In addition to issuing numerous reports aimed at advising the nation on matters of science, technology, and health policy, the National Academies celebrated several important milestones and new developments in 2013.
On January 7, 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launches its new Roundtable on Obesity Solutions with a workshop entitled, "The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States." The workshop will present a status update on the current epidemiology of obesity and explore the prevalence, trends, severity, and disparities across the United States.
Although children represent about 25 percent of the U.S. population, current state and local disaster preparedness plans often do not include specific considerations for children and families.
As 2013 comes to a close, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reflects on a year of events celebrating its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, the NAS has promoted excellence in science throughout its history and served as a vital source of independent, authoritative advice to the nation on matters of science, engineering, and medicine.
Highlights from the year’s celebrations include:
Flu season is here! Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. What are scientists, public health practitioners, and the rest of us doing to limit the flu’s spread? Explore this collection of resources from the National Academies to learn about the science of influenza, its public health challenges, and what you can do to protect yourself and others:
As you look forward to next semester, consider a field trip to the Koshland Science Museum. It’s a great opportunity for students to see how science can solve real-world problems. Free school field trips are available for middle schools and high schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Looking for the perfect gift for the science-minded kids and adults in your life? Check out the Holiday Gift Guide for Science Lovers, originally published in 2012 by the Science & Entertainment Exchange of the National Academies! Featuring gift suggestions for ladies, gentlemen, and children, the guide highlights beautiful nature-based artwork, gadgets, toys, and more.
A new report from the National Research Council says gathering survey data on “experienced” well-being – the self-reported levels of contentment, joy, stress, frustration, and other feelings people experience – would be valuable to inform policies and practices in such areas as end of life care, commuting, child custody laws, city planning, and more.
Climate change has increased concern over possible changes in Earth’s physical climate system, including its atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans. Some of these changes could occur abruptly—within a few decades or even years—leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt. In a new report, an expert panel assembled by the National Research Council summarizes the current state of knowledge about abrupt climate change.
The nation’s transportation systems have a profound impact on our economy, quality of life, and resilience to disasters. Roadways, railways, airways, ports and waterways, public transit systems, pipelines, bike paths and sidewalks are the lifeblood of modern society.