"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 April


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.


The Arc of the Academic Research Career: Issues and Implications for U.S. Science and Engineering Leadership -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Summarizes presentations and discussions at a September 2013 meeting held in Washington, D.C., that explored the changing landscape of academic careers and challenges faced by researchers at different phases of their careers.


The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions

[National Research Council]

Describes key scientific questions that are emerging in both disciplinary and cross-cutting realms of Arctic science, and identifies infrastructure needs and collaboration opportunities.


Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains in Electronic Health Records: Phase I Report

[Institute of Medicine]

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 established financial incentives for medical professionals and hospitals that achieve "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHRs) by meeting a specific set of criteria.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services manages the incentive program, which is expecting to release its third stage of meaningful use regulations in the coming months.  This report identifies "candidate domains" and measures of social determinants of health that should be included in all EHRs.


Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflight: Ethics Principles, Responsibilities, and Decision Framework

[Institute of Medicine]

Provides a framework of ethical and policy principles that can help guide NASA decision making associated with implementing health standards for long-duration and exploration spaceflights.


Review of the EPA Integrated Risk Information System Process

[National Research Council]

Reviews changes being implemented by EPA to its IRIS program and recommends modifications and additional changes to improve the program's scientific and technical performance.


Review of the EPA's State-of-the-Science Evaluation of Nonmonotonic Dose-Response Relationships as They Apply to Endocrine Disruptors

[National Research Council]

Examines whether EPA's current toxicity testing and risk-assessment strategies are adequate to evaluate chemicals whose dose-response relationships change from positive to negative, or vice versa, at one or more points along the curve.



Selected Events Through April 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/.


Children's cognitive, affective, and behavioral health

April 1 and 2 | Washington, D.C.

This Institute of Medicine workshop will examine strategies to provide effective family-focused interventions to reduce the incidence and prevalence of poor cognitive, affective, and behavioral health in U.S. children.


2014 Preparedness Summit

April 1 and 2 | Atlanta

Two sessions at the 2014 Preparedness Summit will feature Institute of Medicine reports.  The first panel session will examine impacts on medical and public health preparedness of the Affordable Care Act.  The second session will provide an overview of a series of IOM reports that explored how to develop and implement plans to ensure fair and equitable provision of scarce medical resources during a disaster or crisis.


Analysis of cancer risks near nuclear facilities

April 3 | Irvine, Calif.

A National Research Council committee planning a pilot study of cancer risks near seven U.S. nuclear facilities will meet to gather information and hear from experts.  Public sessions will be broadcast via WebEx for those unable to attend in person.


California EPA pesticide regulation

April 8 and 9 | Sacramento, Calif.

A National Research Council committee conducting an independent scientific and technical evaluation of California EPA's risk assessment process for pesticides will hold its first information-gathering meeting.  The study will consider whether the methods and approaches used by California EPA are consistent with best practices, and will evaluate the overall risk assessment process to identify possible options for improving efficiency and productivity.


Reducing bullying

April 9 and 10 | Washington, D.C.

This Institute of Medicine workshop will examine current research on bullying prevention, including effective interventions that decrease bullying and antecedents to bullying as well as programs that address other negative adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse and delinquency that could also prevent or reduce bullying.


Improving population health

April 9 and 10 | Los Angeles

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore how to develop partnerships with communities to improve population health.


Minimum age to buy tobacco products

April 10 | Washington, D.C.

This is the second meeting of an Institute of Medicine committee investigating the health implications of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products.  Presentation topics include adolescent and young adult brain development; adolescent and young adult cognitive and psychosocial development and decision-making; effects of nicotine on the developing brain; emerging and alternative nicotine and tobacco products; advertising, marketing, and messaging strategies for adolescents and young adults; and tobacco industry messaging strategies.


Extracting value from big data

April 11 and 12 | Washington, D.C.

This National Research Council workshop will address key principles for training students to work with big data, how courses could serve interdisciplinary audiences, and the best resources for students. 


NAS annual meeting

April 26-29 | Washington, D.C.

Events for the 151st annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences include an induction ceremony on April 26 for members elected in 2013 and an awards ceremony on April 27 for 2014 NAS Awards recipients.  At the meeting, new NAS members will be elected; those results will be available online by noon EDT on April 29.  Reporters can register in advance to receive the list of new members via e-mail.  Reporters who wish to attend the events must contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu) in advance.   





Artist Reception

April 2 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for a reception with the artist of A Portrait of Ice: Caleb Cain Marcus, an exhibit featuring 10 large-scale photographs from a two-year journey photographing glaciers in Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand, and Alaska. On display through July 7.



April 6 | Rockville, Md.

The Koshland Science Museum is participating in the 25th Rockville Science Day with hands-on science activities to explore how much sugar we consume and how infectious diseases spread. Rockville Science Day takes place from noon to 5 p.m. EDT; admission and parking are free.



April 23 | Irvine, Calif.

This series of public events held at the Academies' Beckman Center explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Coming in April:

-- Suspended in a Sunbeam: How the Sun Influences the Earth, from Surface to Space by Judith Lean, senior scientist, Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (7 p.m. PDT)



April 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.

The National Academies will take part in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.  Over 750 leading STEM organizations will present hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages at this free event.



Nests: Photographs by Sharon Beals

More than 20 of Sharon Beals' photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. On display through May 2.





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