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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.

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    Dec. 19, 2003
    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TOP NEWS
    -- Jan. 14: Public Briefing on "Insuring America's Health: Principles
    and Recommendations" (WEBCAST)
    -- U.S., Russian Academies Promote Research Projects with Russian
    Industry
    -- Wankat Is New Engineering Education Fellow

    SCIENCE IN THE HEADLINES
    -- Government Warns Women, Children to Limit Tuna Consumption

    NEW ONLINE CONTENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
    -- Jan. 6-7: Meeting on "Crossing the Quality Chasm" (WEBCAST)
    -- New Undergraduate Research Grant Program Begins

    SITE HIGHLIGHTS
    -- Audio Files from IOM Childhood Obesity Workshop Are Online
    -- Listen to New InterView with Physical Anthropologist Cynthia Beall
    -- Schedule of Upcoming Webcasts Is Now Available
    -- NRC Associateship Program Is Accepting Applications for 350 Awards

    NEW ONLINE BOOKS
    -- Titles from the National Academies Press Catalog and Backlist

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    TOP NEWS

    **Live Webcast**
    The Institute of Medicine releases "Insuring America's Health:
    Principles and Recommendations" during a one-hour public briefing at
    9:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 14. Participate by listening to a live
    audio webcast (requires free RealPlayer) and submitting questions using
    an e-mail form, both accessible on the National-Academies.org home page
    during the event.
    http://www.iom.edu/event.asp?id=16675

    A partnership between the U.S. National Academies and the Russian
    Academy of Sciences to strengthen links between Russian researchers and
    private companies is showing promising results, the U.S. National
    Academies announced today. An increasing number of Russian companies
    are now providing tens of millions of dollars annually for applied
    research that is overseen by RAS. In addition, Russian businessmen are
    financing hundreds of grants each year for young researchers working in
    cutting-edge fields.
    http://www.national-academies.org/morenews#tn1217b

    Purdue University's Phillip C. Wankat is the National Academy of
    Engineering's new Walter L. Robb Engineering Education Senior Fellow.
    Wankat will serve a twelve-month term conducting research at NAE's
    Center for Advancement and Scholarship on Engineering Education.
    http://www.national-academies.org/morenews#tn1217

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    SCIENCE IN THE HEADLINES

    Nursing mothers, pregnant women, those who plan to become pregnant, and
    young children should limit their consumption of tuna to avoid exposure
    to unsafe levels of mercury, the federal government said last week.
    High levels of mercury can damage developing nervous systems. The new
    advisory echoes the findings of a 2000 report from the National
    Academies' Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology that reviewed
    existing EPA guidelines for mercury exposure.
    http://www.national-academies.org/headlines#sh1216

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    NEW ONLINE CONTENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

    Health & Medicine

    **Live Webcast**
    Improving the nation's health care is the topic of an upcoming Institute
    of Medicine summit. The two-day meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on EST
    Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the National Academy of Sciences building auditorium,
    2100 C St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Participate by listening to a live
    audio webcast (requires free RealPlayer) and submitting questions using
    an e-mail form, both accessible on the National-Academies.org home page
    during the event.
    http://www.nationalacademies.org/onpi/schedule.html

    International Issues

    A new grant program for U.S. undergraduate students provides funds for
    research in central and eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of
    Independent States. The program is run by the National Academies' Office
    for Central Europe and Eurasia. Applications are due by Friday, April 2.
    http://www7.national-academies.org/dsc/intreu.html

    Mathematics & Physics

    Risk estimation in the public and private sectors is the topic of an
    upcoming workshop sponsored by the National Academies' Board on
    Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications. The two-day meeting begins
    at 8 a.m. on Jan. 14 in the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100
    C St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Registration is free and open to the
    public.
    http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bms/enterprise_risk_management.html

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    SITE HIGHLIGHTS

    Audio and slide presentations from a recent Institute of Medicine
    workshop on preventing childhood obesity are now online. Held Dec. 9,
    the meeting explored the influence of marketing, the media and family
    dynamics on the increasing prevalence of overweight children. Sound
    files require free RealPlayer.
    http://www.iom.edu/event.asp?id=16821

    Physical anthropologist Cynthia M. Beall discusses her research on
    humans' adaptation to high altitudes in an hour-long interview with
    journalist Dorian Devins. The discussion is part of the National Academy
    of Sciences' InterViews project, in which distinguished scientists talk
    about their research, why they became scientists and other aspects of
    their careers. (Interview audio files require free RealPlayer.)
    http://www7.national-academies.org/interviews

    Keep track of upcoming webcasts of Academies public briefings, news
    conferences and other meetings with our new webcast schedule, now
    available online. All webcasts require free RealPlayer software.
    http://www.national-academies.org/onpi/schedule.html

    The National Research Council offers 350 Research Associateship awards
    for postdoctoral and senior research at federal laboratories in the
    United States and overseas. February review applications are due by 5
    p.m. EST Monday, Feb. 2.
    http://www.national-academies.org/rap

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

    Information and Communications: Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in
    the 21st Century
    http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10831.html

    Immunization Safety Review: SV40 Contamination of Polio Vaccine and
    Cancer
    http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10534.html

    Understanding Climate Change Feedbacks
    http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10850.html

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