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Reports and Events

Date: April 25, 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

 

Learning from the H5N1 research controversy

May 1

(Washington, D.C.)

A recent debate over whether to publish research papers on variants of the H5N1 virus precipitated an international discussion about the appropriateness and risks of this work and of dual use research in general.  This National Research Council and Institute of Medicine workshop will provide the opportunity to examine the implications of and challenges surrounding advances in the life sciences and associated technologies.  The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the 20 F Conference Center, 20 F St., N.W.  To view the agenda or for information on attending the workshop or viewing the live webcast, visit http://www.nationalacademies.org/stl.

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

 

Aging and disability

May 8

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop of the newly established Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence will explore trends in aging and disability, how to define and measure disability, and its economics.  The meeting will take place in Room B of the 20 F Conference Center, 20 F St., N.W.  Additional information is available at http://www.iom.edu/ADIForum.
CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu

 

Sex trafficking

May 9

(San Francisco)

An Institute of Medicine committee that is studying commercial sex trafficking and exploitation of minors in the United States will hold an information-gathering meeting to hear from invited speakers and individuals who wish to provide comments.  The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, 1250 Columbus Ave.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Children/SexualExploitationSexTrafficking/2012-MAY-09.aspx.  

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

 

Managing herbicide-resistant weeds

May 10

(Washington, D.C.)

The National Research Council will host a national summit that brings together scientists, agronomists, and ecologists along with representatives of federal and state research and regulatory agencies, the crop protection industry, and agricultural producers to discuss best management practices to avoid, mitigate, and control the increasing challenge of herbicide-resistant weeds.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St., N.W.  For more information and to register for the summit, visit http://nas-sites.org/hr-weeds-summit/.

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

 

Environmental change and society

May 10 and 11

(Washington, D.C.)

The new Board on Environmental Change and Society will host its inaugural meeting with open sessions to discuss the board’s current and future projects Thursday, May 10 beginning at 1 p.m. EDT and Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 204 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  In addition, a reception will take place Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EDT at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., N.W.  To view the meeting agenda, visit http://db.tt/x5qBvX94.  Please register by May 4 to attend the reception at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3324611001.  

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

 

Social science data collection

May 11

(Washington, D.C.)

A National Research Council committee investigating the costs and benefits of different methods for improving survey response will hear from panel members and outside experts during a public seminar beginning at 2 p.m. EDT in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/cnstat/May%2011%20Public%20Session.pdf.  The public sessions will also be available via audio webcast at www.national-academies.org.

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

 

Sustainability solutions

May 16-18

(Washington, D.C.)

At this National Research Council symposium, policymakers and researchers will discuss federal investment and institutional structures regarding sustainability and identify practices that would lead toward sustainability.  The meeting will be held at the Pew D.C. Conference Center, 901 E St., N.W.  For more information, including how to register for the live webcast, visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/sustainability/SustainabilitySymposium/index.htm.

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

 

Science communication

May 21 and 22

(Washington, D.C.)

This event, part of the National Academy of Sciences' Sackler Colloquium series, examines some of the latest social science research on communication and its implications for governance, policy, and public engagement.  The colloquium will take place in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  For a complete agenda or information on how to access the video webcast, visit http://www.nasonline.org/programs/sackler-colloquia/upcoming-colloquia/science-communication.html.  Seating is limited; reporters must register in advance.

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

 

Molecular diagnostics in oncology

May 24

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore challenges and identify potential opportunities for advancing the development and use of molecular diagnostic tests that are intended to guide the treatment and health management of cancer patients.  The meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. EDT in the Americas Room of the Pew Charitable Trust D.C. Conference Center, 901 E St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Research/GenomicBasedResearch/2012-MAY-24.aspx.  

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

 

The vaccination schedule and health outcomes

May 29

(Washington, D.C.)

An Institute of Medicine committee assessing the feasibility of studying health outcomes in children who were vaccinated according to the recommended schedule and those who were not will hold an information-gathering meeting to hear from invited speakers and will also invite feedback on a commissioned paper that will be posted in advance.  The meeting will begin at noon EDT at the Pew Charitable Trust D.C. Conference Center, 901 E St., N.W.  An agenda, the paper, and registration information will be available at http://iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/ChildhoodImmunization/2012-MAY-29.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 May.  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

 

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation

[Institute of Medicine]

Examines hundreds of obesity prevention recommendations and identifies the strategies and potential actions that show the greatest promise for accelerating progress against the epidemic.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/ObesityPrevProgress.aspx.  

 

Decisions and Uncertainty: Approaches for Managing Risks to Human Health

[Institute of Medicine]

Assesses how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can best use quantitative information on uncertainty in estimates of risk in order to manage environmental health risks.  The report also recommends ways to communicate the uncertainty in risk information to stakeholders.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Environment/EnviroDecision-Making.aspx.   

 

SMART Vaccines Beta: A Prototype Framework for Prioritizing New Vaccines

[Institute of Medicine]

The Institute of Medicine is developing a framework and a software tool called Strategic Multi-Attribute Ranking Tool for Vaccines, or SMART Vaccines, to assist in prioritizing which vaccines most urgently need to be developed for the United States and other countries.  This phase 1 report presents a modeling strategy and proposed features of the beta software as a demonstration of concept.  The software will be further refined and presented in phase 2.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/VaccineTargets.aspx.  

 

 

RESEARCH and SOCIAL ISSUES

 

Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey

[National Research Council]

Examines the role USGS can play in continuing to ensure access to high-quality geospatial data and support its use in scientific analyses and decision making.

 

Proceedings, Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives

[National Research Council]

Comprises a collection of papers presented at conferences in Beijing and New Delhi that address the data needs and policy challenges of population aging in Asia.  The project is a cooperative venture between the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Indonesian Academy of Sciences, and the Science Council of Japan.

 

Using American Community Survey Data to Expand Access to the School Meals Program

[National Research Council]

Investigates whether American Community Survey data is sufficient for estimating the number of children in a school district who are eligible for free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch.  These estimates would be used to determine percentages by which the U.S. Department of Agriculture would reimburse school districts for their expenses in providing these meals to all students.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

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:

-- Science Trivia, an opportunity to test your brainpower and outwit your friends and new acquaintances about current scientific issues  (May 16, 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.)

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. Coming up in May:

-- Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagelman, neuroscientist and director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (May 16, 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

 

Art and science in D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Experience_Future_Events_DASER.      

CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415 or e-mail cpnas@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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