Date: July 27, 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





Role of telehealth

Aug. 8 and 9

(Washington, D.C.)

Participants at this Institute of Medicine workshop will share perspectives on telehealth’s potential to serve geographically isolated individuals and extend the reach of scarce resources while emphasizing quality and value in the delivery of services. The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at

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Global scientific data infrastructures

Aug. 29

(Washington, D.C.)

The governments of the United States, the European Union, Australia, and Canada are examining models to accelerate the progress of data-intensive research.  At this National Research Council forum, researchers and industry experts will discuss efforts that a global scientific organization could take to facilitate data interoperability and the stakeholder communities that are essential to success.  The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in Room 120 in the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. N.W.  A complete agenda and registration information are available at  Those who cannot attend may listen to a webcast at

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


Education for health professionals

Aug. 29 and 30

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore innovation in the education of health professionals. Topics will include innovations in curriculum development, teaching, and assuring that health care professionals’ training aligns with the needs of clinical practice, patients, and the health care delivery system. The workshop will take place in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., 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 August.  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.




Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Road Map for the U.S. Geological Survey

[National Research Council]

Provides a vision for a spatial data infrastructure -- a framework of geographic information, metadata, tools, and a user community -- that could support science within the USGS.


Examination of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Capability Planning and Analysis (CP&A) Process

[National Research Council]

Reviews the Air Force's current approach to the corporate processes for generating ISR capability and recommends improvements or changes where needed.


Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation

[National Research Council]

Assesses the current state of optical science and engineering in the United States and abroad and recommends actions for developing and maintaining global leadership in the photonics-driven industry -- including both near-term and long-range goals, likely participants, and responsible agents of change.


Solar and Space Physics: Science for a Technological Society

[National Research Council]

Provides an overview of the science and a broad survey of the current state of knowledge in the field, including a discussion of the relationship between space- and ground-based science research and its connection to other scientific areas.  The report also identifies the highest priority scientific targets for 2013-2022 and presents an integrated research strategy to address these targets.


Transforming Glycoscience: A Vision for the Future

[National Research Council]

Develops a road map with research goals to advance the field of glycoscience -- the study of complex carbohydrates called glycans that are one of the four fundamental molecules of living systems along with nucleic acids, lipids, and proteins.





Review of the Conduct of Operations for Remediation of Recovered Chemical Warfare Materiel from Burial Sites

[National Research Council]

Looks at the organizations involved with remediation of suspected chemical warfare materiel (CWM) disposal sites and suggests ways to make the coordination more effective.


Science for Environmental Protection in the 21st Century

[National Research Council]

Assesses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s capabilities of developing, obtaining, and using the best scientific and technological information to meet mission challenges and opportunities across the agency’s research and regulatory programs.


Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None

[National Research Council]

Assesses the now-completed $5 billion program that modernized the National Weather Service forecasting technologies and recommends how to best plan, deploy, and oversee future improvements. 





Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

[National Academies]

Identifies ways to increase national resilience to natural disasters and hazards at the federal, state, and local community levels.  The report provides goals, baseline conditions, and metrics for resilience and outlines gaps that need to be addressed.


Future Uses of the DOD Joint Pathology Center Biorepository

[Institute of Medicine]

The Joint Pathology Center was established in 2008 to maintain a large collection of biological specimens, some of which date back to the Civil War. This report assesses the state of the repository’s collection and offers recommendations on the retention and maintenance of the specimens as well as their use in clinical research, education, and health care.


Medical Care Economic Risk: Measuring Financial Vulnerability From Spending on Medical Care

[National Research Council and Institute of Medicine]

Provides recommendations toward the development of a new measure that estimates the proportion of families and children who are at risk of incurring high out-of-pocket medical care expenses relative to their resources. This new medical care risk index would be a companion to the Supplemental Poverty Measure and would enable the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine which groups face a greater likelihood of economic insecurity due to inadequate or lack of health insurance coverage.


Twenty-First Interim Report of the Committee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (Parts A and B)

[National Research Council]

Reviews the proposed acute exposure guideline levels (AEGLs) for more than 20 extremely hazardous substances developed by an interagency National Advisory Committee.





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 August:

-- Exploring the Possibilities of Do-It-Yourself Assistive Technology by Amy Hurst, assistant professor of Human-Centered Computing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Aug. 7, 7 p.m.)

-- Effective Communication Skills to Optimize the Patient-Provider Relationship by Douglas Drossman, president, Drossman Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, and adjunct professor of medicine and psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill (Aug. 29, 7 p.m.)

More information on these events is available at

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





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