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PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

June 22, 2012
Biosecurity Challenges of the Global Expansion of High Continment Biological Laboratories
The U.S. National Research Council report of the international workshop examines biosafety and biosecurity issues related to the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of high containment biological laboratories. To develop a sense of the current norms in the world, the workshop attendees described the history and current challenges they face in their individual laboratories. The report then details steps that were taken to improve safety and security, from running training programs to implementing a variety of personnel reliability measures including physical security, access controls, and monitoring pathogen inventories. The workshop report also identifies tensions in the field and details participants’ suggestions for possible areas for action. At the report release a panel of comittee members was led by Adel Mahmoud, committee chair.
 
 
March 30, 2012
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Technical Issues for the United States
This highly anticipated report details the committee’s review and assessment of changes to technical issues that have occurred since the National Research Council’s previous report on this topic in 2002. The report addresses the ability of the United States to maintain the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile; the capability to detect, locate, and identify nuclear explosions; commitments necessary to sustain the U.S. stockpile and the U.S. and international monitoring systems; and potential technical advances countries could achieve through evasive testing will be discussed, among other issues. Visit the National Academies Press Website to view the pdf of the report. Listen to the Webcast of the release event
 
 
January 19, 2011
Reykjavik to New START: Science Diplomacy for Nuclear Security in the 21st Century
Workshop
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July 14, 2005
60th Anniversary of Trinity: First Manmade Nuclear Explosion
Symposium

April 18, 2005
Monitoring Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear-Explosive Materials: An Assessment of Methods and Capabilities
Study Release
In the United States and many other countries, policy-makers are working to minimize the proliferation of nuclear weapons, prevent terrorists from acquiring them, and reduce the risks posed by existing nuclear arsenals. A new report from the National Academy of Sciences outlines technical and collaborative approaches that could help leaders meet these goals.

        
August 11, 2004
Post-Cold War U.S. Nuclear Strategy: A Search for Technical and Policy Common Ground
Symposium