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NEW REPORT

Core Measures Identified to
Assess the Nation's Health

April 28 - A new report from the Institute of Medicine presents 15 "vital signs" for tracking progress toward improved health and health care in the U.S. Watch the public briefing beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT

  • NEW REPORT

    Core Measures Identified to
    Assess the Nation's Health

    April 28 - A new report from the Institute of Medicine presents 15 "vital signs" for tracking progress toward improved health and health care in the U.S. Watch the public briefing beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT

  • ANNOUNCEMENT

    IOM to Become National Academy
    of Medicine

    April 28 - Today, the membership of the National Academy of Sciences voted to change the name of the Institute of Medicine to the National Academy of Medicine. Read More

  • ELECTION

    Academy Elects New Members,
    Foreign Associates

    April 28 - The National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

  • MEETING

    NAS Annual Meeting Begins

    April 24 - The National Academy of Sciences will hold its 152nd annual meeting April 25 to 28. NAS will video webcast selected presentations and ceremonies. Follow the annual meeting activities on Twitter @theNASciences and join the conversation #NAS152.

Spring 2015 Henry and Bryna David Lecture - April 28

Kathleen Hall Jamieson will deliver the Spring 2015 Henry and Bryna David Lecture on "Communicating the Value and Values of Science," in which she will discuss exemplary and problematic scientific communication and outline ways that communicators can express scientific values and the value of science. Jamieson is a professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania and directs the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where she helped create FactCheck.org and SciCheck, sites dedicated to factual accuracy within public discourse in politics and science. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 28, and will be video webcast live.

FBI Review Finds Flaws in Forensic Testimony

An FBI review of criminal cases involving microscopic hair analysis found that erroneous testimony was given by FBI analysts in at least 90 percent of the cases reviewed. A 2009 report by the National Research Council concluded that microscopic hair analysis is not reliable enough to connect individuals to hair found at a crime scene, and that forensic testimony commonly fails to acknowledge the uncertainties and possibility of error involved in forensic techniques. The FBI review, the 2009 report, and the need for greater rigor in the forensic sciences are also discussed in a  New York Times op-ed.

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