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International Conference on Census Methods

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Webcast: On the Hill
The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D

Stephen Fienberg testified at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's hearing. The Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University is an NAS member and was a member of the committee that wrote the report Furthering America's Research Enterprise.

View the webcast  |  Read Dr. Fienberg's Testimony


The Importance of STEM Education

At the 2014 White House Science Fair, held May 27, new steps to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education were announced as part of the president's Educate to Innovate campaign.

The Academies have produced dozens of expert reports on this topic, including a recent report that focused on integrating STEM disciplines in K-12 education and what would most likely lead to positive learning outcomes. Also important, STEM learning outside the classroom in informal and after-school settings is the subject of a June 3-4 workshop.


Concussions and Young Athletes

SportsRelatedConcussionsLOn May 29 President Obama hosted the first White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit. To coincide with the event, the White House announced new commitments to increase concussion research, raise awareness, and expand education for parents, coaches, and athletes. Many of these commitments directly address recommendations made in the 2013 report Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.


Holder Cites Findings of New Report

Holder SpeechLOn May 8, at a symposium of the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the new National Research Council report on the growth of incarceration in the United States. Holder called it a "landmark study" that brings into sharp focus the importance of efforts to make the criminal justice system more efficient and effective.

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Climate Change Education
Preparing Future and Current Business Leaders: A Workshop Summary

Climate ChangeLClimate Change Education: Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders is the summary of a workshop hosted by the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education in March 2013 to explore issues associated with teaching climate change-related topics in business schools. This report discusses the role that business schools could play in preparing future corporate leaders for the challenges and opportunities that climate change poses.

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Civic Engagement and Social Cohesion to Inform Policy: Concepts, Applications, Data Collection

Hands UpLCivic Engagement and Social Cohesion to Inform Policy: Concepts, Applications, Data Collection identifies measurement approaches that can lead to improved understanding of civic engagement, social cohesion, and social capital—and their potential role in explaining the functioning of society and the quality of life.

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Literacy for Science:
Exploring the Intersection of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for ELA Standards: A Workshop Summary

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Literacy for Science is the summary of a workshop convened by the Board on Science Education in December 2013 to clarify how the literacy for science aspect of Common Core State Standards for ELA and the practices in Next Generation Science Standards complement each other and can be used improve practices in science and ELA classrooms.

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Issues in Returning Individual Results from Genome Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens, with a Focus on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey:
A Workshop Summary

Genome ResearchLIssues in Returning Individual Results from Genome Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens, with a Focus on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is the summary of a workshop convened in February 2014 to consider guidelines for returning individual results from genomic research using population-based banked specimens. The report addresses the conjunction of scientific opportunity, questions about risk and benefit to research participants, and questions about what constitutes trustworthy research practice.

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