"Reports & Events" is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Selected Events in February 2019
Click on each event's title to access meeting details, an agenda, and registration information, or contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu). Reporters should register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain
Feb. 4 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop is an information-gathering activity for a National Academies study on evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain.  Presentations and discussions will focus on identifying and prioritizing surgical procedures and medical conditions associated with acute pain where evidenced-based clinical practice guidelines would help inform prescribing of clinically necessary opioid analgesics.  It will also assess what evidence is necessary or missing for each procedure/condition identified.  The event will be webcast.

Minority Serving Institutions and the STEM Workforce
Feb. 6 | Washington, D.C.
This convocation will gather leaders from Minority Serving Institutions, researchers, policymakers, government agencies, private foundations, and representatives from industry to explore approaches to implementing the recommendations of the recent report  Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce. The event will be webcast.

Developing and Sustaining Effective and Resilient Oncology Care
Feb. 11 and 12 | Washington, D.C.
Rapid advances in cancer research, new technological innovations, the expanding clinical evidence base, and changing demographics are all transforming the landscape of cancer care. As the U.S. population ages, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, but the mortality rate is declining, and the population of long-term cancer survivors is growing.  This workshop will look at opportunities to enhance the delivery of high-quality patient care by improving the development and support those who care for these patients.  It will focus on topics such as factors in the oncology care setting that contribute to inefficiencies, clinician burnout, and reduced quality of care; potential interventions to address these issues; approaches to stratify and optimize care across the cancer care continuum; and the impact of new payment models.  The event will be webcast.

STEM Education Day
Feb. 12 | Washington, D.C.
This public event will feature conversations with different stakeholders regarding the recent Academies reports English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives and Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center. The event will be webcast.

Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic
Feb. 13 | Webinar
This webinar will provide an overview of the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic and the work it will undertake over the next two years to share knowledge, align initiatives, and advance multisector solutions to improve outcomes for those impacted by the opioid epidemic.  To increase coordination and accelerate the pace of change, the National Academy of Medicine partnered with the Aspen Institute and more than 50 other organizations to form this action collaborative in the summer of 2018.

Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults
Feb. 27 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop is an information-gathering activity for a National Academies study examining how social isolation and loneliness impact health outcomes in adults ages 50 and older, particularly among low income, underserved, and vulnerable populations.  Attendance via Zoom will be available.

Reports Scheduled for Release in February
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings from the Academies 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.

Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security
Assesses progress in addressing selected major social and behavioral scientific challenges that might prove useful to national security and identifies opportunities that can be used to guide investment decisions and application efforts over the next 10 years.

Developing Norms for the Provision of Biological Laboratories in Low-Resource Contexts
Summarizes a 2018 workshop that explored principles that could guide organizations in supporting laboratories that work with dangerous pathogens in low-resource settings.

Improving the Next-Generation EPA Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges
Provides input to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as it revises its permitting process for stormwater discharges from industry.


Communication Awards
Nominations must be submitted online no later than Feb. 8 for the 2019 Communication Awards, which recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public during 2018.  Nominations are accepted in following categories: book; film/radio/TV; newspaper/magazine; and online.  For information on eligibility, submission requirements, and nomination procedures, visit www.keckfutures.org/awards/eligibility.html.



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