"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 March


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.


An Assessment of the WFIRST-AFTA Mission Concepts

[National Research Council]

Compares the mission of NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope both with and without the addition of a coronagraph -- an instrument that would enable study of planets outside the solar system -- taking into account science objectives, technical feasibility, and projected costs.


Chronic Multisymptom Illness in Gulf War Veterans: A Consensus Case Definition

[Institute of Medicine]

Develops a consensus case definition for chronic multisymptom illness along with guidelines for its use as it pertains to the 1990-91 Gulf War veteran population.


Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment

[National Research Council]

Describes the current state of science and engineering pertaining to oil spill response and environmental assessment in the Arctic, with emphasis on potential spills in U.S. waters, and identifies critical data, technologies, and approaches necessary to guide an Arctic oil spill response.


Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two

[National Research Council]

Provides estimates of the cost, potential efficiency improvements, and barriers to commercial deployment of technologies that might be employed in vehicle model years 2022 and beyond.



Selected Events Through March 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/.


Psychosocial interventions for mental disorders

March 3 | Washington, D.C.

An Institute of Medicine committee developing a framework to establish efficacy standards for psychosocial interventions used to treat mental disorders will hold its first meeting.  The committee will explore strategies that stakeholders might take to establish these standards.


Space Science Week

March 3-5 | Washington, D.C.

The various standing committees of the National Research Council's Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy will convene during this event to discuss issues and advances in their fields. Also featured will be a plenary session on international programs and planning in space science on March 3 and a public lecture on exoplanet science and the search for life beyond Earth, to be presented by MIT professor Sara Seager, on March 4. 


Assessing flood insurance rates

March 6 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee reviewing current methods for calculating risk-based premiums for structures below flood plain lines will hold its second public meeting to gather information and hear from experts.


Improving cardiac arrest outcomes

March 12 | Washington, D.C.

An Institute of Medicine committee will hold its first meeting for a study on opportunities to improve cardiac arrest outcomes in the U.S.  The study will examine current statistics and variability regarding survival rates from cardiac arrest and will assess existing lifesaving therapies and public health strategies that could improve survival rates.


Emerging viral diseases

March 18 and 19 | Washington, D.C.

Viruses have caused some of the most dramatic and deadly disease pandemics in human history.  The Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats will host a public workshop to explore factors driving the establishment and spread of emerging, re-emerging, and novel viral diseases.  The workshop will also examine the global health and economic impacts of emerging viral diseases in humans and how to improve domestic and international capacity to detect and respond to global outbreaks of infectious disease.


Analyzing reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program

March 27 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee conducting a study that will compare costs to the federal government of a flood insurance program with risk-based premiums and vouchers versus the current system of discounted rates and federally funded disaster relief will hold its second public information-gathering meeting. 





March 9 | Washington, D.C.
Lauded as "one of America's finest young chamber groups" by Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances.


March 18 | Washington, D.C.
NAS is returning as a venue for the D.C. Environmental Film Festival and will screen Your Inner Fish, based on the best-selling book by evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago. The film takes us on a scientific adventure story from Ethiopia to the Arctic Circle to uncover the amazing history of the human body.



March 26 | Washington, D.C.

The Koshland Science Museum will host disaster experts Darrell Darnell and Tim Tinker for a discussion about the complexities and challenges of sharing the right information at the right time and in the right form, and its impact on communities. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.


March 27 | Washington, D.C.
D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous is a monthly discussion on art and science projects that provides a snapshot of the cultural environment and fosters interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores the theme "creating spaces that challenge perceptions." 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 through 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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