"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.


Reports Scheduled for Release in November

Release dates for the following Academies reports 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 Solid-State Lighting, Phase 2

Reviews the current status of advanced solid-state lighting, such as LEDs and OLEDs, and updates findings of the Academies' 2013 report in areas of commercialization, improvements to current technology, and manufacturing.


Evaluation of the Achievement Levels for Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been providing policymakers, educators, and the public with information on the academic performance and progress of the nation's students since 1969.  This report evaluates the student achievement levels that are used in reporting results of the NAEP to determine whether the levels are reasonable, valid, and informative to the public, and recommends ways to improve how they are set and used.


Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management, and Public Policy

Examines issues related to food allergy (FA), including the prevalence and severity of FA and its impacts on affected individuals, families, and communities; and current understanding of FA as a disease, and in diagnostics, treatments, prevention, and public policy.  The report includes a framework for future direction in understanding FA and its impacts.



Selected Events Through November 2016

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/.


Pain management and regulatory strategies to address prescription opioid abuse

Nov. 4 | Washington, D.C.

An Academies committee examining the state of the science on prescription opioid abuse and misuse since the 2011 report Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research will hold its second public workshop. The event, which will be webcast, will include discussion of strategies that can be considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and others to address the opioid epidemic while taking into account the needs of pain patients. 


Cancer treatment, palliative care, and survivorship care in low-resource areas

Nov. 14 and 15 | Washington, D.C.

The Academies' National Cancer Policy Forum will host a public workshop on disparities in cancer control and outcomes, gaps in the evidence base and challenges and opportunities to address them, potential actions for applying the available evidence on cancer diagnosis and treatment in resource-constrained communities, and principled evaluations of successes and failures in cancer control efforts in low-resource settings.  This is the second workshop in a series; the first workshop, held in Oct. 2015, focused on cancer prevention and early detection.  The event will be webcast.


Clarity of communications around medication

Nov. 17 | Washington, D.C.

The Academies' Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene a public workshop on written materials, including labels and medication guides, about prescription medications that are provided to patients and consumers.  The workshop will explore issues in clear communication with an emphasis on the patient experience as well as the current state of research into communicating information on medications clearly, the issues in translating research into practice, and future directions for research and practice.






All life on Earth relies on the ocean -- yet, the ocean remains 95 percent unexplored and unseen by human eyes. Join us, along with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, as we look at the tools used to explore the deep sea. In Part I of the Koshland Science Museum's two-part series, visitors will map a hidden landscape using SONAR simulation, investigate remotely operated vehicle technology by building a robotic arm, and learn more about America's first federally operated ship dedicated solely to ocean exploration. Tickets are $7 for adults ($5 for students) and include complimentary refreshments. Advance registration is recommended.








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