"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 October 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/.

Sexual Harassment in Academia
Oct. 4 | Cambridge, Mass.
The National Academies are conducting a study on the impact of sexual harassment in academia, its effects on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce, and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings.  The study committee will hold a half-day public meeting to hear presentations by legal scholars, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and others to inform its study. Reporters who cannot attend in person may register to watch a live webcast of the meeting.

Stereotypes & Aging and Disability
Oct. 10 | New York City
This workshop will explore knowledge about how stereotypes and stereotype threat -- the predicament in which an individual is at risk of conforming to a widely known negative stereotype about his or her own group -- affect older adults and adults with disabilities, and how they affect various industries that interact with these populations, such as the health care workforce, technology, and fashion.  It also will cover successful and promising strategies for disrupting stereotypes and opportunities for changing perceptions among the public and the aforementioned industries.

Graduate Medical Education Outcomes and Metrics
Oct. 10 and 11 | Washington, D.C.
A 2014 National Academies report offered recommendations intended to strengthen graduate medical education (GME), but also highlighted concerns about the paucity of outcomes data. This workshop will cover meaningful and measurable outcomes of GME, metrics that could be used to track these outcomes, mechanisms for collecting, collating, analyzing and reporting this data, and next steps to accomplish this goal.  The event will be webcast.

Decadal Survey on the Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security
Oct. 11 | Washington, D.C.
Three public workshops will explore the current and future state of social and behavioral science and its implications for national security over at 10-year period. The first workshop will focus on exploring the current state of the science regarding culture, language, and behavior for national security purposes. The second workshop will examine the current state of science on political and strategic reasoning. The third workshop will discuss how social network thinking will evolve in the next 10 years. The workshops will take place simultaneously.

Advancing Therapeutic Development for Pain and Opioid Use Disorders Through Public-Private Partnerships
Oct. 11 and 12 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will review the state of the science for opioid and non-addictive pain treatments, consider regulatory issues related to the approval of pain medications and discuss potential opportunities to address those challenges, and explore changing the formulation of marketed prescription opioids to decrease misuse, addiction, and potential overdoses.  It will also cover public-private partnerships that might facilitate the development of drugs to treat overdoses and non-opioid therapeutics for pain and highlight lessons learned from industry and opportunities to advance the development of these drugs.  The event will be webcast.

Learning From Ebola and the Future U.S. Role in Global Health
Oct. 18 | Atlanta
This symposium will include discussions on two recently released National Academies reports, Global Health and the Future Role of the United States and Integrating Clinical Trials Into Epidemic Response: The Ebola Experience, and experiences in the Atlanta region during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Following presentations, a panel of global health experts will discuss the current state of U.S. investments in global health and implications for the future.  The event will be webcast.

Alternatives for the Demilitarization of Conventional Munitions
Oct. 23 and 24 | Washington, D.C.
This is the second meeting of the committee examining the conventional munitions demilitarization program at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Open session will be webcast.

Exploring Partnership Governance in Global Health
Oct. 26 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will examine what role governance assumes in public-private partnerships for global health and how it impacts the effectiveness of these partnerships in improving health outcomes, and consider the range of stakeholders and sectors engaged in global health partnerships and how specific organizational attributes impact a partnership’s governance and decision-making processes.  It also will explore best practices, common challenges, and lessons learned in the varying approaches to partnership governance.  The event will be webcast.

 

Reports Scheduled for Release in October
Release dates for the following consensus reports and proceedings 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.

Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application Within the Weather Enterprise
Develops a framework for generating and applying social and behavioral science research within the context of meteorology, weather forecasting, and weather preparedness and response.

Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments
Undergraduate computer science courses and degree programs are experiencing a surge in enrollments, which is straining program resources at many institutions and causing concern about how best to manage this rapidly growing demand. This report examines the trend and recommends ways higher education institutions, government agencies, and the private sector can respond to this surge and plan for a strong and sustainable future for the field.

Decrypting the Encryption Debate: A Framework for Decision-Makers
Examines the trade-offs associated with mechanisms to provide authorized government agencies access to the plaintext version of encrypted information.

Designing Safety Regulations for High-Hazard Industries
Compares the advantages and disadvantages of prescriptive- and performance-based forms of safety regulation and identifies possible opportunities and challenges in the application of performance-based safety regulations in high-hazard industries, such as offshore oil and gas, pipelines, and other modes of transport.

Improving Crop Estimates by Integrating Multiple Data Sources
The National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts annual surveys on county-level crop estimates that the USDA’s Farm Services Agency and Risk Management Agency use to distribute farm subsidies and determine farm insurance rates. This report assesses these county-level estimates and offers recommendations on methods that offer more precise data.

Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education, Phase 2
Outlines a framework and set of indicators intended to document the status and quality of undergraduate STEM education, and identifies additional research that would be required to fully develop the indicators needed to track progress toward the objectives developed in Phase 1.

Innovations in Federal Statistics: Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy, Second Report
Evaluates statistical methods for combining different data sources to give researchers more reliable datasets that lead to new insights about policy and socioeconomic behavior while recommending processes that protect privacy.

Opportunities for Organ Donor Intervention Research
Examines supply and demand in the organ donation and transplantation system in the U.S. and assesses ethical, legal, regulatory, policy, and organizational issues relevant to organ donation and participation in clinical research that aims to increase the quality and quantity of donated organs available for transplantation.

Safely Transporting Hazardous Liquids and Gases in a Changing U.S. Energy Landscape
Examines transportation safety issues associated with changes in the long-distance movement of crude oil, natural gas, and ethanol -- by pipeline, rail, and barge -- resulting from sharply increased domestic production of these hazardous materials in recent years.  It looks at the performance of the long-distance modes in safely transporting these shipments with minimal harm to people, property, and the environment and examines the resources the emergency preparedness community should have to plan for and respond to incidents involving this traffic.

 

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Oct. 26 | 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. October's theme is Ecological Art. Registration required.

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