Selected Events in March 2019
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 Reporters should register for all meetings. More events can be found at

Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Instruction and Professional Learning
March 7 and 28 | Washington, D.C.
Two webinars provide additional information on the recently released consensus study report, Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center. On March 7, two members of the study committee will discuss approaches to instruction that place investigation and design at the center of middle and high school science and engineering learning. And on March 28, two committee members will discuss professional learning and pre-service teacher preparation that can help teachers run classes that focus on students asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using this evidence to better understand the natural and built world around them.

Future of Nursing 2020-2030
March 20 | Washington, D.C.
This is the first public meeting for a new study that will examine lessons learned since the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, as well as the current state of science and technology to chart a path for the nursing profession to help create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.  The event will also be available via webinar.

Leveraging the Workforce for Population Health Improvement
March 21 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore the broad and multidisciplinary nature of the population health workforce.  It will focus on the population health perspective among health care leaders and professionals, including community health workers and peer-to-peer chronic disease management educators, as well as leveraging the competencies of non-medical workforces, such as education, transportation, and planning, working to include a “health in all policies,” community livability, or well-being orientation in their activities.  The event will be webcast.

Updating Labels for Generic Oncology Drugs
March 26 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities to update generic oncology drugs labels that are inconsistent with the current evidence base and use in clinical practice.  Discussions will focus on considering the potential data sources and evidence requirements for adding new indications to outdated labels, including indications for select patient populations, such as pediatric oncology. 

Reports Scheduled for Release in March
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 — and ask to be placed on the contact list.

Acquisition Strategies for Future Space-Based Optics: Unclassified Summary
Assesses the current technology investments in space-based optics and identifies opportunities to better inform technology development and transition decisions.

A Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security
Assesses the progress in addressing selected major social and behavioral scientific challenges that might prove useful to national security and identifies opportunities that can be used to guide security community investment decisions and application efforts over the next 10 years.

Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium
Assesses current data and updates, as appropriate, the dietary reference intakes for sodium and potassium. The review will include consideration of indicators of deficiency, inadequacy, and toxicities, as well as relevant chronic disease endpoints. 

Review of Governance and Management Reform in the Nuclear Security Enterprise
Evaluates the implementation plan developed by the National Nuclear Security Administration and DOE in response to the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act and the subsequent implementation of such plan.


March 13 and14 | Washington, D.C.
Designed to imitate how the brain learns, artificial neural networks are a powerful concept for designing state-of-the-art algorithms in deep learning and artificial intelligence, and are an increasingly critical tool for systems such as autonomous vehicles and social media platforms.  At this interdisciplinary colloquium -- part of the Arthur M. Sackler colloquia series -- participants will discuss the current state of deep learning in academia and industry, projected developments, and broader implications on science and society. 



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