Date: Oct. 26, 2012 

Editor: Nicole Joy

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"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




Vaccine software development

Nov. 2

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine is hosting a workshop to gather feedback from stakeholders and the public on the development of SMART Vaccines decision-support software.  The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Those who cannot attend may tune in to a live webcast.  Registration and an agenda are available at  More information on the study is available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail     


Marketing food to children

Nov. 5

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore new challenges and opportunities for food and beverage marketing that targets children and youth, focusing on topics such as emerging issues and practices in the current food marketing environment, innovations in industry practice, and emerging policy initiatives and communication strategies.  The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail     


Decadal planning in space science

Nov. 12 and 13

(Irvine, Calif.)

This National Research Council workshop will identify lessons learned and best practices from the space science decadal surveys between 2007 and 2012.  Sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Beckman Center, 100 Academy Drive.  An agenda and registration are available at

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail     


Native American health

Nov. 14


This Institute of Medicine workshop will look at how culture is a decisive factor when addressing health inequalities with a focus on Native American communities and health.  The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave.  An agenda and registration are available at

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail     


Large simple trials

Nov. 26 and 27

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore how accelerating the use of large simple trials -- which involve large numbers of patients, broad criteria for participation, and multiple study sites -- can improve the speed and practicality of gaining new knowledge to inform clinical decisions and medical product development.  The workshop will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at   

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail     


Fukushima nuclear accident

Nov. 26-28


The National Research Council committee examining the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident for will hold its third information-gathering meeting in Tokyo.  The study is assessing the power plant incident to help improve safety and security of U.S. nuclear plants.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail  


Disaster resilience in America

Nov. 30

(Washington, D.C.)

Building upon the recent National Academies report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, a series of National Research Council panel discussions featuring nationally recognized experts in disaster resilience will launch a national conversation that translates to resilience-building actions at the community, state, and national levels.  The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  Reporters may register at, and those who cannot attend may register to watch via webcast at

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or email





The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in November.  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 -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.




NASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus

[National Research Council]

Assesses whether NASA's strategic direction remains viable and whether the agency's activities and organization effectively support that direction.


Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System

[National Research Council]

Addresses the security challenges in maintaining reliable operation of the electronic power grid and how to reduce potential vulnerabilities.





The Case of International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries -- Symposium Proceedings

[National Research Council]

Addresses the importance of publicly funded scientific data, international access to data, barriers and limitations to sharing data across borders, and the rights and responsibilities of scientists and research organizations for providing and gaining access to data.


For Attribution: Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards -- Summary of an International Workshop

[National Research Council]

Considers the status of data attribution and citation standards in the U.S. and internationally in the natural and social sciences; whether there is variation among disciplines; and the scientific, technical, and social issues with regard to implementing universal and field-specific standards.


The Future of Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Network Environments --Proceedings of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

Discusses the use of openly available online data across scientific disciplines, focusing on opportunities and benefits, methods for development and study, and major scientific, technical, institutional, and political barriers.


Toward Successful K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education: A Framework for Monitoring Progress

[National Research Council]

Offers a plan for evaluating the progress toward implementing recommendations from the 2011 National Research Council report Successful K-12 STEM Education that include coherent standards and curriculum and adequate instructional time at the school and district levels, and support for STEM teachers and research programs to identify best instructional practices at the state and national levels.





Building the U.S. Battery Industry for Electric-Drive Vehicles: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities -- Summary of a Symposium

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the current state, needs, and challenges of the U.S. advanced battery manufacturing industry, research and development, commercialization and deployment, work force issues, and supply chain development.


Japan-U.S. Workshop on Sustainable Energy Futures -- Meeting Summary

[National Research Council]

Reviews presentations and discussions on effective strategies and the research and technology needed to achieve sustainable energy solutions in Japan and the U.S.


Opportunities and Obstacles in Large-Scale Biomass Utilization: The Role of the Chemical Sciences -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Summarizes the proceedings of an April workshop that explored the current state of sustainable fuels and chemicals and the issues surrounding their scalability for long-scale use.





The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine: Science, Governance, and the Pursuit of Cures

[Institute of Medicine]

This report offers an independent assessment of CIRM's programs, operations, strategies, and performance since its inception in 2005.


Potential Health Risks to Department of Defense Firing Range Personnel From Recurrent Lead Exposure

[National Research Council]

Assesses the possible health dangers to DOD firing range instructors and other personnel who are frequently exposed to lead at small-arms firing ranges and whether current Occupational Safety and Health Administration exposure standards are protective.





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 November:

-- Science Quiz Night, an opportunity to test your knowledge of current scientific issues (Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $10 general admission/$7 students)

-- Healthy Plate Cookoff, where participants can taste and rate healthy meals prepared by the culinary students at D.C. Central Kitchen (Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m.  Free admission.  Registration is recommended.)

For more information, visit     

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail


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:

-- The Nation's Quest for a Permanent Solution to the Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste by B. John Garrick, chair, U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Nov. 1, 7 p.m.)

-- Human Digital Memories by Cathal Gurrin, lecturer, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland (Nov. 14, 7 p.m.)

More information on these events is available at

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail





Check out podcasts from the National Academies on all areas of science, engineering, and medicine at, informational booklets and other useful publications at, and resources on evolution at  


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