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Reports and Events

Date: April 30, 2013

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 National Academies reports tentatively scheduled for release next month.  A complete listing of events can be accessed at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

 

MEETINGS

 

Gilbert F. White lecture

May 7

(Washington, D.C.)

Each year the National Research Council presents the Gilbert F. White Lecture in Geographical Sciences, named in honor of the scientist who identified major water management strategies and examined how the U.S. could make sound decisions in the field.  This year's lecture will be delivered by Steven Stockton, director of civil works, headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Additional information is available at http://dels.nas.edu/Upcoming-Event/2013-Gilbert-White-Lecture/AUTO-7-45-60-J.  Reporters should register in advance. 

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

 

Sustainable diets

May 7 and 8

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine's Food Forum and Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine are holding a workshop to explore current and emerging knowledge on the food and nutrition policy implications of the increasing strain on the natural resources in our food system.  The workshop will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  It will also be webcast live.  A meeting agenda and registration information are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/FoodForum/2013-MAY-07.aspx.   

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

 

Improving the health of young adults
May 7 and 8

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine and National Research Council workshop will examine the latest research on the development, health, safety, and well-being of young adults in systems and organizations, such as health care and mental health care, educational institutions, workplaces, the military, the justice system, and in the transition out of foster care.  The workshop will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  It will also be webcast live.  A meeting agenda and registration information are at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/ImprovingYoungAdultHealth/2013-MAY-07.aspx.

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

 

Measuring relationships in federal surveys

May 10

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council seminar will focus on changing social structures and the evolving meaning of the "household" in federal surveys.  Speakers will explore trends in household and family structure over time; the measurement of same-sex couples and intergenerational relationships; and the historical experience of federal statistical agencies in keeping up with social change.  The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/EventRegistration/public/Register.aspx?event=511ECF9D.   

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

 

Public access to federally funded research

May 14-17

(Washington, D.C.)

On behalf of a group of federal agencies tasked with developing a plan to support increased public access to federally funded research, the National Research Council will host two public meetings to gather stakeholder input on acceptable models for public access  to scholarly publications and scientific data sets.  The publications meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 15; the scientific data meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 17.  Both will be held in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  A live video webcast of both meetings will be available at http://www.nationalacademies.org.  Separate registration is required for each meeting and webcast and can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CurrentProjects/DBASSE_082378.    

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

 

Safety in academic labs

May 15 and 16

(Washington, D.C.)

A National Research Council committee examining laboratory safety of chemical research in non-industrial settings will hold its first meeting to hear from experts.  It will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and more information are available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49533.
CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu

 

Transforming end-of-life care

May 29

(Stanford, Calif.)

An Institute of Medicine study will hold a meeting focusing on various state policies regarding end-of-life care.  The meeting will feature an opportunity for public comments on issues that the committee will address and will be held at the Stanford University School of Medicine, 291 Campus Drive.  A forthcoming meeting agenda and registration information will available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Aging/TransformingEndOfLife/2013-MAY-28.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.

 

DEFENSE

 

Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields

[National Research Council]

Determines the capabilities necessary for a dismounted soldier to be a decisive weapon on the battlefield.

 

Directed Evolution for Development and Production of Bioactive Agents -- Meeting Summary

[National Research Council]

Reviews national security implications of recent advances in the directed evolution for development and production of bioactive agents.

 

U.S. Air Force Strategic Deterrence Capabilities in the 21st Century Security Environment -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

A summary of two meetings examining integrated toolsets and methods, such as social network analysis and crowd sourcing, that could provide insight into adversary decision making.

 

 

HEALTH and SOCIAL ISSUES

 

Consequences of Reducing Sodium Intake in Populations

[Institute of Medicine]

Examines literature published since the IOM Dietary Reference Intakes report on electrolytes and reviews the consequences of dietary sodium reduction in the U.S. population and in particular subgroups such as African Americans and people over age 50.

 

Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

[Institute of Medicine]

Explores physical activity and education in schools -- including before, during, and after school -- and the impact physical activity has on the health and development of children. 

 

The Future of the Sociology of Aging: An Agenda for Action

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the recent contributions of social demography, social epidemiology, and sociology to the study of aging and identifies new research directions in these fields to advance the understanding of aging in ways that can inform policy.

 

 

POLICY

 

Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

[National Research Council]

This report proposes policy-relevant research questions and methods for data collection that would inform U.S. copyright policy in light of digital-era technological, legal, and economic developments.

 

U.S. Tax Policy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Impacts and Implications

[National Research Council]

In response to a congressional mandate, this report reviews whether certain types of or specific tax provisions affect carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and describes modeling approaches capable of estimating such effects.

 

 

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY

 

The Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States

[National Research Council]

Assesses the status and trends in the U.S. high magnetic field research effort.

 

Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment -- Interim Report

[National Research Council]

Presents initial findings of a study to identify market barriers slowing the purchase of electric vehicles in the U.S.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

Art and science in the D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on May 16 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit http://www.cpnas.org/events/051613.html.

CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415 or e-mail cpnas@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. Upcoming events include:

-- Science and Diplomacy by Frances Colon, deputy science and technology adviser to the secretary of state (May 9, 7 p.m. PDT)

-- The evolving climate for science and society by Alan Leshner, CEO of AAAS and editor, Science, Washington, D.C. (May 22, 7 p.m. PDT)  

More information 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

 

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.  Coming up in May:

-- Healthy Plate Cookoff, sample delicious and healthy meals prepared by the Culinary Job Training students at DC Central Kitchen. (May 17, noon to 1 p.m.  $10 general admission/ $7 students)

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