The Sounds of Science from the National Academies show

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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 Beyond Bias and Barriers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:01

Beyond Bias and Barriers explains that eliminating gender bias in academia requires immediate overarching reform, including decisive action by university administrators, professional societies, federal funding agencies and foundations, government agencies, and Congress. If implemented and coordinated across public, private, and government sectors, the recommended actions will help to improve workplace environments for all employees while strengthening the foundations of America's competitiveness.

 Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:42

Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility drinking, the greater the danger. This Podcast presents strategies for state-level leadership, community mobilization, and restricting youth access to alcohol as well as the proposed 10 component national strategy from this important report, Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility.

 From Neurons to Neighborhoods: Applying the Science of Early Childhood Development | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:58

There has been an explosion of knowledge in understanding the infant brain and in pinpointing the factors that influence whether young children get off to a promising or a worrisome start. This Podcast explores the conclusions and findings related to providing our Nation's youth with a positive future.

 Tech Tally: Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:07

Technology is pervasive; an informed citizenship needs to know what technology is, how it works, how it is created, how it shapes our society, and how society influences technological development. This podcast provides insights into the importance of technology in our society and how and why we need to measure our understanding of it.

 Engaging Schools | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:05

When it comes to motivating people to learn, disadvantaged urban adolescents are usually perceived as a hard sell. Yet, in a recent MetLife survey, 89 percent of the low-income students claimed I really want to learn applied to them. This report brief summarizes the major findings and recommendations in this National Academies report.

 Commuting in America III | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:48

The average daily commute to work is taking longer now than it has in the past. This synopsis of the Commuting in America III report provides an overview of some of the major trends and factors being seen in commuting to work today.

 Understanding the Ocean's Role in Human Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:11

The ocean has greater affects on human health than the average person realizes. This report brief discusses the health and medical hazards, benefits, and potential found in the ocean's depths.

 Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:47

We have made great strides over the past century in reducing rates of disease and enhancing people's general health. This report brief discusses the findings and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine on how to move these efforts forward in the next century.

 Learning to Think Spatially | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:46

Spatial thinking is a skill used in everyday life, the workplace, and science to solve problems using concepts of space, visualization, and reasoning. This report brief looks into the importance and teaching spatial thinking skills as part of the K - 12 curriculum, specifically through the use of GIS technology.

 Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:51

Stem cells are the primitive cells that give rise to the different tissue types in the body. This podcast provides a summary of the issues surrounding stem cell research, including the debate, the types of research they are used for, and report recommendations.

 Preventing Medication Errors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:54

Most of the time medications are beneficial, or at least they cause no harm, but on occasion they do injure the person taking them. This report brief highlights the findings and recommendation from the Institute of Medicine report, Preventing Medication Errors, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 Where the Weather Meets the Road | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:27

Where the Weather Meets the Road: A Research Agenda for Improving Road Weather Services, a National Academies report, recommend that the Federal Highway Administration take the lead in creating a coordinated national road weather research program. This is a report brief from this report highlighting the important findings and recommendations given to FHWA.


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