"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 June

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.


Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity: Navigating the Evidence

Examines methodological approaches to data collection, analytic procedures, and interpretation of data on issues related to obesity status in U.S. populations and presents a framework for analyzing studies on trends in obesity.


Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values

Reviews the state of the science of gene drive research that relies on genome editing techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, or other genetic modification approaches.


Integrating New Measures of Trauma Into the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Data Collection Programs -- Workshop Summary

Summarizes a December 2015 workshop where experts in the measurement of trauma, measurement of post-traumatic stress disorder, and health survey methods discussed the most promising measures and mechanisms for expanding the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) data collection in this area.  The workshop was organized as part of an effort to assist SAMHSA and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in their responsibilities to expand the collection of behavioral health data in several areas.


Measuring for Success: Monitoring and Assessing Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

Examines and identifies monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico to improve the performance of restoration programs.


A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Health Systems

Provides recommendations to improve military and civilian trauma care and ensure that lessons learned from the military's experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq are sustained and built upon for future combat operations and translated into the civilian trauma system.


State of the Art and Practice in Earthquake Induced Soil Liquefaction Assessment

Assesses and evaluates the technical issues regarding liquefaction hazard evaluation and consequence assessment.



Selected Events Through June 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/.


State and Local Governments' Use of Data

June 1 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop is part of an Academies consensus study on improving federal statistics for policy and social science research using multiple data sources and state-of-the-art estimation methods.  Panel sessions will explore creating and building data systems, using alternative data sources, integrating state data systems, integrating local and national data systems, governance of integrated data systems, privacy, and issues with federal statistical agency gaining access to datasets.


Future Biotechnology Products and Their Regulation

June 1 and 2 | Washington D.C.

This is the second public meeting of an Academies committee conducting a review of the kinds of products that may be produced with biotechnology over the next five to 10 years.  The U.S. regulatory system for biotechnology products was originally designed in the 1980s, so the committee will also review the scientific capabilities, tools, and expertise that may be necessary to regulate those forthcoming products.  The open session of the meeting will be webcast.


Barriers and Opportunities for 2- and 4-Year STEM Degrees

June 6 | Washington, D.C.

This event will include discussions on the conclusions and recommendations in the Academies' report released in January Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Diverse Student PathwaysIt will also cover the research context surrounding issues of STEM stratification and data collection, and the implications for college and university completion.  The event will be webcast. 


Data and Metrics at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation

June 6 and 7 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will showcase local examples of formal and informal health care and transportation partnerships; explore ways to use data to estimate the value of transportation to health care in various settings; examine performance measures pertinent to the relationship between transit services and health care outcomes; and, discuss what is needed to calculate the return on investment in terms of health outcomes.  The event will be webcast.  Follow the conversation on Twitter using #TransitHealth.


Applying Scientific Inference to Big Data

June 8 and 9 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will bring together statisticians, data scientists, and domain researchers from different biomedical disciplines to explore refining the concept of scientific inference when working with big data.  The event will be webcast.


Promoting Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health in Children

June 9 and 10 | Washington, D.C.

Almost half of Americans will meet one or more clinical criteria for mental and behavioral health or substance abuse disorders in their lifetime, with the first onset usually in childhood or adolescence.  The community setting -- in which children and their families live, work, and learn -- presents a cardinal opportunity for treatment and prevention of these disorders.  This workshop will include panel sessions on implementing evidence-based prevention by communities to promote cognitive, affective, and behavioral health in children, exploring the gaps between current research evidence and practice needs.  The event will be webcast


Multimodal Therapies for Nervous System Disorders

June 14 and 15 | Washington, D.C.

Combinations of therapies aimed at different aspects of a disease -- for example, a drug prescribed along with a device, lifestyle adjustment, or dietary intervention -- are emerging as potential approaches to enhance health outcomes for patients with nervous system disorders.  This workshop will examine scientific, clinical, regulatory, and reimbursement issues related to multimodal approaches and identify potential opportunities to enhance clinical outcomes for individuals with nervous system disorders.  The event will be webcast.


Community Violence as a Population Health Issue

June 16 | Brooklyn, N.Y.

This workshop will highlight and explore examples of community-based organizations that use trauma-informed approaches to build safe and healthy communities; strategies to build resilience in children, adults, and communities; hospital and health system violence intervention programs; trauma-informed policing; and the effectiveness of these approaches to reducing violence and its impact on communities.


Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening

June 20 and 21 | Washington, D.C.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.  Annual screening of individuals at high risk for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT) can prevent a substantial number of lung cancer related deaths by detecting cancer at an earlier stage.  In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended annual lung cancer screening with LDCT for individuals ages 55 to 80 with a history of at least 30 pack years of cigarette smoking and who currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years.  This workshop will examine the challenges of implementing LDCT lung cancer screening programs and consider actions to improve implementation.






June 10 | Washington D.C.

Join representatives from some of the nation's foremost scientific institutions for a free guided tour of the sky at the Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall.  



June 15 | Washington D.C.

Join the Koshland Science Museum for a free run in America's Front Yard as volunteers from the National Park Service and Congress for the New Urbanism lead you on a 3-4 mile run exploring the history of the National Mall from an engineering perspective. Explore engineering challenges behind the monuments and the Park's current restoration efforts.



June 16 | Washington D.C.

Join the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences at the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly discussion forum on art and science projects in the national capital region. This month, DASER explores the theme of identity. The event is open to the public; reservations are required.








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