"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 July


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.


Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing in Space

[National Research Council]

Discusses the feasibility of space-based additive manufacturing of hardware, including potentially a fully functional small spacecraft, identifies the gaps between current and desired capabilities, and explores the implications of the technology on launch requirements and in-space operations.


Complex Decision Making in Networked Systems of Humans and Machines

[National Research Council]

This report identifies promising research directions to improve the scientific basis for computer-assisted human decision making.


Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the role of field stations, marine laboratories, and natural reserves in science and engineering research, innovation, education, training, and public engagement. The report also explores future infrastructure and logistics needs, metrics for assessing goals, financial strategies, and opportunities to fill knowledge gaps and open new lines of inquiry.


Lessons Learned From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants

[National Research Council]

Provides an assessment of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan that can be applied to the operation and regulation of U.S. nuclear plants.


Reducing Coastal Risks on the East and Gulf Coasts

[National Research Council]

Assesses the risk reduction strategies that have been used to decrease the impacts of coastal flooding associated with storm surges and the extent to which they have been effective. The report discusses the regional and national implications for expanding coastal protection, and offers general principles to guide future investments.


Review of the Formaldehyde Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens

[National Research Council]

Reviews the substance profile for formaldehyde in the most recent NTP report and, through an assessment of formaldehyde literature through November 2013, draws an independent conclusion about whether the chemical is known to be or reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.


Review of the Styrene Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens

[National Research Council]

Reviews the substance profile for styrene in the most recent NTP report and, through an assessment of styrene literature through November 2013, draws an independent conclusion about whether the chemical is known to be or reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.


Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research

[National Research Council]

Examines laboratory safety in academic chemical research and recommends systems and practices that could be applied to and improve the safety of other non-industrial chemical research settings.


Strategic Engagement in Global S&T: Opportunities for Defense Research

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to remain engaged in the global science and technology enterprise, and recommends ways to improve this engagement.



Selected Events Through July 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 register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.


Measuring R&D expenditures in the nonprofit sector

June 30 and July 1 | Washington, D.C.

The National Research Council will host a workshop on conceptual and design issues related to measuring research and development expenditures in the U.S. nonprofit sector. 


The brain, digestive system, and eating behavior

July 9 and 10 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine is convening a public workshop to explore current knowledge on the relationship between the brain and eating behavior, especially in regard to interactions between the brain and digestive system and the brain's role in eating patterns and consumer choice. The workshop will be webcast.


2014 Alzheimer's Association International Conference

July 15 | Copenhagen, Denmark

The Institute of Medicine will host a session at this international conference on Alzheimer's disease. The session will examine the impact of applications of digital health records on Alzheimer's disease research.


Automated Vehicles Symposium 2014

July 15-17 | San Francisco

The National Research Council's Transportation Research Board is co-sponsoring the Automated Vehicles Symposium, which will focus on challenges and opportunities related to the increasing automation of motor vehicles as well as the environments in which they operate. The symposium will build on previous workshops on the state-of-the-art in road vehicle automation research and explore automation developments that may affect the future of surface transportation and transportation organizations.


Human tissue chips and environmental health

July 21 and 22 | Washington, D.C.

Recent advances in nanotechnology, micro-engineering, systems biology, and stem cell technology have led to the creation of small structures known as organs-on-a-chip, which simulate the architecture, function, and physiological response of human organs.  This National Research Council workshop will explore the potential of these biological platforms as an alternative to animal models in environmental health research. The event will be webcast.


Quality improvement to mental health care

July 23 | Washington, D.C.

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore approaches to quality improvement in and outside the mental health care field, including the areas of treatment fidelity, implementation, and health technology.


Regional disaster response coordination to support health outcomes

July 24 | Minneapolis

When a disaster strikes, it rarely impacts just one jurisdiction. The Institute of Medicine is holding a series of three workshops to explore the unique considerations jurisdictions must take into account when an entire region is affected. This second workshop in the series will examine information sharing and management across the emergency response spectrum, how information management can augment response efforts in a regional emergency, and how multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders can best coordinate to ensure successful health outcomes.


Informed consent and health literacy

July 28 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine will hold a workshop to discuss the effect of regulatory requirements on health-related communications and ways to meet these requirements. The workshop will be webcast.


International Conference on Census Methods

July 31 and Aug. 1 | Washington, D.C.

The National Research Council is convening an international conference on 2020-round census methods, which will cover priority research areas including online self-response options, administrative records, geographic resources, and field operations re-engineering.






-- 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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