"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 Through June 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/.

Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students
June 2 | Washington, D.C.
Participants at this event will discuss a report released earlier this year that examines the evidence on undergraduate research experiences (UREs) and recommends more well-designed research to gain a deeper understanding of how these experiences affect different students and to examine the aspects of UREs that are most beneficial.  The event will feature presentations and moderated panel discussions on how to build institutional capacity for UREs and how to build evidence of student learning.  It will be webcast.

Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
June 8 and 9 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will help identify educational changes that may be needed in order to better prepare Ph.D. students in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) for the job market and scientific challenges of the future.  It will cover topics such as how changes in science, academia, government, and business are creating new demands and challenges for the future SBS workforce, as well as how training and career pathways for graduate students in SBS will need to be transformed in order to respond to changing data resources, research practices, and career opportunities.  The workshop will be webcast.

Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Rural Health Equity
June 13 | Prattville, Ala.
This workshop will explore initiatives focused on achieving rural health equity and well-being, as well examine the impacts of economic issues, immigration, and racial inequities in U.S. rural communities and approaches to addressing these challenges.  The workshop will be webcast.

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
June 20 and 21 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine the key areas in human, animal, and environmental health that contribute to the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.  It will also discuss the complexities and potential strategies of bridging different sectors and disciplines -- such as microbiology, agriculture, veterinary medicine, public health, environmental health, infectious diseases, and research and development of medical products -- to counter the global threat.  A key focus of the workshop will be to explore immediate and short-term actions and research needs that will have the greatest impact on reducing antimicrobial resistance.  The workshop will be webcast.

Limiting Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Young Children
June 21 and 22 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore various policies and programs currently in place whose purposes are to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by children up to 5 years of age.  The workshop will also examine the prevalence and patterns of consumption among target age groups, development of taste preferences, and the influence of marketing practices aimed at young children.  It will also assess the influence of social equity and health disparity -- such as lifestyle, income, ethnicity, and place of residence -- on the effectiveness of efforts to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages consumption.  The workshop will be webcast.

Navigating the Manufacturing Process and Assuring the Quality of Regenerative Medicine Therapies
June 26 | Washington, D.C.
Regenerative medicine holds the potential to create living, functional cells and tissues that can be used to repair or replace those that have been damaged from disease, age, traumatic injury, or congenital defects.  Although regenerative medicine has the potential to result in health and economic benefits, the relatively new field faces regulatory and manufacturing challenges in the development of novel therapies that are both safe and effective.  This workshop will examine and discuss challenges, opportunities, and best practices associated with defining and measuring the quality of cell and tissue products and raw materials in the research and manufacturing of regenerative medicine therapies.


Reports Scheduled for Release in June
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.

An Assessment of ARPA-E
This report evaluates the progress the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has made toward achieving its congressionally mandated mission to overcome the long-term and high-risk technological barriers in the development of energy technologies.



June 10 | Washington, D.C.
Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center for a day of family fun. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore the exhibit Igniting the Imagination and participate in a variety of hands-on activities based upon the artwork. Participants can make a city construction site, dissect a log, play with objects from nature, and make a balloon rocket. The program is geared for families with children ages 3-8. Registration is recommended.

June 15 | Washington, D.C.
D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. This month, DASER explores Redefining Spaces. Registration is required.

June 28 | Washington, D.C.
Join us for an evening with award-winning science journalist and NPR science correspondent Richard Harris. Harris will discuss his latest book Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions, reflect on his more than three decades of science reporting, and dive into what he feels are the most pressing science issues facing the country. The event is free, but registration is required.





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