Our Leadership

CPNAS serves under the NAS Executive Office.  Staff within CPNAS have collectively over four decades of experience in fostering conversations between art and science

J.D. Talasek

J.D. Talasek

Director, CPNAS

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Alana Quinn

Senior Program Associate, CPNAS

African American History Program

The African American History Program (AAHP) was established in 1986 with the goal to heighten awareness of the contributions of outstanding African Americans to science, engineering, medicine, and to the nation’s welfare.  In keeping with the objectives of Carter G. Woodson, the events organized by AAHP as well as its collection of online biographies of African Americans are tools for promoting the understanding of science, engineering, and medicine.

A black and white portrait of neuroanatomist M. Wharton Young. He is seated with a model of a human brain and a drawing of a human head behind him on a chalkboard.


AAHP's online collection of biographies celebrates contributions of African Americans to science, engineering and medicine.

A young girl looks at an exhibition banner titled "Social Sciences"

The Creative Mind is a traveling exhibition that is available for loan to schools, museums, libraries, and other institutions.

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Your contribution to AAHP supports projects that share the inspiring stories of the lives of African Amercian scientists, engineers and medical pratictioners.

About the NAS Building

In 2024, the NAS celebrates the centennial anniversary of the building. Learn more about the building and find a discount code to purchase the book, "A Home for Science in America."

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The NAS Building is open to the public. Plan your visit.

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cross-disciplinary work to the community.

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