Date: June 28, 2012 

Editor: Nicole Joy

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"Reports & Events" is a monthly list of selected events open to the public and a listing of National Academies reports tentatively scheduled for release next month.  A complete listing of events can be accessed at





Economics of genomic medicine

July 17 and 18

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop invites economists, regulators, payers, and providers of health care to analyze scenarios in which genomic information can be used to make clinical decisions and to identify factors that influence costs and ways to integrate genomics.  The workshop will take place at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


NASA's strategic direction

July 26 and 27

(Washington, D.C.)

This is the third meeting of a National Research Council committee assessing whether the direction of NASA as defined in its 2011 strategic plan remains viable and whether the agency’s activities and organization efficiently and effectively support that direction in light of constrained budgets.  The event will be held at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda is available at
CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Potential of telemedicine

Aug. 8 and 9

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore telemedicine's prospects in serving geographically isolated individuals and extending the reach of health care resources.  Participants will discuss the current evidence base, technological developments, and effects of public policies.  The event will take place at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail





The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in July.  However, 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.




Key National Education Indicators -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Describes presentations and discussions at a workshop held as the first step toward developing a portfolio of 20 key measurements of the state and progress of education in the United States.


Rising to the Challenge: U.S. Innovation Policy for the Global Economy

[National Research Council]

Identifies actions needed to strengthen U.S R&D, economic innovation, and work force development to remain globally competitive.





Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security

[National Research Council]

Explores the potential impact of climate change on glaciers that feed streams and regional waterways in the Himalayas.





An Analysis of the Requirements and Alternatives for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory Capabilities

[National Research Council]

Examines the needs and alternatives for a foreign animal and zoonotic disease research laboratory in the U.S. -- including the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Kansas as currently designed, a scaled-back version of NBAF, and maintenance of current capabilities at Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York -- while leveraging the laboratory capacity of foreign laboratories.


Confronting Care Complexity: Continuous Learning for Better Care at Lower Cost

[Institute of Medicine]

Identifies obstacles and recommends policy initiatives and priorities to foster continuous learning and improvement in health care delivery while controlling costs and ensuring value.  More information on the study is available at  





The New Global Ecosystem in Advanced Computing: Implications for U.S. Competitiveness and Defense

[National Research Council]

Looks at the implications of computing performance trends and the challenge presented by the shift to multicore processors for the U.S.





Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center

(Irvine, Calif.)

This series of public events at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Coming up in July:

-- Safe and High-Quality Health Care: A View from the Institute of Medicine, by Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C. (July 17, 7 p.m.)

-- Oceans, Climate, and Global Infectious Disease: The Cholera Paradigm, by Rita Colwell, chairman of Canon U.S. Life Sciences Inc., and Distinguished University Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and University of Maryland, College Park. (July 26, 7 p.m.)

More information on these events is available at
CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail





Check out podcasts from the National Academies on all areas of science, engineering, and medicine at, informational booklets and other useful publications at, and resources on evolution at  


View the most recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences articles online by visiting This Week in Early Edition at, or PNAS in the News at  Journalists may register to receive embargoed material by contacting the PNAS News Office at


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