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Reports and Events

Date: Feb. 26, 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

 

Social and organizational factors in military environments

March 4 and 5

(Washington, D.C.)

The National Research Council is launching a new study that aims to understand the contextual factors influencing individual and small-unit behavior in military environments.  Open sessions of the committee's first information-gathering meeting will be held at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Advance registration is required.  A full agenda can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingId=6457.

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

 

Settings where women give birth

March 6 and 7

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop explores research on birth procedures, models of care, and outcomes for mothers and infants, looking at services delivered in both conventional hospital labor and delivery wards and alternative settings, such as homes and birth centers.  The workshop will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Women/BirthSettings/2013-MAR-06.aspx.  

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

 

Curriculum standards for nutrition education

March 11 and 12

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore the merits and potential uses of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children, identify current and promising practices, and suggest approaches to build acceptance and use among educators.  The event will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/NutritionEducationStandards/2013-MAR-11.aspx.

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

 

Global challenges

March 11-13

(London, U.K.)

The Global Grand Challenges Summit is a major new initiative by the national academies of engineering in the U.K., the U.S., and China.  This event will spark discussion and debate on how to develop the collaborations, networks, and tools needed to solve our common global challenges.  An agenda and webcast information are available at http://www.raeng.org.uk/international/global_grand_challenges_summit.htm.   

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

 

Microbial ecology

March 18 and 19

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats will host a public workshop to explore the scientific and therapeutic implications of microbial ecology in supporting health and leading to disease.  The workshop will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/MicrobialThreats/2013-MAR-18.aspx.   

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

 

Formaldehyde and styrene assessment

March 19

(Washington, D.C.)

Two National Research Council committees undertaking scientific peer reviews of both the formaldehyde and styrene assessments presented in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens will hold their first public information-gathering meetings in a joint session at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St, N.W.  More information on the studies are available at: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49510 and http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49511.

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

 

Human subjects in research

March 21 and 22

(Washington, D.C.)

The Common Rule, a code of ethics regarding the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research, was last revised in 1991.  The National Research Council will host a workshop to address prospective revisions to the rule that are of particular relevance to the behavioral and social sciences.  Discussions will include types and levels of risks and harms, consent processes, special populations, and data use and sharing.  The workshop will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  A forthcoming meeting agenda and registration information will be available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingId=6484.

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

 

Cybersecurity work force

March 27 and 28

(San Antonio)

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.  More details will be posted as 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     

 

 

REPORTS

 

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 news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.

 

Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices

[National Research Council]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which helps communities prepare for, mitigate against, and recover from flood disasters.  This report examines how levees are addressed in the NFIP and advises how to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.

 

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

[Institute of Medicine]

Offers a detailed assessment of the physical and mental health needs and other readjustment issues faced by current and former Armed Forces members who have been deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The report also examines the needs of returning service members' families.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Veterans/MilPersReadjustNeeds.aspx.    

 

Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix (SEM) Database

[Institute of Medicine]

Reviews the scientific rigor and organization of the U.S. Department of Labor’s site exposure matrix (SEM) database, a collection of information on toxic substances present at U.S. Department of Energy facilities and Radiation Exposure Compensation Act facilities.  The report discusses strengths and weaknesses of the SEM and recommends steps to enhance the database.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/SEMDatabaseReview.aspx.

 

Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels

[National Research Council]

Provides a comprehensive analysis of energy use within the light-duty vehicle transportation sector, exploring technology and fuel options that could reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

Conference on advanced nuclear technologies

(Irvine, Calif.)

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative is accepting applications for its November conference on advanced nuclear technologies. Approximately 100 attendees will be chosen, and nearly $1 million in seed grants will be available to participants on a competitive basis. The conference will bring together a diverse group of individuals -- from physicists, nuclear engineers, nano scientists, and medical researchers to ethicists and members of the scientific media -- to identify cutting-edge nuclear technologies that could provide significant benefits. An application form and additional information are available at http://www.keckfutures.org/conferences/advncd-nuclear-tech.html.

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 March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit http://www.cpnas.org/events/daser-032113.html.

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:

-- Making lasting memories in the brain by James L. McGaugh, research professor, department of neurobiology and behavior, and fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory,  University of California, Irvine (March 6, 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 March:

-- D.C. Climate and Urban Systems Partnership Workshop, a day of learning and sharing about climate change and climate change education. (March 12, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Interested parties must apply to participate.  For more information, visit https://koshland-science-museum.org/events/dc-climate-and-urban-systems-partnership-workshop#.USUJ7fLJJ8E)  

-- Science Quiz Night, a fun and engaging night of science trivia and discussion. (March 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $10 general admission/$7 students)

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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