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Contents Fall/Winter 2001

From the NAE President
  Expert, Independent Advice Is Critical to Inform Science Policy, Perhaps Now More Than Ever

Education & Research
  Early Intervention Is Key to Easing Autism's Effects

  When Students Call It Quits
  Better information may help explain why

Engineering & Technology
  The Biotech Soldier
  How advances in biotechnology could take tomorrow's army to new levels of combat effectiveness

  Building a Home Away From Home for Martian Samples

  Preventing Disasters by Design
  A new tool for evaluating oil tanker performance

Health, Safety, & Social Issues
  To Infinity and Beyond
  What it takes to keep astronauts safe and sound on long space missions

  Beyond Cure
  Cancer patients need better care for symptoms

Environment & Resources
  A Wetland Gained for a Wetland Lost?

  Arsenic Reconsidered
  EPA asks for advice on risk from arsenic levels in drinking water

In Depth
  Protecting the Environment Through Government Intervention
  How well does it work? Several new Research Council reports examine some of the government's environmental programs in detail.

Science & Society
  The Promise and Perplexities of Stem Cells
  Academies weigh in on hotly debated research area of regenerative medicine.

  Studying Differences Between the Sexes May Spur Improvements in Medicine
  by Mary-Lou Pardue

Brief Takes
  • Resolving Internet Identity Disputes
  • The Battle for Young Recruits
  • NIH at a Crossroads
  What I Did on My Summer Vacation
  by John M. Wallace
  A Research Council committee member reflects on the release of a high-profile report on global climate change.

  New Projects & Publications


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