series to highlight local organizations advancing health equity by addressing the environmental, social, economic, and structural challenges that may impact residents' health.

  • IF17.2 coverRead about recent activities and reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the latest issue of In Focus magazine.

  • The InterAcademy Partnership The InterAcademy Partnership has released a statement presenting recommendations for how effective education about climate change can be promoted in schools around the world.

  • Guidance for Academies on Sustainable Development GoalsA new publication from the InterAcademy Partnership explains why and how academies around the globe can support the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • New VideoFormer FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate discussed the agency’s whole-community approach to emergency management in an interview during a workshop hosted by the ResilientAmerica Roundtable.

  • Extreme EventUse award-winning game Extreme Event to start a conversation about building community resilience. Now in three scenarios: Hurricane, Flood, and Earthquake!

  • FRTRScientific research is vital and can bring remarkable results that save and improve lives. A new NAS series of articles and videos shows concrete examples of why scientific research is valuable.

  • International Activities and the National Academy of SciencesLearn about our various international efforts to help address global challenges.

  • cybersecurityWatch a video about an Academies report that looked at whether and how to professionalize the nation's rapidly evolving cybersecurity field.

  • Climatologist Richard AlleyClimatologist Richard Alley, an NAS member and professor of geosciences at Penn State, discussed on CNN what is causing the record-low temperatures in the United States and Canada.

  • report Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating SurprisesWatch a video on the findings of the Academies report Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises.

  • FellowshipsWe offer several fellowship opportunities in science, engineering, and medicine. Visit our program websites for information on eligibility guidelines and application deadlines.

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