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University Research Regulations Report
Gain-of-Function Symposia
Eyewitness ID Report
Synthetic Biology Forum
International Animal Research Regulations Report
H5N1 Research Controversy Workshop
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

Six Party Symposia on Synthetic Biology
Anthrax Mailings Report 
University Intellectual Property Report
Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Workshop

Synthetic Biology Symposium
Forensic Science Report
Science and Security Report
Human Dosing Studies Report

CSTL Meetings

University Research Regulations Report

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February 13, 2015

ScienceInsider, "A New Shot at Reducing Research Red Tape"

Gain-of-Function Symposia

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December 18, 2014  

ScienceInsider, "Moratorium on Risky Experiments Lifted for MERS Mouse Studies"

December 17, 2014

ScienceInsider, "Academy Meeting on Risky Virus Studies Struggles to Find Common Ground"

December 16, 2014

National Public Radio, "Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Eyewitness Identification Report

Project Information


February 26, 2015

Wall Street Journal, "States Weigh Overhauls of How Police Lineups Are Handled"

February 10, 2015

WTOP, "Is it Possible to Misremember? The Science Behind Your Memories"

February 5, 2015

Washington Post, "The Science Behind Brian Williams's Mortifying Memory Flub"

February 4, 2015

The New Yorker, "You Have No Idea What Happened"

January 30, 2015

Washington Post, "Eyewitnesses Aren't as Reliable as You Might Think"

January 4, 2015

Utica Observer-Dispatch, "DA McNamara Pushes for More Eyewitness Reliability"

December 1, 2014

New York Times, "Why Our Memory Fails Us"

December 2014

Community Policing Dispatch, "When it Comes to Eyewitness ID Best Practices, the Science is Settled"

November 24, 2014

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, "39 Years in Prison: Why We Need Better Science to Identify Culprits"

November 19, 2014

Newsweek, "The End of Eyewitness Testimonies"
University of Utah College of Social Work, "3 Questions in 3 Minutes: Dr. Joanne Yaffe"

November 18, 2014

National Public Radio, "New Recommendations Could Improve Eyewitness Testimony"

November 2014 

Washington Lawyer, "A Flawed Record: The Fragility of Eyewitness Memory"

October 19, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Study: Eyewitness ID Policies Not Uniform"

October 10, 2014, "Casting Reasonable Doubt on Eyewitness Testimony"

October 5, 2014

The Courier-Journal, "Wrongful Convictions Prompt New Police Rules"
San Diego Union-Tribune, "Special Methods Can Cut Witness Errors"
Pensacola News Journal, "Scientists Study Eyewitness ID Errors"

October 4, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "National Report on Witness Identification Does Little to Settle Pittsburgh Dispute on Best Procedures"

October 3, 2014

Police Foundation, "National Research Council Issues Recommendations to Improve Eyewitness Identifications"
Washington Post, "New National Academy of Sciences Study Critical of Eyewitness Testimony"
Forensic Magazine, "Report Urges Caution in Handling Eyewitness Identifications"

Time, "Behind the Messy Science of Police Lineups"
ScienceInsider, "How Reliable is Eyewitness Testimony? Scientists Weigh In"
Trib Total Media, "National Research Council Urges Police, Courts to Use Caution in Eyewitness Identifications"

October 2, 2014

The Atlantic, "Why Police Lineups Will Never Be Perfect"
Seattle Weekly, "How Eyewitness IDs Lead to Wrongful Convictions and Calls for New Methods", "New Report Urges Caution in Handling Eyewitness Identifications"

Tampa Tribune, "How Reliable Are Eyewitness Accounts? It’s Complicated"
Science Daily, "Using Eyewitness Identifications: New Report Urges Caution"
Science Codex, "New Report Urges Caution in Handling Eyewitness Identifications"
KMSP-TV, Minneapolis-St.Paul, "The End of the Old School Suspect Line-up"

July 31, 2014 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "New Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Spars with District Attorney on Eyewitness IDs"

February 9, 2014

Washington Post, "Prince George's Police to Transform Photo Lineups"

Synthetic Biology Forum

Project Information


July 11, 2013

BBC News, "Will Synthetic Biology Become a GM-Style Battleground?"

International Animal Research Regulations Report

Project Information


September 20, 2012

Neuron, "Implementing the 3Rs in Neuroscience Research: A Reasoned Approach"

H5N1 Research Controversy Workshop

Project Information


May 23, 2012

Nature, "Bird-flu Research: The Biosecurity Oversight"

May 7, 2012

CNN Radio Reports, "Playing with Fire?"

May 2, 2012

Discover, "Behold the Forbidden Flu: A Loom Explainer"
National Public Radio, "First of Controversial Bird Flu Studies is Published"
Wired, "Controversy Continues After Engineered-Bird-Flu Study Published"

May 1, 2012

CIDRAP News, "NIH Preparing Tool to Help Labs Cope with New DURC Policy"
ScienceInsider, "U.S. to Seek University Input on New Dual Use Reviews"

April 10, 2012

National Public Radio, "Bird Flu Studies Mired in Export Control Limbo"

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

Project Information


October 3, 2011

National Law Journal, "D.C. Judge Behind Updated Judicial Science Guidelines"

September 30, 2011

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, "New Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence Published"

September 29, 2011

Law Technology News, "Science Manual for Judges Updated"

Six Party Symposia on Synthetic Biology

Project Information


May 7, 2014

InterAcademy Panel: The Global Network of Science Academies (IAP) issues "Statement on Realising Global Potential in Synthetic Biology: Scientific Opportunities and Good Governance"

June 11, 2012

NewScientist, "Let's Get Real on Synthetic Biology"

September 2, 2011

Science, "Synthetic Biology: Regulating Industry Uses of New Biotechnologies"

April 14, 2011

The Guardian, "How Do Synthetic Biologists Keep the Support of the Public"

Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI's Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Mailings                                                                                                               

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December 19, 2014

U.S. Goverment Accountability Office issues report, "Anthrax: Agency Approaches to Validation and Statistical Analyses Could Be Improved"

New York Times
, "
Inquiry in Anthrax Mailings Had Gaps, Report Says"

October 28, 2011 

 New York Times, "The Anthrax Investigation: The View from the FBI"

National Public Radio Science Friday, "Scientific Case Still Open on 2001 Anthrax Attacks"

ProPublica, "The FBI Responds to Our Anthrax Stories"

October 16, 2011

Los Angeles Times, "Science in Anthrax Letter Case Comes Under Attack"

October 15, 2011 (Special Edition 3 - 2011)

Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense, "The 2001 Attack Anthrax: Key Observations"

October 14, 2011

ProPublica, "Despite Evidence of FBI Bungling, New Probe Into Anthrax Killings Unlikely"

October 13, 2011

NBC Washington, "Scientists Question Government's 2001 Anthrax Attacks Conclusion"

October 11, 2011

FRONTLINE, "The Anthrax Files"

October 10, 2011

Associated Press, "Skeptical Scientists Prepare Research Paper Questioning Anthrax Investigation Findings"

ProPublica, "New Evidence Adds Doubt to FBI's Case Against Anthrax Suspect"

October 9, 2011

New York Times, "Scientists’ Analysis Disputes F.B.I. Closing of Anthrax Case"

October 2, 2011

CNN, "Death by Mail: The Anthrax Letters"

USA Today, "Al Qaeda Lab Lingers in Anthrax Story"

September 30, 2011

USA Today, "Strides in Biodefense Follow 2001 Anthrax Scare"

September 2, 2011

Kansas City Star, "Sen. Grassley Asks Justice Department to Explain Contradictory Acts on Anthrax"

July 19, 2011

New York Times, "U.S. Revises Its Response to Lawsuit on Anthrax"

ProPublica, "Justice Department Filing Casts Doubt on Guilt of Bruce Ivins, Accused in Anthrax Case", "New Doubt on a Pillar of Anthrax-Letter Cases"

July 18, 2011

FRONTLINE, "New Documents Cast Doubt on Federal Anthrax Case"

May 25, 2011

Representative Jerrold "Nadler Seeks Answers from FBI on Anthrax Investigation"

May 19, 2011

Seattle Times, "FBI Lab Reports on Anthrax Attacks Suggest Another Miscue"

April 16, 2011

Washington Post, "How Anthrax Sleuths Cracked the Case by Decoding Genetic "Fingerprints"

March 24, 2011

Wired Magazine, "Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?"

March 22, 2011

Los Angeles Times, "Report Faults Army in 2001 Anthrax Mailings"

February 17, 2011

Newsweek, "Forensics Under the Microscope: More Courts Are Beginning to Question the 'Facts' Proved by Scientific Evidence"

NTI: Global Security Newswire, "Lawmaker Seeks New Anthrax Mailings Probe"

February 16, 2011

Los Angeles Times, "Evidence Linking Anthrax to Bruce Ivins 'not as definitive as stated,' Panel Says"

Frederick NewsPost, "Report Casts Doubt on FBI's Investigation of Anthrax Attacks"

CIDRAP News, "Anthrax Expert Says NRC Report Supports FBI"

February 15, 2011

New York Times, "Expert Panel is Critical of F.B.I. Work in Investigating Anthrax Letters"

Washington Post, "
Anthrax Report Casts Doubt on Scientific Evidence in FBI Case Against Bruce Ivins"

Associated Press, "Panel: FBI Overstated Science in Anthrax Probe"

USA Today, "Panel Can't Rule Out Other Sources of Deadly Anthrax Spores"

Reuters, "Scientists Question U.S. Anthrax Attacks Evidence"

National Public Radio, "FBI Faulted for Overstating Science in Anthrax Case"

CNN, "Scientific Review Reaches No Conclusion on Source of Anthrax"

ABC News, "Panel Review Questions FBI Theory in Anthrax Attacks After 9/11"

MSNBC, "Scientists: FBI Ovestated Anthrax Evidence.  Agency Responds That Conclusion Didn't Depend Solely on Scientific Material"

Wall Street Journal, "Panel Questions Key Evidence in Anthrax Case"

ScienceInsider, "Study Questions Government Case on Anthrax Attacks"

Nature: The Great Beyond, "Science Falls Short in Anthrax Investigation"

Hartford Courant, "Scientists Cast Doubt on Anthrax Murder Probe. Oxford Woman Was Victim of Deadly 2001 Attack"

AOL News, "Report Casts Doubts on Scientific Findings in Anthrax Case"

Chemical & Engineering News, "Uncertainty Plagues Anthrax Probe. Investigation: Molecular Techniques Don't Identify the Source of Anthrax Used in 2001 Attacks, NRC Report Says"

Fox News, "Panel Finds No Conclusive Evidence to Identify Source of 2001 Anthrax Attacks"

PBS NewsHour, "Science Alone Won't Close the Case on Anthrax, Committee Says"

Washington Examiner, "Report Questions FBI's Findings in Anthrax Probe"

ProPublica, "Science Review Casts Doubt on Some Evidence in FBI's Anthrax Investigation"

CIDRAP News, "NRC: Data Insufficient For Firm Conclusion in Anthrax Case"

Representative Rush Holt reintroduces the Anthrax Attacks Investigation Act, legislation that would establish a Congressional commission to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks and the federal government’s response to and investigation of the attacks.

December 10, 2010

ScienceInsider, "New FBI Material Delays Academy Report on Anthrax Attacks"

Nature: The Great Beyond, "FBI Asks for Delay on Anthrax Report"

Associated Press, "Science Review of Anthrax Probe Extended"

Frederick News Post, "Amerithrax Review Delayed After FBI Releases More Documents"

December 9, 2010

McClatchy Newspapers, "FBI Wants to Delay Report on 2001 Anthrax Attacks"

Agence France Presse, "Delay in US Anthrax Report Prompts Concern"

New York Times, "FBI Asks Panel to Delay Report on Anthrax Inquiry"

September 17, 2010

Frederick News Post, GAO to Review FBI's Ivins Investigation

September 16, 2010

New York Times, "New Review in Anthrax Inquiry"

Los Angeles Times, "FBI's Scientific Methods in Anthrax Case to be Examined by Investigative Arm of Congress"

September 15, 2010

Wall Street Journal, "New Review of FBI's Work in Anthrax Letters Case"

April 23, 2010

New York Times, "Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect"

Frederick News Post, "Co-worker: Ivins Didn't Do It"

ScienceInsider, "Ex-USAMRIID Scientist Defends Bruce Ivins Using Back-of-the-Envelope Math"

March 24, 2010

Canada Free Press, "Obama Obstructs Oversight of FBI in Anthrax Case"

March 19, 2010

Science, "Anthrax Investigation: Silicon Mystery Endures in Solved Anthrax Case"

February 27, 2010

New York Times, "The F.B.I.'s Anthrax Case"

February 25, 2010

Asia Times, "Doubts Cloud Closing of Anthrax Case"

February 19, 2010

New York Times, "F.B.I., Laying Out Evidence, Closes Anthrax Case"

National Public Radio, "FBI Ends Nine-Year Probe of Anthrax Attacks"

September 29, 2009

Frederick News-Post, "Expert: Anthrax Spore Coatings not Unique"

September 25, 2009

Frederick News-Post, "Panel Continues Study of Anthrax Mailings"

September 4, 2009

The Brown and White, "Gast Heads Review Panel for '01 Anthrax Scare"

August 4, 2009

USA Today, "Anthrax Case Not Closed: Panel Reviews Bruce Ivins, Mail Probe"

August 2, 2009

The Raw Story, "Holt on Anthrax Mailings: Investigate the Investigators"

August 1, 2009

Frederick News-Post, "Experts Urge Panel to Deepen Forensic Understanding"

July 31, 2009

Frederick News-Post, "Dubious Study"

Frederick News-Post, "
Group Begins Scientific Review of FBI's Anthrax Investigation"

Washington Post, "
Lawmaker 'Skeptical' of Anthrax Results"

Nature: The Great Beyond, "Anthrax Investigation Probe Underway"

WHAG-TV, "Expert Panel to Review Anthrax Case"

July 30, 2009

Associated Press, "Review Begins of FBI Science in Anthrax Case"

July 27, 2009

Frederick News Post, "Anthrax Case: Seeking An Ending - A Year After Bruce Ivins’ Death, Case Remains Open and Questions Persist"

July 26, 2009

Associated Press, "U.S. on Verge of Closing Anthrax Probe After 8 Years"

DOJ Close to Wrapping Up Anthrax Case"

July 8, 2009

Town Topics, "Review of the FBI’s Anthrax Investigation Taking Shape at the National Academies"

May 6, 2009

ScienceInsider, "FBI Anthrax Investigation Under Scientific Review"

September 17, 2008

Washington Post, "FBI to Get Expert Help in Anthrax Inquiry"

Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest 

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February 15, 2013

Science, "The Many Ways of Making Academic Research Pay Off"

November 4, 2010

Science Progress, "Moving Ideas from University to Marketplace"

October 7, 2010

ScienceInsider, "Universities Are Trying Too Hard to Cash In on Discoveries, Says Academy Panel"

October 5, 2010

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, "Report: University Ownership of Intellectual Property from Publicly Funded Research is Effective, but Improvements Needed"

Inside Higher Ed, "Tweaking Technology Transfer"

San Francisco Chronicle, "Research Council Cheers Law on University Patents"

October 4, 2010

St. Louis Beacon, "Process of Turning Ideas into Money Could Use a Few Tweaks"

Chronicle of Higher Education, "Report Urges Universities to be More Realistic in Tech-Transfer Hopes and Deals"

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Summary of a Workshop 

Project Information


October 2009 Issue

Skin and Allergy News, "Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Seen as Problematic"

Opportunities and Challenges in the Emerging Field of Synthetic Biology: A Symposium        

Project Information


August 30, 2009

USA Today, "'Synthetic Biology' Holds Promise, but Doubts Simmer"

August 3, 2009

Chemical & Engineering News, "Synthetic Biology: Rapidly Emerging Field Opens Many Opportunities but also Poses Difficult Challenges"

July 14, 2009

National Public Radio, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, "Synthetic Biology"

July 13, 2009

BNA Daily Environment Report, "Biotechnology Forum Explores Benefits, Risks, Role Of Government in Synthetic Biology"

July 10, 2009

Nature: The Great Beyond, "Shiny Happy Biology"

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward        

Project Information


March 2, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Recapping the First Public OSAC Meetings: What is an SDO?"

February 20, 2015

Washington Post, "The Path Forward on Bite Mark Matching - And the Rearview Mirror"

February 18, 2015

Washington Post, "Attack of the Bite Mark Matchers"

February 17, 2015

Washington Post, "It Literally Started with a Witch Hunt: A History of Bite Mark Evidence"

February 13, 2015

Washington Post, "How the Flawed 'Science' of Bite Mark Analysis Has Sent Innocent People to Prison"

February 5, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology, "NIST Scientists to Give Latest Results at American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting"

February 2, 2015

PR Newswire, "Fingerprint Examiners Found to Have Very Low Error Rates"

February 2015

Texas Monthly, "The Reformer"

January 29, 2015

Washington Post, "U.S. Judge Quits Commission to Protest Justice Department Forensic Science Policy"

September 14, 2014

New York Times, "Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-Mark Forensics"

 August 19, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), "NIST to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science"

August 6, 2014

Washington Post, "Evidence in Criminal Trials Must Be Based on Sound Science"

June 26, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), "NIST Names Members to First Forensic Science Standards Board"

June 19, 2014

Associated Press, "Senate Approves Medical Examiner Office Overhaul"

NBC News
, "Trial by Fire: Junk Science Sent Dad to Prison for Killing Wife, Kids"

June 13, 2014

The Herald-Dispatch, "Understaffing Delays West Virginia Autopsy Reports"

June 11, 2014

Slate, "Forensic Science Isn't Science

May 18, 2014

New York Times, DNA Analysis Exposes an Inexact Forensic Science

May 12, 2014

Chemical & Engineering News, "Forcing Change in Forensic Science"

March 28, 2014

Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator John Cornyn Introduce Sweeping Forensics Reform Legislation

March 10, 2014

Chemical & Engineering News, "ACS Amends Policy Positions"

March 4, 2014

Massachusetts Bar Association, "Massachusetts Bar Association Calls for Independent Oversight of Drug Labs Following Inspector General’s Report"

February 24, 2014

Supreme Court of the United States, Anthony Ray Hinton v. Alabama

February 12, 2014

Senator John D. Rockefeller IV Introduces Bill to Advance Forensic Science Reform

February 6, 2014

Nature, "Faulty Forensic Science Under Fire: US Panels Aim to Set Standards for Crime Labs"

February 3-4, 2014

First Meeting of National Commission on Forensic Science

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole's Remarks
Judge Harry T. Edwards' (Co-chair of CSTL Forensic Science Report Committee) Remarks

January 14, 2014

Dallas Observer, "Junk Science Review: Texas to Examine Microscopic Hair Analysis in Criminal Convictions"

Reuters, "Forensic Elite to Meet in Seattle: American Academy of Forensic Sciences Hosts 66th Annual Scientific Meeting" 

January 10, 2014

U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce name experts to new National Commission on Forensic Science

Democratic Press Office, "Senator Rockefeller Commends Membership of National Commission on Forensic Science"

January 2, 2014

The Verge, "Is DNA Analysis Stuck in the Past?"

December 13, 2013

National Institute of Standards and Technology, "PML Study Supports Validity of Toolmark Identification in Forensics"

November 23, 2013

National Public Radio, "Examining The 'Red Flags' In A Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal"

October 12, 2013

Standard-Examiner (Utah), "CSI: Davis Standardizing How Investigators Process Clues"

September 27, 2013

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, "Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Consortium (FCSIC) Chartered by 8 Member Institutions"

September 9, 2013

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson introduces House Resolution 3064, the Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2013

August 20, 2013

National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Collaboration with Industry Leads to Improved Forensics Work and Industry Growth"

August 19, 2013

District Chronicles, "Innocence Lost: 3 District Men Wrongfully Convicted Spark Review of FBI Procedures, Court Cases"

August 12, 2013

National Science Foundation, "Dear Colleague Letter: Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education"

July 18, 2013

Innocence Project and National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers Announce Partnership with FBI and Department of Justice on Microscopic Hair Analysis Cases

June 26, 2013

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Hearing, "From the Lab Bench to the Courtroom: Advancing the Science and Standards of Forensics"

June 14, 2013

News and Observer, "NC Crime Lab Wins International Seal of Approval"

May 8, 2013

The Clarion Legder, "High Court Issues Stay of Execution for Manning"

April 18, 2013

ScienceDaily, "Engineer Working to Put More Science Behind Bloodstain Pattern Analysis"

April 2, 2013

New York Times, "Advances in Science of Fire Free a Convict After 42 Years"

March 28, 2013

National Institute of Justice funds Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey

March 5, 2013

Legal Times, "D.C. Forensic Sciences Department Facing Transition Challenges"

February 21, 2013

POPSCI, "New Commission To Set Standards For Troubled Forensic Sciences"

February 15, 2013

Washington Post, "U.S. to Commit Scientists and New Commission to Fix Forensic Science"

February 14, 2013

Indiana University, "IU's Kafadar Takes Ongoing Effort to Improve 'Science' of Forensic Science to AAAS Annual Meeting"

February 12, 2013

Slate, "Too Much Information. Supreme Court 2013: Why Collecting DNA from People Who are Arrested Won’t Help Solve More Crimes."

February 6, 2013

90.9WBUR, "Drug Lab Scandal: The Massive Failures Of Many Collided In A Perfect Storm"

January 14, 2013

Slate, "The Unsettling, Underregulated World of Crime Labs"

March 5, 2013

Legal Times, "D.C. Forensic Sciences Department Facing Transition Challenges"

ExpertClick, "The Effect of Bias on Expert's Opinions"

February 15, 2013

Washington Post, "U.S. to Commit Scientists and New Commission to Fix Forensic Science"

Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology Announce Launch of National Commission on Forensic Science

February 6, 2013

Nextgov, "Should Feds Adopt a DNA Program that Cracked a 1999 Dutch Murder Case?"

January 28, 2013

Legal Times, "In Q&A, D.C. Forensic Sciences Chief Says Lab Moving Toward Accreditation"

November 27, 2012

  Stateline, "Forensic Science Falls Short of Public Image" (Second of Two Parts)

November 26, 2012

Stateline, "Forensic Science Falls Short of Public Image" (First of Two Parts)

November 19, 2012

Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy issues press release: "Dr. Guy Vallaro Appointed Director of State Crime Lab"

November 8, 2012

 The Minnesota Lawyer, "Minnesota Court of Appeals Gives Thumbs-up to New Fingerprint Analysis"

November 7, 2012

Colorado Springs Independent, "Blood and Circus: Why Many DWI Lawyers Don't Trust the State's Drug Lab"

October 28, 2012

Miami Herald, "Miami-Dade Judge Rules Fingerprint Evidence Should Be Restricted"

October 18, 2012

Legal Times, "D.C. Appeals Court Affirms Exclusion of Forensic Science Report in Assault Case"

October 17, 2012

NOVA, "Forensics on Trial"

October 1, 2012

National Law Journal, "CSI: Washington Arrives"

September 22, 2012

Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, "Firearm Microstamp Technology: Failing Daubert and Federal Rules of Evidence 702"

September 10, 2012

Pacific Standard, "Why Fingerprints Aren't Proof"

August 23, 2012

Scientific American, "More Science Needed for Forensic Investigations"

August 2, 2012

Washington Post Magazine, "Women at Forefront of Booming Forensic Science Field"

July 18, 2012

Daily Record of Rochester, "U.S. Congress Seeks to Improve Forensic Science Testing"

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing, "Improving Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System"

July 16, 2012

Washington Post, "The Dark Side of Forensic Science"

July 12, 2012

Senator John D. Rockefeller IV Introduces Forensic Reform Legislation, companion House legislation introduced by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson

July 10, 2012

Washington Post, "Justice Dept., FBI to Review Use of Forensic Evidence in Thousands of Cases"

June 25, 2012

Chemical & Engineering News, "Still Seeking Forensic Reform"

Winter 2012 (Australia) Issue

Uniken (University of New South Wales), "Scales of Justice"

May 21, 2012

National Law Journal, "Steps to Take to Resolve Crime Lab Problems"

May 2012 Issue

Law Enforcement Technology, "Dial 'M' for Misleading?"

April 23, 2012

C-SPAN, "History of U.S. Forensics Errors"

April 18, 2012

Washington Post, "DOJ Review of Flawed FBI Forensics Processes Lacked Transparency"

April 17, 2012


FRONTLINE, "Judge Harry T. Edwards: How Reliable is Forensic Evidence in Court?"

Washington Post, "
Convicted Defendants Left Uninformed of Forensic Flaws Found by Justice Dept."

Washington Post, "Forensic Techniques are Subject to Human Bias, Lack Standards, Panel Found"

April 12, 2012

Criminal Law Bulletin, "The 2009 NAS Forensic Science Report: A Literature Review"

March 28, 2012

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing, "The Science and Standards of Forensics"

January 24, 2012

ProPublica, "Little Progress in Congress on Push for Forensic Standards"

January 8, 2012

Los Angeles Times, "A Far Cry from 'CSI'"

December 28, 2011

New Scientist, "Miscarriage of Justice Points to Fingerprint Flaws"

December 21, 2011 

Anderson Cooper 360°, "Bite Marks Led to Wrongful Conviction"

December 20, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360°, "Is Blood Spatter Evidence Junk Science?"

December 7, 2011

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing "Turning the Investigation on the Science of Forensics"

May 31, 2011

Washington Post, "D.C. Crime Lab Needs Better Transparency Measures"

May 18, 2011

Nature, "Forensics: The Call of the Crime Lab"

May 9, 2011

USA Today, "Judges Growing Critical of 'CSI' Evidence"

University of Dayton News, "Flies, Microbes and Time of Death"

April 16, 2011, "Bill to Move Toxicology Lab Gets Makeover"

April 3, 2011

Associated Press, "Colorado Seeks to Change Patchwork Autopsy System"

March 31, 2011

Nature, "Courtroom Drama: Forensic Science Faces Rough Justice on Both Sides of the Atlantic"

March 21, 2011, "On the Defense: Criminal Science"

March 14, 2011

Reason Magazine, "Getting Forensics Right"

February 23, 2011

National Ocean Service, "NOAA and Partners Prepare to 'Raise the Bar' in Wildlife Forensics"

February 17, 2011

Newsweek, "Forensics Under the Microscope: More Courts Are Beginning to Question the 'Facts' Proved by Scientific Evidence"

Februay 6, 2011

National Public Radio, "Is The 'CSI Effect' Influencing Courtrooms?"

February 1, 2011

FRONTLINE, "Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America"

February 2011

UCLA Law Review, Vol. 58, Issue 3, "The Need for a Research Culture in the Forensic Sciences"

January 25, 2011

Senator Patrick Leahy Introduces Forensic Reform Legislation

December 24, 2010

ScienceInsider, "Science in the Obama White House: An Interview With John Holdren, Part 2"

December 17, 2010

Senator Patrick Leahy to Introduce Forensics Reform Legislation in New Congress

November 19, 2010

Arizona Republic, "Arizona Crime Labs Need Reform Experts Say"

November 7, 2010

Boston Globe, "The Case Against Evidence"

November 2010 Issue

ABA Journal, CSI Breakdown

October 13, 2010

Boston Globe, "The Myth of CSI"

September 20, 2010

New York Times, "Anatomy of a Misdiagnosis"

September 3, 2010

Voice of OC, "A Battle Over Who Should Run Orange County's DNA Lab"

August 23, 2010, "North Carolina's Corrupted Crime Lab"

July 30, 2010

Voice of OC, "Maintaining a Wall Between the Courtroom and the Laboratory"

July 26, 2010

Houston Chronicle, "Science Defeats DA 8-0"

July 22, 2010

naturenews, "Forensic Science Braces for Change: FBI Laboratory Chief is Optimistic Despite Severe Criticism and Challenges Ahead"

July 9, 2010

Forensic Magazine, "Admissibility of Michigan Blood-Alcohol Tests in Question"

May 27, 2010

Washington CityPaper, "Defense Contests Former O.J. Simpson Forensic Expert's Qualifications in Robert Wone Trial"

April 9, 2010

The Australian, "State Puts DNA and Forensics Under Microscope"

April 1, 2010

Newsweek, "But it Works on T.V.!  Forensic 'Science' Often Isn't."

March 29, 2010

Boston Globe, "U.S. Judge Urges Skepticism on Forensic Evidence; Gertner Says She'll Expect Defense Lawyers to Challenge its Validity"

March 22, 2010

New Scientist, "Fingerprints Put Forensics on Trial"

March 18, 2010 Issue

Nature, "Science in Court"

March 1, 2010

AMSTATNews, "Weak Forensic Science Has High Cost"

February 24, 2010

Seattle Times, "Crime Science Tackles Tainted Image at Seattle Meeting"

February 23, 2010

MSNBC, "Already Under Fire, Crime Labs Cut to the Bone; Budget Cuts, Lack of Training, Standards Raise Doubts about Tests' Reliability"

January 31, 2010

Houston Chronicle, "Lab Lags: HPD Crime Lab Flops. Again."

January 30, 2010

North County Times, "Policing the Crime Labs: No Government Bodies Regulate Forensic Labs"

December 27, 2009

Washington Post, "Two are Freed, but the System Remains Flawed"

December 15, 2009

Associated Press, "DNA Testing Clears Man Who Served 28 Years"

November 28, 2009

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Stakes are High as Doubt is Cast on Forensic Lab Techniques"

November 23, 2009, "Strengthening Forensic Science: The Next Wave of Scholarship"

November-December 2009 Issue

Judicature, "The Past and Future of Forensic Science in the Courts"

October 23, 2009

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "DNA Cited in Plea for 1990 New Kensington Rape Case Retrial"

October 2, 2009

Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Conspiracy Hypothesis to be Tested"

September 21, 2009

Los Angeles Times, "Making Forensic Science Scientific"

September 15, 2009

Knoxville News Sentinel, "Carjack Evidence at Issue: Defense to Argue that Forensics Flawed"

ScienceInsider, "Forensic Science on Trial: Part II"

September 14, 2009

ScienceInsider,"Forensic Science on Trial: The First of Two ScienceInsider Interviews"

September 12, 2009

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Federal Report Finds Deficiencies in Use of Forensics in Criminal Cases"

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Forensic Science Flaws Cited by Experts at Duquesne University Meeting"

September 9, 2009

National Public Radio, "Congress Probes Science Behind Convictions"

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States"

September 2, 2009

Texas Moratorium Network, "Transcript of Live Chat with New Yorker Author of Todd Willingham Report [The New Yorker, 'Trial by Fire: Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?' (September 7, 2009)]: David Grann on Cameron Todd Willingham and the Death Penalty"

August 30, 2009

The Huffington Post, "Innocent, but Executed"

August 24, 2009

National Public Radio, Morning Edition, "Foolproof Forensics? The Jury is Still Out"

August 2009 Issue

Popular Mechanics, "Reasonable Doubt: The Suprisingly Weak Science Behind Courtroom Forensics"

July 31, 2009

 Houston Chronicle, "Forensic Science Institute Could Spare Future Victims"

July 30, 2009

Anderson Cooper 360°, "Convicted by a Canine"

July 15, 2009

Crime Lab Report, "High Court Tackles Forensic Reports in Landmark Ruling: Decision Exposes Flaw in Key Recommendation by the National Academy of Sciences"

July 7, 2009

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Science (COS) charters the Subcommittee on Forensic Science.

July 1, 2009

Forensic Magazine, "Supreme Court Ruling Requires Crime Lab Analysts to Testify"

July 2009 Issue, "Flawed Forensics? National Report Identifies Areas That Science Must Redress and Refurbish"

June 30, 2009

 National Public Radio, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, "Scientific Evidence and the Courthouse"

June 26, 2009

National Public Radio,  "High Court Rulings Change Legal Landscape"

June 26, 2009

New York Times, "Justices Rule Lab Analysts Must Testify on Results"

June 25, 2009

Supreme Court of the United States, Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

June 8, 2009

Herald-Tribune, "Establish Independent Forensic Labs"

May 13, 2009

House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Hearing on the National Research Council's Report, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward"

May 12, 2009

New York Times, "Plugging Holes in the Science of Forensics"

May 11, 2009, "Defense Counsel View Report as New Weapon"

May 5, 2009

National Law Journal, "Questioning Forensic Evidence"

April 6, 2009

USA Today, "Today's Debate: Science in the Justice System"
Our view: When Crime Labs Answer to Law Enforcement, Truth Can Get Lost
Opposing view: Cost of Separating Forensics from Law Enforcement Exceeds the Gains [Ralph M. Keaton]

April 4, 2009

Arizona Republic, "Forensic Science Needs 'Massive Overhaul': Judge Urges Congress to Create Oversight Entity"

April 2, 2009

NatureJobs, "Forensic Evidence"

March 30, 2009

Connecticut Law Tribune, "A Call for Better Science in the Courtroom"

March 25, 2009

Reason, "In Criminal Cases, Should Science Serve Only the State?"

March 18, 2009

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing, “The Need to Strengthen Forensic Science in the United States: The National Academy of Sciences' Report on a Path Forward”

March 16, 2009

Lawyers USA, "Forensic Evidence Report New Weapon for Defense Lawyers"

March 10, 2009

House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation Hearing, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: The Role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology"

March 7, 2009

New York Post, "CSI: Without a Clue; A New Report Forces Police and Judges to Rethink Forensic Science"

March 4, 2009

Crime Lab Report, "National Academy of Sciences Report: Legacy of Historic Document Depends on Good-Faith Collaboration"

March 2, 2009

Birmingham News, "When Science Isn't Scientific"

Omaha World-Herald, "Dealing with Death in Nebraska: More Nails in Coffin of Coroner System"

February 28, 2009

Miller-McCune, "Re-mapping Forensic Science's Future"

February 26, 2009

Nature, "Forensic Science Badly Lacking in the United States"

Vancouver Sun, "Forensic Science not as Reliable as Generally Believed"

February 23, 2009

Chemical & Engineering News, "Questionable Crime-Scene Science: U.S. Forensic Science is Inadquate, NRC Says"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Forensic Science Not Much Science, Study Says"

February 22, 2009

Fort Collins Coloradoan, "Larimer County Officials are Optimistic about Forensic Science"

New York Post, "Faux-rensic Evidence; Bad Lab Work Opening Jail Doors"

February 21, 2009

New York Times, "Crime Scene Imperfections"

February 19, 2009

Arizona Republic, "National Agency Sought for Forensic Sciences"

Baltimore Sun, "Forensic Science, A Misnomer"

Chicago Tribune, "Some Forensic Techniques Named as Suspect in National Academy of Sciences Report"

Los Angeles Times, "Report Questions Science, Reliability of Crime Lab Evidence"

Los Angeles Times, "Clueless 'Science'"

National Public Radio, "Call for Forensics Overhaul Linked to CSI Effect"

New Scientist, "Forensic Science 'Too Unreliable,' Says Report"

New York Times, "Study Calls for Oversight of Forensics in Crime Labs"

Richmond Times-Dispatch, "New Study Questions Forensic Sciences; Expert panel: Crime Lab System in Disarray and Reform Needed"

UPI, "Study: Forensics Rely on Flawed Science"

USA Today, "Report: Real-World Police Forensics Don’t Resemble 'CSI'"

February 18, 2009

Agence France Presse, "US Forensic Science Needs Total Overhaul: Study"

Associated Press, "Report: Real-World CSI's Lack Consistent Standards"

CNN, "Crime Labs Need Major Overhaul, Study Finds"

InformationWeek, "Forensic Science System in U.S. Needs Overhaul"

MSNBC, "Report: Crime Labs Seriously Deficient"

National Public Radio, "Report: Forensics Rife With 'Serious Problems'"

ProPublica, "Government-Funded Study Calls for Overhaul of Nation's Crime Labs"

Reuters, "U.S. Forensic Crime Labs Need Major Reform: Experts"

February 8, 2009

Baltimore Sun, "Junk Science or Not?"

February 7, 2009

Houston Chronicle, "Houston, They All Have a Problem"

February 5, 2009

New York Times, "Science Found Wanting in Nation’s Crime Labs"

May 7, 2007

New Yorker, "The CSI Effect"

Science and Security in a Post 9/11 World: A Report Based on Regional Discussions Between the Science and Security Communities  

Project Information


May 12, 2012

Minerva, "Export Controls and the Tensions between Academic Freedom and National Security"

December 12, 2008

Science, "Reduce Administrative Burden"

September 1, 2008

Chemical & Engineering News, "Freeing Basic Research"

August 22, 2008

Science, "Science and Security, Again"

 August 1, 2008

Chronicle of Higher Education,"Untying the Secret Strings That Bind Research"

July 18, 2008

Science, "New Policy Tries to Ease Security Restrictions"

July 11, 2008

Chronicle of Higher Education "Academics and National-Security Experts Must Work Together"

June 2008   

U.S. Department of Defense Memo on Contracted Fundamental Research

October 29, 2007

National Journal's Technology Daily, "Panel Proposed to Balance Research, Security"  

Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes


July 4, 2005

Chemical & Engineering News, "EPA to Okay Human Tests of Pesticides"

June 28, 2005

Washington Post, "EPA Proposal Would Allow Human Tests of Pesticides"

November 29, 2004

USA Today, "EPA Looking at Deciding Human Testing Ethics Case by Case"

November 3, 2004

Alliance for Human Research Protection, "US Gov Pesticide Exposure Experiments: Target Children - $970 per child - Wash Post"

CSTL Meetings


April 18, 2012

Mother Jones, "Is It Science or is It Fraud?"

April 17, 2012, "A Rash of Scientific Retraction"

April 16, 2012

New York Times, "A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform"

March 28, 2012

Reuters, "In Cancer Science, Many "Discoveries" Don't Hold Up"

March 27, 2012, "Has Modern Science Become Dysfunctional?"