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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.

Biotechnology, Food and Fiber Production, and the Environment.
Board on Biology, Commission on Life Sciences, and the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Project director: Jennifer Kuzma. Chair: to be selected. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture. (See article on this new project.)

Deployment of Broadband Local-Access Technology.
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. Project director: Marjory Blumenthal. Chair: Nikil Jayant, professor, electrical and computer engineering department, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Sponsors: National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and other private sources. (See article on this new project.)

A Fresh Strategy for HIV Prevention.
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine. Project director: Monica Ruiz. Chair: Harvey Fineberg, provost, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Sponsor: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (See article on this new project.)

Intellectual Property Rights in a Knowledge-Based Economy.
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy Division. Project director: Stephen Merrill. Co-chairs: Richard Levin, president, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; and Mark B. Myers, senior vice president, Xerox Corp., Stamford, Conn. Sponsors: NASA and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (See article on this new project.)

Multiple Sclerosis: Current Status and Strategies for the Future.
Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine. Project director: Janet E. Joy. Chair: Richard B. Johnston Jr., professor of pediatrics, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver. Sponsor: National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Science Base for Tobacco Harm Reduction.
Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine. Project director: Kathleen Stratton. Chair: to be selected. Sponsor: U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (See article on this new project.)

Y2K: Drawing Lessons to Cope With Future ‘System Shocks.’
Office of International Affairs. Project director: Michael Cheetham. Chair: to be selected. Sponsors: U.S. Air Force and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (See article on this new project.)


New Publications
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