Projects

Academy members, with other experts, undertake projects that include events, publications, and recommendations.
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Deterrence and New Nuclear States

As the second phase of Meeting the Challenges of the New Nuclear Age, this initiative will explore challenges created by “new” nuclear weapons states and potential proliferators as well as de facto nuclear weapons states.

Chairs
Scott D. Sagan and Vipin Narang
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Commission on the Arts

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has a multi-year Commission on the Arts with distinguished cochairs, an array of diverse Commission members, more than $1 million of support from foundations and individuals, and a commitment to exploring the role of the arts in American life.

Chairs
John A. Lithgow, Deborah F. Rutter, and Natasha D. Trethewey
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Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships

The Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships project will articulate the benefits of international research collaborations and explore solutions to ongoing challenges associated with their design and execution. The project will examine a range of types of international scientific collaborations involving university-affiliated researchers, government and international research agencies, and non-government organizations.

Chairs
Arthur I. Bienenstock and Peter F. Michelson
Democratic Citizenship
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Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

The Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship will deepen the national dialogue around democracy, citizenship, and community, by exploring civic engagement and political participation in the United States today and will set out a plan of action for promoting the values and behaviors that define effective citizenship in a diverse 21st century democracy.

Chairs
Danielle Allen, Stephen B. Heintz, and Eric Liu
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Meeting the Challenges of the New Nuclear Age

Meeting the Challenges of the New Nuclear Age examines some of the possible escalation pathways that could lead one or more nuclear weapons states to use nuclear weapons and aims to articulate a set of recommendations for de-escalating possible nuclear crises mostly involving the United States and its allies.

Chairs
Robert Legvold and Christopher F. Chyba
Public Face of Science
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The Public Face of Science

The Public Face of Science is dedicated to exploring the complex and evolving relationship between scientists and the public. This three-year project engages the expertise of a broad range of leaders in communication, law, humanities, the arts, journalism, public affairs, and the physical, social, and life sciences.

Chair
Richard A. Meserve
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Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education

Drawing from national leaders in education, business, and government, this Academy commission analyzed the current state of undergraduate education and offers recommendations to improve the quality of student learning, increase college completion rates, and ensure all students have access to an affordable postsecondary education.

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Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. and Michael S. McPherson
language learning
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Commission on Language Learning

The Commission on Language Learning examined the current state of language education, projected what the nation’s education needs would be in the future, and offered recommendations for ways to meet those needs.

Chair
Paul LeClerc
Syrian Civil War scene
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Civil Wars, Violence, and International Responses

The Academy study on Civil Wars, Violence, and International Responses is driven by the desire to provide new tools for analyzing, responding to, and, where possible, preventing the threats posed by the collapse of state authority associated with civil wars.

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Karl W. Eikenberry and Stephen D. Krasner
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New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology, and War

New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology and War is a three-year study exploring the intricate, rapidly evolving relationship between advancements in military technology and the moral and ethical dilemmas that new technologies pose for states, international organizations, and global society. 

Chair
Scott D. Sagan
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New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy

This project assembled recognized leaders from all sectors of science, engineering, and technology to recommend policy actions to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the U.S. science and engineering research enterprise.

Chairs
Norman R. Augustine and Neal Francis Lane
Public Trust in Vaccines
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Public Trust in Vaccines

This project analyzed public trust in vaccines from multiple disciplines to identify barriers to vaccine coverage, evaluate the role of the media in the public’s attitudes towards vaccines, and provide recommendations to improve the public’s trust in vaccines.

Chairs
Barry R. Bloom, Edgar Marcuse, and Seth Mnookin
commission on the humanities and social sciences
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Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences claimed a space in the national dialogue for the humanities and the social sciences and recommended specific steps that government, schools and universities, cultural institutions, businesses, and philanthropies could take to support and strengthen these areas of knowledge.

Chairs
Richard H. Brodhead and John W. Rowe