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Summer 2007 Vol. 7 No. 2




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NEW PROJECTS & PUBLICATIONS


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.

Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children
Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Project director: Susan Van Hemel. Chair: Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Mass. Sponsor: Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Evaluating the Efficiency of Research and Development Programs at the Environmental Protection Agency
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine; and Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies. Project director: Richard Bissell. Chair: Gilbert Omenn, professor of internal medicine, human genetics, and public health, and director of the Center for Computational Medicine and Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gulf War and Health: Brain Injury in Veterans and Long-Term Health Outcomes
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine. Project director: Carolyn Fulco. Chair: George W. Rutherford, director, Institute for Global Health, Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and vice chair, department of epidemiology and biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

State Voter Registration Databases
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Project director: Herb Lin. Co-chairs: Sharon Priest, former Arkansas secretary of state, and executive director, Downtown Partnership, Little Rock, Ark.; and Olene Walker, former governor, state of Utah. Sponsor: U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Reducing Storm Water Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution
Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies. Project director: Laura Ehlers. Chair: Claire Welty, director, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, and professor of civil and environmental engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption Pollution
Studies and Special Programs, Transportation Research Board; and Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Project director: Stephen Godwin. Chair: José A. Gómez-Ibáñez, Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy.

Review of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Program
Water Science and Technology Board and Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Project director: Jeffrey Jacobs. Chair: Robert A. Dalrymple, Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Sponsor: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Publications

For documents shown as available from the National Academies Press (NAP), write to 500 Fifth St., N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, D.C. 20055; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242; or order on the Internet at <www.nap.edu>. Documents from a specific unit of the National Academies are available from the source as noted.

2007 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine (2007, 46 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10559-5; available from NAP).

A 21st Century System for Evaluating Veterans for Disability Benefits
Board on Military and Veterans Health, Institute of Medicine (2007, approx. 430 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10631-1; available from NAP).

Advancing Quality Improvement Research: Challenges and Opportunities -- Workshop Summary
Forum on the Science of Health Care Quality Improvement and Implementation, Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine (2007, approx. 60 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10623-0; available from NAP).

Adverse Drug Event Reporting: The Roles of Consumers and Health-Care Professionals -- Workshop Summary
Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine (2007, 82 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10276-6; available from NAP).

Agricultural Water Management: Proceedings of a Workshop in Tunisia (Series: Strengthening Science-Based Decision making in Developing Countries)
Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2007, 158 pp., ISBN 0-309-10603-6,available from NAP).

Assessment of the Continuing Operability of Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities and Equipment
Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 78 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10351-7; available from NAP).

Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Waste Containment Barriers
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, approx. 244 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10809-8; available from NAP).

Assessment of the Results of External Independent Reviews for U.S. Department of Energy Projects
Committee on Assessing the Results of External Independent Reviews for U.S. Department of Energy Projects, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 74 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10639-7; available from NAP).

Assessment of Wingtip Modifications to Increase the Fuel Efficiency of Air Force Aircraft
Air Force Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, approx. 98 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10497-1; available from NAP).

An Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, 130 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10851-9; available from NAP).

Building a Better NASA Workforce: Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration
Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 80 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10764-4; available from NAP).

Cancer Biomarkers: The Promises and Challenges of Improving Detection and Treatment
Institute of Medicine (2007, 252 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10386-X;available from NAP).

Cancer in Elderly People -- Workshop Proceedings
National Cancer Policy Forum, Institute of Medicine (2007, 106 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10476-9;available from NAP).

Coal: Research and Development to Support National Energy Policy
Committee on Earth Resources, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, approx. 198 pp.; ISBN 0-309-11022-X; available from NAP).

Conventional Prompt Global Strike Capability -- Letter Report
Naval Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 14 pp.; available only online from NAP).

Decadal Science Strategy Surveys -- Report of a Workshop
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 76 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10664-8; available from NAP).

Distributed Remote Sensing for Naval Undersea Warfare: Abbreviated Version
Naval Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 42 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10180-8; available from NAP).

Emergency and Continuous Exposure Guidance Levels for Selected Submarine Contaminants
Committee on Toxicology, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, 316 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09225-6; available from NAP).

Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 452 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10392-4; available from NAP).

Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, approx. 346 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10834-9; available from NAP).

Environmental Public Health Impacts of Disasters: Hurricane Katrina -- Workshop Summary
Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine (2007, 100 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10500-5; available from NAP).

Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic Disease -- Workshop Summary
Forum on Microbial Threats, Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine (2007, 250 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10769-5; available from NAP).

Exploration of Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments: Environmental and Scientific Stewardship
Polar Research Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, 162 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10635-4; available from NAP).

The Future of Disability in America
Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine (2007, approx. 680 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10472-6;available from NAP).

The Future of U.S. Chemistry Research: Benchmarks and Challenges
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, 160 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10533-1;available from NAP).

Future of Emergency Care: Dissemination Workshop Summaries
Board on Healthcare Services, Institute of Medicine (2007, 162 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10468-8; available from NAP).

Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, and Economics -- Workshop Summary
Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine (2007, 128 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10592-7; available from NAP).

Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses
Committee on Radio Frequencies, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 130 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10301-0; available from NAP).

Human-System Integration in the System Development Process: A New Look
Committee on Human Factors, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education(2007, 396 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10720-2; available from NAP).

The Learning Healthcare System -- Workshop Summary
Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine, Institute of Medicine (2007, 374 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10300-2; available from NAP).

Long-Term Health Effects of Participation in Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense)
Medical Follow-Up Agency, Board on Military and Veterans Health, Institute of Medicine (2007, 142 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10210-3; available from NAP).

Mining Safety and Health Research at NIOSH
Committee on Earth Resources, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Institute of Medicine (2007, approx. 314 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10342-8; available from NAP).

Models in Environmental Regulatory Decision Making
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, 286 pp.; ISBN 0-309-11000-9; available from NAP).

National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, approx. 238 pp.; ISBN 0-309-11030-0; available from NAP).

The National Science Foundation's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Program: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Solid State Sciences Committee, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, approx. 240 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10961-2; available from NAP).

Nutrigenomics and Beyond: Informing the Future -- Workshop Summary
Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine (2007, 90 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10489-0; available from NAP).

PEPFAR Implementation: Progress and Promise
Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine; and Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council (2007, approx. 420 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10388-6; available from NAP).

Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest
Plasma Science Committee, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, approx. 232 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10943-4; available from NAP).

Portals to the Universe: The NASA Astronomy Science Centers
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 66 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10734-2; available from NAP).

Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase Two)
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 234 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10467-X; available from NAP).

Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data
Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2007, 176 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10414-9;available from NAP).

Research and Plans for Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census -- Interim Assessment
Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2007, 94 pp.; available only online from NAP).

The Role of Naval Forces in the Global War on Terror: Abbreviated Version
Naval Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 46 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10179-4; available from NAP).

SBIR and the Phase III Challenge of Commercialization -- Report of a Symposium
Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2007, 200 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10341-X, available from NAP).

Science and Technology Needs for DOE Site Cleanup -- Workshop Summary
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2007, approx. 88 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10821-7; available from NAP).

Science and Technology to Counter Terrorism: Proceedings of an Indo-U.S. Workshop
Committee on International Security and Arms Control, the National Academies, in cooperation with International Strategic and Security Studies Programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India (2007, 180 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10499-8;available from NAP).

The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon: Final Report
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, 120 pp.; ISBN: 0-309-10919-1, available from NAP).

Tools and Methods for Estimating Populations at Risk from Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Crises
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Committee on Population, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2007, 264 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10354-1; available from NAP).

Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2007, approx. 272 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10395-9; available from NAP).

Training Physicians for Public Health Careers
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine (2007, approx. 130 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10760-1; available from NAP).

Understanding Business Dynamics: An Integrated Data System for America's Future
Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2007, 200 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10492-0; available from NAP).

Using the American Community Survey: Benefits and Challenges
Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2007, approx. 350 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10672-9; available from NAP).

Transportation Research Board (TRB) reports --
Approximately 150 titles issued annually. Free catalog available on request from TRB, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (tel. 202-334-3213), or visit TRB's bookstore on the Internet.


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