Date: Aug. 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





Science in agency decision making

Sept. 10

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council workshop will consider Science in the Administrative Process: A Study of Agency Decision Making Approaches, a draft report by the Administrative Conference of the United States, and discuss its recommendations, including issues related to the integrity and transparency of science-based regulation and public accessibility to agency scientific evidence.  The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  A full agenda and registration information can be found at

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


Assessing K-12 science proficiency

Sept. 13

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council workshop will focus on strategies for assessing science practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  More information will be available at

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


Arts and well-being in older adults

Sept. 14

(Washington, D.C.)

A workshop co-hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institute on Aging, and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will identify research gaps and opportunities for exploring the relationship of arts and creativity to physical health and psychological well-being in older adults.  The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  A full agenda can be found at  Space is limited.  Reporters should register in advance.

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


Review of EPA's IRIS process

Sept. 17

(Washington, D.C.)

A National Research Council committee reviewing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process will hold an information-gathering meeting to hear from invited speakers.  The meeting will be held at 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


Social and behavioral sciences in action

Sept. 24

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council symposium will feature perspectives on the contributions of the social and behavioral sciences to the diverse areas of national security, medicine, and engineering.  The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  Registration is required; reporters wishing to attend should contact the Office of News and Public Information.  Those who cannot attend may watch via webcast at  More information can be found 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 September.  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.




Continuing Kepler's Quest: Assessing Air Force Space Command's Astrodynamics Standards

[National Research Council]

Assesses the astrodynamic standards established by Air Force Space Command and their effectiveness in meeting mission performance needs, as well as possible alternatives.


Making Sense of Ballistic Missile Defense: An Assessment of Concepts and Systems for U.S. Boost-Phase Missile Defense in Comparison to Other Alternatives

[National Research Council]

Examines the feasibility, practicality, and affordability of U.S. boost-phase missile defenses and compares them with other alternatives for countering limited nuclear or conventional ballistic missile attacks against deployed U.S., allies, or the U.S. homeland.


Reusable Booster System: Review and Assessment

[National Research Council]

Reviews and assesses the Space and Missile Systems Center/Air Force Research Laboratory concept for a Reusable Booster System for the U.S. Air Force.





Exposure Science in the 21st Century

[National Research Council]

Presents a road map of how technology innovations and strategic collaborations can advance the field of exposure science, which examines the intensity and duration of contact that humans and other organisms have with chemical, physical, or biologic stressors. 


A National Strategy for Advancing Climate Modeling

[National Research Council]

Develops a strategy for the nation's climate models to progress and improve over the next 10 to 20 years.


A National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide-Resistant Weeds -- Workshop Proceedings

[National Research Council]

Summarizes presentations and discussions at a May 2012 national summit that examined best management practices to avoid, mitigate, and control herbicide-resistant weeds.


Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead

[National Research Council]

Assesses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's capabilities to develop, obtain, and use the best available new scientific and technological information and tools to meet challenges and opportunities across the agency's programs.


Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels

[National Research Council]

Examines concerns associated with large-scale deployment of algal biofuels -- a renewable fuel produced from microalgae and cyanobacteria -- and potential strategies for mitigating those concerns.





Access to HIV Care: Implications of Health Care Reform in the United States

[Institute of Medicine]

In response to a request from the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, this report evaluates available federal and private data systems that capture information about HIV care and recommends ways to make the most of these systems and to supplement them so that the impact of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the measures aimed at improving HIV/AIDS care in the Affordable Care Act can be accurately gauged.


Community-Based Prevention: A Framework for Valuing

[Institute of Medicine]

Offers a framework for assessing the value of community-based, nonclinical prevention policy and wellness strategies, especially those aimed at preventing long-term chronic diseases.


Evaluation of the Lovell Federal Health Care Center Merger

[Institute of Medicine]

Evaluates the 2010 merger of separate U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration medical facilities in north Chicago into the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and reviews whether the combined facility is serving the needs of all eligible patients and families as well as the merger's effects on health outcomes, quality of care provided, patients' and providers' satisfaction, and costs of care.


Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth

[Institute of Medicine]

Evaluates the association of the components of youth fitness tests, such as chin-ups, to selected health outcomes and recommends evidence-based measures.


Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces

[Institute of Medicine]

In response to a request from Congress, this report reviews the adequacy of the U.S. Defense Department's programs and approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs.  The report recommends ways that the military service branches and the department can improve the effectiveness of their efforts to tackle these disorders.


What's Ailing America? The U.S. Health Disadvantage in Cross-National Perspective

[National Research Council and Institute of Medicine]

Examines what is known about international differences among high-income countries in various measures of health and disability over the entire life course and discusses what these findings imply for public health.  The report also explores alternative explanations and potential causes for the disparity, including individual and societal risk factors that may have a differential impact on health outcomes across countries.





Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population

[National Research Council]

Lays out a framework for evaluating the long-run macroeconomic implications of population aging, including trends in retirement ages, capabilities for government to maintain current levels of publicly funded support for the elderly, and levels of personal savings necessary to sustain living standards in retirement.


Assessing the Research and Policy Value Potential of the American Time Use Survey's Subjective Well-Being Module: Considerations for its Continuation Beyond 2012

[National Research Council]

This phase one report provides a preliminary assessment of the value of a portion of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey, which links self-reported well-being information to individuals' activities and time use patterns.  It considers the contributions of a third wave of data collection, whether modifications to the survey would improve it, and if experimental options could be tested to optimize the survey design.


Measuring What We Spend: Toward a New Consumer Expenditure Survey

[National Research Council]

Provides recommendations for the planned redesign of the Consumer Expenditure Surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which gather information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on expenditures, income, and household characteristics.





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.  Upcoming events include:

-- Worldwide Views on Biodiversity, a global event discussing solutions to problems associated with biodiversity loss (Sept. 15, 9 a.m., application required.  View details at

For more information, visit    

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


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 September:

-- The World in 2050 by Laurence Smith, professor and vice chair, department of geography, University of California, Los Angeles (Sept. 5, 7 p.m.)

-- Pyramids, Mummies, and Magic: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Funerary Beliefs and Practices by Lanny Bell, visiting researcher in Egyptology, Brown University, Providence, R.I. (Sept. 27, 7 p.m.)

More information on these events is available at

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


Art and science in the D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit       

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





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