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Reports and Events

Date: Dec. 27, 2012 

Editor: Nicole Joy

202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu    

 

"Reports & Events" is a monthly list of selected events open to the public and National Academies reports tentatively scheduled for release next month.  A complete listing of events can be accessed at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

 

MEETINGS

 

Integrating environmental health data

Jan. 10 and 11

(Washington, D.C.)

This National Research Council meeting will discuss the need for enhanced data integration in environmental health sciences, evaluate the lessons that can be learned from integrative initiatives in other scientific domains, and look at strategies to improve data coordination and understanding about environmental effects on human health.  The event will take place in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu       

 

TRB annual meeting

Jan. 13-17

(Washington, D.C.)

The Transportation Research Board's 92nd annual meeting will have more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.  More than 40 sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2013, Deploying Transportation Research: Doing Things Smarter, Better, Faster.  The meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton hotels.  More information is available at http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2013/AnnualMeeting2013.aspx.

CONTACT: Russell Houston, Transportation Research Board, e-mail RHouston@nas.edu

 

Evidence for violence prevention

Jan. 23 and 24

(Washington, D.C.)

A strong evidence base is necessary to identify and apply successful strategies for preventing violence. The Institute of Medicine will host a two-day workshop to explore what is needed to identify, adapt, and link effective interventions throughout the world. It will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Global/ViolenceForum/2013-JAN-23.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Preparing for consequences of nuclear attack

Jan. 23 and 24

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore preparations necessary to ready communities for the consequences of the detonation of an improvised nuclear device.  An agenda and registration are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/MedPrep/2013-JAN-23.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Review of science awards program

Jan. 24

(Washington, D.C.)

An Institute of Medicine committee reviewing the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program will hold an information-gathering meeting in Conference Room A of the 20 F Conference Center, 20 F St., N.W.  An agenda and registration information will be available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Research/CTSAreview/2013-JAN-24.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

Biofuels, climate change, and health

Jan. 24 and 25

(Washington, D.C.)

The Institute of Medicine will host a workshop to explore the environmental and social impacts of using biomass feedstock as an energy resource, the state of the science, and the health policy implications of using different types of biofuels.  The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  An agenda and registration information are available at http://iom.edu/Activities/Environment/EnvironmentalHealthRT/2013-JAN-24.aspx.

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu     

 

 

REPORTS

 

The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in January.  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 news@nas.edu -- and ask to be placed on the contact list.

 

ENVIRONMENT and RESOURCES

 

Assessment of Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets

[National Research Council]

A technical resource to inform the Department of Energy that describes the R&D challenges to providing suitable targets for inertial fusion energy.

 

An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy

[National Research Council]

Evaluates the prospects for generating power using inertial confinement fusion, including the scientific and engineering challenges, cost targets, and R&D objectives associated with developing an inertial fusion energy demonstration plant.

 

Review of DOE's Marine and Hydrokinetic Resource Assessments

[National Research Council]

Evaluates assessments by the U.S. Department of Energy of the extractable energy from U.S. marine and hydrokinetic resources: waves, tidal currents, ocean currents, marine temperature gradients, and free-flowing water in rivers and streams.

 

Review of the National Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Plan

[National Research Council]

Examines the strategic plan for federal research and monitoring on ocean acidification by the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification, which includes representatives from nine federal agencies.

 

 

HEALTH and SAFETY

 

Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Contaminants, Volume 13

[National Research Council]

Reviews threshold exposure limits proposed by the interagency National Advisory Committee for the extremely hazardous substances boron trifluoride, bromoacetone, chloroacetone, hexafluoroacetone, perchloryl fluoride, piperidine, propargyl alcohol, trimethoxysilane and tetramethoxysilane, and trimethylbenzenes.

 

The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies

[Institute of Medicine]

Assesses the feasibility of studying health outcomes in children who were vaccinated according to the recommended schedule and those who were not, such as children who received vaccines according to an alternate schedule or who have not been immunized.  The report explores the strengths and limitations of different study methods, including financial and ethical issues.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/ChildhoodImmunization.aspx.   

 

Gulf War and Health Vol. 9: Treatment of Chronic Multisymptom Illness

[Institute of Medicine]

A significant portion of the soldiers deployed to conflicts in the Persian Gulf region have experienced troubling symptoms that were formerly dubbed Gulf War Syndrome and now termed Chronic Multisymptom Illness.  This report evaluates the scientific and medical literature regarding best treatments for this spectrum of conditions among Gulf War veterans. More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Veterans./GulfWarMultisymptom.aspx.

 

The H5N1 Avian Flu Virus: Has the Paradigm Changed? -- Summary of a Workshop

[National Research Council]

This public workshop considered lessons from the H5N1 controversy that could be applicable to other areas of research, examined possible points of intervention, and discussed current and alternative mechanisms for regulation and oversight of research whose results may raise bio-security concerns in the United States and abroad.

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy

[Institute of Medicine and National Research Council]

Recommends factors that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should consider as it assesses the adequacy of the benefits package offered through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/SNAPadequacy.aspx.

 

U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health

[National Research Council and Institute of Medicine]

Examines what is known about international differences among high-income countries in various measures of health and disability and discusses what these findings imply for public health.  The report also explores alternative explanations and potential causes for the disparity, including individual and societal risk factors that may have a differential impact on health outcomes across countries.

 

 

SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE

 

The Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era

[National Research Council]

Evaluates and proposes how to expand and improve research on the impacts of copyright policy, particularly on innovation in the digital environment.

 

The Mathematical Sciences in 2025

[National Research Council]

Assesses the current state of the mathematical sciences and emerging trends that will affect the discipline and its stakeholders up to 2025.

 

Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media -- Summary of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a workshop that examined the use of and public response to social media for alerts, identifying past and current research and future research needs.

 

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

 

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:

-- Responses to inequity in non-human primates by Sarah F. Brosnan, assistant professor of psychology and philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta (Jan. 9, 7 p.m. PST)

More information on these events is available at http://www.nasonline.org/programs/distinctive-voices/upcoming-events.html.

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail voicesatbeckman@nas.edu

 

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 January:

-- Inauguration Day Open House, a festive community day during the presidential inauguration with complimentary admission, extended hours, and free hot chocolate. (Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Free Admission)

For more information, visit https://koshland-science-museum.org/events/inauguration-day-open-house-0.   

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail ksm@nas.edu

      

 

RESOURCES FOR REPORTERS

 

Check out podcasts from the National Academies on all areas of science, engineering, and medicine at http://national-academies.org/podcast/, informational booklets and other useful publications at http://national-academies.org/publications, and resources on evolution at http://national-academies.org/evolution/.  

 

View the most recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences articles online by visiting This Week in Early Edition at http://www.pnas.org/site/misc/highlights.shtml, or PNAS in the News at http://www.pnas.org/site/misc/news.shtml.  Journalists may register to receive embargoed material by contacting the PNAS News Office at pnasnews@nas.edu.

 

This guide, along with news releases and other documents from the Office of News and Public Information, is available on the Internet at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/bydate.aspx. 

 

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