"Reports & Events" is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies.



Reports Currently Scheduled for Release in August


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 news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.




Geotargeted Alerts and Warnings -- Report of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps

[National Research Council]

Summarizes discussions from a workshop on the potential for more precise geographical targeting to improve the effectiveness of disaster alerts and warnings, including the role of emerging technologies to create, deliver, and display warnings.


Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in Space Science -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Reviews lessons learned and best practices for implementing recommendations from the Research Council's most recent decadal surveys on solar and space physics, planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, and earth science and its applications from space.





Design of the National Children's Study -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Reviews a proposed design of the National Children's Study (NCS) Main Study to determine the scientific merit of its sampling frame, sample design, and recruitment and retention process, and in particular, whether results could be applied in general to a national population and population groups.


Estimating the Occurrence of Rape and Sexual Assault

[National Research Council]

Examines conceptual and methodological issues surrounding survey statistics on rape and sexual assault and offers recommendations to the Bureau of Justice Statistics on best methods for obtaining such statistics on an ongoing basis. The report examines legal definitions in use by the states for these crimes and how to best represent those definitions in surveys so that their meanings are clear to respondents.


The U.S. Cybersecurity Work Force and the Role of Professionalization

[National Research Council]

Examines work-force requirements for cybersecurity for the federal military and civilian work force, private industry, and state and local governments, and assesses the segments and job functions where professionalization is most needed.





Delta Waters: Research to Support Integrated Water and Environmental Management in the Lower Mississippi River

[National Research Council]

Identifies strategic research opportunities for water resource management in the lower Mississippi River and discusses how knowledge gained could be applied to similar coastal regions around the world.


Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States

[National Research Council]

Analyzes the effects of a federal mandate to rebuild overfished stocks, evaluates the success of rebuilding plans, and discusses changes in fisheries management made in response to rebuilding requirements.





Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress

[Institute of Medicine]

Develops a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of national obesity prevention efforts and a community-level measurement plan that adds detail and support to the national-level plan. Additional study information

[Members of the committee that wrote the report will discuss the report's findings and recommendations and answer questions during a free public webinar that will accompany the release of the report.]


Partnering With Patients to Drive Shared Decisions, Better Value, and Care Improvement -- Workshop Proceedings

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions of a February 2013 workshop that focused on building insights and recognition on increased patient, family, and citizen engagement in achieving better outcomes and lower costs in health care.


Twenty-second Interim Report of the Committee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels

[National Research Council]

An independent review of the proposed Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for selected hazardous substances.




Selected Events Through August 2013


Click on each event's title to access its agenda and registration page. Unless otherwise indicated, contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu) for additional information on all meetings.  A full listing of events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.


Caffeine in dietary supplements and other foods

Aug. 5 and 6 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine is holding a workshop to discuss potential health impacts stemming from the consumption of caffeine in dietary supplements and conventional foods, alone or in combination with other substances found in products commonly referred to as "energy products."  The workshop will also be video webcast live at www.national-academies.org.  


Engaging family private forest owners on issues related to climate change

Aug. 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.

This National Research Council workshop will feature presentations and discussion by experts to address pertinent issues that may arise as private forest owners respond to expected changes to their forest assets due to climate change. 


Safety in academic chemistry labs

Aug. 28 and 29 | Boston

A National Research Council committee examining laboratory safety in non-industrial settings will hold its third committee meeting to hear from experts and the academic community. 


NAS Gulf Program

Aug. 29 and 30 | Washington, D.C.

The advisory group for the National Academy of Science Gulf Program will hold its second meeting to talk with federal agencies and other organizations about potential opportunities for the program.   





New Exhibitions

-- "Steve Miller: Crossing the Line"

Steve Miller's work dissolves conventional distinctions between text and image to explore what distinguishes art from science. On exhibit Aug. 5, 2013, through Jan. 13, 2014.

-- "Nests: Photographs by Sharon Beals"

More than 20 of Sharon Beals' photographs of nests offer a new window onto the life and beauty of birds. On exhibit Aug. 26, 2013, through Feb. 10, 2014.


Both exhibits will be on display at the NAS building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The galleries are open on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A photo ID is required for admittance. CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415, aquinn@nas.edu


Distinctive Voices@The Jonsson Center

This series of public events held at the Academies' Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, Mass., explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Coming in August:

-- Symposium - The NAS at 150: Celebrating Service to the Nation by historians Daniel Kevles, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, and Peter Westwick (Aug. 3, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT)

-- Regenerative Engineering by Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering, University of Connecticut (Aug. 27, 7 p.m. EDT)

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail voicesatbeckman@nas.edu





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