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The Sounds of Science from the National Academies

Summary: This informative and entertaining bi-weekly series of audio podcasts puts the spotlight on the high-impact work of the National Academies. Focusing on a wide range of critical issues in science, engineering, and medicine, these short 10-minute episodes are a quick and easy way to tune in to the all the key findings and important recommendations made by the Academies. The National Academies consists of four organizations: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. The National Academies perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavors. Our nation’s preeminent experts volunteer their time on committees addressing critical national issues and offering unbiased advice to the public and federal government.

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 Loud and Clear: The 2007 National Academies Communications Awards | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:53

Beginning in 2003, the National Academies has recognized outstanding examples of science communication. The awards were given to individuals in three categories: book author, newspaper, magazine, or online journalist, and TV/radio correspondent or producer. In today’s podcast, we’re going to introduce you to three individuals who were awarded the 2007 National Academies Communication Awards.

 Ready...Set...Science! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:28

What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding? What do science educators, teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff, curriculum designers, school administrators need to know to create and support such experiences? This podcast takes a brief look into this increasingly important topic.

 News and Terrorism: Chemical Attacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:44

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been more mindful of the potential risks to the security of our nation. This podcast is second in a series of four fact sheets produced to inform the media and public about the different types, potential impact, and how to protect themselves from these risks.

 The Future of Emergency Care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:53

Emergency Care is a critical component of our nation's health care system, providing response and medical care to millions of sick and injured Americans each year. However, it is being pushed beyond its breaking point. This podcast looks at the status of the system and the recommendation made by the IOM to improve it to meet our future needs.

 Breast Cancer Treatment: Meeting Psychosocial Needs of Women | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:00

In this podcast the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine examines the psychosocial consequences of the cancer experience, specifically on breast cancer in women because this group has the largest survivor population (over 2 million) and this disease is the most extensively studied cancer from the standpoint of psychosocial effects.

 Better Living Through Chemistry: The Future of Chemistry Research in the US | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:32

Chemistry plays a key role in conquering diseases, solving energy problems, addressing environmental problems, providing the discoveries that lead to new industries, and developing new materials and technologies for national defense and homeland security. However, the field is currently facing a crucial time of change and is struggling to position itself to meet the needs of the future as it expands beyond its traditional core toward areas related to biology, materials science, and nanotechnology.

 When I'm 64 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:01

By 2030 there will be about 70 million people in the United States older than 64, nearly 22 percent of the population. In anticipation to the societal changes that are sure to follow, this podcast covers some of the findings from the NRC report by the same name.

 News and Terrorism: Nuclear Attacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:20

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been more mindful of the potential risks to the security of our nation. This podcast is part of a series of four fact sheets produced to inform the media and public about the different types, potential impact, and how to protect themselves from these risks.

 None of Your Business: Privacy in the Information Age | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:27

Privacy is a growing concern in the United States and around the world. This podcast takes a closer look at the three major drivers of the vast changes affection notions, perceptions, and expectations of privacy today.

 Baby, it's Cold in Here | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:15

Named by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century, refrigeration has changed our life in many ways. This podcast recounts the development of refrigeration and air conditioning and how it has affected our lives.

 Critical Issues in Transportation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:46

The recent I-35 West bridge collapse in Minnesota has brought new attention to the U.S.'s vital and aging transportation system. This podcast highlights several critical issues in transportation as identified by the Executive Committee of TRB.

 Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:55

Research in biology has undergone a major transformation in the last 10 to 15 years. Undergraduate biology education has not changed to address the evolving field. The report, Bio2010, delves into the needed changes in undergraduate biology education to properly prepare future researchers to excel in their field.

 IOM's Twelve Tips to Take Charge of your Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:42

In a special episode of the Sounds of Science, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, shares his top 12 Tips for Taking Charge of Your Health. You can also read these tips at

 Getting Rid of Polio... for Good | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:13

When the global polio eradication campaign was launched in 1988, polio virus caused more than 350,000 cases of paralytic disease annually in more than 125 countries. By 2003, only 784 cases of poliomyelitis were reported in a total of six countries (Aylward et al. 2005). The final steps in the eradication of polio, however, pose a challenge. The week's podcast looks at the challenges being faced in the final steps to eradicate this disease.

 Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:37

Given current demographic trends, nearly one in five U.S. residents will be of Hispanic origin by 2025. This major demographic shift and its implications for both the United States and the growing Hispanic population make Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies a most timely podcast. This report from the National Research Council describes how Hispanics are transforming the country as they disperse geographically.


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