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Reports and Events

Date: May 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. 

 

PUBLIC BRIEFING

 

Research universities

June 14

(Washington, D.C.)

A new, congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council, Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security, will be released at a public briefing where Charles O. Holliday, chair of the committee that wrote the report and former chairman and CEO of Dupont, along with several other committee members will present their findings and recommendations.  The briefing will begin at 11 a.m. EDT in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 14.  Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 13. Those who cannot attend the briefing may watch a webcast http://www.national-academies.org.  For more information about the study, visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/bhew/researchuniversities/PGA_069487.

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

 

 

MEETINGS

 

Accelerating development of new drugs and diagnostics

June 4 and 5

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore opportunities to maximize the usefulness and impact of the Cures Acceleration Network, a new program to be run by the National Institutes of Health's newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.  The workshop will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Research/DrugForum/2012-JUN-04.aspx.  

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

 

Food safety performance standards

June 5

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will examine the implementation of the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act and provide an opportunity for federal agencies and others to exchange ideas about how performance standards can be designed and implemented to optimally protect the public’s health.  It will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/FoodForum/2012-JUN-12.aspx.

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

 

Health data initiative

June 5 and 6

(Washington, D.C.)

The third annual Health Data Initiative Forum: Health Datapalooza, co-sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, will feature app demos, challenge announcements, technology panels, and speakers such as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and Wired Magazine Executive Editor Thomas Goetz.  The event brings together health professionals, data producers, and technology developers to interact and find new ways to use health data to create innovative tools and services to improve the health of individuals and communities.  IOM and the National Academy of Engineering will announce the winners of this year's "Go Viral to Improve Health" collegiate challenge at the event. The forum will be held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.  Media registration is free and available at http://www.hdiforum.org/page/show/490226-media-registration.     

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

 

Reducing tobacco-related cancer

June 11 and 12

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will look at ways to reduce tobacco-related cancer incidence and mortality. It will take place in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and information on how to register or participate via webinar are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Disease/NCPF/2012-JUN-11.aspx.  

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

 

Microbial genomes

June 12 and 13

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore new scientific tools and methods for detecting and characterizing microbial species to better appreciate the microbial world around us. The meeting will take place in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W. An agenda and registration information are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/MicrobialThreats/2012-JUN-12.aspx.  

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

 

Synthetic biology for the next generation

June 12 and 13

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering symposium will examine key research areas in synthetic biology, identify political and social strategies for advancing synthetic biology, and present lessons from real-world case studies.  The symposium is the final of a three-part series organized in conjunction with the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academies of Sciences and Engineering.  It will take place in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Those who cannot attend may watch a webcast at http://www.national-academies.org.  For a complete agenda or to register, visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/stl/index.htm.

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

 

Rosenblith lecture

June 18

(Washington, D.C.)

Francisco Ayala, University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, will deliver the 2012 National Academy of Sciences Rosenblith Lecture on how the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions in scientific thought jointly represent the beginning of modern science.  The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. EDT at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information or to register to attend, visit http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/events/rosenblith-lecture/.

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

 

NASA's strategic direction

June 25-27

(Washington, D.C.)

This is the second meeting of a National Research Council committee assessing whether the strategic direction of the NASA as defined in its 2011 strategic plan remains viable and whether the agency’s activities and organization efficiently and effectively support that direction in light of the potential for constrained budgets for the foreseeable future.  The event will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda is available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingID=6108&MeetingNo=2.   

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 June.  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.

 

EDUCATION and SOCIAL ISSUES

 

Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education -- Workshop Report

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a workshop that explored issues in chemistry graduate education, including attraction and retention of students, financial stressors on the implications for the future graduate education model, and the changing job market for Ph.D. chemists. 

 

Education for Life and Work:  Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

[National Research Council]

Defines the set of key cognitive and social skills that are important to success in education and work, and describes how these skills relate to one another and to traditional academic skills and content in reading, mathematics, and science.  The report summarizes what is known and what research is needed about how these skills can be learned, taught, and assessed.

 

Measuring and Collecting Pay Information From U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin

[National Research Council]

Evaluates current and potential data sources and methodologies for collecting pay data from U.S. employers and recommends what data the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should collect to enhance wage discrimination law enforcement efforts.  The report will consider confidentiality, disclosure, and data access issues.

 

Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity

[National Research Council]

Identifies actions that the federal and state governments, industries, and universities should take to ensure that U.S. institutions maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education that the nation needs to prosper.  

 

Thinking Differently About Evidence:  The Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy

[National Research Council]

Develops an agenda for research on the public policy uses of knowledge from social science research and presents priority questions for further investigation.  The research agenda would contribute to the potential development of a new interdisciplinary scientific field of study and provide information to those developing programs on the uses of social science research for public policy.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Assessment of Agent Monitoring Strategies for the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plants

[National Research Council]

Reviews the process designs for both pilot plants to evaluate the expected degree of contamination for facility solid wastes, equipment, and surfaces anticipated from agent destruction processes.

 

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems

[National Research Council]

Recommends a method for assessing the effectiveness of an operator's Safety and Environmental Management System on any offshore exploration or production facility.

 

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Fourth Biennial Review

[National Research Council]

Reviews progress made by the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan -- a multibillion dollar federal-state effort to preserve the Florida Everglades -- since the Research Council's last report in 2010.

 

 

HEALTH

 

Geographic Adjustment Factors in Medicare Payment Phase 2: Targeting Resources to Ensure Access to Care

[Institute of Medicine]

Evaluates the possible effects of the factors that are used to adjust Medicare payments to health care providers to account for geographic variations in the costs of providing care.  It also recommends ways to ensure that the adjustments accurately reflect price differences and reward high-quality care.

 

The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?

[Institute of Medicine]

By 2030, more than 72 million Americans will be 65 or older.  This report projects the types and level of mental health and substance abuse care that will be needed by the nation’s rapidly aging population and offers policy recommendations to meet those needs with a competent and well-trained mental health work force.

 

Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Initial Assessment

[Institute of Medicine]

This first report of a two-phase study provides an overview of data that the committee has collected on programs and methods available for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. In its second report, the committee will assess the success rates of these programs and methods.

 

 

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:

-- Play! Catan: Oil Springs, Celebrate World Environment Day by trying out this new scenario for the popular game Settlers of Catan. (June 5, 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 June:

-- The Nature of Love, by Helen Fisher, research professor, department of anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. (June 6, 7 p.m.)

-- 2nd Annual Seymour Benzer Lecture, by R. Alison Adcock, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University, Durham, N.C. (June 27, 7 p.m.)

More information on these events 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 Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on June 28 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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