"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 in February 2020
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/.

Creating Inclusive, Healthy Public Spaces
Feb. 6 | New York City
Creating inclusive public spaces can have a major impact on health, equity, and well-being. At this workshop, “placemakers” will discuss how they design spaces with land use, commerce, transportation, housing, and community social fabric in mind. They will also examine how to avoid unintended consequences, such as gentrification and displacement, racial and socio-economic exclusion, and lack of resident leadership. The workshop will be webcast.

Next Steps for Functional Genomics
Feb. 10-12 | Washington, D.C.
Functional genomics uses broad genome-wide approaches to understand how DNA defines an organism’s phenome, which determines physical and functional characteristics. This workshop will explore the scientific advancements needed to use functional genomics to solve societal problems in areas such as conservation, evolutionary studies, agriculture, energy, defense, human health, and other sectors.

Children’s Mental Health and the Life Course Model: Comprehensive Policy Response
Feb. 13 | Webinar
The fourth webinar in a series, experts from the Well Being Trust, California Children’s Trust, and Montefiore Health System will host a discussion on generating a comprehensive policy response to children’s changing mental health needs.

Examining Emerging Bioethical Issues in Biomedical Research
Feb. 26 | Washington, D.C.
Speakers from academia, industry, and international organizations will discuss potential ethical issues related to biomedical research. These include the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in research and clinical care; nontraditional methods of data collection and study designs (including crowdsourcing and citizen science); and inequalities in who participates in research. The event will be webcast.

Innovations in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Feb. 27 and 28 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will identify and discuss innovative technologies that have the potential to advance pharmaceutical quality and modernize pharmaceutical manufacturing, such as product technologies, manufacturing processes, control and testing strategies, and platform technologies. The event will be webcast.

Advancing Nutrition and Food Science
Feb. 28 | Washington, D.C.
Since 1940, the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the National Academies has advised the nation on complex topics related to food, nutrition, and their roles in improving health and preventing disease. At this symposium, the FNB will convene experts to explore new challenges in nutrition and food science, technology, policy, and supply chain management that will shape the next 80 years — and beyond. The event will be webcast.  

Reports Scheduled for Release in February
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.

Alternative Dust Control Measures at Owens Lake
This report will evaluate the effectiveness of alternative dust control methodologies at the Owens Lake bed near Los Angeles.

Assessing the Long-Term Health Effects of Antimalarial Drugs
Malaria is a constant threat for nearly half of the world’s population, and members of the military, international aid workers, and travelers to endemic areas are also at risk. This report examines whether anti-malaria drugs can cause long-term health effects, including brain damage, neurological conditions, or psychiatric disorders.

Birth in America: Improving Outcomes, Quality, Access, and Choice in All Settings
Analyzes research on birth settings, focusing particularly on health outcomes experienced by sub-populations of women. The report explores risk factors that affect maternal mortality and morbidity, access to and choice in birth settings, social determinants that influence risk and outcomes in varying birth settings, and more.

Evaluating the Potential Benefits and Challenges Associated With Drone Technology
The emerging technological developments of advanced aerial mobility can be both transformative and disruptive for the nation’s aviation infrastructure and industry. This report recommends how the aviation community can foster an environment in which the nation can maintain its leadership in developing and embracing the new technology.

Progress Toward Implementation of the 2013 Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics
This report is a midterm assessment of progress being made in implementing the recommendations of a 2013 decadal survey of solar and space physics in the United States and the best areas for future research.


The ETERNAL Experience. Join us for the grand unveiling of ETERNAL, a 60-foot-long floating jellyfish made of plastic grocery bags. This sculpture by Maris Polanco points toward the issue of plastic in the ocean and the dangers it presents for ocean wildlife. Meet NAS President Marcia K. McNutt, and mix and mingle with experts from the National Academy of Sciences, the D.C. Department of Public Works, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Doors open at 6 p.m.; event begins at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 28. Admission $10. Registration and photo ID required.



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