Date: May 29, 2013

Editor: Nicole Joy


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





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 -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.


Currently scheduled for release in June:




Assessing Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico: Evaluating the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

[National Research Council]

This congressionally mandated report assesses the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on natural resources and services in the Gulf of Mexico.


Improving the Assessment of the Proliferation Risk of Nuclear Fuel Cycles

[National Research Council]

Looks at ways to better assess the risk of proliferation in nuclear fuel cycles in order to provide the best information for nonproliferation policy and decision makers.


Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the scientific challenges and technical aspects of the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Management Program.





The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research

[Institute of Medicine]

Assesses progress and recommends a path forward to improve the Clinical and Translational Research Award Program, a National Institutes of Health initiative aimed at facilitating and accelerating clinical and translational research.  


Health and Incarceration -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Provides an objective review of a December 2012 workshop where participants discussed the challenges and opportunities for improving the health and health care of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations.


Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence

[Institute of Medicine and National Research Council]

Develops a research agenda to improve knowledge of how to prevent gun-related violence, including topics such as characteristics of gun violence, the efficacy of interventions and strategies, technologies to prevent gun violence, the impact of video games and other media, and additional risk factors.


Quality Measures for Population Health and the Leading Health Indicators

[Institute of Medicine]

Identifies quality measures for the Healthy People Leading Health Indicators, which is a set of national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans.  This activity builds upon an U.S. Department of Health and Human Services effort to develop a framework for quality improvement in public health and links with other activities in the public health and health care delivery fields.





Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation

[National Research Council]

Reviews various approaches to establishing staffing levels and recommends variables that should be incorporated in the development of a model to assist the Federal Aviation Administration in determining and allocating the right number of airway transportation system specialists to maintain the National Airspace System safely and efficiently.


Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation: Improving Indicators to Inform Policy

[National Research Council]

Assesses the status of the science, technology, and innovation indicators used to provide objective information to policymakers and researchers, and discusses the need for revised indicators to better reflect fundamental and rapid changes in global science, technology, and innovation systems.


Competing in the 21st Century: Best Practice in State and Regional Innovation Initiatives

[National Research Council]

Reviews selected state and regional efforts to address critical national needs in existing industries and new technology areas, and provides recommendations for complementary national innovation policies.


Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis

[National Research Council]

Looks at the current state of data analysis for mining of massive sets and streams of data.


Landsat and Beyond: Evolving a National Land Imaging Program

[National Research Council]

Assesses the needs and opportunities for developing a space-based operational land imaging capability.


The Quality of Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security Laboratories

[National Research Council]

Analyzes the quality of the scientific research being conducted at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.





Click on each event's title to access its agenda and registration page.  A full listing of events can be accessed at Unless otherwise indicated, contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail for additional information on all meetings. 


Creating equal opportunities for a healthy weight

June 6 and 7 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine's Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention will host a public workshop to examine childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity.  The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  The workshop will be video webcast live. 


Long-term services for individuals with disabilities

June 12 | Washington, D.C.

This Institute of Medicine workshop will examine the financing of long-term services and supports for working-age individuals with disabilities and among individuals who are developing disabilities as they age.  These types of services are needed by individuals to live independently and do not include medical and nursing services to manage health conditions.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. EDT in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. 

African Americans in the medical professions

June 15 and 16 | Washington, D.C.

This Institute of Medicine conference will focus on ways to engage learners at all levels through educational and public programming on the significant contributions of African Americans in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and science.  The conference will be held in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. 


Human spaceflight: public and stakeholder opinions

June 19 | Washington, D.C.

The National Research Council panel studying human spaceflight will hold a meeting to gather public and stakeholder opinions at the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. N.W.  Additional study information can be found here.


Human spaceflight: technical feasibility

June 19 | Irvine, Calif.

The National Research Council panel studying the U.S. Human Spaceflight Program will hold a meeting on technical feasibility issues from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in the Balboa Conference Room at the Beckman Center, 100 Academy Drive.  More information on the study is available here.





D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)

June 20 | Washington, D.C.

DASER is a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region. Reservations are required.

CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415 or e-mail


Distinctive Voices@The Jonsson Center

This series of public events explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Upcoming in June:

-- The Global Nitrogen Cycle by Eric A. Davidson, president and senior scientist, The Woods Hole Research Center,  Woods Hole, Mass. (June 19, 7 p.m. EDT)

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail





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