"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 August

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.


Data Breach Aftermath and Recovery for Individuals and Institutions

Summarizes an October 2015 workshop that focused on response mechanisms to amend damage when massive data breaches occur.


National Security Space Defense and Protection

Reviews the options available to address threats in space systems, assess potential strategies and plans to counter such threats, and recommend courses of actions to address them.


Transitioning Toward Sustainability: Advancing the Scientific Foundation -- Proceedings of a Workshop

Summarizes a January 2016 workshop where participants discussed progress made in sustainability science during the last 15 years, potential opportunities for advancing the research, and use of scientific knowledge to support a transition toward sustainability.



Selected Events Through August 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/.


Respiratory Protective Devices for Health Care Workers

Aug. 1 | Washington, D.C.

The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have responsibilities for evaluating and regulating respiratory protective devices (RPDs) for health care workers. A NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirator is a type of device that covers the user's nose and mouth. A subset of RPDs intended for use in health care settings to prevent transmission of microorganisms, namely NIOSH-approved surgical N95 respirators, are also reviewed by FDA as Class II medical devices. The distinction between NIOSH approval and FDA clearance may create confusion among health care delivery organizations and end users. In order to provide clarity, NIOSH and FDA are considering streamlining the approach for regulatory oversight for N95s intended for use in health care settings. This workshop will explore the strengths and limitations of several current test methods as well as identify ongoing research and research needs.


Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable

Aug. 2 | Washington, D.C.

Representatives from universities, industry, and NASA will gather at the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable to discuss autonomy in aviation and NASA's research focus in the area.


Long-Term Management of Spirit Lake and Toutle River System

Aug. 3 and 4 | Kelso, Wash.

This is the second public meeting of an Academies' committee developing a decision-making framework that would inform the long-term management of risks related to the Spirit Lake and Toutle River system in Washington state.


Strengthening News Coverage of Social and Behavioral Science

Aug. 9 | Washington, D.C.

The Academies' Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host this seminar on improving the identification of newsworthy social and behavioral science and how it is reported through all media. Invited speakers include social and behavioral scientists experienced in communicating science, journalists and other media and organizations that use social science in their reporting, and academic experts in uses of media for science communication. The event will be webcast.


Summertime Opportunities to Improve Child Education and Health Outcomes

Aug. 25 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will feature discussions on programs that serve youths (pre-K through 12th grade) over the summer in the areas of education and health, such as those run by schools/districts, libraries, museums, community-based organizations, and summer camps. Participants will also discuss issues faced by agencies, implementers, and funders related to supporting the implementation of high-quality summertime opportunities to improve child outcomes.






Aug. 5 and 19 | 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 -- everything 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.



Aug. 6 | 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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