Date: Nov. 28, 2011 

Editor: Nicole Joy

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"Reports & Events" is a monthly list of selected events open to the public and a listing of National Academies reports tentatively scheduled for release next month.  A complete listing of events can be accessed at




Breast cancer and the environment

Dec. 7

(San Antonio)

Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, will be released with a press briefing and presented at a plenary session at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  The briefing starts at 12:30 p.m. CST in Room 217D of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St., and the report will be discussed at the plenary session beginning at 1:45 p.m. CST in Exhibit Hall D.  Reporters who cannot attend may participate through a live teleconference. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 6.  THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 1:30 P.M. EST WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7.  More information on the study is available at

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Prevention policies and wellness strategies

Dec. 5

(Washington, D.C.)

An Institute of Medicine committee that is developing a framework for assessing the value of community-based, nonclinical prevention policies and wellness strategies will hold an information-gathering workshop to hear from several experts.  The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites D.C. Convention Center, 900 10th St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at   

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Preventing violence

Dec. 8 and 9

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore the use of traditional and new media to communicate evidence-based information for violence prevention.  The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.  Those who cannot attend may participate via a live webcast.  An agenda, registration, and webcast information are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Water resources

Dec. 12

(Washington, D.C.)

A National Research Council committee is holding a workshop to gather information for its study examining emerging national water resources challenges and their implications for Army Corps of Engineers' strategies and programs.  The meeting will be held in Room 101 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W. 

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Improving food safety

Dec. 13 and 14

(Washington, D.C.)

This Institute of Medicine workshop will explore a range of issues critical to the food safety, including the globalization of the U.S. food supply and opportunities to reduce future food safety threats through the use of a “One Health” approach.  The workshop will be held in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.  An agenda and registration are available at  

CONTACT: Office of News and Public Information, 202-334-2138 or e-mail


Community colleges and STEM education

Dec. 15

(Washington, DC)

At this invitation-only event, leaders from community colleges, universities, business and industry, and state and federal governments will discuss the evolving roles of community colleges in educating students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The summit will be held at the Carnegie Institute for Science, 1530 P St. N.W.; more information and a complete agenda is available  Reporters must register in advance.  Reporters who cannot attend can view a video webcast of the summit by registering in advance at   

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The following reports from the National Academies are tentatively scheduled for release in December.  However, release dates 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.




Application of Lightweighting Technology to Military Vehicles, Vessels, and Aircraft

[National Research Council]

Examines ways in which the use of lightweight materials and lightweight solutions might be better implemented in military.


Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement: A Path to Better Performance

[National Research Council]

This congressionally mandated report examines how to improve budgeting for the federal immigration enforcement system, specifically focusing on the parts of the system that are operated by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Report of a Workshop on STEM Workforce Needs for the U.S. DOD and the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

[National Research Council]

Summarizes a workshop held in August 2011 discussing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics work-force demands and challenges at the U.S. Department of Defense.





Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences

[National Research Council]

Reviews the current state of the field of hydrology and identifies areas to advance research to better understand the water cycle and ultimately improve water resources and environmental engineering and management. 


Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout: Lessons for Improving Offshore Drilling Safety

[National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council]

This is the final report of a committee convened to examine the probable causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to identify measures to prevent similar harm in the future.  The report examines technology and practices involved, including the performance of the "blowout preventer," and identifies and recommends available technology, industry best practices, standards, and other measures related to oil and gas deepwater exploratory drilling and well completion.


New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences

[National Research Council]

Identifies emerging research possibilities in the earth sciences over the next decade and key instrumentation and facilities needed to explore them.  It also describes the prospects for increased cooperation in these new and emerging areas between the National Science Foundation's Division of Earth Science and other government agency programs, industry, and international programs.


The Science and Applications of Synthetic and Systems Biology -- Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes a workshop held by IOM’s Forum on Microbial Threats to explore the scientific and policy dimensions of recent developments in genetic engineering and their applications to emerging infectious diseases.  More information is available at  


Uranium Mining in Virginia

[National Research Council]

Explores the scientific, technical, environmental, human health and safety, and regulatory aspects of uranium mining, milling, and processing in Virginia.  The report will neither recommend whether uranium mining should be permitted nor include site-specific assessments.





Allied Health Workforce and Services -- Workshop Summary

[Institute of Medicine]

Summarizes a workshop that explored how the allied health work force contributes to improving access to health care services, particularly for underserved, rural, and other populations.  More information is available at   


Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach

[Institute of Medicine]

Reviews what the evidence can tell us about the potential for specific environmental factors to increase women’s risk for developing breast cancer and what steps can be taken to reduce these risks. More information is available at   


Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity

[Institute of Medicine and National Research Council]

Responds to the question of whether there is still need for chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research given their unique biological and immunological traits and given advances in the development of other animal models, research tools, and methods.  More information is available at  


Scientific Standards for Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products

[Institute of Medicine]

Modified risk tobacco products aim to reduce tobacco-related illnesses, and the Food and Drug Administration is responsible for their scientific assessment and ongoing review.  This report advises FDA on the minimum standards for scientific studies to allow the marketing of modified risk tobacco products and for postmarket studies of approved products.  More information is available at  





Koshland Youth Research Lab: Teens and Sleep

(Washington, D.C.)

At this event, student participants in the Koshland Youth Research Lab will present their findings concerning the sleep needs of teenagers.  It will take place on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Koshland Science Museum.  Museum admission is required.  For more information, visit

CONTACT: Koshland Science Museum, 202-334-1201 or e-mail  


Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center

(Irvine, Calif.)

These upcoming public events at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center explore the far-reaching role of science, technology, and medicine in our lives.

-- How Does Childhood Differ Between Traditional Societies and Modern Societies? by Jared Diamond, best-selling author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and professor of geography and physiology, University of California, Los Angeles (Dec. 8, 7 p.m.) 

-- Synthetic Biology by Frances Arnold, Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology (Dec. 14, 7 p.m.)

More information on these and other events is available at   

CONTACT: Susan Marty, 949-721-2213 or e-mail





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