"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.


Reports Scheduled for Release in September

Release dates for the following Academies reports 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.


Assessment of the Cumulative Effects of Anthropogenic Stressors on Marine Mammals
This report builds on previous Academies work on the biological effects of man-made underwater sound and reviews the cumulative effects of sound and other anthropogenic stressors such as fishing, pollution, and climate change on marine mammals.


The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

Summarizes existing knowledge about the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration since the Academies' 1997 report on the topic, The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration.  The report looks at how immigration may affect overall living standards, wages and income of U.S. natives and immigrants, the labor market, budgets, and fiscal health at the federal, state and local levels. 


Families Caring for an Aging America

Assesses the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults; evaluates the impact of caregiving on caregivers' health, employment, and overall well-being; examines effectiveness of programs and other services that support family caregivers; and recommends policies to support family caregivers and minimize the barriers they encounter in caring for and meeting the needs of older adults.


Medical Isotope Production Without Highly Enriched Uranium

Reviews the status and use of molybdenum-99, a chemical isotope used in various medical imaging applications, and the progress toward eliminating the use of highly enriched uranium.


The Power of Change: Innovation for Development and Deployment of Increasingly Clean Electric Power Technologies

This report examines barriers to wider market adoption of cleaner energy technologies and recommends actions the federal and state governments can take to reduce those barriers and accelerate innovation in and adoption of these technologies.


Promoting Eye Health and Reducing Vision Impairment: A Population Health Imperative

Describes limitations and opportunities to improve vision and eye health surveillance; reduce vision and eye health disparities; support evidence-based strategies to improve knowledge, access, and utilization to eye care; and promote health for people with vision impairment.


Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative

Makes recommendations to improve the value of the NNI's strategy and portfolio for basic research, applied research, and applications of nanotechnology to advance the commercialization, manufacturing capability, national economy, and national security interests of the United States.



Selected Events Through September 2016

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/.


Future Interstate Highway System Study

Sept. 6 | Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Interstate Highway System (IHS) handles nearly 25 percent of the total vehicle miles traveled annually and almost 40 percent of the nation's total truck traffic. This is the first meeting of an Academies committee examining actions needed to upgrade and restore the IHS to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century.


Health Approaches in Community-Level Strategies to Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization

Sept. 7 and 8 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will gather experts in health care, behavioral health, public health, homeland security, and law enforcement to explore applying health approaches in community-level strategies to countering violent extremism (CVE) and radicalization. CVE consists of various prevention and intervention approaches to increase the resilience of communities and individuals to radicalization toward ideologically motivated violence, provide non-violent avenues for expressing grievances, and educate communities about the threat of online recruitment and radicalization to violence.


Therapeutics Development for Nervous System Disorders

Sept. 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.

Although the prevalence and burden of nervous system disorders remains high, development of new therapeutics lags behind other disease areas. Gaps in understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease, a dearth of biomarkers, and limitations in the capacity of animal models to predict drug efficacy for human brain disorders have contributed to a high rate of late stage failures in drug development. This workshop will explore ways to motivate and accelerate drug development for nervous system disorders.


Nutrition Across the Life Span for Healthy Aging

Sept. 13 and 14 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop examines how nutrition can sustain and promote healthy aging, not only in late adulthood, but beginning in pregnancy and early childhood and extending throughout the life span. The event will also highlight the role of nutrition in the aging process at various stages in life and discuss changes that occur with age to organ systems and to cognitive, brain, and mental health.


Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: A National Conversation

Sept. 26 | Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Medicine commissioned expert papers on 19 priority focus areas for U.S. health policy, to be published in September as part of its Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative. Together, these papers represent the guidance of more than 100 leading researchers, scientists, and policymakers from across the United States.  NAM will hold a symposium to discuss policy directions proposed in these papers, identify outstanding questions, and explore cross-cutting opportunities. Feedback at the symposium will help inform a final publication containing streamlined information and clear priorities for the incoming administration, as well as other policymakers and the public.  The symposium will be webcast live and you can follow the conversation on Twitter at #NAMVitalDx.


Driving Action and Progress on Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Sept. 27 | Washington, D.C.

At this workshop, thought leaders from health policy, philanthropy, business, health care, early education, and other key sectors – including former Surgeon General David Satcher and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Jeff Koplan – will present their visions and practical steps for conquering obesity. The event will be webcast live.






Sept. 22 | Washington, D.C.

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores the theme of SciArt Research. Registration and photo ID required.



Sept. 24 | Washington, D.C.

The Koshland Science Museum is shaking things up with an earthquake and disaster preparedness community event. The free program features hands-on activities and demonstrations from organizations such as NOAA's Weather Ready Nation, the IRIS Consortium, Smithsonian Science Education Center, and the Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team. Create your own earthquake, play the Disaster Detector game, see K-9 search and rescue demonstrations, and more. Registration is recommended.








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