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Reports and Events

Date: Sept. 27, 2012 

Editor: Nicole Joy

202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu    

 

"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 http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

 

MEETINGS

 

Aging, disability, and independence

Oct. 2

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine public forum will explore health disparities and the home care work force among other topics.  The session will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT at the 20 F Street Conference Center, 20 F St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Aging/AgingDisabilityForum/2012-OCT-02.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu   

  

Sharing clinical research data

Oct. 4 and 5

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore barriers to sharing clinical research data, specifically from clinical trials, and strategies for enhancing sharing within and among sectors to facilitate research and development of new products.  The event will be held in Room 125 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Those who cannot attend may watch a live video webcast.  An agenda and registration are available at: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Research/SharingClinicalResearchData/2012-OCT-04.aspx.  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu   

 

Affordable cancer care

Oct. 8 and 9

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will examine the causes of rising costs in cancer care and will explore ways to curb these costs while maintaining or improving the quality of care.  The meeting will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W. Those who cannot attend may participate via webinar.  An agenda, registration, and webinar link are available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Disease/NCPF/2012-OCT-08.aspx 
CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu   

 

IOM annual meeting

Oct. 15

(Washington, D.C.)

At its 42nd annual meeting, the Institute of Medicine will announce the names of newly elected members and present the 2012 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for outstanding achievement in improving health care services and the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to this year's recipients.  A public symposium on transforming the education of health professionals to create a 21st century health care work force will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  The list of newly elected members and award recipients will be made available at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Additional information can be found at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/AnnualMeeting/2012-OCT-15.aspx.   

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu   

 

Millennium Development Goals process

Oct. 18

(Online)

This Institute of Medicine webinar aims to foster greater understanding of the Millennium Development Goals process, explore lessons learned, and highlight challenges and opportunities that lay ahead with the post-2015 development agenda process.  Information on how to join the webinar will be available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Environment/EnvironmentalHealthRT/2012-OCT-18.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu

 

Election polling and forecasting

Oct. 19

(Washington, D.C.)

Industry experts at this National Research Council public seminar will discuss the science of election polling, including methodological issues with conducting exit polls and estimating election outcomes.  The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Those who cannot attend may listen via webcast at http://www.nationalacademies.org.  Reporters interested in attending may register at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/EventRegistration/public/Register.aspx?event=368AB0D2.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu   

 

Pipeline transportation of diluted bitumen

Oct. 23 and 24

(Washington, D.C.)

This is the second National Research Council information-gathering meeting to address whether diluted bitumen -- the material to be transported by the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline -- has a greater potential to be released accidently from pipelines than other crude oils commonly transported through pipelines in the United States.  The meeting will take place at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  A full agenda will be posted at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingID=6276&MeetingNo=2.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu

 

 

REPORTS

 

The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in October.  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 news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.

 

DEFENSE and TECHNOLOGY

 

Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses

[National Research Council]

Evaluates possible connections between climate change and U.S. national security concerns and identifies ways to increase the intelligence community's ability to take climate change into account in assessing social and political stresses.

 

Reusable Booster System: Review and Assessment

[National Research Council]

Reviews and assesses the Space and Missile Systems Center/Air Force Research Laboratory concept for a Reusable Booster System.

 

STEM Workforce Needs of DOD and the Industrial Base

[National Research Council]

Assesses the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capabilities that the U.S. Department of Defense needs to meet its goals, objectives, and priorities and evaluates whether the current DOD work force and strategy will meet those needs.  The report also recommends strategies that the department could use to help meet its future STEM needs.

 

Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Phase II

[National Research Council]

Makes recommendations to improve the value of the National Nanotechnology Initiative's strategy and portfolio for basic research, applied research, and applications of nanotechnology.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Advancing Strategic Science: A Spatial Data Infrastructure Roadmap for the U.S. Geological Survey

[National Research Council]

Presents a vision for the U.S. Geological Survey's spatial data infrastructure -- a framework of geographic information, metadata, tools, and a user community that are interactively connected to use data efficiently -- and lays out a path for execution.

 

Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort

[National Research Council]

Explores the technical and management issues arising from barriers to contaminated groundwater restoration at problematic sites where the presence of recalcitrant or poorly accessible contaminants is preventing site closure.

 

Sustainable Paths for Corps of Engineers Water Infrastructure: Priorities, Investment, and Divestment

[National Research Council]

The second in a series of five, this report examines the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' water resources infrastructure and provides advice related to the federal Water Resources Development Act process; priorities for operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation; and options for improvement. 

 

 

HEALTH and SAFETY

 

Contagion of Violence -- Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop that examined the contagious nature of violence, the relationship between the contagion of violence and epidemics of violence, and how the outbreak and spread of violence can be prevented or ended.

 

Digital Data Priorities for Continuous Learning in Health and Health Care -- Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes the presentations and discussions at a workshop that discussed current sources of digital information to assist with making clinical decisions, what functions and process are essential to achieving reliable guidance from this information, and the potential for improving existing approaches and efforts.  More information on the workshop is available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Quality/VSRT/2012-JUL-10.aspx.  

 

Epidemiological Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Reviews epidemiological changes in sub-Saharan Africa over the past 15 years and their implications for health policy and methodological challenges for coordinating data across demographic surveillance sites.

 

 

SOCIAL ISSUES

 

Assessing the Research and Policy Value Potential of the American Time Use Survey's Subjective Well-Being Module: Considerations for Its Continuation Beyond 2012

[National Research Council]

A phase-one study that considers whether research has advanced to a point that warrants the federal government collecting data that allow aspects of a populations self-reported well-being to be tracked and associated with changing conditions.

 

Blueprint for the Future: Framing the Issues of Women in Science in a Global Context -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Reviews the existing international knowledge base and policies and programs designed to enhance the status and participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and careers, with a focus on chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.

 

Estimating Illegal Entries at the U.S.-Mexico Border

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the capabilities of current and potential survey options for estimating the number of foreign nationals who attempt illegal entry across the U.S.-Mexico land border and the probability of their apprehension. 

 

Non-Response in Social Science Data Collection: A Research Agenda

[National Research Council]

Identifies high-priority research objectives for addressing issues related to the deterioration in social science data that stems from a general decline in survey response by individuals and households.

 

Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach

[National Research Council]

Assesses advances in behavioral sciences and neuroscience and how it may be incorporated into state and federal juvenile justice reform efforts to improve treatment of delinquent youth.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

Museum events

(Washington, D.C.)

The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences holds public programs and exhibits on a wide variety of science-related topics.  Coming up in October:

-- Science Cafe: The Science of Biodiversity, a discussion of the diversity of species on the planet and how to sustain them. (Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $10 general admission/$7 students)

For more information, visit https://koshland-science-museum.org/events-calendar-month#.UFjhQ64koqg.    

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail ksm@nas.edu        

 

Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center

(Irvine, Calif.)

This series of public events at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Upcoming events include:

-- Autonomous Intelligent Systems by Mark Campbell, S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 7 p.m.)

-- Dark Matter Universe: On the Threshold of Discovery, speaker TBA (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.)

More information on these events is available at http://www.nasonline.org/programs/distinctive-voices/upcoming-events.html.

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

 

Art and science in the D.C. area

(Washington, D.C.)

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly forum to discuss art and science projects in the region, will hold its next event on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Keck Center.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Experience_Future_Events_DASER.        

CONTACT: Alana Quinn, 202-334-2415 or e-mail cpnas@nas.edu

 

 

RESOURCES FOR REPORTERS

 

Check out podcasts from the National Academies on all areas of science, engineering, and medicine at http://national-academies.org/podcast/, informational booklets and other useful publications at http://national-academies.org/publications, and resources on evolution at http://national-academies.org/evolution/.  

 

View the most recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences articles online by visiting This Week in Early Edition at http://www.pnas.org/site/misc/highlights.shtml, or PNAS in the News at http://www.pnas.org/site/misc/news.shtml.  Journalists may register to receive embargoed material by contacting the PNAS News Office at pnasnews@nas.edu.

 

This guide, along with news releases and other documents from the Office of News and Public Information, is available on the Internet at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/bydate.aspx. 

 

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