"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.

Selected Events in January 2018
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/.

Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting
Jan. 7-11 | Washington, D.C.
More than 13,000 people from around the world -- including policymakers, administrators, practitioners, and researchers from government, industry, and academia -- are expected to attend this event to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The spotlight theme is "Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future," with 50 sessions on this topic. Nearly 800 total sessions and workshops will be focusing on a wide range of transportation-related topics, including social equity, accessibility, smart cities, automated vehicles, the future of freight, and multimodal interaction. Registration is required to attend.

Health and Performance of the Department of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Workforce
Jan. 17 and 18 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine the impact of operational stressors on the health and performance of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement workforce. It will explore relevant opportunities for DHS's Office of Health Affairs Workforce Health and Medical Support Division, Office of Chief of Human Capital Officer, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and DHS component agencies and operational units to identify and incorporate best practices, strategies, interventions, and policies from other similarly situated organizations and mitigate risks to the health and safety of their workforce.

Reports Scheduled for Release in January
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings from the Academies 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.

Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services
Assesses the mental health care services available for veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The report identifies barriers faced by veterans in utilizing those services and makes recommendations to improve problems with access and quality of services.

Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem
Examines which interventions (programs, systems, and policies) are most promising to prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving and the barriers to action. The report includes recommendations to serve as a blueprint for the U.S. to accelerate progress in reducing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.

Measuring the 21st Century Science and Engineering Workforce Population: Evolving Needs
Provides guidance on the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics' approach to measuring the science and engineering workforce population in the United States.

Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes
Evaluates the available evidence of the health effects related to the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in users; vulnerable populations of users such as youth, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying medical conditions; and nonusers exposed to second-hand and third-hand aerosol generated by use of the these devices. This comprehensive report contains conclusions in areas such as smoking initiation and cessation, health effects when compared to combustible tobacco cigarettes, and health effects related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory and oral diseases.

Review of NASA's Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks: 2017 Letter Report
The fifth and final in a series, this letter report completes the National Academies' independent review of more than 30 publicly available evidence reports on human health risks for long-duration and exploration space flight. This letter report examines five NASA evidence reports on the risk of astronauts to bone fracture due to spaceflight-induced changes to bone; early onset osteoporosis due to spaceflight; cardiac rhythm problems during spaceflight; renal stone formation; and adverse health outcomes and decreases in performance due to in-flight medical conditions.

Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space
Contains recommendations from the environmental monitoring and Earth science and applications communities for an integrated and sustainable approach toward the U.S. government's civilian space-based Earth-system science programs.

Understanding and Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current: Critical Gaps and Recommendations
Recommends a comprehensive research strategy to better understand and predict the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current System, which has major implications for oil and gas operations, hurricane intensity, coastal ecosystems, oil spill response, the fishing industry, tourism, and the region's economy.





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