Free From NAP: New PDF, Video, Audio, and More for February 2011

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New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Driven by discoveries, and enabled by leaps in technology and imagination, our understanding of the universe has changed dramatically over the course of the last few decades.  The fields of astronomy and astrophysics are making new connections to…

BioWatch and Public Health Surveillance BioWatch and Public Health Surveillance: Evaluating Systems for the Early Detection of Biological Threats: Abbreviated Version
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax letters, the ability to detect biological threats as quickly as possible became a top priority. In 2003 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced the BioWatch program–a federal monitoring…
Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Summary of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps
(Prepublication Available)
This book presents a summary of the Workshop on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps, held April 13 and 14, 2010, in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Research Council’s Committee on…
Modeling the Economics of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Modeling the Economics of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Summary of a Workshop
Models are fundamental for estimating the possible costs and effectiveness of different policies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is a wide array of models to perform such analysis, differing in the level of technological detail, treatment…
The Future of Nursing The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
The Future of Nursing explores how nurses’ roles, responsibilities, and education should change significantly to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America’s increasingly…
Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries
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Over the last 25 years, life expectancy at age 50 in the U.S. has been rising, but at a slower pace than in many other high-income countries, such as Japan and Australia. This difference is particularly notable given that the U.S. spends more on health care…
Frontiers of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2010 Symposium
This volume highlights the papers presented at the National Academy of Engineering’s 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Every year, the symposium brings together 100 outstanding young leaders in engineering to share their cutting-edge research and…
Clinical Data as the Basic Staple of Health Learning Clinical Data as the Basic Staple of Health Learning: Creating and Protecting a Public Good: Workshop Summary
Successful development of clinical data as an engine for knowledge generation has the potential to transform health and health care in America. As part of its Learning Health System Series, the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care hosted a…
Climate Stabilization Targets Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia
Emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels have ushered in a new epoch where human activities will largely determine the evolution of Earth’s climate. Because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is long lived, it can effectively lock the Earth…


Controlling the HIV Pandemic Controlling the HIV Pandemic is the video component of Koshland Science Museum’s exhibit, Infectious Diseases: Evolving Challenges to Human Health. It presents a compelling view of the epidemic’s devastating effects around the world, public health efforts to combat the disease, and the challenges involved in developing an HIV/AIDS vaccine.

Teacher Development Continuum

This 12-minute video features the highlights of a workshop on Teacher Development Continuum in the United States and China held in Newport Beach, California from July 31 to August 2, 2009. The workshop brought together 40 mathematics educators, mathematicians, education researchers, and other mathematics education specialists from the United States and China.

Videoconference with NAS President Ralph Cicerone

In this video conference, Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses attendees at the Conference on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenges of Population Aging in Asia. Learn more about the 2010 report Preparing for Challenges of Population Aging in Asia.


InterViews InterViews provides first-person accounts of the lives and work of National Academy of Sciences members. In this series of one-on-one conversations, scientists talk about what inspired them to pursue the careers they chose and describe some of the most fascinating aspects of their research.

Featured InterViews:

podcast-genericicon Biological anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy talks about how he has helped reconstruct and analyze two of the earliest and most famous human ancestors; and how he has used his expertise to interpret crime scenes and victims’ remains, and to pioneer new techniques for determining sex, age and other characteristics of the human skeleton.
podcast-genericicon Microbiologist Caroline Harwood describes her work to find targets for the next generation of antibiotics and breed bacteria that can eat pollutants and create the non-polluting fuels of the future.
podcast-genericicon Astronomer Geoffrey Marcy details the technical challenges of planet-hunting and candidly discusses his views on intelligent life elsewhere in our galaxy.


NAS African American History ProgramThe African American History Program (AAHP) was established in 1986 with the goal to heighten awareness of the contributions of outstanding African Americans to science, engineering, medicine, and the nation’s welfare.  In keeping with the objectives of Carter G. Woodson, the events organized by AAHP as well as its collection of online biographies of African Americans are tools for promoting the understanding of science, engineering, and medicine.

Issues in Science and Technology Issues in Science and Technology is a forum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. This includes policy for science (how we nurture the health of the research enterprise) and science for policy (how we use knowledge more effectively to achieve social goals). Read the last issue on “The Need for Geoengineering Research” free online.