"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 March 2018
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/.

Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Feb. 28 and March 1 | Richland, Wash.
This is the second meeting of a new congressionally mandated study that is reviewing the analysis being carried out by Federally Funded Research and Development Center on approaches for supplemental treatment of low-activity waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Communities in Harm’s Way: Addressing Environmental Change and Extreme Weather Events
March 1 | Washington, D.C.
This seminar will explore the structural capacity of the federal government to address threats to the built environment and local communities as a result of extreme weather events and environmental change. This event will be webcast.

Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development Among Children and Youth
March 6 | Online
This webcast will feature experts on a variety of topics related to fostering healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development in children and youth. This information-gathering session is part of a follow-up study to the 2009 National Academies report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. The session will also be recorded.

Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies
March 6 | Washington, D.C.
Neuroscience evidence obtained from emerging neurotechnologies might be used by law enforcement, the courts, regulatory agencies, and others in predicting dangerousness, assessing competence to stand trial, assessing volitional control over actions, predicting recidivism, and more. This workshop will explore efforts to identify and evaluate the potential effects of emerging neurotechnologies on the legal system. The event will be webcast.

Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development
March 6 and 7 | Washington, D.C.
This is the second workshop in a three-part series examining how real-world evidence can enhance medical product development and evaluation. The meeting will include in-depth audience discussion and active participation to illuminate what types of data are appropriate for what specific purposes and develop practical approaches for data collection and evidence use. Space is limited; the event will be webcast.

Women’s Mental Health Across the Life Course
March 7 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore how environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, and biological factors affect women’s mental health across the life course and across different racial/ethnic groups. Session topics will range from psychological and structural factors in women’s mental health to mental health care and policy. This event will be webcast.

Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium
March 7 | Washington, D.C.
A National Academies consensus study committee that is reviewing the dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for sodium and potassium will hold a workshop to discuss existing scientific reviews for establishing these DRIs; issues related to current sodium and potassium intakes; health consequences; and other considerations. Space is limited; the event will be webcast.

The Opioid Epidemic and Infectious Disease Considerations
March 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will focus on infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic, giving particular attention to viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. Speakers will discuss strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, especially ways to work efficiently though the existing public health and medical systems, as well as effective novel strategies. The event will be webcast.

Health Literacy and Older Adults
March 13 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will discuss the changing health needs of older adults, chronic disease and medication management, health communication challenges, health literacy needs and challenges for caregivers, and other topics related to health literacy for older people. The event will be webcast.

Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to Public Health and National Security
March 20 and 21 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will bring together public and private sector partners to discuss approaches to aligning incentives to build health care system capacity with the American public’s need for a system that is optimally prepared and scalable to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event.

Faith/Health Collaboration to Improve Population Health
March 22 | Raleigh, N.C.
Congregations and religious community service networks collaborate with others in communities, including health systems and public health agencies, to improve the conditions for health and well-being. This workshop will explore challenges and opportunities for health sector actors that engage with “faith-based health assets.” The event will be webcast.

Improving Care for High-Needs Patients
March 29 | Online
As part of its series on improving care for high-need patients, the National Academy of Medicine will host a webinar highlighting Health Quality Partners, a Pennsylvania-based not-for-profit research and development organization and their advanced preventive care model targeting elderly complex patients. The discussion will focus on their efforts to refine their model to incorporate coordinated care, health education, and self-management of care, as well as challenges and successes in the spread and scale of the model.

Reports Scheduled for Release in March
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.

Aging and Disability: Beyond Stereotypes to Inclusion -- Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes presentations and discussions from an October 2017 workshop that explored how stereotypes and stereotype threat — the predicament in which an individual is at risk of conforming to a widely known negative stereotype about his or her own group — affect older adults and adults with disabilities, and how they affect various industries that interact with these populations, such as the health care workforce, technology, and fashion.

Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States: Improving Measurement, Monitoring, Reporting, and Development of Inventories
Examines approaches to measuring, monitoring, reporting, and developing inventories of anthropogenic emissions of methane.

Health Care Utilization as a Proxy in Disability Determination
Provides an analysis of health care utilizations as they relate to impairment severity and the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The report discusses utilizations that might be good proxies for what represents an impairment, or combination of impairments, that is severe enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity, regardless of age, education, or work experience.

High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations
Addresses reliability issues associated with the connectors and other fastener systems used in critical safety components and equipment for offshore oil and natural gas operations.

Modernizing Crime Statistics: New Systems for Measuring Crime
Builds on a previous report to make recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States and the best means for obtaining them.


March 13 and 14 | Washington, D.C.
Fifty years ago, a renowned exhibit on Cybernetic Serendipity celebrated how individual artists could creatively transform computers into art machines. Now, the capacity to make images, films, music, and sculpture has been dramatically expanded to billions of users who create and publish their work online. Research has also been transformed from the solitary scientist to the teams who work together to produce breakthrough theories and validated solutions. At this colloquium — part of the National Academy of Sciences' Arthur M. Sackler colloquium series — participants will explore how collaboration and creativity is impacting research and practice today. Topics to be explored include how research policy and educational structures should be re-envisioned to maximize partnerships with design, art, and humanities, and how business, government, and nongovernmental organizations should be productively engaged as research and educational partners.

March 15 | Washington, D.C.
D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking.  This month, the discussion is organized in conjunction with the Sackler Colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity as part of Art + Technology Week.  Registration is required.



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