"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 November 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 news@nas.edu). Reporters should register for all meetings. More events can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/publicevent/.

Role of STEM Learning in Developing Interest and Competencies for Technology and Computing
Nov. 4 | Washington, D.C.
Presenters at this public workshop will discuss evidence on the role of authentic STEM learning opportunities and promising approaches and strategies in the development of interest and competencies for technology and computing fields. A recurring theme throughout the workshop will be implications for increasing diversity and access to authentic STEM learning experiences among underserved young people in grades K-12. This event will be webcast.

Social, Behavioral, and Environmental Enablers for Healthy Longevity
Nov. 6-8 | Washington, D.C.
This first of three workshops to inform the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity initiative will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and potential solutions and disruptive approaches to enhance social structures that would enable healthier and socially fulfilled lives and ultimately create thriving societies around the world. The Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity is part of the National Academy of Medicine’s Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge.  The event will be webcast.

Building a Workforce to Care for People with Serious Illness
Nov. 7 | Washington, D.C.
The number of people living with a serious illness is expected to rise significantly over the next several decades due to an aging population. However, the current care workforce is not adequately prepared to meet this demand. This workshop will discuss how to recruit, train, and deploy the workforce that is needed to care for people of all ages and all stages of serious illness. The workshop will be webcast.

Guiding Cancer Control
Nov. 12 and 13 | Washington, D.C.
Released in June 2019, the National Academies consensus report Guiding Cancer Control: A Path to Transformation recommended a national strategy for cancer control that takes into account the priorities of multiple stakeholders, emerging health technologies (including cloud computing and big data analytics), and the complex nature of cancer itself. This meeting will facilitate discussion on how to implement the report’s recommendations. The event will be webcast.

Novel Clinical Trial Designs for Gene-Based Therapies
Nov. 13 | Washington, D.C.
Numerous design challenges and ethical issues arise in clinical trials for gene-based therapies and gene editing techniques (including CRISPR/Cas9). Patients and researchers from federal agencies, academic medical centers, and biotechnology companies will discuss ways to support the clinical development of safe and effective gene-based therapies. Panels will also explore strategies to help patients make informed decisions about participating in these types of trials. The workshop will be webcast.

Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Mental Health
Nov. 14 and 15 | Washington, D.C.
The social determinants of mental health include adverse childhood experiences, poor education, food insecurity, housing instability, poverty, and discrimination. Leaders from medical schools and professional societies will convene to discuss how the social determinants of mental health can be better incorporated into curriculum for health professionals. The workshop will be webcast.

Challenges in Sharing Clinical Trial Data
Nov. 18 and 19 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will consider the value and the potential risks of sharing clinical trial data for patients, sponsors of research (pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit organizations), journals, research institutions, and federal agencies. Speakers from all of these stakeholder groups will discuss opportunities to implement policy, technology, and infrastructure that incentivizes the sharing and reuse of clinical trial data. The event will be webcast.

Advances, Challenges, and Long-Term Opportunities for Electrochemistry
Nov. 18 and 19 | Washington, D.C.
Advances in electrochemistry are enabling new developments in energy storage, energy conversion, catalysis, separations, and instrumentation. This workshop will explore the future of electrochemistry, review emerging applications, discuss how to enable advances, and forecast new technologies and processes that could be developed given breakthroughs in fundamental and applied research in electrochemistry. This event will be webcast.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth
Nov. 19 | Washington, D.C.
Youths regularly make decisions about their health and consume health information online and from friends. However, little is known about their level of health literacy. This public workshop will examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones for children and adolescents. Speakers will also share best practices and explore potential cross-discipline collaborations for developing youth health literacy skills. The event will be webcast.

Challenges for Large River Basin Management in the United States
Nov. 20 | Washington, D.C.
Using the examples of the Rio Grande and Mississippi River basins, this meeting will address several overarching themes related to the future of large river basins and their management in the U.S. Speakers will discuss challenges for water management, interconnected systems that support river basin services, modeling and data for river basin management, and frameworks for management approaches.

Reducing Burnout Among Clinicians, Trainees, and Students at The Ohio State University
Nov. 21 | Webinar
The first in a series of case study webinars from the NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, this webinar will gather program developers and leadership from The Ohio State University to discuss successful programs and policies that have reduced clinician burnout and improved clinician well-being, including sharing lessons learned, challenges, and sustainability efforts.

Quality Water from Every Tap
Nov. 21 and 22 | Washington, D.C.
This workshop will explore paths to increase the quality of water from systems that do not meet today’s drinking water standards, especially for communities that lack adequate resources and expertise. Participants will delve into existing scientific knowledge on this issue from a variety of perspectives, including social science and technological development. This event will be webcast.

Reports Scheduled for Release in November
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.

Review of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ‘Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico Study’
Independent review providing an overall critique of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico study.


Nov. 16 | Washington, D.C.
You might think Germans have no sense of humor, and that a German physicist has to be the least funny person on the planet. That is until you meet Vince Ebert. »SEXY SCIENCE« Serious Humor – Made in Germany is a witty and inspiring performance about skeptical thinking, fake news, and the secret of German cars. Join Vince as he explains scientific facts using the fundamental laws of humor: Why is the sky blue? Why is the night black? Why shouldn’t we eat yellow snow? Presented jointly with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.



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