Date: June 25, 2013


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Currently scheduled for release in July:




Building the Next Generation of Earth Scientists: An Examination of Federal Education and Training Programs

[National Research Council]

Examines earth science education and training programs in federal agencies, identifies program evaluation criteria and provides examples of successful programs, and describes ways that federal agencies can leverage education and training efforts to improve recruitment.


Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule in Relation to the Behavioral and Social Sciences -- Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a public workshop that discussed possible revisions to the Common Rule for the protection of human subjects in research of particular relevance to the behavioral and social sciences.





Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century -- Summary of a Symposium Series

[National Research Council]

Summarizes three symposia held during 2011 and 2012 in London, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C., that explored recent developments in synthetic biology -- a field that applies engineering principles to design biological parts that can perform specific functions -- and possible directions for the field's future.


Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections and Governance Linkages

[National Research Council]

Recommends steps federal agencies can take to cooperate more effectively with one another, NGOs, and the private sector to address complex sustainability challenges. The report also offers a decision-making framework to guide the implementation of sustainability-related projects and programs.





Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade

[Institute of Medicine]

Updates the 1993 National Research Council report Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, and recommends research priorities on child abuse and neglect for the next 10 years.


Crisis Standards of Care: A Toolkit for Indicators and Triggers  

[Institute of Medicine]

Following any catastrophic disaster, medical care shifts from focusing on individuals to using limited resources to obtain the best possible health results for a whole population.  This report presents a guide to help stakeholders identify surge and capability problems and triggers that may govern their health system's transition across a continuum of care -- including from conventional standards of care, to crisis surge response, and back to conventional standards of care.


Pursuing Value in Health Care: Target Decision Making, Not Geography

[Institute of Medicine]

This final report examines regional variation in health spending and whether Medicare payment for physicians and hospitals should incorporate a value index that would modify reimbursements based on geographic area.





Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security: A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues

[National Research Council]

Articulates a framework for policymakers, institutions, and individual researchers to think about ethical, legal, and societal issues that relate to technologies with potential military application.


Research Progress on Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Nanomaterials

[National Research Council]

Based on research criteria developed in a previous Research Council report, this second report addresses to what extent short- and long-term research priorities have been initiated, evaluates research progress in understanding the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials, and updates research priorities based on recent study results and emerging trends in the nanotechnology industry.





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. 


Individual, team, and management factors

July 1 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council public workshop will be held to discuss factors at the individual and team levels that influence the processes and outcomes of team science.  The workshop will be held at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  The event will also be webcast liveRegistration required to attend or to participate in the webcast.


Documentary screening and panel discussion on Rett Syndrome

July 9 | Washington, D.C.

The award-winning documentary RETT: THERE IS HOPE showcases the struggles of families living with Rett Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that strikes toddler girls. The Washington, D.C. premier will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  The panel discussion following the screening will include Institute of Medicine member Huda Zoghbi, who identified the genetic cause of Rett Syndrome, and Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg.


Autonomy research for civil aviation

July 10 and 11 | Washington, D.C.

This is the first information-gathering meeting for a National Research Council study that will produce a prioritized set of comprehensive technical goals and objectives of importance to the civil aeronautics community and the nation.  The meeting will be held in the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.


Needs of young adults with cancer

July 15 and 16 | Washington, D.C.

Each year nearly 70,000 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer, approximately eight times more than children under age 15.  This Institute of Medicine workshop will identify gaps and challenges in caring for this population and discuss potential strategies and actions to improve the quality of care.  The workshop will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  The event will also be webcast live.  Registration to attend or to participate via webcast is required.


Global environmental health and sustainable development

July 25 | Virtual

This Institute of Medicine webinar, the final in a three-part series, will focus on health in the context of United Nations' processes to development post-2015 and sustainable development goals.  During the webinar, presenters will discuss the sectors in which health-related indicators are best-supported scientifically and could have the most impact within the various UN processes under way; population growth and family planning as a possible area to link the economic, environmental, and health sectors; and challenges associated with comparing across co-benefit studies from various sectors with varying levels of evidence.  The webinar will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.





Museum events

(Washington, D.C.)

The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences holds public programs and exhibits on a wide variety of science-related topics.  Coming up in July:

-- Bring your families and celebrate summer with special hands-on science activities on July 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities are included with regular admission.  Tour the exhibits to find out how small changes can make a difference for your health and our environment.

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail


Doctor Faustus: A Staged Reading

(Washington, D.C.)

Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the Shakespeare Theatre Company for a free staged reading of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. The play, written in 1592, is based on the story of Faust, an alchemist who strikes up a deal with the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Directed by Jenny Lord, the reading will begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 in the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. This event is free and open to the public; advance registration and a photo ID are required.

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


Distinctive Voices@The Jonsson Center

(Woods Hole, Mass.)

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

-- People Behaving Badly, Robots Behaving Better? Embedding Ethics in Autonomous Combat Robots by Ronald C. Arkin, Regents' Professor and director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology (July 11, 7 p.m. EDT)

-- Age of Networks by Jennifer Chayes, distinguished scientist and managing director, Microsoft Research (July 31, 7 p.m. EDT)

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





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