"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 January


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.


2013-2014 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory -- Interim Report

[National Research Council]

Summarizes findings at the midpoint of a biennial assessment of the scientific and technical quality of research, development, and analysis programs at the Army Research Laboratory.


Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

[National Research Council]

Offers recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how to interpret and implement new revisions to the Common Rule, or the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, in social and behavioral sciences research.


Review of NASA's Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks -- Letter Report

[Institute of Medicine]

NASA has asked the Institute of Medicine to provide independent reviews of more than 30 publicly available evidence reports on human health risks for long-duration and exploration space flight. This letter report examines evidence reports on the risk of injury from dynamic loads, the risk of therapeutic failure due to ineffective medication, and the risk of spaceflight-induced hypertension and visual alterations.


Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System -- An Interim Report

[National Research Council]

An initial assessment focusing on software development challenges for NextGen, a new satellite-based air traffic control system to be implemented in stages between 2012 and 2025.


Technological Challenges in Antibiotics Discovery and Development -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

An overview of the discussions from a September 2013 workshop on the state of antibiotic research and development, technical difficulties in antibiotic discovery, and recent successful approaches for development of novel antimicrobials.


Transportation Investments in Response to Economic Downturns

[National Research Council]

Offers recommendations regarding the effectiveness of stimulus spending and the role and management of transportation spending within a stimulus program, using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as a case study.


Undergraduate Chemistry Education -- A Workshop Summary

[National Research Council]

Discussions at this May 2013 event focused on potential drivers for change, barriers to curriculum modifications, and successful examples of research and innovation in undergraduate chemistry education.



Selected Events Through January 2014


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/.


Obesity solutions in the U.S.

Jan. 7 | Washington, D.C.

At this first workshop of the Institute of Medicine's new Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, experts will examine current efforts to prevent and control obesity in the United States. Participants will examine strategies being used by employers, schools, health care facilities, and communities to encourage good nutrition, physical activity, and the elimination of health disparities. Those who cannot attend can view a webcast of the event. 


Abrupt climate change

Jan. 10 | Online

Members of the committee that wrote the recent National Research Council report Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises will summarize and discuss its findings during a one-hour webinar.


TRB annual meeting

Jan. 12-16 | Washington, D.C.

The 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board will have more than 4,500 transportation-related presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops.  Almost 12,000 people -- including policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, journalists, and representatives of government, industry, and academia -- are expected to attend the meeting.  This year's spotlight theme is "Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future." Members of the news media must register in advance.

CONTACT: Russell Houston, TRB Senior Communications Officer, 202-334-3252 or rhouston@nas.edu


Hearing loss and healthy aging

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

At this workshop of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, experts from government, industry, and academia will discuss the public health implications of hearing loss and its significance for healthy aging.  Participants will examine comprehensive rehabilitative strategies and innovative models of care, innovative hearing technologies and potential barriers to their development and use, and current and future areas of research. Those who cannot attend can watch a live webcast.


Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program

Jan. 30 | Washington, D.C.

A National Research Council committee conducting a congressionally mandated study to design alternative approaches that could be used to perform a cost-benefit analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program will hold its first meeting to gather information and hear from experts. 





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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