"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 July 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/.

Effective Care for High-Need Patients
July 6 | Washington, D.C.
This event will release the National Academy of Medicine's special publication, Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health – which summarizes findings from a three-part workshop series.  Presenters at the event will discuss key characteristics of high-need patients, the use of a patient taxonomy as a tool to inform and target care, and promising care models and attributes to better serve this patient population.  The event will be webcast.

Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia
July 11 and 12 | Washington, D.C.
This is the third meeting of the Academies' committee examining the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites that are being mined or reclaimed for surface coal deposits.

Automated Vehicles Symposium
July 11-13 | San Francisco
Co-sponsored by the National Academies' Transportation Research Board, this symposium convenes industry, government, and academia from around the world to address complex technology, operations, and policy issues related to automated vehicles.  It will focus on challenges and opportunities related to the increasing automation of motor vehicles as well as the environments in which they operate.

Implementing Improving Diagnosis in Health Care
July 17 | Washington, D.C.
In 2015, the National Academies released Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, which found that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.  This workshop will examine progress that has been made since the report's release and discuss strategies for moving forward.  The event will be webcast.

Global Grand Challenges Summit
July 18-20 | Washington, D.C.
The third Global Grand Challenges Summit, jointly organized by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, is the first to be held in the U.S.  Based on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, the summit aims to spark global collaborations that lead to innovative ways of addressing critically important engineering challenges and opportunities and inspiring the next generation of change makers. The highlighted topics will include virtual reality and artificial intelligence, engineering and health care, climate change, and reverse engineering the brain.  All sessions will be webcast.  Reporters should register in advance.

Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments
July 19 | Washington, D.C.
This symposium builds on the 2016 Academies report Gene Drives on the Horizon to further explore how to frame and undertake environmental risk assessments of gene drive organisms that will inform decision making related to their potential release.  The event will be webcast.

Community-Based Health Literacy Interventions
July 19 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will focus on a range of community-based health literacy interventions, research related to community-based health literacy interventions, and best practices in community-based health literacy interventions.  The event will be webcast.

Translating the Results of Hurricane Sandy Research Grants into Policy and Operations
July 20 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop convened by the Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research During Large-Scale Emergency Events will explore key findings from Hurricane Sandy Research Grant projects, examine the impact of scientific findings on disaster policy and operations, and discuss opportunities for translation of research findings to future preparedness and response efforts.

Long-Term Survivorship Care After Cancer Treatment
July 24 and 25 | Washington, D.C.
Improvements in cancer treatment, new technologies that enable early detection of cancer, and changing demographics have contributed to a growing number of cancer survivors in the United States.  This workshop will examine progress in cancer survivorship care over the past decade and consider potential actions to improve the planning, management, and delivery of cancer survivorship care.  The event will be webcast.

The Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Impacts of Violence
July 31 and Aug. 1 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore the science surrounding the impacts of exposure to violence and trauma on both neurocognitive and psychosocial outcomes, focusing on exposure in childhood and the impacts of such exposure throughout the lifespan on general health and well-being, mental health, substance abuse, and outcomes related to re-victimization and perpetration.  The event will be webcast.

Reports Scheduled for Release in July
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.

Acquisition and Operation of Polar Icebreakers: Fulfilling the Nation's Needs
The U.S. has national interests in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, such as protecting natural resources and economic interests and assuring sovereignty and defense readiness.  This report assesses the costs incurred by the U.S. government to carry out polar icebreaking missions and options that could minimize life-cycle costs. 

Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation's Electric Power Transmission and Distribution (T&D) System
Addresses technical, policy, and institutional factors that might affect how modern technology can be implemented in the evolution of electric transmission and distribution (T&D) in the U.S, and recommends strategies and priorities for how the nation can move to a more resilient T&D system.

Unraveling Low Dose Toxicity: Case Studies of Systematic Review of Evidence
Develops a strategy for evaluating whether EPA's current regulatory toxicity-testing practices are sufficient for identifying adverse human health effects from low-dose exposures.

Utilizing the Energy Resource Potential of DOE Lands
Reviews a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management of the potential development of energy resources for lands managed by DOE.


Saturdays in July | Washington, D.C.
Explore how the human body works through hands-on science this July at the Koshland Science Museum. Each session investigates a different aspect of the body -- from DNA to why we get sunburns. Visitors can compare DNA and amino acids, experiment with biomedical engineering, discover the different lobes of the human brain, and much more. Registration is recommended.

July 12 | Washington, D.C.
Summer in D.C. can be challenging. In addition to heat and humidity, we also face the possibility of severe storms that can affect many neighborhoods around the city. Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, combined with three buried waterways, relatively flat elevations, and a changing climate, D.C. is highly susceptible to flooding. Do you have what it takes to survive an extreme event here? Join us for Extreme Event game -- a role-playing game about disaster resilience -- and find out. Work together with other players to prioritize resources, solve challenges, and balance trade-offs. This program is free; registration and photo ID required.




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