• Environmental Policy

  • Events 

    Friday, June 19, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome

    Efforts to map all of the genetic information of microbial communities that make up the urban genome—from kiosks and subways, to soil and sewage—seek to improve the health and productivity of the built environments in which we live.

  • Past Events

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality

    Keynote Speaker: Barbara Burlingame, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Speakers: David Berry (Flagship Ventures), Jessica Fanzo (Columbia University), Gabor Forgacs (University of Missouri-Columbia), Dennis Miller (Cornell University), Prabhu Pingali (Cornell University), Mark Post (Maastricht University), Charles Schasteen (DuPont Nutrition & Health), Jean Steiner (United States Department of Agriculture), Josip Simunovic (North Carolina State University), Anna Thalacker-Mercer (Cornell University), Irvin Widders (Michigan State University), Guoyao Wu (Texas A&M University)

    Studying the protein supply chain to improve dietary quality.

    December 17 - 18, 2012

    A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science

    Keynote Speakers: Francesco Branca (The World Health Organization), Jean-Pierre Habicht (Cornell University), Robert E. Black (Johns Hopkins University)

    This conference will explore the continuum starting from identifying research gaps in science, to dissemination, advocacy and eventually influencing policies and practices.

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    The Science of Local Food

    Moderator: Robert LaValva (New Amsterdam Market)
    Speakers: Brian Halweil (Editor, Edible Brooklyn), Peter Hoffman (Chef/Owner, Savoy & Back Forty), Robert LaValva (New Amsterdam Market), Jennifer G. Phillips (Bard Center for Environmental Policy)

    From improved nutrition to better environmental stewardship, local food systems have been offered as a panacea for much of what ails us. Join us for a panel discussion, with experts from across the local food community, on the intersection of the science and culture of local food. There will be a tasting after the discussion.

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Science Behind the Hype: Resveratrol in Wine & Chocolate

    Speakers: Joseph Baur (University of Pennsylvania) and Nick Venditti (Frankly Wines)

    You may have heard claims about the amazing health benefits of the chemical resveratrol, present in such things as red wine and dark chocolate. But scientific research in this area is in it's infancy. Join us as we talk about the science behind this important chemical compound. We'll also give the science a taste—everyone attending will get to sample local red wine and chocolate.

  • Publications 


    Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resiliency: New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report

    Cynthia Rosenzweig and William Solecki, Editors

    Increasing resiliency of New York City to a range of climate risks in the coming decades


    Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals volume explores sustainable protein innovations in food science and programming that are aimed at producing the required quality and quantity of protein to consumers worldwide.

    Volume 1328

    Free online access provide by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science


    Annals Reports

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals volume presents four reports: (1) Alzheimer's Disease Research and Development: a Call for a New Research Roadmap; (2) Economic Analysis of Opportunities to Accelerate Alzheimer's Disease Research and Development; (3) Nanomedicines: Addressing the Scientific and Regulatory Gap; and (4) The Science and Policy of Critical Loads of Pollutant Deposition to Protect Ecosystems in New York.

    Volume 1313


    Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality

    Keynote Speaker: Barbara Burlingame (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

    This eBriefing looks at how to improve the protein supply chain, especially through programs designed to increase access to a high-quality diet for malnourished populations.

  • Podcasts

    July 30, 2010

    Oxidative Stress

    Foods high in antioxidants are believed to fight oxidative stress. But what is oxidative stress? Two scientists from a recent NYAS conference break it down and discuss whether antioxidants have superpowers.

    Download (12 MB, 00:18:37)
    June 18, 2010

    The Secret Lives of Bees

    New York City is home to more than 200 species of bees, and only one makes honey. Learn about them all from the experts, and hear about the Great Pollinator Project.

    Download (12 MB, 00:18:50)
    June 4, 2010

    Between Earth and Sky

    Forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni, the Queen of the Forest Canopy, explains what 30 years of exploration have taught her about the intimate connection between humans and trees.

    Download (29 MB, 00:44:33)
    April 9, 2010

    Adventures with Sea Monsters

    Eugenie Clark (aka the Shark Lady), recounts her more than 60 years as an ichthyologist. This week, she delves into some of the most extreme sea 'monsters' she's ever seen, like a giant 6-foot crab, and great white sharks.

    Download (26 MB, 00:40:32)
  • Webinar Archives

    Webinar Archive
    March 2, 2010

    Emerging Infectious Diseases in Response to Climate Change

    Climate and weather are important components of complex ecosystems, and with these changes, the dynamic balance between the living components of ecosystems is often disturbed. Experts in climate change, climate policy, emerging infectious diseases and public health discussed the relevant and pressing issues that we as a global community face as the planet's climate is altered.

    Webinar Archive
    April 22, 2009

    Zero Net Energy Buildings: Reality or Fiction?: Recommendations from the WBCSD Report

    Green architects and engineers are working to balance energy consumption and generation at the level of individual buildings. But how do we define "zero" energy, and how can we reach this goal?

  • Translational Medicine Initiative

    Macy FoundationThe Translational Medicine Initiative represents a three-year partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to support the translation of basic science research into clinical applications.

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