Date: Aug. 29, 2011 

Editor: Nicole Joy

202-334-2138; e-mail


"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



Board anniversary

Sept. 13

(Washington, D.C.)

The National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open session panel about its past and future research.  The event will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at  Members of the public must register by Sept. 6.

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


Frontiers of Engineering

Sept. 19-21

(Mountain View, Calif.)

One hundred of the nation's outstanding young engineers from industry, academia, and government will gather at Google's headquarters to discuss cutting-edge developments in additive manufacturing, engineering of sustainable buildings, semantic processing, and neuroprosthetics, among other topics.

For more information, visit

CONTACT:  Randy Atkins, 202-334-1508 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.




Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age

[National Research Council]

Reviews statistical information collection and distribution efforts of the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics and identifies areas for improvement.


Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research

[National Research Council]

Reviews available research on how adults learn to read and write and recommends ways policymakers and educators can better support literacy among adults.


Measuring Impacts of Federal Research Investments -- Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Summarizes an April workshop that delved into whether the impacts and practical benefits of research to society can be measured either quantitatively or qualitatively.


Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

[National Research Council]

This manual is intended to guide judges as they manage cases involving complex scientific evidence.  The third edition includes new chapters on forensic science, neuroscience, and mental health.





Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating the Evidence

[Institute of Medicine]

Reviews the evidence about the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation therapy for treating individuals with short-term and chronic traumatic brain injury.


Essential Health Benefits

[Institute of Medicine]

At the request of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the IOM recommends criteria and methods for determining what should be included in the package of essential health benefits that qualified health plans must cover under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Ethical and Scientific Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs

[Institute of Medicine]

Though all prescription drugs are tested in clinical trials before they are available to the public, the risks of some drugs may not appear until much later.  This is the committee's final report on the scientific and ethical issues involved in conducting studies of the safety of approved drugs.


Pre-Positioning Antibiotics for Anthrax

[Institute of Medicine]

In response to a request from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this report provides guidance on prepositioning drugs in clinics, offices, and people's homes to counter an attack using anthrax or other similar pathogens.


Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010

[Institute of Medicine]

The latest report in IOM's biennial review of the evidence on health problems that may be linked to exposure to herbicides sprayed during the Vietnam War.




Building the 21st Century: U.S.-China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovation -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a 2010 workshop that investigated opportunities and challenges for cooperation between these two nations in a range of areas, including renewable energy development, innovation clusters, and medical research.


Examining Core Elements of International Research Collaboration -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a July 2010 workshop that explored how to lower barriers to scientific research collaborations among nations.  Among the topics discussed were cultural differences, intellectual property, research ethics, and export controls.





Designing the Microbial Commons

[National Research Council]

Summarizes an October 2009 symposium that explored ways to stimulate more publicly funded research in microbiology and to promote wider access to research databases, literature, and materials.


A Framework for Developing a New Taxonomy of Disease

[National Research Council]

Examines the feasibility of creating a new approach to classify human diseases based on molecular and other biological information.


Water Reuse: Expanding the Nation's Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater

[National Research Council]

Looks at the potential for water reclamation and reuse of municipal wastewater to enhance supply alternatives. 





Industrial Methods for the Effective Testing and Development of Defense Systems

[National Research Council]

Examines ways in which developmental and operational testing, modeling, and simulation can improve defense hardware and software systems. 


An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Technology Road Maps

[National Research Council]

Provides a preliminary assessment of 14 draft road maps developed by NASA to guide future high-level space technology development.


The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring: A Retrospective Assessment

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the modernization and associated restructuring of the National Weather Service that occurred from 1989 to 2000 and provides lessons learned to support future improvements. 


Strategies and Priorities for Information Technology at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

[National Research Council]

Recent legislation has given the Centers new and expanded responsibilities for driving national improvements in areas such as health care services and the collection and analysis of data to promote health and wellness.  This report examines CMS' plans for IT capabilities to meet these requirements and identify ways that business process, practices, and IT systems can meet future demands.





Art and science in D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center.  All are welcome, although reservations are required.  For more information, visit    

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


Distinctive Voices@The Jonsson Center

(Woods Hole, Mass.)

These public events at the J. Erik Jonsson Center explore the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives.  Upcoming programs include:

-- Discoveries in Biomedical Engineering Materials by Alan J. Russell, Distinguished University Professor of Surgery and founding director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh  (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.)

-- Antibiotic Resistance by Deborah Hung, professor, department of microbiology and molecular genetics, Harvard Medical School; professor, department of molecular biology, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; and lab manager, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital  (Sept. 6, 7 p.m.)

For more information, visit

You can also view past lectures at

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


New museum exhibit

(Washington, D.C.)

The Koshland Science Museum will open a new exhibit called Earth Lab: Degrees of Change.

The media preview of the exhibit is Sept. 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Richard Alley, professor, University of Pennsylvania, and other experts who worked on the exhibit will be onsite for interviews.

CONTACT: Amy Shaw, 202-334-1201 or e-mail


Engineering podcasts


The National Academy of Engineering provides weekly podcasts highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.  These segments are broadcast on WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C., and are available for download.  Subscribe here.





Check out podcasts from the National Academies on all areas of science, engineering, and medicine at, informational booklets and other useful publications at, and resources on evolution at


View the most recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences articles online by visiting This Week in Early Edition at, or PNAS in the News at  Journalists may register to receive embargoed material by contacting the PNAS News Office at


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