"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 September 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/.

Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science for the 21st Century
Sept. 5 and 6 | San Francisco
This is the second meeting of the committee identifying high-priority challenges for environmental engineering and science in the next several decades. Public sessions will explore the future of water, food, and energy and challenges presented by sea-level rise in the San Francisco Bay area.

Return of Individual-Specific Research Results Generated in Research Laboratories
Sept. 6 and 7 | Washington, D.C.
This is a public workshop of a committee that is reviewing and evaluating the return of individual-specific research results (ROR) from research laboratories, which are required to be returned in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).  The workshop will explore current practices and considerations in the ROR and identify the circumstances under which ROR might be appropriately performed.  The event will be webcast.

Enabling Novel Treatments for Nervous System Disorders
Sept. 8 | Washington, D.C.
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a complex dynamic system involving several cell types, passive and active transport mechanisms, and adaptive function to control the exchange of substances between the blood and the central nervous system, and few therapeutic agents readily cross the BBB to reach the brain or spinal cord.  This workshop will bring together key experts from academia, government, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector, and disease-focused organizations to explore current development of novel methods for traversing the BBB to deliver therapeutics for nervous system disorders and identify potential opportunities for moving the field forward.  The event will be webcast.

Advancing Obesity Solutions through Investments in the Built Environment
Sept. 12 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore the roles built-environment policies and practices play in the prevention and treatment of obesity and will highlight promising, scalable, multi-sector strategies to create more healthful and equitable environments. Topics that will be covered include urban planning and design, transportation systems, parks and recreation, and food systems.  The event will be webcast.

Intersection of Health and Early Childhood Care and Education
Sept. 14 | New York City
This workshop will explore early childhood care and education levers to improve population health.  It will cover the state of the evidence, shared outcomes/metrics, financing, and ways that health sector leaders and practitioners can partner with and support care and education sector colleagues.  The event will be webcast.

Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development
Sept. 19 and 20 | Washington, D.C.
This is the first in a series of three workshops on the generation and utilization of real-world evidence on medical product development to evaluate efficacy, effectiveness, tolerability, and safety for both review of new indications and post-approval studies.  This workshop will focus on aligning incentives to support collection and use of real-world evidence in health product review, payment, and delivery.  The event will be webcast.

Performance of the DHS Law Enforcement Workforce
Sept. 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will assess the impact of operational stressors on the health and performance of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security law enforcement workforce.  It will explore relevant opportunities for offices and centers within DHS to identify and incorporate best practices, strategies, interventions and policies from other similarly situated organizations and mitigate risks to the health and safety of their workforces.

Rebuilding and Retrofitting Transportation Infrastructure
Sept. 26 and 27 | Washington, D.C.
Organized by the Academies' Transportation Research Board, the 11th University Transportation Center Spotlight Conference will focus on rebuilding and retrofitting transportation infrastructure for all modes, including maintaining and extending the useful life of U.S. bridges, ports, railways, and roads.

 

Reports Scheduled for Release in September
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.

The 2014 Redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation: An Assessment
Evaluates the U.S. Census Bureau's redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which provides monthly information on family composition, income, employment, program participation, and other characteristics for a large sample of households followed over a period of several years. 

Dual-Use Research of Concern in the Life Sciences: Current Issues and Controversies
This report discusses challenges and offers findings regarding the status of policies for dual-use research of concern in the life sciences -- research that can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge or technologies that could be misapplied to pose a significant threat.

Training the Future Child Health Care Workforce to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth, and Families -- Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes a November 2016 workshop that explored the need for workforce development across the range of health care professions working with children and families, as well as to identify innovative training models and levers to enhance training.

U.S.-Iran Engagement in Science, Engineering, and Health (2010-2016)
Documents the history of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's program of science engagement with Iranian scientists from 2010 through 2016, and provides a perspective on future science engagement.

 

ALSO OF INTEREST

Awards Ceremony
Sept. 13 | Washington, D.C.
The winners of the 2017 Communication Awards will be honored at this ceremony and reception. Presented annually, the awards recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public; each includes a $20,000 prize. Register by Sept. 8 to attend; e-mail questions to commawards@nas.edu

Event
Sept. 21 | Washington, D.C.
D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and fostering interdisciplinary networking. September's theme is Artists in the Lab, Scientists in the Studio. Registration required.

Event
Sept. 23 | Washington, D.C.
The Koshland Science Museum will be participating in the 2017 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Featuring hands-on activities, visitors can learn why some light bulbs are more efficient than others, improve their ability to recall everyday objects with a memory game, and explore ecosystem resilience with our Ecoblocks tower. Admission is free.

Exhibition
Known as the "lungs of the planet," the Amazon rainforest absorbs an enormous amount of the world's carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. In recent decades, large swaths of the rainforest have been deforested for timber, urbanization, cattle ranching, and plant extracts. Today, roughly one-fifth of the Amazon is gone, and scientists cite this deforestation as a major contributing factor to global climate change. Artist Steve Miller explores the impact of deforestation on the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in this exhibition. On view through Jan. 31, 2018.

 

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