"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 September


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.




Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

[National Research Council]

Addresses the likelihood of various components of the Earth system to undergo major and rapid changes and examines some of the most important potential associated impacts and risks. The report will also explore how to monitor the climate for warnings of abrupt changes and emerging impacts.




Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

[Institute of Medicine]

Analyzes the scope and severity of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children and adolescents under the age of 18 in the U.S. and presents strategies, policies, and practices to respond to the issue. More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/SexualExploitationSexTrafficking.aspx.


Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis

[Institute of Medicine]

Examines opportunities for and challenges to delivering high-quality cancer care and provides recommendations for its improvement. The report updates the 1999 IOM report Ensuring Quality Cancer Care. More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Quality/QualityCancerCareAging.aspx.


Health and Incarceration -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a December 2012 workshop on health and incarceration that brought together leading academic and practicing experts to review existing knowledge on health issues specific to incarceration and identify opportunities to improve health care for prisoners. The workshop was held to inform an ongoing consensus study.


New Directions of Child Abuse and Research

[Institute of Medicine]

Recommends research priorities on child abuse and maltreatment for the next decade. The report updates the 1993 National Research Council report Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/ChildMaltreatment.aspx.


Ranking Vaccines: A Prioritization Software (Phase II)

[Institute of Medicine]

The Institute of Medicine is developing a framework and a software tool called Strategic Multi-Attribute Ranking Tool for Vaccines, or SMART Vaccines, to assist in prioritizing which vaccines most urgently need to be developed for the United States and other countries. Phase II of this study develops a decision-support tool for prioritizing new vaccines. More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/VaccineTargets.aspx.


A Ready and Resilient Workforce: Strategies for the Department of Homeland Security

[Institute of Medicine]

Explores how to improve the physical and mental well-being of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security work force and identifies the elements of a five-year strategic plan for the DHSTogether program. More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/HealthServices/DHSWorkforceResilience.aspx.




The Quality of Science and Engineering at the NNSA National Security Laboratories

[National Research Council]

This congressionally mandated report, the second of a two-phase study, reviews the quality of scientific research and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories, which are part of the National Nuclear Security Administration. The first report, released in February 2012, examined management of the laboratories.



Selected Events Through September 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) to register or obtain additional information on all meetings. A full listing of events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.


Building resilience through partnerships

Sept. 5 | Washington, D.C.

As a follow-up to its 2012 report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, the National Research Council is hosting a public meeting and workshop to explore opportunities to further build resilience coalitions among decision makers, experts, and the private sector, and set a path for future Research Council resilience activities. Those who cannot attend can watch a live video webcast at http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nas/130905/.


Measuring human capabilities

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

A National Research Council committee will hold a public workshop to discuss the current and future state-of-the-science in measuring individual capability and combining individual capabilities to create collective capacity to perform. Seating is limited; reporters who wish to cover the event must register in advance.


Geoengineering climate

Sept. 10 and 11 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee evaluating the technical aspects of proposed geoengineering techniques will hold its second public meeting to gather information from experts and stakeholders. Registration is required. A forthcoming agenda will be available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingId=6805.


Mapping the food system

Sept. 16 and 17 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council are holding a workshop to gather information and develop a framework for assessing effects of the food system.  The workshop will include moderated sessions on defining the food system; examining its environmental, socio-economic, and health effects; and using frameworks and sustainability indicators.


The Science of Science Communication II

Sept. 23-25 | Washington, D.C.

Communicating about science-based issues such as climate change, evolution, or the obesity crisis can often be overwhelmed by controversy. This event, part of the National Academy of Sciences' Sackler Colloquium series, examines some of the latest social science research on communication and its implications for governance, policy, and public engagement. Seating is limited; reporters who wish to cover the event must register in advance.


Influence of global environmental change on infectious disease

Sept. 24 and 25 | Washington, D.C.

This IOM workshop will explore the scientific and policy implications of the potential impacts of global environmental change on infectious disease emergence, establishment, and spread.






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 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 through Feb. 10, 2014.

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 September:

-- Geoengineering by David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (Sept. 25, 7 p.m.)

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





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