"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.

Selected Events in September 2018
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/.

Medical Product Shortages During Disasters
Sept. 5 and 6 | Washington, D.C.
Recent disaster and public health emergencies including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the treatment of Ebola patients, have highlighted the impact that shortages of commonly used medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals can have on health care delivery and emergency response.  This workshop will explore opportunities to improve and build upon the current evidence base on the effects of medical product shortages, and subsequent product inventory conservation efforts on patient health and to predict, prevent, and respond to such future shortages in the United States.

Advancing Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education
Sept. 6 and 7 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will consider the future of undergraduate STEM education in light of broader changes in society and the economy. Participants will leave with new ideas for thinking broadly and systemically about improving student learning in undergraduate STEM education. This event will be webcast.

Suicide Prevention Among People with Serious Mental Illness
Sept. 11 and 12 | Washington, D.C.
Over the past decade, the rate of suicides has continued to rise and is now the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S., and research suggests that nearly 90 percent of individuals who die by suicide have experienced mental illness. This workshop will examine opportunities to prevent suicide among people with serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia, and other disorders that result in significant functional impairment. The event will be webcast.

Improving the American Community Survey
Sept. 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will assess recent methodological research conducted by the Census Bureau to improve American Community Survey (ACS), which replaced the previous decennial census long-form sample. The workshop will examine efforts to improve communication materials provided to respondents to encourage response as well as the follow-up procedures with respondents.

Reports Scheduled for Release in September
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings from the Academies 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.

An Astrobiology Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe
Examines the state of the science of astrobiology as it relates to the search for life in the solar system and extrasolar planetary system.

Exoplanet Science Strategy
Recommends a strategy that outlines the key scientific questions for exoplanet science and research and related measurement and technology goals.

Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. 5 Geological Survey Water Mission Area
Provides guidance to the USGS Water Mission Area as it works to address the most compelling national water resource and science needs during the next several decades.

Improving Data Collection and Reporting for Measuring the Activities of Increasingly Complex Farm Structures
Reviews, assesses, and makes recommendations for the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service and Economic Research Service on effective methods for collecting data and reporting information about American agriculture given the changes and increased complexity in farm business structure.

Learning Through Citizen Science: Designing for Impact
Identifies and describes existing citizen science projects that seek to support science learning, consider research on science learning in both formal and informal settings, and develop a set of evidence-based principles to guide the design of citizen science projects that have science learning as a goal.

Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply
Reviews the uses of Operations Support Tool developed by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to help predict future water level and quantity conditions in the city's reservoir system.

Science Investigations and Engineering Design in Grades 6-12
Provides guidance for designing and implementing science investigations and engineering design for middle and high school students that takes into account the new vision for science education embodied in the Academies' report Framework for K-12 Science Education and standards based upon it.

Supporting English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives
Examines research on supporting English language learners from pre-K to 12th grade through learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects, including the role of language in learning STEM; successful programs or interventions both within the United States and abroad; and the learning needs of both pre-service and in-service STEM teachers with respect to English learners.

ALSO OF INTEREST

Exhibitions


Event
Sept. 12 | Washington, D.C.
What is the secret of Soylent Green? LabX is hosting a summer movie night with more 1970s sci-fi fun along with food trucks and hands-on activities. Register now for FREE tickets.

Event
Sept. 20 | Washington, D.C.
D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. In September, DASER explores the topic of art and the brain. Registration required.

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