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Reports and Events

Date: March 27, 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

 

Emergency preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy

April 3

(New York City)

At this Institute of Medicine event, public health officials and advisers to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who are on the front lines of the state's preparation and response efforts to disasters will share their experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy.  Representatives of the IOM and New York Academy of Medicine also will share their efforts to develop a set of research priorities that could inform future disaster preparedness, response, and recovery plans.  The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 20 of the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/RegMemMtgs/2013-APR-03.aspx.

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

 

Inorganic arsenic

April 4 and 5

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council workshop will evaluate scientific issues in assessing cancer and non-cancer effects from oral exposure to inorganic arsenic.  Informed by the workshop, a committee will prepare an interim report providing recommendations on how those issues can be addressed in EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of inorganic arsenic.

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=6381&MeetingNo=2.

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

 

Research's value in advancing national goals

April 8

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council meeting will investigate the many pathways through which research contributes to the economy and other national goals.  The meeting will include a panel discussion on the use of metrics and other information by private and government research organizations to make decisions on research investments, to plan for future research, and to evaluate research.  Public sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 110 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Space is limited; those interested in attending should register in advance.  More information can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49472.  

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

 

First-in-human trials

April 8 and 9

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will bring together key stakeholders to discuss potential avenues for moving directly from cellular models to first-in-human trials and the regulatory mechanisms required.  The event will be held in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Research/NeuroForum/2013-APR-08.aspx.

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

 

Sports-related concussions in youth

April 15

(Seattle)

A committee of the Institute of Medicine studying sports-related concussions in youth will hold an information-gathering workshop to explore perspectives on emerging science in concussion risk, diagnosis, and management and research findings on the mental health consequences of concussion in youth.  Representatives of sports organizations will discuss how they are addressing the health and safety needs of youth athletes. The session will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/YouthSportsConcussions/2013-APR-15.aspx.

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

 

Elder abuse prevention

April 17 and 18

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine organized this public workshop on elder abuse and its prevention with the goal of illuminating promising global and multisectoral evidence-based approaches.  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/Global/ViolenceForum/2013-APR-17.aspx.

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

 

Human spaceflight

April 22-24

(Washington, D.C.)

The National Research Council committee studying the U.S. Human Spaceflight Program will hold its fifth meeting at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Registration and an agenda will be available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingId=6512.

 More information on the study is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/ASEB/DEPS_069080.

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 April.  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.

 

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Fifth Edition

[National Research Council]

The latest version of this quadrennial report outlines four fundamental principles and 13 practices that will allow federal agencies to provide relevant, accurate, timely, and credible statistical information to help policymakers, businesses, and other organizations make informed decisions.

 

Review of the 2013 National Climate Assessment

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the U.S. Global Change Research Program's draft 2013 National Climate Assessment report, which examines the current scientific knowledge regarding climate change effects on U.S. regions and key sectors.

 

Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Phase II

[National Research Council]

Recommends ways to improve the value of the National Nanotechnology Initiative's strategy and portfolio for basic research, applied research, and applications of nanotechnology to advance the commercialization, manufacturing capability, national economy, and national security interest of the United States.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

The NAS at 150 years

(Washington, D.C.)

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences, historians Daniel Kevles, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, and Peter Westwick will discuss the founding of the NAS and its place in American democracy; how the NAS has served national interests while striving to maintain its independence, especially in the past 50 years; and the expanded meaning of the sciences in the recent history of the NAS.  The symposium will take place on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Advance registration is required; visit http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/events/symposium-the-nas-at-150.html.   

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@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 April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit http://www.cpnas.org/events/daser-042513.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:

-- NAS, 150 years of service by Peter Westwick, assistant professor, department of history,  University of Southern California, Los Angeles (April 4, 7 p.m. PST)

-- Rift Valley fever as a biothreat: call the doctor or call the veterinarian? by Clarence Peters, John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Tropical and Emerging Virology, University of Texas; and director for biodefense, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (April 10, 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 April:

-- Beespotter, entomologist May Berenbaum presents an investigation of bee ecology. (April 25, 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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