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Reports and Events

Date: Jan. 25, 2013

Editor: Nicole Joy

202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu    

 

"Reports & Events" is a monthly list of selected events open to the public and National Academies reports tentatively scheduled for release next month.  A complete listing of events can be accessed at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

 

MEETINGS

 

Human spaceflight

Feb. 4

(Washington, D.C.)

The National Research Council panel studying the technical feasibility of the U.S. Human Spaceflight Program will hold its first meeting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St, N.W.  Registration and an agenda are available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingID=6431&MeetingNo=1.  More information on the study is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/ASEB/DEPS_069080.  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Oil spills in Arctic marine environments

(Chicago)

Feb. 4 and 5

A National Research Council committee examining oil spill responses and environmental assessments that could potentially impact U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait will hold its second information-gathering meeting at the Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St.  To register to attend the meeting in person or via WebEx, contact the Office of News and Public Information.  More information on the study is available at http://dels.nas.edu/Study-In-Progress/Responding-Spills-Arctic/DELS-OSB-09-02.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Science education for teachers

Feb. 6

(Washington, D.C.)

A consensus study from the National Research Council will identify learning needs for elementary, middle, and high school science teachers throughout their careers.  At this second committee meeting, panel members will discuss the current state of curriculum, instruction, and professional development.  The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in Room 101 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Space is limited. Reporters should register in advance.  An agenda and more information can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BOSE/CurrentProjects/DBASSE_072083.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu

 

NAE national meeting

Feb. 7                                                                                          

(Irvine, Calif.)

The 2013 National Academy of Engineering National Meeting will honor NAE President Charles M. Vest and will feature presenters from the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposia who are recipients of the Gilbreth Lectureships.  The meeting will be held at the Beckman Center of the National Academies, 100 Academy Drive.  An agenda and registration are available at https://www.nae.edu/Activities/Events/64502/2013NationalMeeting.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu       

 

Cancer clinical trials

Feb. 11 and 12

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore progress made in improving the cancer clinical trials network and additional steps that can be taken.  The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Those who cannot attend may watch a live video webcast.  Information on registration and an agenda are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Disease/NCPF/2013-FEB-11.aspx.  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

International regulation of biomedical products

Feb. 13 and 14

(Washington, D.C.)

Discussions at this Institute of Medicine workshop will help identify principles for and approaches to harmonizing the regulatory standards that govern the development, manufacture, and distribution of biomedical products in various countries.  The workshop will be held in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.   An agenda and registration are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Research/DrugForum/2013-FEB-13.aspx.  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

End-of-life care

Feb. 20

(Washington, D.C.)

A new Institute of Medicine study on improving end-of-life care will hold its first meeting with a focus on gathering perspectives on its task.  The open session will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Aging/TransformingEndOfLife/2013-FEB-20.aspx.   

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Sports-related concussions in youths

Feb. 25

(Washington, D.C.)

An Institute of Medicine committee studying sports-related concussions in youths will hold a workshop to gather perspectives on diagnosing, managing, and reducing these injuries, among other topics.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/YouthSportsConcussions/2013-FEB-25.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Cybersecurity work force

Feb. 25 and 26

(San Francisco)

This National Research Council workshop will consider approaches to improve the nation's cybersecurity work force and will provide an opportunity for input from stakeholders and other experts from industry; federal, state, and local government; educational institutions; and testing, assessment, and certification providers.  It will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST at the Prescott Hotel, 545 Post St.  An agenda and registration are available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/CSTB/CSTB_080289.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu      

 

Patient involvement in care

Feb. 25 and 26

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore what is known about patients' attitudes, behaviors, and motivations related to evidence, shared decision-making, costs and prices in care, privacy, and use of data to improve the effectiveness of care.  The event be held in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Quality/VSRT/2013-FEB-25.aspx.  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Pregnancy weight gain

March 1

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will focus on strategies and tools to help women learn about and achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy.  It will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. An agenda and registration are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/PregnancyWeightDissemination/2013-MAR-01.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

 

REPORTS

 

The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in February.  However, release dates depend on successful completion of the review process and publishing schedules.  Reporters who would like to be notified when a report is due for release should contact the Office of News and Public Information -- 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.

 

DEFENSE

 

Energy Reduction at U.S. Air Force Facilities Using Industrial Processes -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Outlines a workshop that looked at ways to reduce infrastructure energy and water consumption within the U.S. Air Force.

 

Energy-Efficiency Standards and Sustainable Buildings Ratings Systems Used by the Department of Defense for Military Construction and Repair

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the completeness, accuracy, and relevance of a review on the costs and benefits, return on investment, and long-term advantages of specified design standards related to sustainable buildings in the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

Zero-Sustainment Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a workshop that discussed how science and technology can reduce aircraft sustainment costs in the U.S. Air Force.

 

 

HEALTH and SAFETY

 

Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs

[Institute of Medicine]

Explores the magnitude and impact of illegitimate, poor-quality medications and recommends steps to improve countries' capacity to regulate the production and distribution of drugs, detect fake or subpar products, and close gaps that allow products to be falsified or diluted.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Global/CounterfeitDrugs.aspx.  

 

Evaluation of Programs Implemented Under the Lantos-Hyde Act of 2008

[Institute of Medicine and National Research Council]

Responding to a congressional request, this report assesses the performance of global HIV/AIDS programs implemented under the U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Global/PEPFAR2.aspx.  

 

Mine Safety: Essential Components of Self-Escape

[National Research Council]

With a focus on underground coal mines, this report examines what knowledge, tools, and training an individual needs to successfully escape a mining emergency.

 

Returning Home From Iraq and Afghanistan: Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families

[Institute of Medicine]

Offers a comprehensive review of the post-deployment physical, mental, and other health needs of military service members and veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the needs of their families as well.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Veterans/MilPersReadjustNeeds.aspx.  

 

 

SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE

 

Adapting to a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education

[National Research Council]

Identifies the goals and challenges facing undergraduate physics education and how to implement best practices on a widespread and sustained basis.

 

Assessment of Advanced Solid State Lighting

[National Research Council]

Assesses the current status and future prospects of advanced solid state lighting, in particular light-emitting diodes and organic light-emitting diodes. 

 

Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action

[National Research Council]

Assesses the availability of skilled workers to meet U.S. energy and mineral security requirements.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

Call for nominations for communication awards

The Keck Futures Initiative -- a program of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine -- is accepting nominations for the 2013 Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public during 2012.  A $20,000 prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: book; film, radio, or TV; magazine or newspaper; and online.  Information on eligibility, submission requirements, and nomination procedures are available at http://www.keckfutures.org/awards/nominate.html.  The nomination process closes Feb. 8.

CONTACT: Kimberly Suda-Blake, 949-721-2270 or e-mail ksuda@nas.edu

 

Art and science in the D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Experience_Future_Events_DASER.         

CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415 or e-mail cpnas@nas.edu

 

Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center

(Irvine, Calif.)

This series of public events at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Upcoming events include:

-- A scenario for the future of manufacturing in the U.S. by Marc Madou, Chancellor's Professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine (Feb. 19, 7 p.m. PST)

More information is available at http://www.nasonline.org/programs/distinctive-voices/upcoming-events.html.

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail voicesatbeckman@nas.edu

 

Museum events

(Washington, D.C.)

The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences holds public programs and exhibits on a wide variety of science-related topics.  Coming up in February:

-- Find Your True North: Hands-On Science Activity.  Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences by trying your hand at deciphering one of the first challenges the Academy was asked to solve: helping the nation's warships navigate safely and accurately using the technology of the day (Feb. 16-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  $10 general admission/$7 students). For more information, visit https://koshland-science-museum.org/events/find-your-true-north-hands-science-activity#.UP65zvLld8E.

-- Science Cafe: The Science of Microbes.  Join microbiologists Julie Segre and Liliana Losada for an interactive exploration of human-microbe interactions (Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $10 general admission/$7 students).  For more information, visit https://koshland-science-museum.org/scicafe#.UP66QfLld8E.   

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail ksm@nas.edu

 

 

RESOURCES FOR REPORTERS

 

Check out podcasts from the National Academies on all areas of science, engineering, and medicine at http://national-academies.org/podcast/, informational booklets and other useful publications at http://national-academies.org/publications, and resources on evolution at http://national-academies.org/evolution/.  

 

View the most recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences articles online by visiting This Week in Early Edition at http://www.pnas.org/site/misc/highlights.shtml, or PNAS in the News at http://www.pnas.org/site/misc/news.shtml.  Journalists may register to receive embargoed material by contacting the PNAS News Office at pnasnews@nas.edu.

 

This guide, along with news releases and other documents from the Office of News and Public Information, is available on the Internet at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/bydate.aspx. 

 

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