Date: Feb. 24, 2012 

Editor: Nicole Joy

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




Antiviral distribution during a pandemic

March 2

(Los Angeles)

This workshop, hosted by the Institute of Medicine, will engage members of the public in discussing their perceptions of the safety, feasibility, and acceptability of alternative strategies for distribution of medications during a pandemic.  It will begin at 10 a.m. at Mount Carmel Senior Citizen Club, 7020 S. Figueroa St.  Registration information is available at

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Social biology of microbial communities

March 6 and 7

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore the ecological, evolutionary, and genetic factors contributing to the formation, stability, and function of microbial communities as well as their potential applications for improving health.  The meeting will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Roger Revelle commemorative lecture

March 20

(Washington, D.C.)

Eddie Bernard, retired director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, will discuss his extensive research on tsunamis.  The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Baird Auditorium of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 1000 Constitution Ave., N.W.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Genetic data and drug discovery

March 21

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine will host a public workshop to investigate how genetic and genomic information is being and will be used in the future to improve the business of drug development.  The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rooms A and B of the 20 F Street Conference Center, 20 F St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Digital health data

March 23

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine will hold a workshop to discuss the quality of digital health data used in electronic health records, patient registries, and other resources, and to assess ways to improve the reliability and usability of these data.  The meeting will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Registration and additional information are available at   

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Developing drugs for nervous system disorders

March 28 and 29

(Washington, D.C.)

Approval rates for new drugs for nervous system diseases are 50 percent lower than for drugs for other therapeutic areas.  This Institute of Medicine workshop will discuss potential opportunities for maximizing the translation of effective nervous system disorder drugs from animal models to clinical practice.  It will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail





The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in March.  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 -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.





Assessment of Planetary Protection Requirements for Icy Solar System Bodies

[National Research Council]

Develops and recommends planetary protection standards for future spacecraft missions to the icy bodies in the outer solar system.


Export Control Challenges Associated With Securing the Homeland

[National Research Council]

The export of certain sensitive equipment such as cargo sensors or advanced communication technologies is regulated to protect U.S. national defense and foreign policy interests.  This report examines the effects of these export controls on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's mission and research and development activities.


NASA's Earth Science Program: A Midterm Assessment of Decadal Survey Implementation

[National Research Council]

Reviews the alignment of the programs of NASA's Earth Science Division with previous Research Council advice.


Taking Flight: Recapturing NASA's Aeronautics Flight Research Capabilities

[National Research Council]

Identifies how NASA can maintain a robust flight research program within defined budget scenarios.





Assuring a Future U.S.-Based Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise

[National Research Council]

Examines the availability and need for experts with nuclear chemistry skills in the U.S., discusses the potential impact on relevant sectors, and suggests approaches to ensure that the supply of U.S. experts is adequate for the next 20 years.


Fueling Innovation and Discovery: The Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century

[National Research Council]

Provides a forward-looking assessment of the current state of the mathematical sciences and emerging trends that will affect the discipline and its stakeholders.


Interim Report: Status of the Study "An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy"

[National Research Council]

This interim report provides an update for an ongoing Research Council study aiming to prepare a research and development road map for an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.


Measuring Higher Education Productivity: Conceptual Framework and Data Needs

[National Research Council]

Defines the concept of productivity for higher education and recommends practical guidelines for its measurement for the purpose of institutional improvement and accountability.  The report includes recommendations for developing a conceptual framework and data infrastructure and also assesses the strengths and limitations of various approaches to productivity measurement.


Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine

[National Research Council]

Explores the current and future capacity of universities and colleges to provide sufficient numbers of adequately trained veterinarians and identifies training needs relative to the demand for specific areas of expertise.





Review of the EPA's Economic Analysis of Final Water Quality Standards for Nutrients for Lakes and Flowing Waters in Florida

[National Research Council]

Examines the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's economic analysis and evaluates the costs of implementing the final water quality standards for nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, in lakes and other waters in Florida. 


Sustainable Management of Water and Environment in California's Bay Delta

[National Research Council]

Identifies how to most effectively incorporate science and adaptive management concepts into whole programs for management and restoration of the California Bay Delta.


Urban Meteorology: Scoping the Problem, Defining the Needs

[National Research Council]

Due to their high density of people and infrastructures, urban areas are vulnerable to weather-related events such as severe thunderstorms, heat waves, and air pollution.  This report explores current and emerging meteorological forecasting and monitoring technologies that have had and will likely have the most impact on these areas.





Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations Near Nuclear Facilities: Phase 1

[National Research Council and Institute of Medicine]

The first phase of a two-phase study, this report identifies methods and approaches for how to design and conduct a study of potential cancer risk in populations around power plants and other nuclear facilities across the U.S.  Its findings will inform the risk assessment to be completed in Phase 2.


Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding

[Institute of Medicine]

Details additional public health measures -- including community services, data gathering, and public education -- that would improve the management of epileptic patients' conditions and reduce the stigma associated with the disease.  More information on the study is available at  


Evolution of Translational Omics: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

[Institute of Medicine]

Recommends principles to clarify and improve the development and evaluation of omics-based technologies -- such as genomics and proteomics -- as they are translated from research laboratories into clinical trials.  More information on the study is available at  


Primary Care and Public Health: Promoting Integration to Improve Population Health

[Institute of Medicine]

Identifies barriers that hinder better integration between primary care and public health and recommends strategies to foster greater interaction and support.  The report highlights case examples from specific cities that illustrate successful integration.  More information on the study is available at  


Safe and Effective Medicines for Children: Pediatric Studies Conducted Under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and the Pediatric Research Equity Act

[Institute of Medicine]

Congress sought to boost research on the safety and effectiveness of drugs in pediatric patients through legislation providing economic incentives and adding requirements for such studies.  As requested in the laws, this report provides an independent assessment of several aspects of the studies carried out under the legislation, including the ethical challenges of conducting studies on children, the extent to which information can be extrapolated from studies involving adults, and labeling changes that have occurred as a result of this research.  More information on the study is available at  





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.  Upcoming events include:

-- Life Lab: Media Preview, an opportunity for news media to explore the museum's newest exhibit.  The life lab helps users understand how choices at every life stage impact health, quality of life, and potential. (March 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Pre-registration requested)

-- Science Cafe: The Science of Sleep, an animated discussion exploring the hidden secrets of sleep. (March 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $10 general admission/$7 students)

-- Educator Open House, a chance for teachers to learn how the museum helps their students use science to solve problems. (March 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Pre-registration requested)

For more information, visit   

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail       


Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center

(Irvine, Calif.)

These upcoming public events at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center explore the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Coming up in March:

-- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: New Insights About an Old Condition, by Kenneth W. Kizer, Distinguished Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis (March 14, 7 p.m.)

More information on this event is available at   

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail


Art and science in D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Keck Center.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit     

CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415 or e-mail





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