"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 November


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.


Assessment of the NASA Science Mission Directorate 2014 Science Plan

[National Research Council]

Addresses key scientific issues and opportunities for NASA, including interdisciplinary aspects and balance, education and public outreach, and integration of technology development with the science program.


Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security: A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues

[National Research Council]

Provides a framework to policymakers, institutions, and individual researchers for considering ethical, legal, and societal issues as they relate to research and development on technologies with military relevance.


Experienced Well-Being: Dimensions of Happiness and Suffering

[National Research Council]

Evaluates methods for measuring self-reported "experienced well-being," a measure of how people experience and evaluate their lives. The report also assesses whether the U.S. federal government should collect this data in surveys as a way of gauging societal progress. More information on the study is available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49411.


Saving Lives, Saving the Future: Reducing Maternal and Newborn Mortality in Indonesia

[National Research Council]

This report, to be released jointly with the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, recommends ways to reduce mortality among newborns and their mothers in Indonesia.



Selected Events Through November 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/.


2013 National Cancer Policy Summit

Nov. 4 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy forum is hosting a summit to identify emerging high-priority policy issues in the nation's effort to combat cancer and opportunities for action.


Health risks of industrial chemicals

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

This Institute of Medicine workshop will discuss identifying and reducing potential public health risks of new and existing industrial chemicals -- those used in industrial processes or commercial products but not found in food, pesticides, or pharmaceuticals.


NAS Gulf Program

Nov. 12 and 13 | Long Beach, Miss.

Nov. 21 and 22 | Austin, Texas

The advisory group of the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Program will meet with state agencies, NGOs, and other experts to gather information about state activities addressing restoration and research needs following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The information will be used to create a strategic plan for the NAS program.  Full agendas will be posted one week prior to each meeting. 


Space-based 3D printing

Nov. 12-14 | Irvine, Calif.

A National Research Council committee exploring the concept of additive manufacturing technologies -- more popularly known as 3D printing -- for space operations will hold its second meeting to gather information and hear from experts. 


Unregulated use of stem cell therapies

Nov. 18 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences will co-host a workshop with the International Society for Stem Cell Research that will take a critical look at the practice of unproven stem cell treatments. Speakers will examine the evidence base of unsubstantiated treatment offerings and the associated research and clinical risks and concerns. Discussions will delve into legal hurdles for establishing standards and criteria to govern stem cell trials and treatments and explore a range of potential solutions for assuring the quality of unregulated therapies. The event will be video webcast.


Impact of ACA on U.S. preparedness resources and programs

Nov. 18 and 19 | Washington, D.C.

With many elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going into effect in 2014, and the establishment of new rules and regulations, significant changes to the U.S. health system will occur. This Institute of Medicine workshop will examine how these changes may impact medical and public health preparedness programs across the nation, and how the ACA provisions may be leveraged to strengthen the resilience of the medical and public health preparedness systems.


Cost-benefit analysis of preventive interventions

Nov. 18 and 19 | Washington, D.C.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council will hold a workshop to discuss the challenges to setting standards for benefit-cost analysis of preventive interventions for children, youth, and families.


Post-disaster recovery of a community's public health, medical, and social services

Nov. 25 | Washington, D.C.

This is the first meeting for an Institute of Medicine committee that will investigate and identify key activities that impact health outcomes and public health in a community recovering from a disaster, and develop recommendations for their implementation.





Four Nations Ensemble with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux

Nov. 3 | Washington, D.C.

With a core ensemble of harpsichord or fortepiano, violin(s), flute, and cello, the Four Nations Ensemble explores and performs major masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries. For this program, the Ensemble will be joined by guest soprano Rosa Lamoreaux.


Distinctive Voices

Nov. 6, 13, and 20 | 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 November:

-- Asteroid Impacts With Earth by Kevin Walsh, research scientist of planetary physics, Southwest Research Institute (Nov. 6, 7 p.m. PST)

-- The Future of Nuclear Technology by Alan Waltar, senior adviser (retired), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Nov. 13, 7 p.m. PST)

-- Assistive Robotics by Maja Mataric, University of Southern California (Nov. 20, 7 p.m. PST)

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


D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)

Nov. 14 | 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 drones. The event will also be webcast live.


Resilience in your neighborhood

Nov. 16 | Washington, D.C.

During this special all-day event, families and adults are invited to enjoy hands-on activities, meet disaster experts and emergency responders, and learn how to build a more resilient community.


Ongoing 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.





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