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Our Reputation

Over many decades, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have earned a solid reputation as the nation's premier source of independent, expert advice on scientific, engineering, and medical issues.

What Leaders Say About Us

"Even as the nation was at war with itself, President Lincoln had the wisdom to look forward, and he recognized that finding a way to harness the highest caliber scientific advice for the government would serve a whole range of long-term goals for the nation." President Barack Obama, addressing the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences

"The Legislature takes great pleasure in honoring the National Academy of Sciences for its 150 years of commitment to providing unbiased, peer-reviewed advice on science, technology, and medicine to our nation." Resolution of the California Senate and Assembly, June 22, 2013

"In a trio of reports released in May, the prestigious and nonpartisan National Academy [of Sciences] concluded that 'a strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.' Our nation's most authoritative and respected scientific body couldn't make it any clearer or more conclusive." Sherwood Boehlert, former congressman (R-N.Y.) and chair of the House Committee on Science, Washington Post op-ed, Nov. 19, 2010

"With the variety of challenges facing our nation today - whether it is emergency preparedness, drug safety, or the care of our military veterans – the Institute of Medicine serves as a trusted source of thoughtful, authoritative deliberation." Michael O. Leavitt, former governor of Utah, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and former administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"As the National Academy of Sciences was recognized by experts for both parties as the 'most prestigious' scientific association in this country, we will accordingly cite to its opinion where appropriate." U.S. District Judge John E Jones III, in a landmark 2005 decision preventing the incorporation of intelligent design in science classrooms in Dover, Pa.

"I commend the National Academy of Sciences on this outstanding report. NASA has the experience, the technology, and now it has the money. It's time to fix Hubble -- Congress and the American people expect nothing less." Sen. Barbara Mikulski, commenting on the report Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, Dec. 9, 2004

"What we need now is a Web-based system for measuring our changing society with key national indicators - in a free, public, easy-to-use form. Ideally, it would be run by the nonpartisan National Academy of Sciences, which would ensure it has the best quality of information and is kept up to date." Kenneth M. Duberstein, former White House chief of staff, New York Times op-ed, Feb. 23, 2009

What the Press Says About Us...

"The National Academy of Engineering conducted research to better understand how to connect today's youth to engineering. The messages that make a difference: engineers are creative problem-solvers, engineers make a world of difference, and engineers help shape the future." Huffington Post, June 25, 2013

"More than ever, writers and directors are turning to scientists to make their fantasies more plausible. … That's thanks to the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which launched in Los Angeles in 2008 with a $1.1 million grant from the National Academy of Sciences. With 800 scientists on its roster, the exchange has arranged nearly 500 consultations between California creative types and scientists who can speak without jargon." Washington Post, June 8, 2012

"A recent study by the prestigious National Research Council found the U.S. ranked 17 out of 17 industrial nations measuring life expectancy, infant mortality, heart disease and other criterion." Huffington Post, June 18, 2013

"Computerized medical records have been sold as a powerful tool to improve patient safety, for example by automatically alerting a doctor about to prescribe medication a patient is allergic to. But the report by a panel from the influential Institute of Medicine said such benefits shouldn't be taken for granted." Associated Press, Nov. 7, 2011

"A prestigious medical group is concerned that most medical devices are cleared for sale without evidence that they are safe and effective…. A panel of experts assembled by the Institute of Medicine found the current regulatory approach so flawed that it called for it to be scrapped and replaced with a system better designed to protect the public's health." Editorial, New York Times, Aug. 4, 2011  

"School cafeterias would have to hold the fries -- and serve kids more whole grains, fruits and vegetables -- under the government's plans for the first major nutritional overhaul of students' meals in 15 years…. The new guidelines are based on 2009 recommendations by the Institute of Medicine." Associated Press, Jan. 13, 2011

"Aiming to reform its policies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has enlisted one of the biggest guns in the federal arsenal to help: The National Academy of Sciences." Scientific American, Dec. 1, 2010

"An 'insufficient consideration of risk' and 'a lack of operating discipline' by oil giant BP PLC contributed to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, according to a report from a team of technical experts. The report from the National Academy of Engineering represents the most comprehensive examination so far of the causes of the disaster." Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17, 2010

"The nation's foremost scientific body says a 30-year-old federal law that encourages universities to patent and license their inventions has helped drive the innovation economy with little or no adverse effect on the tradition of free academic inquiry." The San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2010

"The effort to combat global warming has flagged as other crises have commanded the attention of politicians and the public. New reports from the National Academy of Sciences offer persuasive evidence that it would be folly to put off dealing with the problem any longer." New York Times editorial, May 23, 2010 

"Next time you see one of those television crime-scene investigators crack a case with high-tech analysis, better take it with a grain of salt. The National Academy of Sciences, the nation's most prestigious scientific organization, has surveyed the field of forensic science and found it grossly deficient." New York Times editorial, Feb. 21, 2009