Date: Dec. 30, 1994
Contacts: Craig Hicks, National Academy of Sciences
(202) 334-2138; Internet <>
Pam McGraw, America Online
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WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and America Online (AOL) have teamed up to provide NAS Online -- a new interactive information service featuring science, technology, and health news from NAS and its affiliates, the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.

"Improving science literacy is an important part of the Academy's mission," said NAS President Bruce M. Alberts. "NAS Online will provide us with a special opportunity to enhance the public's knowledge about how scientific research and science policies affect their daily lives."

NAS Online will give classrooms and homes throughout the nation direct access to information about the Academy's work and provide a forum for discussing scientific issues with other AOL members.

"We're pleased to be expanding our education and special interest areas with the research news and opinion pieces that the Academy can provide," said Ted Leonsis, president of America Online Services Co.

When using NAS Online, members of America Online's electronic community can read and search a database featuring news summaries of the institution's reports. They can post messages to NAS Online's electronic bulletin boards to discuss articles by experts such as entertainer Bill Cosby and former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste.

The service also includes a conference area for live discussions and an interactive bookstore offering a catalog of nearly 900 titles from the National Academy Press, the publisher for the Academy complex.

AOL members can access NAS Online through either the "Education" or "Clubs & Interests" departments or by using the keyword "NAS."

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are private, non-profit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter.

America Online, based in Vienna, Va., is the nation's fastest growing provider of online services with the most active subscriber base. AOL offers more than 1.5 million subscribers a wide variety of services, including electronic mail, interactive magazines and newspapers, and online classes, as well as access to the Internet. Personal computer owners can obtain America Online software at major retailers and bookstores, or by calling 1-800-827-6364.