"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 June


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.


Design of the National Children's Study and Implications for the Generalizability of Results

[National Research Council and Institute of Medicine]

Reviews the proposed design of the main study of the National Children's Study (NCS) to follow a cohort of 100,000 children identified at or before birth through age 21, in order to examine the effects of environmental influences on their health and development. The report will cover aspects such as the sampling frame, sample design, recruitment and retention process, interview schedule and data collection procedures, and in particular, whether results can be generalized and applied to a national population and population groups.


Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences at the End of Life

[Institute of Medicine]

This report assesses the delivery of health care, social services, and other support to individuals approaching death and their families; advance-care planning; health care costs, financing, and reimbursements; and communication among and education of patients, family members, and providers.


The FAA's Approach for Determining Future Air Traffic Controller Staffing Needs

[National Research Council]

This congressionally mandated report assesses the standards used by the Federal Aviation Administration to estimate air traffic controller staffing needs and examines the most cost-effective approach to staffing that ensures safe operation of the national airspace system.


Progress for Restoring the Everglades: The Fifth Biennial Review, 2014

[National Research Council]

The fifth report of a congressionally mandated activity that reviews progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and describes significant accomplishments as well as important developments in research, monitoring, and assessment that inform restoration decision making. The new report examines the implications of climate change and invasive species on restoration efforts.


Regaining the Final Frontier: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration

[National Research Council]

This congressionally mandated report reviews the long-term goals, core capabilities, and direction of the U.S. human spaceflight program in the context of national goals, including the needs of government, industry, the economy, and the public good.


Review of Specialized Degree-Granting Graduate Programs of the Department of Defense in STEM and Management

[National Research Council]

Reviews DOD's needs for civilian and military personnel with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and management, and evaluates the ability of DOD educational institutions compared with private institutions or distance learning programs to meet those needs.


Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing an Initial International Science Roadmap

[National Research Council]

Highlights the research needs for the global development of the science of microbial forensics, an emerging field that deals with the genetics of microorganisms, in order to be prepared to identify and respond to a biological threat.


Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA AFRI Program

[National Research Council]

Assesses the quality and value of research funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, considers whether the program's funding mechanisms are adequate for meeting its desired goals, and evaluates the program's effectiveness and efficiency.


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

[Institute of Medicine]

This report examines the effectiveness of the many programs and services for post-traumatic stress disorder that are available for service members and veterans from the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.



Selected Events Through June 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/.


Successful out-of-school STEM learning

June 3 and 4 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee that is working to identify the impacts of informal and after-school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences will hold a workshop to gather information for its primer on successful out-of-school STEM education. The workshop will focus on best practices, working with children and youth from underrepresented and underserved groups, and creating a positive interplay between school and out-of-school STEM learning experiences.


Analysis of cancer risks near nuclear facilities

June 4 | Toms River, N.J.

A subgroup of a National Research Council committee assessing the feasibility of analyzing cancer risks near nuclear facilities will host an evening public comment session for interested parties.


Reproducibility in animal research

June 4 and 5 | Washington, D.C.

A new National Research Council roundtable on laboratory animal science and welfare will hold a public workshop to explore the issue of reproducibility in research that uses animals and animal models. The workshop will be webcast. Registration is required.


Intersection of health and education

June 5 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement will host a workshop to discuss how the relationship between education and health could be applied to inform our nation's investments and policies as well as explore how the health and education sectors can work together more effectively. The workshop will be webcast.


Professional empowerment of STEM teachers

June 5 and 6 | Washington, D.C.

A committee of the National Research Council's Teacher Advisory Council will hold a series of plenary and breakout sessions focused on empowering teachers to play greater leadership roles in education policymaking in STEM education at the national, state, and local levels.


Ensuring patient access to cancer drugs

June 9 | Washington, D.C.

The cost of new cancer drugs has been escalating rapidly, and many cancer patients have large out-of-pocket expenses for the drugs, often accruing thousands of dollars annually. The Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Forum will hold a workshop to examine the costs of cancer drugs and the impact on cancer patients.


Board on Science Education 10th Anniversary

June 9 | Washington, D.C.

The National Research Council's Board on Science Education will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a review of reports from the past decade and a look toward what the next 10 years might bring in informal, undergraduate, and K-12 science education.


STEM Integration in K-12 Education

June 12 | Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council will host a networking lunch and discussion on the prospects for connecting the STEM disciplines in K-12 education.  The chair of the committee that wrote the recent report STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research, as well as other committee members and education experts, will talk about report findings related to implementing integrated STEM initiatives and fostering positive outcomes for students.


Disaster research response workshop

June 12 and 13 | Bethesda, Md.

In the past decade, preparedness and response capacities of government agencies, hospitals and clinics, public health agencies, and academic institutions have been challenged by a succession of public health emergencies ranging from earthquakes to pandemics. These emergencies yielded important information that could have informed future disaster response and recovery efforts, but collection of such data was often missed because of various barriers and obstacles. The Institute of Medicine's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events workshop will examine how to enable research during future emergencies.






June 19 | Washington, D.C.

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous is a monthly discussion on art and science projects that provides a snapshot of the cultural environment and fosters interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores the theme "robots and theater." The event will also be webcast live.



June 30 | Washington, D.C.

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the Shakespeare Theatre Company present a staged reading of R.U.R., a 1920 science fiction play by Czech writer Karel Capek that introduced the word "robot" into the English language.



-- A Portrait of Ice: Caleb Cain Marcus

Features 10 large-scale photographs from the artist's two-year journey photographing glaciers in Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, New Zealand, and Alaska. On exhibit through July 18.

-- Domesticated: Photographs by Amy Stein

Features 12 large-scale color photographs that explore the complex relationship between humans and animals as human civilization increasingly encroaches upon nature. On exhibit through Oct. 20.





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