"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 December

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.


Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda

Examines what is known about effective science communication and describes a comprehensive research agenda to improve the communication of science to inform decisions relating to topics that are often contentious.


Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Sixth Biennial Review, 2016

The sixth biennial report reviews the progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).


The Role of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships in the Future of the U.S. Agency for International Development

This report evaluates how effectively science and technology – and partnerships to scale up their impact – are being used by USAID to help achieve the agency's objectives for global sustainable development, and how the USAID might better harness them in developing countries.



Selected Events Through December 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/.


Science Literacy: What It Means, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About it

Dec. 1 | New York City

Science literacy has expanded and shifted over time in order to accommodate changing ideas about science.  This event, being held at the American Museum of Natural History's Kaufmann Theater, will look at current research surrounding science literacy, as discussed in the recent National Academies' report Science Literacy: Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences.


Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application Within the Weather Enterprise

Dec. 1 | Washington, D.C.

This is the third public meeting of an Academies committee developing a framework for generating social and behavioral science knowledge and applying it to meteorology, weather forecasting, and hazard preparedness.


Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development: Legacy Issues, Induced Seismicity, and Innovations in Managing Risks

Dec. 1 and 2 | Washington, D.C.

The Academies will hold a two-day public workshop to examine best ways to manage long-term risks in areas with unconventional oil and gas development. The event will be webcast.


Searching for Life Across Space and Time

Dec. 5 and 6 | Irvine, Calif.

The Academies will host a two-day public workshop and poster session to explore the current status of efforts to detect extraterrestrial life in the solar system and extrasolar planetary systems.  The event will be webcast.


Global Health and the Future of the United States

Dec. 6 | Washington, D.C.

An Academies committee is assessing the current global health landscape, how it has evolved over the last eight years, and what should be prioritized across U.S. investment in global health over the coming decade.  At this public meeting, topics will include the changing landscape of global health and opportunities in the next four to eight years, how to improve efficiency across the global health field to synergize goals, alternative financing strategies and funding models being used in global health programs, and innovation opportunities to improve outcomes by leveraging behavioral research, digital tools, and technology.  The event will be webcast.


Hearing Health Care for Adults

Dec. 7 | Washington, D.C.

In June the Academies released a report that said efforts should be made to provide adults with easier access to and more affordable options for hearing health care, especially for those in underserved and vulnerable populations.  This meeting will discuss that report, with specific regard to improving access and affordability, expanding technology options, and improving consumer information and public awareness about hearing health.  The event will be available via WebEx.


Infrastructure of Multisector Community Health Partnerships

Dec. 8 | Oakland, Calif.

The Academies' Roundtable on Population Health Improvement will host a workshop on partnerships that equitably engage community residents and other stakeholders in improving community health and well-being.  Speakers from rural and urban areas of the U.S. will share their stories and expertise as participants work in collaboration to identify factors needed to build successful and sustainable multisector partnerships that have a lasting influence on the conditions that contribute to community well-being.  There will be remote access to this workshop.


Climate Change Adaptation Investments and Measuring Effectiveness

Dec. 8 and 9 | Washington, D.C.

Adaptation is one of two main strategies for managing the risks of climate change.  An Academies committee will hold a special seminar on climate change adaptation investments and measuring effectiveness. The event, which will be webcast, will look at how different agencies are identifying adaptation investments and tracking their value.


Affordable and Accessible Housing for Vulnerable Older Adults and People With Disabilities

Dec. 12 | Washington, D.C.

Accessible, affordable housing can be a platform for enabling community living, maximizing independence, and promoting positive health outcomes for vulnerable populations.  This workshop will explore the role of housing as a social determinant of health for older adults and people with disabilities, particularly among people of color and low income groups.


The Drug Development Paradigm in Oncology

Dec. 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.

Advances in oncology research have led to an influx of new cancer therapies that can precisely target the molecular underpinnings of a patient's disease. However, there are concerns that the traditional drug development paradigm may impede the assessment and regulatory approval of new targeted therapies for cancer. At this workshop, patients, clinicians, and drug developers will discuss challenges with the traditional phased drug development paradigm in the age of targeted therapies, best practices for cancer drug development and review, lessons learned from recent expedited drug approval processes, and evidence requirements for cancer therapies before and after regulatory approval.  This workshop will be webcast.


Building Communication Capacity to Counter Infectious Disease Threats

Dec. 13 and 14 | Washington, D.C.

Building communication capacity is critical for the preparedness, detection, and response to infectious disease threats. The International Health Regulations (IHR) establish risk communication as a core capacity that member states must fulfill to strengthen the fight against these threats.  Despite global recognition of the importance of complying with IHR, 67 percent of signatory countries report themselves as not compliant. This workshop will examine the current state of science regarding public engagement and trust, the understanding of risk and health-protective behaviors, and behavioral responses; assess the implications of the 2005 IHR and lessons learned from recent infectious disease outbreaks; and discuss research needs.  This workshop will be webcast.


Issues in Organ Donor Intervention Research

Dec. 14 | Washington, D.C.

An Academies committee examining issues in organ donor intervention research will hold a public workshop.  Panel discussions will cover topics such as the impact of research on organ donation, recovery, and transplantation; barriers, opportunities, and lessons learned from organ donor intervention research; future approaches study design; and ethical and legal considerations.  There will be a public comment session, and this event will be available via WebEx.


Integrating the Patient and Caregiver Voice into Serious Illness Care

Dec. 15 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will feature presentations and panel discussions on topics such as patient-caregiver-clinician serious illness care experiences from both the pediatric and adult perspective; challenges and successes addressing socio-cultural differences in care for adults and children with serious illness; and engaging and supporting patients, families and caregivers to communicate their needs, values, and preferences with their care team.  The event will be webcast.


Future Interstate Highway System

Dec. 19 and 20 | Washington, D.C.

An Academies committee is examining actions needed to upgrade and restore the U.S. Interstate Highway System to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century. At this second public meeting, panel discussions will focus on topics such as travel demand and behavior (freight, passenger, multimodal), environmental and resilience issues, funding and financing, and the uncertainty and long-term scenario planning.






Dec. 6 | Silver Spring, Md.

Join the Koshland Science Museum, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, for a look at the latest technologies being used to uncover the mysteries of the deep ocean. Participants will visit the NOAA Exploration Command Center and get a first-hand look at how scientists and crew on land support the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the only federal ship dedicated solely to ocean exploration. Advance registration is required; tickets are available through Eventbrite.



Dec. 10 | Washington, D.C.

What do scientists do all day? What type of jobs can you get with a science degree?  This month, Allyson Byrd, who holds a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, will visit and share her experiences in this monthly program at the Koshland Science Museum. Byrd works on a collaborative project between the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, where her work focuses on the microbes (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit different skin sites in health and disease. Registration is recommended.








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