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Summer 2003 Vol. 3 No. 2




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Projects

The following projects have been recently undertaken by units of the National Academies. The latest information about all current committee activities -- including project descriptions, committee rosters, and meeting information -- is available in "Current Projects" on the National Academies' Web site.

The Future of Supercomputing.
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Project director: Cynthia Patterson. Co-chairs: Susan Graham, distinguished professor of computer science, University of California, Berkeley, and chief computer scientist, National Partnership of Advanced Computations Infrastructure; and Marc Snir, head of the department of computer science and Michael Faiman and Saburo Muroga Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy.

New Frontiers in Contraceptive Research.
Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine. Project director: Sharyl Nass. Chair: Jerome F. Strauss III, Luigi Mastroianni Jr. Professor and director, Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health, and associate chairman, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia. Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision-making.
Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Project director: Paul Stern. Chair: Thomas Dietz, professor of sociology, and of crop and soil sciences; acting director, Environmental Science and Policy Program; and acting associate dean for environmental science and policy in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Natural Science, and College of Social Science at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Sponsors: Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Review of Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park and Conservation and Research Center.
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies. Project director: Jamie Jonker. Chair: Michael Roberts, Curator's Professor of Animal Science, Biochemistry, and Veterinary Pathology, University of Missouri, Columbia. Sponsor: Smithsonian Institution.

Transforming Our Common Destiny: Hispanics in the United States.
Committee on Population, Center for Social and Economic Studies, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Project director: Faith Mitchell. Chair: Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, and professor of sociology and public affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. Sponsors: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau, National Cancer Institute, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH Office of Minority Health and Research, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Transportation of Radioactive Waste.
Board on Radioactive Waste Management, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Division of Studies and Information Services, Transportation Research Board. Project director: Kevin Crowley. Chair: Neal Lane, university professor, department of physics and astronomy, and fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston. Sponsors: EPRI, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nye County, Nev., U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Transportation.


Publications

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Accelerating the Research, Development, and Acquisition of Medical Countermeasures Against Biological Warfare Agents -- Interim Report
Medical Follow-up Agency, Institute of Medicine; and Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 18 pp.; available only online at <www.nap.edu>).

Adaptive Monitoring and Assessment for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
Water Science and Technology Board and Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 122 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08892-5; available from NAP, $28.25 plus $4.50 shipping).

Building an Electronic Records Archive at the National Archives and Records Administration: Recommendations for Initial Development
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2003, approx. 86 pp.; available only online at <www.nap.edu>).

Characterizing Exposure of Veterans to Agent Orange and Other Herbicides Used in Vietnam -- Interim Findings and Recommendations
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine (2003, 36 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08943-3; available from NAP, $12.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Cities Transformed: Demographic Change and Its Implications in the Developing World
Committee on Population, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2003, approx. 535 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08862-3; available from NAP, $52.50 plus $4.50 shipping).

Describing Death in America: What We Need to Know
National Cancer Policy Board, Institute of Medicine and Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 128 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08725-2; available from NAP, $33.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Effectiveness of Air Force Science and Technology Program Changes
Air Force Science and Technology Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2003, 78 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08895-X; available from NAP, $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

End Points for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste in Russia and the United States
Board on Radioactive Waste Management, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Office for Central Europe and Eurasia Development, Security, and Cooperation, Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2003, 154 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08724-4; available from NAP, $33.75 plus $4.50 shipping).

Ensuring the Quality of Data Disseminated by the Federal Government -- Workshop Report
Science, Technology, and Law Program, Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2003, 92 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08857-7; $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

The Experiences and Challenges of Science and Ethics -- Proceedings of an American-Iranian Workshop
Division on Policy and Global Affairs, in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2003, 126 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08890-9; available from NAP, $29.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Future Hydrogen Production and Use -- Interim Letter Report
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; and National Academy of Engineering (2003, 7 pp.; available only online at <www.nap.edu>).

Guatemala: Human Rights and the Myrna Mack Case
Committee on Human Rights, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine (2003, 54 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08916-6; available from NAP, $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 55 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08903-4; available from NAP, $14.95 plus $4.50 shipping).

Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality
Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine (2003, 192 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08723-6; available from NAP, $35.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Improving the Scientific Basis for Managing DOE's Excess Nuclear Materials and Spent Nuclear Fuel
Board on Radioactive Waste Management, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 124 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08722-8; available from NAP, $28.75 plus $4.50 shipping).

Improving Undergraduate Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics -- Report of a Workshop
Center for Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2003, 176 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08929-8; available from NAP, $40.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Initial Steps in Rebuilding the Health Sector in East Timor
Roundtable on the Demography of Forced Migration, Committee on Population, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; and Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2003, 70 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08901-8; available from NAP, $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies: Proceedings -- Symposium and Fifth Biennial Meeting, Paris, May 10-11, 2001
Committee on Human Rights, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine (2003, 156 pp.; available only online at <www.nap.edu>).

Long-Term Stewardship of DOE Legacy Waste Sites -- A Status Report
Board on Radioactive Waste Management, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 73 pp.; available only online at <www.nap.edu>).

Materials Science and Technology: Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 98 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08512-8; available from NAP, $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

The Measure of STAR: Review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants Program
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 190 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08938-7; available from NAP, $40.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Measuring Access to Learning Opportunities
Center for Education and Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2003, 144 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08897-6; available from NAP, $29.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Medicare Coverage of Routine Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction
Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine (2003, approx. 100 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08885-2; available from NAP, $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Monitoring International Labor Standards: National Legal Frameworks -- Summary of a Workshop
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2003, 76 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08942-5; available from NAP, $18.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Novel Approaches to Carbon Management: Separation, Capture, Sequestration, and Conversion to Useful Products -- Workshop Report
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, approx. 45 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08937-9; available from NAP, $12.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Primates
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 184 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08914-X; available from NAP, $35.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Offspring: Human Fertility Behavior in Biodemographic Perspective
Committee on Population, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2003, 400 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08718-X; available from NAP, $59.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism: A Public Health Strategy
Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine (2003, 180 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08953-0; available from NAP, $36.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Progress in Improving Project Management at the Department of Energy -- 2002 Assessment
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2003, 125 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08909-3; available from NAP, $25.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Psychosocial Concepts in Humanitarian Work With Children: A Review of the Concepts and Related Literature
Roundtable on the Demography of Forced Migration, Committee on Population, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; and Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2003, 142 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08933-6; available from NAP, $31.75 plus $4.50 shipping).

Reducing the Time From Basic Research to Innovation in the Chemical Sciences -- A Workshop Report to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable
Chemical Sciences Roundtable, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 142 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08734-1; available from NAP, $31.75 plus $4.50 shipping).

The Resistance Phenomenon in Microbes and Infectious Disease Vectors: Implications for Human Health and Strategies for Containment -- Workshop Summary
Forum on Emerging Infections, Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine (2003, 336 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08854-2; available from NAP, $45.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

A Review of the Dose Reconstruction Program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Board on Radiation Effects Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, approx. 390 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08902-6; available from NAP, $54.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Science and Technology for Army Homeland Security -- Report 1
Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2003, 184 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08701-5; available from NAP, $38.75 plus $4.50 shipping).

Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food
Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine; and Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2003, 342 pp. ISBN 0-309-08928-X; available from NAP, $44.95 plus $4.50 shipping).

Securing the Future: Regional and National Programs to Support the Semiconductor Industry
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2003, 344 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08501-2; available from NAP, $66.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Survey Automation -- Report and Workshop Proceedings
Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2003, 274 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08930-1; available from NAP, $39.00 plus $4.50 shipping).

Working Families and Growing Kids: Caring for Children and Adolescents
Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Institute of Medicine and Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2003, 275 pp.; ISBN 0-309-08703-1; available from NAP, $54.00 plus $4.50 shipping).



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