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Claire BrindisRead why Claire Brindis, NAM '11, feels that much more must be "done in continuing to build scientific evidence.”


Thank You from the Office of Development


Thank you to all of our members and friends for supporting the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with their time, ideas, and philanthropy in 2017. Their gifts and participation enable The Academies to shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. We thank you for all that you made possible in 2017 and look forward to a productive 2018!



Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment
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It's been a little more than a year since The Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund was created, and already our members and friends have helped us surpass 85% of our fundraising goal. Thank you! This is truly a heartwarming way for us to remember our friend and mentor, Ralph Cicerone, who served as president of the National Academy of Sciences for 11 years. 


The Cicerone Fund was designed to initiate new studies and programs proactively, not in reaction to government decisions or external events. It lets us lead on emerging, cutting-edge issues in science. 


In Ralph's own words, the fund is meant to help underpin the Academy's roles in validating scientific excellence; enhancing the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guiding public policy with science; and communicating the nature, values, and judgments of science to government and the public


Already, donor support is helping us to launch The Science Behind It (previously provisionally titled America Asks, Science Answers). This new public engagement project is designed to help the NAS communicate more effectively with the public by providing brief, accessible, and understandable answers to questions that curious people have on topics with science at their core. A website containing 30 one-page answers to questions about topics like climate change, energy, health, natural hazards and natural resources will be presented in Q&A format with explanatory graphics, videos and interactive quizzes. 


Generous people like you have contributed $8.6 million. The Simons Foundation has graciously agreed to match every donation until we reach $10 million. Our deadline for receiving funds or longer-term pledges is May 2018. Are you interested in hearing more about the Cicerone Fund and giving to the NAS? Please contact Mark Carter, Director of Development for the National Academy of Sciences, at or call 202.334.2431. 


Read the press release announcing this ambitious challenge. 


Click here to make a gift now to support the Cicerone Endowment Fund.


 NAE Global Grand Challenges SummitGGCS 2017 logo

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) was the third in a collaborative series sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 2017 GGCS was held in conjunction with the inaugural K-12 FIRST Global Challenge, at which robotics teams of high school students from nearly 160 countries competed to address the NAE Grand Challenge to "Provide Access to Clean Water."


The 2017 Summit aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. The focus of the Summit involved the four themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges.


Watch the NAE's 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit Mini Documentary to learn more about this summer's Summit.   


 Thanks To You


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is an independent non-profit organization whose work relies on support from generous individuals, foundations, businesses, government, and other organizations. Philanthropy underpins our ability to address critical issues and policy and inspire positive action across sectors. Each gift makes so many things possible. It helps foster innovation, inspire action around shared priorities, and enrich the careers of outstanding science professionals. Most importantly, you help us lead, innovate, and make an impact in the United States and beyond.



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