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From: Larry Klaes (larry.klaes@incent.com)
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 11:39:49 PDT


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June 8, 2001
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WHAT'S NEW at national-academies.org -- your weekly guide to what's new on
the
Web from the National Academies, comprising the National Academy of
Sciences,
National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National
Research
Council.

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TOP NEWS

Responding to a request from the Bush administration, a new report from the
National Academies sums up science's current understanding of global climate
change. The report characterizes warming trends over the last 100 years,
examines what may be in store for the 21st century and comments on the
extent to
 which warming may be attributable to human activity.
http://www.nationalacademies.org/topnews/#0606

Focused attention by world leaders is needed to address the challenges posed
by
spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, says a new National
Academies' report. It also encourages opportunities for public involvement
in
waste-management decisions.
http://www.nationalacademies.org/topnews/#0606b

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SCIENCE IN THE HEADLINES

New cases of cancer and cancer-related deaths are declining in the United
States, according to a recent study that attributes the good news to early
detection, better treatment and reduced smoking rates. While significant
progress has been made, health officials caution there has been little to no
improvement in treating advanced stages of the most common cancers. Several
reports from the National Cancer Policy Board of the National Academies
examine
the science behind early detection, prevention and treatment of cancer.
http://www.nationalacademies.org/headlines/#0608

President Bush visited the Florida Everglades to voice his support for the
40-year effort underway to restore the damaged ecosystem. Once an
8-million-acre
 oasis for endangered and threatened wildlife, the Everglades has been
reduced
to half its original size by agricultural growth, urban development and poor
water management. A National Academies' report examines issues related to
water
storage and recovery in the Everglades.
http://www.nationalacademies.org/headlines/#0605

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SITE HIGHLIGHT

"A Celebration of Barrier Islands," a collection of batiks by Mary Edna
Fraser,
will be on display June 12 -- Sept. 12 at the National Academies' main
building.
http://www4.nas.edu/nas/aiashowtime.nsf/(ByDocIDView)/4E922722A1742D9A852569
5800535C9A?OpenDocument

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NEW ONLINE CONTENT

Environmental Issues

The warming of the Earth has been the subject of intense debate and concern
for
many scientists, policy-makers, and citizens for at least the past decade.
Find
out what a panel of the nation's top climate scientists have to say about
the
evidence behind global warming, uncertainties of climate prediction, impact
of
human activities, and possible consequences of climate change on a new
National
Academies' Web Extra feature, "A Closer Look at Global Warming."
http://national-academies.org/webextra/globalwarming

Health & Medicine

"Financing the U.S. Immunization System" is the first in a series of
workshops
to encourage dialogue on the findings and recommendations issued last year
by
the Institute of Medicine on future levels of state and federal funding for
the
national immunization system. Workshop topics include financing strategies
to
strengthen the system, reducing areas of instability and uncertainty, and
improving vaccine coverage rates. Those who cannot attend the workshop at
the
University of Illinois School of Public Health can participate via live
audio
Webcast (requires RealPlayer), and submit questions using an email form;
both
accessible on the National-Academies.org home page beginning at 8:00 a.m.
EDT,
Friday, June 15.
http://www.iom.edu/iom/iomhome.nsf/Pages/HCS+Immunization+Finance+disseminat
ion

Advances in medical technology often lead to health gains, but some
researchers
question the magnitude of these benefits and whether new devices and
therapies
unnecessarily inflate health-care costs. A National Academies workshop will
explore these questions, and discuss ways that public policy can promote the
development and distribution of highly effective medical technology. Those
who
cannot attend the two-day meeting can participate via live audio Webcast
(requires RealPlayer), and submit questions using an email form; both
accessible
 on the National-Academies.org home page beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT,
Thursday,
June 14.
http://www4.nationalacademies.org/webcr.nsf/(MeetByDocID)/6E8FAFAD1E40167B85
2569F90052CF80?OpenDocument

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NEW ONLINE BOOKS
The following titles from the National Academy Press catalog and backlist
are
now available online.

Envisioning the Agenda for Water Resources Research in the Twenty-First
Century
(2001)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10140.html?onpi_listserv060801

Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions (2001)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10139.html?onpi_listserv060801

Disposition of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel:The Continuing
Societal
and Technical Challenges (2001)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10119.html?onpi_listserv060801

Biographical Memoirs, Volume 59 (1990)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/1652.html?onpi_listserv060801

Fuels to Drive Our Future (1990)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/1440.html?onpi_listserv060801

Advanced Power Sources for Space Missions (1989)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/1320.html?onpi_listserv060801

Behavioral Measures of Neurotoxicity (1990)
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/1352.html?onpi_listserv060801

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