Annual meeting of the US National Academy of Sciences April 22-25

(Washington, D.C.) The National Academy of Sciences will hold its 143rd annual meeting, at which new Academy members will be elected. ELECTION RESULTS will be available on April 25 at noon EDT online at http://national-academies.org. Reporters can register in advance to receive the list of new members. The meeting also will feature the NAS president's annual address to members, an award ceremony, and symposia. These events will be held in the auditorium of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

APRIL 22, 8 P.M. TO 9 P.M. -INDUCTION CEREMONY and signing the "Registry of Membership" for members elected in 2005. A reception will follow from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

APRIL 23, 2 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M. - AWARD CEREMONY. Recipients of NAS awards bestowed in 2006 will be honored, including NORMAN R. AUGUSTINE, who received the Academy's most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal.

APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M. TO 9:15 A.M. - NAS President RALPH CICERONE will address the members.

APRIL 24, 3 P.M. TO 4:30 P.M. - ROBOT LEARNING. At this public symposium scientists will present research on how robots can "learn" and adapt to their environment, a development that could yield applications ranging from robotic missions in space to therapy for autism.

APRIL 25, 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M. - VALIDATING FORENSIC EVIDENCE. At this public symposium, experts will discuss the impact of scientific approaches to validating evidence - such as fingerprints, DNA, photographs, and memory - on the U.S. justice system. WILLIAM WEBSTER, former CIA director, will moderate the session.

REPORTERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND must register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu. Those who wish to attend the public symposia must register online at www.nasonline.org/annual-symposia.

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The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that provides science advice under a congressional charter. The Academy membership is comprised of approximately 2,000 members and 350 foreign associates, of whom more than 200 have won Nobel Prizes. Members and foreign associates of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research; election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.


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