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


Reports Scheduled for Release in May

Release dates for the following Academies reports 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 Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

An Academies committee advises the federal government's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on the application and use of remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) by industry and government to better manage the safety and environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations.  This report of the committee addresses the critical operations and parameters to monitor in real time, the role that automation and predictive software tools should play, and how RRTM should be incorporated into BSEE's regulatory framework.


Effects of the Deletion of Agent Washout on Operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant

Examines how a design change that eliminates chemical agent washout from munitions impacts the operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant near Richmond, Kentucky.


Evaluation of the Achievement Levels for Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been providing policymakers, educators, and the public with reports on the academic performance and progress of the nation's students since 1969.  This report evaluates the student achievement levels that are used in reporting results of the NAEP to determine whether the levels are reasonable, valid, and informative to the public, and recommends ways to improve how they are set and used.


Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects

Conducts a broad review to build on and update the concepts and questions raised in previous Academies reports that addressed food safety, environmental, social, economic, regulatory, and other aspects of genetically engineered crops, using conventionally bred crops as a reference point.


Lessons Learned From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants, Phase 2

Identifies lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan that can be applied to U.S. nuclear plant security and spent fuel storage.  The report also re-evaluates conclusions from previous Academies studies on spent fuel storage.


Modernizing Crime Statistics, Report 1: Defining and Classifying Crime

This interim report develops a framework for identifying the types of crimes to be considered in a modern crime classification by weighing various perspectives on how crime should be defined and organized to meet the needs and demands of the full array of data users and stakeholders -- federal agencies, other law enforcement agencies, Congress, the courts and corrections officials, researchers, and the general public.  The final report of this study will focus on the best conceptual means of collecting data based on the suggested crime classification, as well as how crime data collection should proceed practically and effectively. 


Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice

Assesses the state of the science on the biological and psychosocial consequences of peer victimization for both the perpetrator and target, and the factors that either increase or decrease bullying behavior and consequences.  The report includes recommendations to help inform future policies by state legislatures and school districts, practices for school safety, disciplinary actions, health care provisions, and law enforcement, as well as recommendations for future research on approaches to reduce peer victimization.



The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established to encourage small businesses to innovate in ways that support federal agencies' missions. This report evaluates the SBIR program at NASA.



Selected Events Through May 2016

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 register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.


NAS Annual Meeting

April 30-May 3| Washington, D.C.

Events for the 153rd annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences include an induction ceremony for members elected in 2015, a ceremony for 2016 NAS Award recipients, and a symposium that will explore new research on how the ocean is changing and how people's use of the ocean may also change.  Each of these events will be webcast. Also during the meeting, new NAS members will be elected; election results will be available online by noon EDT on May 3. Reporters should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information to receive the list of new members via e-mail or to attend any of the public sessions in person.


Spring 2016 Henry and Bryna David Lecture

May 3 | Washington, D.C.

Mary Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, will deliver a lecture on the wars on crime and immigrants in the U.S. and discuss new forms of legal exclusion and discrimination occurring in this country.


Updating the Social Cost of Carbon

May 5 | Washington, D.C.

This is the fifth meeting of an Academies committee reviewing the latest research on modeling the economic aspects of climate change to inform future revisions to the social cost of carbon estimates used in regulatory impact analyses.  Invited speakers will discuss the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project, costs of perturbations and feedbacks in the carbon dioxide and methane cycles, a new empirical approach to global damage function estimation, and non-market damages from climate change.  The event will be webcast.


Committee on Law and Justice Semi-Annual Meeting

May 5 and 6 | Washington, D.C.

Open sessions during this meeting include a seminar on mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders in the context of the criminal justice system, as well as a discussion on the 2015 Academies report The Integration of Immigrants into American Society.


Combining Data for Policy Research

May 6 | Washington, D.C.

This public seminar during the 130th meeting of the Academies' Committee on National Statistics will feature presentations on the challenges and opportunities of combining information from survey and non-survey data sources for policy research.  The event will be available via WebEx.


Cryptographic Agility and Interoperability

May 9 | Washington, D.C.

The U.S. relies on established cryptographic algorithms, protocols, and implementations to secure data and communications, and greater agility with respect to cryptosystems could potentially help stakeholders better adjust to rapidly changing cybersecurity and privacy landscapes.  This workshop will feature presentations that address benefits of increased agility, challenges to implementation, and the security, technical, social, and political impacts.


Big Data and Infectious Disease Research

May 10 and 11 | Washington, D.C.

The increased use of social media provides an opportunity to improve public health surveillance systems and develop predictive models. In addition, advances in technologies and crowdsourcing may also offer the possibility to gather information about disease dynamics. While there are many opportunities, challenges need to be addressed to capture the full potential of big data. This workshop will explore the use of big data to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats; varieties of data (such as demographic, geospatial, and laboratory) and their broader applications; and approaches that other sectors use to inform big data strategies.  Registration is required.  The event will be webcast.


Role of Violence Prevention in the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals

May 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.

In September 2015, various countries adopted a set of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals "to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all."  This workshop will examine ways in which violence prevention efforts fit into this global agenda and identify ways in which governments (including the U.S.), nonprofits, multilaterals, nongovernmental organizations, and industry leaders can engage in and advance violence prevention as a priority.  Due to limited seating, registration is required.  The event will be webcast.


Bi-Annual Meeting of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

May 19 | Washington, D.C.

This meeting's open session will include presentations from board members and other experts on topics including observations about MRI correlations between brain regions and using behavioral science insights to better serve Americans.






May 18 | Washington D.C.

Join the Koshland Science Museum and Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) as they explore the local reaches of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Aboard CBF's workboat the Bea Hayman Clark, education specialists will show how these rivers have changed over recent years, discuss the impact of current and proposed developments, and talk about the ongoing restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.








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