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Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary (2015)

Does the public trust science? Scientists? Scientific organizations? What roles do trust and the lack of trust play in public debates about how science can be used to address such societal concerns as childhood vaccination, cancer screening, and a warming planet? What could happen if social trust in science or scientists faded? These types of questions led the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences of the National Academies o... More >>

Modeling the Health Risks of Climate Change: Workshop Summary (2015)

Climate change poses risks to human health through shifting weather patterns, increases in the frequency and intensity of heat waves and other extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification, among other environmental effects. Robust models that project the future health risks of climate change are needed to inform adaptation efforts, reduce adverse health effects, and to help to inform national and international discussion... More >>

Public Engagement on Genetically Modified Organisms: When Science and Citizens Connect: A Workshop Summary (2015)

In a world where science is interpreted through a variety of lenses--including cultural values and political dispositions--how can scientists engage with members of the public to empower decision-making and participation in public policy? The development and application of genetically modified plants and animals, also known as GMOs, has been the subject of multifaceted societal debate by some stakeholders, including scientists. This repor... More >>

Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of a Workshop (2015)

Gain-of-function (GOF) research aims to improve understanding of disease pathways by modifying the ability of an infectious agent to cause disease. The potential benefits of such modifications are to help find targets for vaccines and drugs as well as provide information that can help in surveillance for potentially pandemic strains. But concerns about biosafety and biosecurity risks are also part of current debates over GOF research on th... More >>

Sustainable Infrastructure for Life Science Communications: Workshop Summary (2014)

Engaging the public-at-large with the life sciences is more important now than ever. Advances in life sciences research--from biofuels to genetically modified foods, and from biotechnology to sustainable communities--have enormous implications for the health and well-being of society and the environment. Yet, there are few support systems for scientists who wish to share their research with non-expert audiences. The National Research Council'... More >>