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New Projects
The following projects have been undertaken by units of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. The latest information about current committee activities — including project descriptions, committee rosters, and meeting information — is now available in Current Projects.

Assessing Ambient Noise in the Ocean With Regard to Potential Impacts on Marine Mammals
Ocean Studies Board, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources. Project director: Susan Roberts. Chair: to be selected. Sponsors: Office of Naval Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey.

Authentication Technologies and Their Privacy Implications
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. Project director: Marjory Blumenthal. Chair: to be selected. Sponsors: National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, General Services Administration, and Congress of Industrial Organizations Council (additional sponsors pending).

Conflict and Reconstruction in Multiethnic Societies
Office of International Affairs and Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Project director: Glenn Schweitzer. Chair: Robert Adams, professor of anthropology, University of California, San Diego. Sponsor: National Academy of Sciences.

Oversight and Assessment of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems. Project director: Richard Little. Chair: to be selected. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (See article on this new project.)

Research Priorities in Geography at the U.S. Geological Survey
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources. Project director: Lisa M. Vandemark. Chair: William L. Graf, Regents’ Professor of Geography, Arizona State University, Mesa. Sponsor: U.S. Geological Survey.

School Transportation Safety
Studies and Information Services, Transportation Research Board. Project director: Beverly Huey. Chair: H. Douglas Robertson, executive director, Highway Safety Research Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Sponsor: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (See article on this new project.)

Youth Violence in Schools
Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Project director: Nancy Crowell. Chair: to be selected. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education.(See article on this new project.)


New Publications
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