Chemical Education and Workforce Issues : Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Assuring a Future U.S.-Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise (2012)

Q&A with the Committee Chair >> Despite the growing use of nuclear medicine, the potential expansion of nuclear power generation, and the urgent need to protect the nation against nuclear threats and manage nuclear wastes generated in past decades, the number of students opting to specialize in nuclear and radiochemistry has decreased significantly over the past few decades. Now, with many experts in these topics approaching retirement age... More >>

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The Use and Storage of Methyl Isocyanate at Bayer CropScience (2012)

The use of hazardous chemicals such as methyl isocyanate can be a significant concern to the residents of communities adjacent to chemical facilities, but is often an integral, necessary part of the chemical manufacturing process. In order to ensure that chemical manufacturing takes place in a manner that is safe for workers, members of the local community, and the environment, the philosophy of inherently safer processing can be used t... More >>

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Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards, Revised Edition (2011)

Reflecting recent scientific developments and new regulations, this report updates National Research Council guidelines that have served as an authoritative reference for the safe use of hazardous chemicals in laboratories for almost thirty years. The guidelines are used by laboratory personnel as well as regulatory agencies worldwide concerned with safety in the workplace and environmental protection. New topics covered in this update include... More >>

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Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries (2010)

Work with chemicals is carried out in small-scale industrial and academic labs across the globe. These facilities pose a unique security threat, because they tend to operate independently and function with less oversight and more public accessibility than larger facilities. Chemical labs in developing countries, faced with financial and other constraints, find it particularly challenging to manage safety and security. Given the growing concer... More >>

Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences (2009)

An increasing number of scientists are addressing problems that lie at the intersection of the life sciences and the physical sciences. This report discusses how some of the most important scientific and societal challenges can be addressed, at least in part, by collaborative research among traditional disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and physics. It describes how tools and techniques developed in the physical sciences are being applie... More >>