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News from the National Academies – Sciences Engineering Medicine

  • In Remembrance of David A. Hamburg, Former Institute of Medicine President
    on April 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The National Academies note with great sadness the passing of David A. Hamburg on April 21, 2019. Hamburg served as president of the Institute of Medicine from 1975 to 1980. As president during its first decade of operation, Hamburg was instrumental in clarifying the role and focus areas of the IOM and laid the groundwork for productive relationships with Congress and federal agencies that remain fruitful to this day. Read Mor […]

  • NAM Announces Collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation in the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    The National Academy of Medicine announced yesterday a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation as the principal corporate partner of the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards in the United States. The Catalyst Awards are part of the Academy’s Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge, which aims to create a worldwide movement to improve physical, mental, and social well-being for people as they age.NAM President Victor J. Dzau and Johnson & Johnson’s Global Head of External Innovation William N. Hait formally signed the agreement during a ceremony held April 16, 2019, at the National Academy of Sciences building.Read Mor […]

  • Cherry Murray and Peggy Hamburg Elected Co-Chairs of IAP
    on April 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Cherry Murray, a member of NAS and NAE, and Peggy Hamburg, NAM member and foreign secretary, have been elected as co-chairs of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) at the IAP General Assembly in Songdo, South Korea. IAP is the global network of over 140 science, engineering, and medical academies working together to provide independent, expert advice on scientific, technological, and health issues. Over the course of her career in physics, Murray has held prominent appointments in industry, academia, and the public sector, while Hamburg is a distinguished physician and public health administrator as well as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Murray and Hamburg were nominated by NAS President Marcia McNutt and NAM President Victor Dzau, respectively. […]

  • Co-Chairs of Forensic Science Report Honored by Innocence Network
    on April 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis, co-chairs of the committee that authored the National Academies’ 2009 report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, have been awarded the Innocence Network’s 2018 Champion of Justice Award. Judge Edwards accepted the award at the annual conference of the Innocence Network. The award “was created to honor individuals who go above and beyond in supporting and championing efforts that free the wrongfully convicted, and/or reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions. Their work strengthens the integrity of the justice system, is imbued by their sense of fairness and professionalism, and demonstrates a lasting dedication to the fair execution of the law.” The award pays tribute to the National Academies’ report on the 10th anniversary of its publication. (See a timeline of report impacts.) In notifying Edwards and Gatsonis about the award, the Innocence Project thanked the committee for the report, “which has truly transformed the state of forensic science and the involvement of the research community in service of criminal justice reform.” […]

  • NAS Honors 10 U.S. Nobel and Kavli Prize Laureates
    on April 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    From revolutionizing cancer care to modeling the economic impact of climate change, recent winners of Nobel and Kavli Prizes have explored virtually every angle of science. On Tuesday afternoon and evening, the National Academy of Sciences honored 10 of these esteemed individuals at events on Capitol Hill and at the NAS building. Read Mor […]

New from the National Academies Press

  • Managing State Transportation Research Programs
    by The National Academies Press on April 26, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Final Book Now Available TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 522: Managing State Transportation Research Programs identifies the current state of practice of managing state transportation research programs. The report highlights existing resources, desired individual skill sets, core competencies, and structures that are in place for departments of transportation (DOTs) to manage and conduct transportation research, especially federally funded research. In essence, Synthesis 522 addresses how do transportation agencies organize and manage their research programs to strive for quality and positive impacts on the transportation system over time (value). The report includes a four-dimensional framework to analyze and shed light on how state DOT research programs with differences in agency needs, resources, and constraints are able to produce programs of high quality and value. State transportation agencies conduct applied research with a goal of ultimately creating new knowledge to enhance the transportation system. Agency research as an activity requires special skills and capabilities—it convenes practitioners, scholars, and policy makers to identify and pursue the knowledge that is most needed. These and other attributes of research make it unlike other DOT functions such as planning, programming, construction, maintenance, and operations, even though it eventually enables agencies to perform those functions. The payoffs and innovative outcomes of research can be significant and valuable, although they are rarely immediate. [Read the full report] Topics: Transportation and Infrastructur […]

  • Though Leader Forum Summary—Emerging Issues for ACRP
    by The National Academies Press on April 23, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Prepublication Now Available TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 28: Though Leader Forum Summary—Emerging Issues for ACRP summarizes a January 30, 2019, forum to identify the most important issues facing the airport industry within the next 5 to 10 years. The goal of this exercise was to engage the ACRP’s Airport Operations Committee (AOC) directly with other thought leaders in the industry to identify and define high-level emerging critical issues that impact, or will soon impact, the airport industry. The digest describes the results of a pre-Forum survey designed to help shape the Forum discussion, summarizes the results of the forum itself, and explores potential next steps. [Read the full report] Topics: Transportation and Infrastructur […]

  • Proceedings of the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management
    by The National Academies Press on April 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Final Book Now Available TRB’s Conference Proceedings on the Web 25: Proceedings of the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management is a compilation of the presentations and summary of the ensuing discussions at a July 14–15, 2018, meeting held in San Diego, California. During the meeting, attendees explored the development of integrated investment decisions within an uncertain financial planning environment; and the development and implementation of data systems, best practices in data collection, methods used to estimate the expected return on investment, and strategies for communicating results. The meeting also addressed best practices and lessons learned from Transit Asset Management (TAM) implementation efforts; offered a forum for the sharing of organizational transformations and key strategies for building an effective TAM workforce; and explored the development and maturation of agency transportation asset management plans (TAMPs). The structure of the program also ensured that transit and risk and resilience were included in the areas of exploration during the meeting. [Read the full report] Topics: Transportation and Infrastructur […]

  • Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies
    by The National Academies Press on April 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Final Book Now Available The concept of postdoctoral training came to science and engineering about a century ago. Since the 1960s, the performance of research in the United States has increasingly relied on these recent PhDs who work on a full-time, but on a temporary basis, to gain additional research experience in preparation for a professional research career.Such experiences are increasingly seen as central to careers in research, but for many, the postdoctoral experience falls short of expectations. Some postdocs indicate that they have not received the recognition, standing or compensation that is commensurate with their experience and skills. Is this the case? If so, how can the postdoctoral experience be enhanced for the over 40,000 individuals who hold these positions at university, government, and industry laboratories?This new book offers its assessment of the postdoctoral experience and provides principles, action points, and recommendations for enhancing that experience. [Read the full report] Topics: Education […]

  • Sustainable Diets, Food, and Nutrition: Proceedings of a Workshop
    by The National Academies Press on April 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Final Book Now Available On August 1 and 2, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a public workshop in Washington, DC, on sustainable diets, food, and nutrition. Workshop participants reviewed current and emerging knowledge on the concept of sustainable diets within the field of food and nutrition; explored sustainable diets and relevant impacts for cross-sector partnerships, policy, and research; and discussed how sustainable diets influence dietary patterns, the food system, and population and public health. This publication briefly summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop. [Read the full report] Topics: Food and Nutrition […]



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