"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 January

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.


Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment

This is the fifth and final report in a series examining social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and how to account for these factors in Medicare value-based payment programs.  This report puts the entire series in context and offers additional thoughts about how to consider the various methods for accounting for social risk factors, as well as next steps.


Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

Examines the state of health disparities in the U.S. by race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status, and explores the underlying conditions and root causes contributing to health inequity.  The report highlights nine examples of community-based solutions in areas across the U.S. that address health inequities and identifies the major elements of effective solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements needed to be successful.


Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research

Reviews scientific evidence regarding the health consequences of using marijuana and recommends an agenda of the most critical research questions regarding the marijuana use and health outcomes that could be answered in the short term.


Incorporating 21st Century Science Into Risk-Based Evaluations

Examines best methods to integrate and use emerging scientific advancements in evaluating chemical risk, and identifies how traditional human-health risk assessment can incorporate the new science.


Optimizing the Process for Establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Selection Process

This is the first of two reports that will review the processes used to develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  This report examines how the selection process for the federal advisory committee that suggests revisions to the DGAs could be improved to provide more transparency, eliminate bias, and include committee members with a range of viewpoints.


Review of NASA's Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks: 2016 Letter Report

NASA asked the National Academies to review more than 30 publicly available evidence reports on human health risks for long-duration and exploration space flight. This new letter report -- the fourth in the series of five -- examines eight NASA evidence reports on topics including the risk of astronauts to cardiovascular disease from radiation exposure; cancer from radiation exposure; radiation syndromes from intense exposure to high doses of radiation over short time periods; central nervous system effects from radiation exposure; adverse cognitive or behavioral conditions and psychiatric disorders; and performance decrements and adverse health outcomes from sleep loss, circadian desynchronization, and work overload.  


Review of the Marine Recreational Information Program

Assesses progress in updating marine recreational fisheries data collection through the Marine Recreational Information Program, referencing the recommendations in the 2006 Academies report Review of Recreational Fisheries Survey Methods.


Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice

Examines the current food packages in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and provides recommendations for revising the food packages so they are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and address the health and cultural needs of WIC participants.  Members of the news media and public can participate in a live webinar at the time of release.


Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

This second report of a two-phase study examines the merits and challenges of potential approaches for a more comprehensive longer-term update to the social cost of carbon estimates to ensure they continue to reflect the best available science.



Selected Events Through January 2017

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 96th Annual Meeting

Jan. 8-12 | Washington, D.C.

More than 12,000 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 meeting will involve more than 5,000 presentations at over 800 sessions and workshops covering all transportation modes.  A number of sessions will address one or more of three hot topics: transformational technologies, resilience, and public health.  Registration is required to attend.


Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda

Jan. 10 | Washington, D.C.

This public discussion will examine the conclusions and recommendations in the Academies report released in December Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.  The event, which will be webcast, will discuss cross-cutting themes for scientists and science communicators to consider in their work, as well as major challenges that should be studied to make science communication more effective.







Jan. 8 | Washington, D.C.

What do scientists do all day? What type of jobs can you get with a science degree?  Adam Rosenblatt, an ecologist with more than 10 years of experience conducting research on food webs and ecosystems, will share his experiences in this monthly program at the Koshland Science Museum. His expertise is in the effects of climate change on animals, plants, and whole ecosystems, and how such effects can impact modern societies. Rosenblatt currently works as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow on assignment at the U.S. Department of Energy where he is helping refine the focus and scope of science funding to advance climate change and energy research goals. Registration is recommended.








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