"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 April

Release dates for the following reports 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.


Global Health and the Future of the United States

Offers recommendations to strengthen U.S global health programs and prioritizes global health challenges that have the potential for catastrophic loss of life and to impact society and the economy -- such as pandemics, persistent communicable diseases, cardiovascular health, and certain cancers.  This report also examines areas where significant U.S. investment has created gains that should be consolidated and sustained, including promoting women and children's health, building capacity, and global health innovation and implementation.


Improving Understanding of Volcanic Eruptions

Examines fundamental research needed to improve understanding of the processes that initiate, sustain, and end volcanic eruptions and the relationships between those processes and observed eruption precursors.


Integrating Clinical Research Into Epidemic Response: The Ebola Experience

Analyzes the clinical trials conducted during the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and 2015, particularly those for vaccine and therapeutic candidates conducted by the international community in settings with limited health care and research infrastructure.  The report explores the scientific and ethical issues related to clinical trial design, conduct, and reporting.  


Review of the Research Program of the U.S. DRIVE Partnership, Phase 5

This fifth review of the U.S. DRIVE Partnership (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle Efficiency and Energy Sustainability) evaluates the progress of the program made since the Academies reviewed the program in 2013.



Selected Events Through April 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/.


D.C. Premiere of Infectious Disease Documentary

April 2 | Washington, D.C.

A new public health documentary, Unseen Enemy, will hold its D.C. premiere before it airs worldwide on CNN in April. The film chronicles the growing threat of global infectious disease through the eyes of people who have experienced Ebola, Zika, and influenza epidemics firsthand.  The screening will also include a panel discussion that features the film director Janet Tobias, a former member of the Academies' Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation as well as Victor Dzau, president of the NAM; Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Soka Moses, Ebola warrior.  Admission is free and a reception will follow the screening.


Learning What Works to Treat Obesity and Making It Happen

April 6 | Washington, D.C.

This workshop will explore what is known about obesity treatment approaches and the challenges involved in implementing them, including their effectiveness, how success is defined, payment for services, training of the workforce that provides the services, and health equity.  The workshop will be webcast.


Supporting Students' College Success

April 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.

This summit will focus on a National Academies report released in March, Supporting Students' College Success: Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies.  Invited speakers will discuss the report's conclusions, recommendations for research and assessment development, and implications for higher education policy and practice. This event will be webcast.






April 3 | Washington, D.C.

Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the Shakespeare Theatre Company for a free staged reading of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The popular off-Broadway hit from the brain of comedian and writer Steve Martin brings Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso together for a fictional meeting in 1904 Paris. The comedy sparkles and reaches absurd heights as it discusses genius, distraction, and the ideas that will shape the century. Free and open to the public; registration and photo ID required.



April 19 | Bethesda, Md.

Although the term bioethics was not coined until 1926, questions surrounding life sciences and what people should do have been around for centuries. Visiting the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, we will explore the Visible Human Project exhibit and get a sneak peek at some of the library's hidden treasures. Completed in 1995, the Visible Human Project raises bioethical questions about informed consent, capital punishment, and the donation of human remains. This program is free; registration and a U.S.-issued photo ID are required.







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