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Reports and Events

Date: March 28, 2012 

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 a listing of National Academies reports tentatively scheduled for release next month.  A complete listing of events can be accessed at http://search.nap.edu/nap-cgi/events.cgi. 

 

MEETINGS

 

Review of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

April 10

(Irvine, Calif.)

An Institute of Medicine committee reviewing the programs, operations, strategies, and performance of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will hold a public information-gathering meeting to hear from members of academia, industry, and the public.  It will begin at 9 a.m. PDT at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 100 Academy Drive.  Registration information and an agenda are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Research/CIRMReview/2012-APR-10.aspx.    

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

 

Asset management

April 16-18

(San Diego)

The Transportation Research Board is sponsoring the Ninth National Conference on Asset Management to examine successful strategies for implementing transportation asset management principles.  The conference will take place at the Westin San Diego, 400 West Broadway.  Attendees can register onsite.  For more information, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/9th-national-conference-on-transportation-asset-management/event-summary-6bd59c28b3bf4628a9ff70aa674ccbfc.aspx.   

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

 

Tackling neurodegenerative diseases

April 30 and May 1

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore commonalities among neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and will identify potential opportunities for collaboration across the respective research and development communities.  It will begin on April 30 at 8 a.m. EDT at the Pew DC Conference Center, 901 E St., N.W.; a complete agenda and registration information are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Research/NeuroForum/2012-APR-30.aspx.  

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

 

Contagion of violence

April 30 and May 1

(Washington, D.C.)

This two-day Institute of Medicine workshop will explore what helps violence spread and how it can be contained and prevented.  The workshop 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 http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Global/ViolenceForum/2012-APR-30.aspx.  

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

 

Health impacts of shale gas extraction

April 30 and May 1

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will focus on shale gas extraction as a case study to explore the health impacts of emerging energy technologies and the use of health impact assessments to assess and identify ways to mitigate potential consequences.  It will begin on April 30 at 8 a.m. EDT at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St., N.W.; a complete agenda and registration information are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Environment/EnvironmentalHealthRT/2012-APR-30.aspx. 

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.

 

HEALTH and SAFETY

 

Alliances for Obesity Prevention: Finding Common Ground -- A Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop that brought together representatives of organizations and initiatives that might be allies in obesity prevention to explore how to develop innovative partnerships and to learn from others that have benefited from such alliances.  Statements in the workshop summary are attributable to individual participants and have not been reviewed or formally endorsed by the Institute of Medicine.  More information is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/ChildObesPrevention/2011-OCT-20.aspx.  

 

Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade -- A Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop that assessed gaps in research on child abuse and neglect and considered potential future research priorities.  Statements in the workshop summary are attributable to individual participants and have not been reviewed or formally endorsed by the Institute of Medicine.  More information is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/UnderstandingChildAbuse.aspx.  

 

Country-Level Decision Making for Control of Chronic Diseases -- A Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop that sought to identify the infrastructure and data requirements for the development of a set of tools to help low- and middle-income countries plan effective, efficient, and equitable provision of chronic disease control programs in the face of limited resources.  Statements in the workshop summary are attributable to individual participants and have not been reviewed or formally endorsed by the Institute of Medicine.  More information is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Global/ControlChronicDiseases.asp

 

Inherently Safer Chemical Processes: The Use of Methyl Isocyanate at Bayer Crop Science

[National Research Council]

Reviews the current industry practice for the use and storage of methyl isocyanate in manufacturing processes, including the 1984 Bhopal accident and Bayer Crop Science facility in Institute, W.Va.

 

The Role of Obesity in Cancer Survival and Recurrence -- A Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop held to explore how obesity and weight gain may influence cancer progression.  Statements in the workshop summary are attributable to individual participants and have not been reviewed or formally endorsed by the Institute of Medicine.  More information is available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Disease/NCPF/2011-OCT-31.aspx.   

 

 

RESEARCH and TECHNOLOGY

 

Computing Research for Environmental and Societal Sustainability

[National Research Council]

Identifies an overall framework for “green” computing research and recommends long-term research objectives and directions. 

 

Innovation in Information Technology

[National Research Council]

Updates a previously issued figure depicting the role that government-supported, academic, and industrial research plays in the formation of major new IT capabilities.

 

Nuclear Physics: Exploring the Heart of the Matter

[National Research Council]

Provides an assessment and outlook for the next 10 years of nuclear physics research in the United States.

 

 

SOCIAL ISSUES

 

Building a Resilient Work Force: Opportunities for the Department of Homeland Security -- A Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop that examined the work-related stresses faced by staff of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and assessed worker resiliency programs that might serve as models for relevant parts of the agency’s work force. Statements in the workshop summary are attributable to individual participants and have not been reviewed or formally endorsed by the Institute of Medicine.  More information is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/WorkforceResilience/2011-SEP-15.aspx.  

 

Deterrence and the Death Penalty

[National Research Council]

Assesses the evidence on whether the threat of execution prevents homicides and evaluates underlying reasons for the differing conclusions in recent empirical studies about the effects of the legal status and actual practice of the death penalty on criminal homicide rates.

 

Small Populations, Large Effects: Improving the Measurement of the Group Quarters Population in the American Community Survey

[National Research Council]

Provides an in-depth review of the American Community Survey's (ACS) methodology for measuring group quarters population, including correctional facilities, long-term health care facilities, campus housing, military barracks, and noninstitutional group quarters such as hospices, convents, monasteries, group homes, and migrant workers quarters.  It also recommends alternatives to current ACS sample design and methodology that can make the survey data more useful for small-area data users.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

Science and Engineering Festival

(Washington, D.C.)

NAS, IOM, and NAE take part in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which will be held April 28 and 29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.  This free event will host over 3,000 exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and 33 author presentations.  For more information, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@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.  Upcoming events include:

-- Sakura Nights, a visual discovery of the science of cherry blossoms, presented in partnership with Miraikan, Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. (April 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $10 general admission/$7 students.  Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended)

For more information, visit http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/events/index.jsp.   

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail ksm@nas.edu       

 

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 April:

-- Sex Influences on Brain and Emotional Memory, by Larry Cahill, associate professor of neurobiology and behavior, University of California, Irvine (April 4, 7 p.m.)

More information on this event 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

 

 

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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