NAS Will Hold 154th Annual Meeting April 29-May 2

From April 29 to May 2 the National Academy of Sciences will hold its 154th annual meeting.  The following events will be live webcast:

April 29, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT -- Six NAS members elected in 2016 will discuss their research: 

April 29, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT -- Presentation ceremony and signing of the "Registry of Membership" for members elected in 2016.

April 30, 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. EDTDeborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, will discuss her book.  Cramer received a 2016 Academies Communication Award.

April 30, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT-- Recipients of the 2017 NAS Awards will be honored for their outstanding contributions to science. Among the winners is environmental scientist and marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, who is receiving the 2017 Public Welfare Medal in recognition of her "successful efforts in bringing together the larger research community, its sponsors, and the public policy community to focus on urgent issues related to global environmental change."  The medal is the Academy's most prestigious award.

May 1, 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. EDT – National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver her annual address to NAS members and guests.

May 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon EDT – “Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence” symposium will examine the societal implications of the revolutionary advances in this field, which may soon lead to artificial intelligence functions to replace humans in areas such as driving cars, coding new software, providing caregiving duties, and making health care decisions. The session will be moderated by William H. Press, Raymer Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas, Austin.

New Academy members will also be elected.  Election results will be available online by noon EDT on May 2 at Reporters can register in advance to receive the list of new members via e-mail at

Follow the annual meeting on social media using the hashtag #NAS154.


The meeting will take place at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. For information on viewing the webcasts, click hereReporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail