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



Reports Currently Scheduled for Release in February


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.


Gulf War and Health, Vol. 9:  Long-Term Effects of Blast Exposures

[Institute of Medicine]

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers have been killed or wounded by explosions from improvised explosive devices. This report reviews available scientific and medical literature on the long-term health effects caused by exposure to blasts.


Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families: An Assessment of Programs

[Institute of Medicine]

Reviews the military's reintegration programs and prevention strategies for behavioral and mental health, including programs for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance abuse, and suicide.


Review of Test Protocols Used by the DOD to Test Combat Helmets

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the adequacy of the methods used to test the safety of combat helmets under ballistic fire and whether the statistical techniques used by U.S. Department of Defense to gather data are appropriate.



Selected Events Through February 2014


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 to register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.


Assessing genomic sequencing information for health care decision making

Feb. 3 | Washington, D.C.

At this Institute of Medicine workshop, participants will discuss how evidence for genomic applications is gathered and assessed for clinical decision making, reimbursement decisions, and guideline development.


Strategies for responsible sharing of clinical trial data

Feb. 3 and 4 | Washington, D.C.

At this workshop, a committee of the Institute of Medicine that is examining how to share clinical trial data more broadly will hear from researchers, research sponsors, patient advocates, and other key stakeholders. Topics to be explored will follow the committee's recently released framework for discussion. The workshop will also be webcast.


Resources for population health improvement

Feb. 6 | Washington, D.C.

At this Institute of Medicine workshop, invited experts will discuss health care system and community investments in population health, resources needed for improving population health, the value of investing in population-based interventions, and possible sources of funding.


Individual results from genomic research

Feb. 10 and 11 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee will hold a public workshop on guidelines and best practices for returning individual results from genome research using population-based banked specimens.


Transportation investments during economic downturns

Feb. 18 | Washington, D.C.

Members of the committee that wrote the recent National Research Council report Transportation Investments in Response to Economic Downturns will summarize and discuss its findings during this public event. The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST in Room 120 at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.


Contemporary issues in human subjects protections

Feb. 24 and 25 | Washington, D.C.

In the years since implementation of federal regulations governing human subjects protections in research, the number of clinical studies has grown substantially, and trials have become more complex. At this Institute of Medicine workshop, participants will examine contemporary issues in human subjects protections as they pertain to cancer research. 


Mental health and violence

Feb. 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.

At this Institute of Medicine and National Research Council workshop, participants will explore the relationship between mental health and violence, and approaches to improving both mental health and violence prevention. The event will be webcast.


Key questions and analysis of climate change

Feb. 27 | Washington, D.C.

Leading climate scientists from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society will present a joint document that provides a non-technical explanation of climate research and the current scientific understanding of the human influence on climate. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST in Room 120 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. 






Feb. 9 | Washington, D.C.

Catalyst Quartet, winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) and top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition, will perform at the National Academy of Sciences. The ensemble's mission is to advance diversity in classical music and inspire new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers.


Community disaster resilience

Feb. 20 | Washington, D.C.

The Koshland Science Museum will host disaster experts Susan Cutter and Warren C. Edwards for a discussion about what works and does not work when measuring communities' disaster resilience. Advance ticket purchase is recommended; $10 adults/$7 students.


Art and science discussion

Feb. 20 | Washington, D.C.

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion on art and science projects that provides a snapshot of the cultural environment and fosters interdisciplinary networking. This month, in celebration of its third anniversary, DASER explores the theme "art as a way of knowing." The event will also be webcast live.



-- A Portrait of Ice: Caleb Cain Marcus

Features 10 large-scale photographs from the artist's two-year journey photographing glaciers in Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand, and Alaska. On exhibit Feb. 3 - July 7.

-- Nests: Photographs by Sharon Beals

More than 20 of Sharon Beals' photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. On exhibit through May 2.





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