"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 August 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/.

Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress
Aug. 1 and 2 | West Palm Beach, Fla.
This is the second meeting for a congressionally mandated National Academies study that biennially reviews the progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

Preparing for a Rapid Response to Major Marine Oil Spills
Aug. 2 and 3 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore key research needs and opportunities for improving public health response and protection during and after oil spills.  It will also examine ways to work within the existing oil spill response framework to improve protection of the health and well-being of communities impacted by spills, as well as other approaches that could complement official response activities before and during spills.

Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning
Aug. 9 and 10 | Washington, D.C.
A National Academies committee is examining practices for developing science learning through participation in citizen science -- scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions -- and how it can support and enhance science education.  An example of a citizen science approach is citizens organizing their own research projects in order to hold public officials or private corporations accountable for local environmental conditions.  At this second meeting of the committee, invited speakers will discuss how to design and implement participants' experiences with citizen science in order to achieve diverse learning outcomes, as well as how learning in citizen science is assessed and evaluated. 

Future Directions for the Demography of Aging
Aug. 17 and 18 | Washington, D.C.
Drawing on recent developments in social demography, social epidemiology, sociology, and economics, this workshop will explore future directions that have significant promise and are expected to have major influences on aging research.

Potential Human Health Effects of Surface Coal Mining Operations in Central Appalachia
Aug. 21 and 22 | Hazard, Ky.
This is the fourth meeting of an 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.

Reports Scheduled for Release in August
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.

Dietary Reference Intakes: Guiding Principles for Including Chronic Disease Endpoints
Nutrient reference values called Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are a set of standards established by National Academies consensus committees and used for planning and assessing diets of apparently healthy individuals and groups.  This report assesses options presented in a document titled "Options for Consideration of Chronic Disease Endpoints for Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Summary Report from a Joint U.S./Canadian-Sponsored Expert Panel" and determines guiding principles for the inclusion of chronic disease endpoints for food substances that will be used by future Academies' committees in establishing DRIs.

Large Strategic NASA Science Missions: Science Value and Role in a Balanced Portfolio
Examines the role of large, strategic missions within a balanced program across NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) space and earth sciences programs.

Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application
Examines the formation and function of microbial communities, or microbiomes, found in the interior of built environments, and explores the implications of this knowledge for building design and operations to positively impact sustainability and human health.

Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment
Explores the effects of disasters on the academic research community and provides recommendations and guidance for researchers, research institutions, and agencies for potential actions to mitigate the impact of future disasters on research facilities, reagents, and animals.

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


Aug. 5 | Washington, D.C.
In anticipation of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, the Koshland Science Museum has teamed up with educators and scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to bring hands-on science demonstrations that explore solar magnetism and observation, and discuss how and where to view the upcoming eclipse. This event is free; registration is recommended.

Aug. 7 | Washington, D.C.
Join us for a screening of "Food Evolution," a new documentary from Scott Hamilton Kennedy that explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featured scientist Alison van Eenennaam, a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of animal genomics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis, will appear as a special guest. Registration is required.




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