"Reports & Events" is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies.



Reports Scheduled for Release in May


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.


At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Some Basic Concepts and Issues

[National Research Council]

This primer provides an accessible description of fundamental cybersecurity concepts and principles to help understand specific incidents or proposals to improve cybersecurity.


Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation: Toward a New Era of Flight

[National Research Council]

Proposes a national research agenda for autonomous systems in civil aviation that would enable compatibility between crewed and unmanned aircraft in the national airspace system, and describes technical and policy barriers to fully and effectively implementing autonomous systems.


Financing and Governance of Graduate Medical Education

[Institute of Medicine]

U.S. medical school graduates who want to practice medicine are required to complete graduate medical education (GME) through residency training, which mostly occurs at large teaching hospitals or academic health centers. Annual federal spending on GME exceeds $15 billion, primarily from Medicare and Medicaid. This report identifies gaps in the GME system, reviews trends in GME trainee characteristics, and considers whether the system is producing the physicians the nation needs.


Selected Events Through May 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/.


Community-Based Health Professional Education

May 1 and 2 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education explores promising innovations in health education. A two-day workshop hosted by the forum will focus on successful examples of community-based programs and curricula for educating health professionals. Members of the public may participate in person or via webcast.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

May 5 | Washington, D.C.

This is the third meeting of an Institute of Medicine committee evaluating diagnostic criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Presentation topics include challenges for patients when interacting with the health care system, diagnostic criteria issues, and sleep disturbances in ME/CFS. Members of the public may participate in person or via webcast.


Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data

May 5 | Washington, D.C.

An Institute of Medicine committee examining strategies for responsible sharing of clinical trial data will hold a workshop to gather information for its study. The workshop will discuss the benefits, risks, and challenges of data sharing with medical product developers outside of large pharmaceutical companies; incentives and disincentives in the global clinical trial landscape; and guiding principles for the optimal infrastructure for sharing clinical trial data.


Health Equity for Native American Youth

May 6 | Albuquerque, N.M.

The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities will hold a workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Native American youth and how these affect health outcomes.


Antimicrobial Resistance

May 6 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine's 2014 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium will explore the current and future impacts of antimicrobial resistance, implications for national and global health, and obstacles and successes in the development of steps to mitigate this global public health challenge.


Natural Gas as a Fuel for Freight Transport

May 13 and 14 | Irvine, Calif.

The National Research Council's Transportation Research Board is sponsoring this workshop to learn about issues related to adopting Liquefied (LNG) and Compressed (CNG) Natural Gas as a fuel for the movement of freight via highways, waterways, and rail systems. Attendees also will discuss research needed to support market adoption of natural gas fuels in freight systems.


NAE 2014 Regional Meeting and Symposium

May 14 | Chicago

The Illinois Institute of Technology will host the National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting and Symposium. Experts from universities will speak about issues relating to smart grid technology and microgrids.


Developing Freight Fluidity Performance Measures 

May 21 and 22 | Washington, D.C.

The National Research Council's Transportation Research Board, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration Office of Freight Management and Operations, is hosting a workshop to explore the use of freight fluidity measures for gauging overall freight systems performance.






May 10 | Washington, D.C.

Summer is a time of carefree days and activities, but it is not without its risks. Get practical advice for a safe and healthy summer at this family-friendly community event featuring hands-on activities and more.



May 14 | Washington, D.C.

Participate in a challenging group game in which your team must prioritize and collaborate to survive a fictitious disaster. With fun group dynamics and a surprising twist, the game will raise real-world questions about what it takes to make our communities more resilient.



May 15 | Washington, D.C.

For an entertaining look at the science behind the popular movie Prometheus (2012), join us for an evening of abject nerdiness and witty banter as a diverse group of experts explores the representation of science in the movies.



-- 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 18.

-- Domesticated: Photographs by Amy Stein

Features 12 large-scale color photographs that explore the complex relationship between humans and animals as human civilization increasingly encroaches upon nature. The exhibition opens May 20 and will remain on view through Oct. 20, 2014.




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