Informing Citizens, Advancing the National Dialogue

Update: Three of the four major candidates for United States president have responded.  Read their responses online at

A coalition of 56 of America’s leading nonpartisan organizations, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, are calling on the U.S. presidential candidates to address a set of 20 major issues in science, engineering, health, and the environment, and encouraging journalists and voters to press the candidates on them during the 2016 election season.

From the Washington Post…

Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, said answers from the campaigns could help voters gauge how a candidate plans to use scientific information to make important decisions in the White House.

“When you look at the scope of the questions, they touch on so many issues that are important to our quality of life — things that are going to impact our health, our economy, our future resources,” McNutt said in an interview. “It certainly would be good for America to see the answers to these questions.”