Among the recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom are Daniel Kahneman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Mario Molina, a member of the NAS and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded this year on Nov. 20 at the White House, is the nation's highest civilian honor. It is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Although reconstruction of physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and houses is often the most visible aspect of post-disaster recovery, reconstruction and improvement of public health, medical, and social services plays an important role in overall community recovery.
Many National Academies studies have examined the evidence, causes, and impacts of climate change. At the heart of efforts to understand and respond to climate change are scientific models that allow us to piece together the Earth’s past climate patterns, understand current trends, and predict future climate variations. Explore these Academies resources for a window into the methods used to produce and apply climate models:
The 9th annual meeting of the African Science Academies recently convened officials of national science academies in Africa, Europe, and the U.S., as well as policymakers and researchers from around the world, to discuss the role of biotechnology in Africa's development.
Ten exceptional young women have been recognized for their dedication to pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) through Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Adventure contest.
Join the next D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. for an exploration of the theme of drones. DASER, a monthly discussion forum on art and science projects in the national capital region and beyond, takes place at the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Registration and photo IDs are required. Register here.
Vaccines are responsible for many of the dramatic public health achievements of the 20th century. But as new diseases emerge and old ones persist, finding new vaccines can be a complex and expensive endeavor. New research published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers a way to quickly predict how well a vaccine will work in a specific individual.
Join the Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability Series (NELS) at the National Academies on Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., for a discussion with George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water.
How can “Big Data” transform our understanding of the world? Massive data sets are changing the way we think about crisis response, marketing, entertainment, cybersecurity, national intelligence and more. A new video from the National Academies unscrambles the benefits, risks and challenges of working with big data.