NAS Will Hold 155th Annual Meeting April 28-May 1

From April 28 to May 1 the National Academy of Sciences will hold its 155th annual meeting.  The following events will be live webcast:

April 28, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT -- Six NAS members elected in 2017 will discuss their research: 

April 28, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT
-- Presentation ceremony and signing of the "Registry of Membership" for members elected in 2017.

April 29, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. EDT – Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, will discuss her book. Shetterly received the 2017 Keck Communication Award in the book category.

April 29, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT -- Recipients of the 2018 NAS Awards will be honored for their outstanding contributions to science. Among the winners is physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian Paul Farmer, who is receiving the 2018 Public Welfare Medal for pioneering enduring, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries. The medal is the Academy's most prestigious award.

April 30, 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.

April 30, 9:30 a.m. to noon EDT – “The Energy Transition” symposium will take place in two parts. In Part I, film clips from the documentary, “From the Ashes,” will introduce the health, community, and environmental problems associated with production and use of coal. In Part II, a panel of experts, moderated by Ellen Williams, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, will discuss what is driving change in the electric power system and how the overall production and transmission of power is evolving.

New Academy members will also be elected.  Election results will be available online by noon EDT on May 1 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 #NAS155.

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 here. Reporters who wish to attend must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail