"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 October 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/.

National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 | Washington, D.C.
Events for NAE's annual meeting include an induction ceremony for members elected in 2018, a ceremony for 2018 award recipients, and an address to members by NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.  The meeting will feature two plenary lectures and a panel discussion that will focus on privacy and cybersecurity in the 21st century. These events will be webcast.

Applying Neurobiological and Socio-Behavioral Sciences from Prenatal through Early Childhood Development: A Health Equity Approach
Oct. 1 | Irvine, Calif.
This meeting will identify the specific outcome measures needed to enable subgroup analyses based on the biological dynamics of the social determinants of health, and identify methods to continuously collect data on both successes and failures to enhance the knowledge base in the future. This event will be webcast.

Assessing the Minerva Research Initiative and the Contribution of Social Science to Addressing Security Concerns
Oct. 2 | Washington, D.C.
This meeting will evaluate the Minerva Research Initiative that resides within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Participants will address the quality and impact of the program and the program’s direction and vision based on the challenges of the world today. 

Population Health Science in the U.S.
Oct. 3 | Washington, D.C.
In partnership with the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, this symposium will identify trends in U.S. population health and challenges to our current thinking, such as socio-economic and racial/ethnic disparities, as well explore how population health science can inform policy to improve outcomes.  The event will be webcast.

Scientific Opportunities Afforded by New Nonhuman Primate Models
Oct. 4 | Washington, D.C.
The translational disconnect from preclinical studies with predominantly rodent animal models to human clinical trials remains a key challenge associated with lagging development of therapies for brain disorders.  This workshop will gather experts and stakeholders from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to examine the scientific opportunities, challenges, and bioethical considerations of genetically engineered nonhuman primate models -- such as marmosets and macaques -- for neuroscience research.  The event will be webcast.

Role of Drug Control Policies on Individual and Community Health for People of Color
Oct. 8 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine how drug control policies and laws affect people and communities of color, the effects of race and ethnicity on drug policies, and promising models and best practices for new ways to handle drug convictions in the criminal justice system.

Effective Mentoring in STEMM
Oct. 8 and 9 | Irvine, Calif.
This workshop will focus on identifying evidence regarding successful programs for mentoring people who are traditionally marginalized in STEMM fields, including women, individuals from racial/ethnic groups, and first-generation college students.

Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic
Oct. 9 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore the current state of obesity globally, prevention and treatment efforts, and the complexity of the global approach to managing the obesity epidemic.  The event will be webcast.

Decarbonizing the Energy Landscape
Oct. 10-12 | Irvine, Calif.
At this event, part of the National Academy of Sciences' Arthur M. Sackler colloquia series, researchers will examine the state of current renewable energy technology and the near-term scientific challenges that must be met to successfully reduce carbon emissions. Sessions will focus on the production of non-carbon-based energy through photovoltaics, solar-driven water splitting, and fuel creation, and energy storage through existing and projected battery and fuel cell developments.  To begin the colloquium, Ernest Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, will deliver a public lecture, "Accelerating the Clean Energy Transformation," as part of the NAS Distinctive Voices lecture series.

National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting
Oct. 15 | Washington, D.C.
The National Academy of Medicine will announce the names of newly elected members and present this year's Gustav O. Lienhard Award for outstanding achievement in improving health care services and the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.  In addition, NAM will host a scientific program on "Cancers: Can We Beat the Odds?" featuring keynote speaker Laurie H. Glimcher, president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  The president’s forum will focus on innovation and access to affordable medicines.  Portions of the meeting will be webcast live.

Health Systems Interventions to Prevent Firearm Injuries and Death
Oct. 17 and 18 | Washington, D.C.
Firearm injuries and death are a serious public health concern in the U.S. as firearm-related injuries account for tens of thousands of premature deaths of adults and children each year and significantly increase the burden of injury and disability.  This workshop will explore evidence and best practices by health systems, hospital systems, and health care professionals to help prevent firearm injuries and death.  The event will be webcast.

Criminal and Juvenile Prosecution
Oct. 18 | Washington, D.C.
This seminar will provide a forum to discuss a framework for the development of future research pertinent to the prosecution of crime and delinquency.

Regenerative Engineering Products
Oct. 18 | Washington, D.C.
The emerging field of regenerative engineering faces many of the same challenges inherent to the fields of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and the development of biologics and other medical products, including variability in source cells and tissues, patient variability, immunogenicity, the need for more effective standards for manufacturing and regulation, and complex manufacturing processes that are difficult to scale up to a commercial level.  This workshop will gather academic and industry experts, regulators, clinicians, patients, and patient advocates to discuss factors and sources of variability in the development and clinical application of regenerative engineering products, characteristics of high-quality products, and how different clinical needs, models, and contexts can inform the development of a product.

Artificial Intelligence for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Oct. 24 | Washington, D.C.
Artificial intelligence (AI) could greatly benefit Americans who are older than 65 or those with disabilities, possibly improving accessibility and transportation systems, increasing social connections, and lowering health care costs.  This workshop will explore the potential of AI to foster a balance of safety and autonomy for older adults and people with disabilities who strive to live as independently as possible and highlight key questions and policy issues related to the application of AI.

Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care
Oct. 29 and 30 | Washington, D.C.
Advances in biomedicine have contributed to the growing use of precision oncology therapies that target specific abnormalities in a patient’s cancer, facilitated in part by the development of large-scale biologic databases, computational methods, and omics technologies that enable molecular characterization of patients’ cancers.  The second and final in a series, this workshop will examine the use of high-dimensional omics data and computational methods in precision oncology care.  The event will be webcast.

Reports Scheduled for Release in October
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.

Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration
Identifies the most urgent unanswered scientific and technical questions about carbon dioxide removal and sequestration and defines essential components and estimates cost and impacts of a research and development program to answer the questions.

Developing a Research Agenda for Utilization of Gaseous Carbon Waste Streams
Provides a comprehensive assessment of future research and development needs for carbon utilization.

How People Learn II: The Science and Practice of Learning
Updates and builds on the Academies' 2000 report How People Learn by reviewing and synthesizing research that has emerged across the various disciplines that focus on the study of learning from birth through adulthood in both form and informal settings.

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Seventh Biennial Review – 2018
Reviews the progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program Report 3
Final report reviews the many different scientific initiatives underway to support the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.

Technical Assessment of the Feasibility and Implications of Quantum Computing
Assesses feasibility and implications of creating a functional quantum computer capable of addressing real-world problems.

ALSO OF INTEREST

Awards Ceremony
Oct. 11 | Washington, D.C.
The winners of the 2018 Communication Awards will be honored at this ceremony and reception. Presented annually, the awards recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public; each includes a $20,000 prize. Register by Oct. 2 to attend; e-mail commawards@nas.edu

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