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Winter/Spring 2006 Vol. 6 No. 1




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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.

Learning Science in Informal Environments: A Review of Research and Future Directions. Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Project director: Jean Moon. Chair: To be selected. Sponsor: National Science Foundation.

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. Project director: Joseph Alexander. Co-chairs: David C. Black, president and chief executive officer, Universities Space Research Association, Houston; and Daniel E. Hastings, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering systems, and dean for undergraduate education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Sponsor: NASA.

New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects. National Academy of Engineering, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Division on Earth and Life Studies. Project director: Jeffrey Jacobs. Chair: G. Wayne Clough, president, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Army.

Review of the Scientific Literature on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans. Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine. Project director: Abigail Mitchell. Chair: Richard T. Johnson, professor of microbiology and of neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


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.

Advanced Research Instrumentation and Facilities
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine (2005, approx. 240 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09701-0; available from NAP).

Application of Toxicogenomics to Cross-Species Extrapolation -- A Report of a Workshop
Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2005, approx. 60 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10084-4; available from NAP).

Assessing and Managing the Ecological Impacts of Paved Roads
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Transportation Research Board (2005, 324 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10088-7; available from NAP).

Assessing Fitness for Military Enlistment: Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Standards
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2006, approx. 302 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10079-8; available from NAP).

An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Measurement and Standards Laboratories: Fiscal Years 2004-2005
Board on Assessment of NIST Programs, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 134 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10036-4; available from NAP).

Basic Research in Information Science and Technology for Air Force Needs
Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2006, 116 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10031-3; available from NAP).

Catalyzing Inquiry at the Interface of Computing and Biology
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 468 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09612-X; available from NAP).

The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries: Selected Studies
Committee on Population, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2005, 506 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09680-4; available from NAP).

Child Health in Complex Emergencies
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 (2006, 84 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10063-1; available from NAP).

Controlling the Quantum World of Atoms, Molecules, and Photons -- An Interim Report
Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 12 pp.; ISBN 0-309-65565-X; available only online from NAP).

Deconstructing the Computer -- Report of a Symposium
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2005, 182 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09254-X; available from NAP).

Expanding Access to Research Data: Reconciling Risks and Opportunities
Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2005, 132 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10012-7; available from NAP).

Extending the Effective Lifetimes of Earth Observing Research Missions
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 36 pp.; ISBN 0-309-65556-0; available online from NAP or from the board, tel. 202-334-3477 or e-mail <ssb@nas.edu>).

Food Safety and Foodborne Disease Surveillance Systems -- Proceedings of an Iranian-American Workshop
Office for Central Europe and Eurasia, Division on Policy and Global Affairs; in cooperation with the Research Center for Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran; World Health Organization; and Food and Agriculture Organization (2006, approx. 206 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10033-X; available from NAP).

FORCEnet Implementation Strategy
Naval Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 260 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10025-9; available from NAP).

Improving the Social Security Disability Decision Process -- Interim Report
Medical Follow-Up Agency, Institute of Medicine (2006, 100 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10094-1; available from NAP).

Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health, Third Ed.
Institute of Medicine (2005, 128 pp.; ISBN 0-309-65364-9; available only online from NAP).

Interim Design Assessment for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant
Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 94 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09698-7; available from NAP).

Lessons Learned Between Hurricanes: From Hugo to Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne -- Summary of the March 8, 2005, Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable
Disasters Roundtable, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2005, 28 pp.; ISBN 0-309-65667-2; available only online from NAP).

Linkages: Manufacturing Trends in Electronic Interconnection Technology
Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 94 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10034-8; available from NAP).

Linking Mandatory Professional Development with High-Quality Teaching and Learning -- Proceedings and Transcripts National Academies Teacher Advisory Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2006; ISBN 0-309-09725-8; CD-ROM available from NAP).

Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st Century Bureau of Reclamation
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2006, 154 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10035-6; available from NAP).

Mineral Tolerance of Animals, Second Revised Ed., 2005
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2005, 510 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09654-5; available from NAP).

Network Science
Board on Army Science and Technology, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 124 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10026-7; available from NAP).

Noise and Military Service: Implications for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
Medical Follow-Up Agency, Institute of Medicine (2006, 338 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09949-8; available from NAP).

Performance Measurement: Accelerating Improvement
Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine (2006, approx. 390 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10007-0; available from NAP).

Polar Icebreaker Roles and U.S. Future Needs: A Preliminary Assessment
Polar Research Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies; and Marine Board, Transportation Research Board (2005, 52 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10069-0; available from NAP).

Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions
Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, Center for Economics, Governance, and International Studies, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2005, 344 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09655-3; available from NAP).

Principal-Investigator-Led Missions in the Space Sciences
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, approx. 90 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10070-4; available from NAP or from the board, tel. 202-334-3477 or e-mail <ssb@nas.edu>).

Priorities in Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion
Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, approx. 326 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10011-9; available from NAP).

Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on Schools -- Brief Summary, Institute of Medicine Regional Symposium
Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with the Kansas Health Foundation (2006, 36 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10040-2; available from NAP).

Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, and Public Health
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, and Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, Division on Policy and Global Affairs (2005, approx. 200 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10067-4; available from NAP).

Review of NASA Plans for the International Space Station
Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, approx. 80 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10085-2; available from NAP or from the board, tel. 202-334-3477 or e-mail <ssb@nas.edu>).

Review of the Department of Defense Research Program on Low-Level Exposures to Chemical Warfare Agents
Committee on Toxicology, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2005, 122 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10021-6; available from NAP).

Review of the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Studies
Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Canada (2005, approx. 166 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10068-2; available from NAP).

The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lectures 2004: Perspectives on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Children and Youth Institute of Medicine (2006, 60 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10072-0; available from NAP).

A Risk Reduction Strategy for Human Exploration of Space: A Review of NASA's Bioastronautics Roadmap
Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine; and Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2006, approx. 142 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09948-X; available from NAP).

Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine (2006, approx. 504 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10039-9; available from NAP).

Scientific Examination of Art: Modern Techniques in Conservation and Analysis -- Papers From a Colloquium
Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences (2005, 252 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09625-1; available from NAP).

Strategic Guidance for the National Science Foundation's Support of the Atmospheric Sciences -- An Interim Report
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2005, 104 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10008-9; available from NAP).

Summary of a Workshop on Using Information Technology to Enhance Disaster Management
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2005, 40 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10037-2; available from NAP).

Supporting Local Health Care in a Chronic Crisis: Management and Financing Approaches in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
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 (2006, 104 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10038-0; available from NAP).

Systematics and the Origin of Species: On Ernst Mayr's 100th Anniversary -- Papers From a Colloquium
Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences (2005, 382 pp.; ISBN 0-309-09536-0; available from NAP).

Toxicity Testing for Assessment of Environmental Agents -- Interim Report
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2005, approx. 244 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10092-5; available from NAP).

Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops on Novel Antimicrobial Therapeutics
Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies (2006, 103 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10056-9; available from NAP).

Valuing Health for Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine (2006, approx. 380 pp.; ISBN 0-309-10077-1; 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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