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"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 October

 

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.

 

EDUCATION

 

Developing Assessments for K-12 Science Proficiency

[National Research Council]

Recommends strategies for developing an accurate measure of student proficiency in science, as outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards. The report draws on current work in science assessment to develop a system that meets the science standards framework. More information is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BOTA/CurrentProjects/DBASSE_071506.

 

 

HEALTH and SAFETY

 

Critical Aspects of EPA's IRIS Assessment of Inorganic Arsenic -- Interim Report

[National Research Council]

Based on information presented at a 2012 public workshop, this interim report recommends how critical issues in assessing cancer and other effects from oral exposure to inorganic arsenic can be addressed in EPA's Integrated Risk Information System assessment.

 

Occurrence of Rape and Sexual Assault

[National Research Council]

Recommends best methods for measuring and obtaining statistics on rape and sexual assault. The report assesses the quality and relevance of current statistics from the National Crime Victimization Survey and other surveys and examines issues such as the legal definitions in use by states and ways to obtain more complete reporting in surveys. More information on the study is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/CNSTAT/CurrentProjects/DBASSE_073316.

 

Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture

[Institute of Medicine]

Examines sports-related concussions in youth, including the causes, relationship to impacts to the head or body, effectiveness of protective devices and equipment, screening and diagnosis, treatment and management, and long-term consequences.

 

Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012

[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 used during the Vietnam War.

 

 

SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, and TECHNOLOGY

 

Evaluating the Performance Measures and Metrics Development for the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture

[National Research Council]

Assesses the feasibility of using performance measures and quantitative metrics to determine the overall effectiveness of the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture, and recommends approaches for evaluating this worldwide network of technologies and personnel to detect and analyze nuclear and radiological materials beyond regulatory control.

 

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: A Description and Evaluation of Federal Agency Programs

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a federal program to build states' capacity to conduct scientific and engineering research.

 

Flexible Electronics for Security, Manufacturing, and Growth -- Summary of a Symposium

[National Research Council]

Flexible electronics are circuits that can bend and stretch, enabling unique applications -- such as lighting and solar panels that can be used on curved surfaces, or more flexible medical implants. This report summarizes a September 2010 symposium that explored challenges, plans, and opportunities for growing a strong flexible electronics manufacturing industry in the United States.

 

Indian-United States Cooperation on Technical Aspects of Civilian Nuclear Security -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Academy of Sciences]

Produced in cooperation with the National Institute for Advanced Studies in Bangalore, this report summarizes a joint Indian-U.S. workshop held in October 2012 to identify areas where the two countries could collaborate on scientific and technical issues related to securing nuclear materials at civilian nuclear facilities. 

 

Patent Challenges for Standard-Setting in the Global Economy: Lessons From the ICT Industry

[National Research Council]

Assesses how national and multinational organizations that set standards for IT products and services handle patent challenges such as issues of disclosure, licensing terms, litigation, and changes in patent ownership, and offers guidance for these organizations and government policymakers.

 

Strengthening American Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology that offers technical and business support to the nation's small and medium-sized manufacturers.

 

Strengthening American Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- Summary of a Symposium

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a symposium held in November 2011 as part of a study to evaluate the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology that offers technical and business support to the nation's small and medium-sized manufacturers.

 

 

Selected Events Through October 2013

 

Click on each event's title to access meeting details, an agenda, and registration information. Unless otherwise indicated, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information (202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu) to register for all meetings. A full listing of events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

 

Sustainability science

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee will hold a public workshop to discuss the integration of social and natural sciences to achieve sustainability for a growing human population. It will examine key issues of population size, distribution, growth, and aging; land and water use; climate change; and their effects on availability of resources.

 

NAE annual meeting

Oct. 6 and 7 | Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Engineering's annual meeting will feature public events that include the new member induction ceremony, the Simon Ramo Founders and Bueche award ceremonies, and the Gordon Prize Lecture on Oct. 6. A forum titled "Importance of Engineering Talent to the Prosperity and Security of the Nation" will be held on Oct. 7; registration is required to attend the forum.

CONTACT: Randy Atkins, NAE, 202-334-1508 or e-mail atkins@nae.edu

 

Assessing health professional education

Oct. 9 | Washington, D.C.

Better use of existing assessment methods and innovative new tools are needed to determine the competencies health professional students will need to adapt to a "new professionalism," which not only focuses on health improvement but also better patient care and experiences, improved population health, and reduced costs. The Institute of Medicine will hold a workshop to explore questions related to this issue, such as the role of peer assessment, the role of patients in assessment, and preparing learners and practitioners a lifetime of assessment. Those who cannot attend can register to watch a live video webcast.

 

Strengthening U.S. research universities

Oct. 10 | Washington, D.C.

At this national convocation, leaders from business, academia, and government will discuss what was learned at a series of nine regional meetings held around the country on Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security, a report released last year by National Research Council, and identify top priorities for strengthening U.S. research institutions. Speakers include U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; U.S. Representative Rush Holt (Dem.-N.J.); Norman Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed-Martin Corp.; Bill Green, former chairman of Accenture; Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas system; and William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of the University of Maryland system.

 

Airport passenger screening safety

Oct. 15 and 16 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee evaluating public and occupational health and safety issues related to radiation exposure from airport X-ray screening technologies will hold a meeting to gather information from experts and stakeholders. An agenda is forthcoming.

 

Communication awards

Oct. 16 | Washington D.C.

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine will hold a ceremony to honor the winners of the 2013 Communication Awards. These prestigious annual awards -- each of which includes a $20,000 prize -- recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. Members of the media who would like to attend should e-mail commawards@nas.edu to receive complimentary tickets.

 

The NAS at 150

Oct. 16-18 | Washington, D.C.

This colloquium will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences and its service to the nation and role in promoting excellence in science. The colloquium features talks by historians Daniel Kevles, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, and Peter Westwick, and includes an overview of the founding of the Academy and its place in American democracy, how the Academy has served national interests while remaining independent, and how the sciences have evolved over the course of the Academy's history. Each talk will be followed by roundtable discussions with panelists familiar with the work of the Academy.

 

Reviewing the 2010 Census

Oct. 18 | Washington, D.C.

The National Research Council will hold a public meeting in which representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will present general updates on the 2020 Census research and planning and provide an overview of the 2013 Census test.

 

IOM annual meeting

Oct. 21 | Washington, D.C.

At its 43nd annual meeting, the Institute of Medicine will announce the names of newly elected members and present 2013's Gustav O. Lienhard Award for outstanding achievement in improving health care services and Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.  In addition, IOM will host a public symposium on "The Science of Violence: Causation, Mitigation, And Prevention." 

 

Science of team science

Oct. 24 | Washington, D.C.

The science of "team science" is a new interdisciplinary field that examines how large and small scientific teams, research centers, and institutes organize, communicate, and conduct research. The aim is to understand and manage circumstances that facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of collaborative research. The National Research Council is holding a public workshop to explore the organizational and institutional factors that influence the processes and outcomes of team science. 

 

Understanding immigration

Oct. 25 | Washington, D.C.

Without good statistics, it is difficult for the nation to make well-informed policy. The National Research Council will hold a public seminar to discuss current challenges to estimating and collecting data on immigration as well as opportunities for future improvements.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

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.

 

A Building Reborn: The Restoration of the National Academy of Sciences

Oct. 3 | Washington, D.C.

This evening talk about the recent conservation and restoration of the 1924 NAS building designed by renowned architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue will begin with a reception in the Great Hall, followed by speakers' presentations in the auditorium. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Great Hall, Board Room, and Members' Room after the presentations.

 

Is Community Resilience Real or Fiction?

Oct. 9 | Washington, D.C.

Part of the Koshland Science Museum's new Science Social series, leading disaster expert Gerald Galloway of the University of Maryland will discuss the key questions about what makes communities resilient.

 

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)

Oct. 17 | Washington, D.C.

This monthly discussion on art and science projects provides a snapshot of the cultural environment and fosters interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER will explore the theme of science fiction. The event will also be webcast live.

 

Distinctive Voices

Oct. 21 and 30 | Irvine, Calif.

This series of public events held at the Academies' Beckman Center explores the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives. Coming in October:

-- A Look at Google Glasses by Babak Parviz, Google Inc. (Oct. 21, 7 p.m. PST)

-- Cultured Meat by Nicholas J. Genovese, University of Missouri, Columbia (Oct. 30, 7 p.m. PST)

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

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR REPORTERS

 

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