"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 July

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.


Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment: Criteria, Factors, and Methods

This is the third report in a series of five that determines social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and how to account for these factors in Medicare value-based payment programs.  This report specifies criteria that could be used to determine whether a socio-economic status factor should be accounted for in Medicare quality, resources use, or other measures used in Medicare payment programs. 


Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability -- Workshop Summary

Summarizes a September 2015 workshop that examined the internal and external factors affecting decadal-scale variability in climate, and explored opportunities for improving modeling and observations and addressing knowledge gaps.


The Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research: Remembering Yesterday, Understanding Today, Anticipating Tomorrow
Examines the past and current research in atmospheric chemistry, and recommends priorities and strategic steps for the field in the next decade.  


Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Birth to Age 8

Identifies a core set of parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices tied to positive parent-child interactions and outcomes for children birth to age 8.  The report includes policy recommendations for health, human services, and education systems to promote wide-scale adoption of evidence-based strategies that support this core set universally and across a variety of specific populations, such as fathers, immigrant families, and parents of children with disabilities.


Review of Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Assesses the progress of responses to the strategies, goals and priorities outlined in the Academies' 2010 decadal survey, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics.


Selected Events Through July 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/.


Performance-Based Safety Regulation

July 12 | Washington, D.C.

Performance-based regulation to manage risk in high-hazard industries has been adopted by many nations and some industries in the United States because this approach promises to overcome the inherent limitations of enforcing compliance through prescriptive regulation. This is the second information-gathering session of an Academies committee charged with examining the advantages and disadvantages of performance-based safety regulation and identifying constraints on U.S. regulators from pursuing this approach.  Panel discussions will focus on pipeline integrity management and enforcement, safety culture, and the rulemaking process.


Personnel Selection in Forensic Science

July 14 and 15 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will cover the current status of selection and training of forensic scientists who specialize in pattern evidence, tools used in industrial and organizational psychology to understand elements of a task, and ways aptitude and performance can be measured.  Participants will include forensic scientists, industrial-organizational psychologists, experts on personnel selection and testing, and other researchers.  The event will be webcast.


Approaches to the Development of Character

July 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.

Character education -- often a component of activities that engage students in academics, sports, and service -- aims to develop or strengthen positive behaviors, attitudes, values, or attributes in young people.  This workshop will review research and practice relevant to the development of character, with a particular focus on ideas that can support the adults who develop and run out-of-school programs.  The event will be webcast.






July 8 and 22 | Washington, D.C.

Explore the ocean through Koshland's hands-on science program this summer. Each session focuses on a different aspect of the ocean -- from ocean engineering to ocean-related STEM careers.  Students can build a water filter, discover the effects of ocean acidification on bivalves, design a reusable lunch bag, and much more. Events are free, but registration is recommended.



July 16 | Washington, D.C.

Meet up at the Albert Einstein Memorial for your chance to talk with astrophysicist John C. Mather, the 2006 Nobel Prize winner in physics. 



July 17 | Washington, D.C.

Sit down with a scientist and allow them to share their experiences with you at Koshland Science Museum. Registration is required.








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