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Climate Intervention
Future of Voting
Dual Use Research of Concern

Human Gene Editing Summit
University Research Regulations
Gain-of-Function Research
Eyewitness Identification
Synthetic Biology Forum
International Animal Research Regulations
H5N1 Research Controversy
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

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

Synthetic Biology Symposium
Forensic Science
Science and Security
Human Dosing Studies

CSTL Meetings

Climate Intervention

Project Information


October 26, 2018

E&E News, “Geoengineering: Scientists Call for Rules as Some Consider Field Experiments


Project Information


March 5, 2018

Scientific American, "'My Brain Made Me Do It' is Becoming a More Common Criminal Defense" 

Future of Voting

Project Information

November 13, 2018

Slate, "Paper Trails for All"
Government Technology, "Cybersecurity Experts Point to Gaps in State Election Systems"

November 12, 2018

Seattle Times, "Experts Cite Vulnerabilities in Washington State, North Carolina Voting Security"

November 9, 2018

NBC News, "After a Stressful Election, Experts Warn Blockchain Is Not the Answer"

November 5, 2018

CNET, “No, Blockchain Isn't The Answer To Our Voting System Woes"

November 3, 2018

New York Times, “The Election Has Already Been Hacked
The Parallax, “Securing Voting Machines Means Raising Funds

November 2, 2018

Bustle, “How Can I Vote Online? Few US Citizens Have The Option

November 1, 2018

Scientific American, “The Vulnerabilities of Our Voting Machines

October 30, 2018

Brown County Democrat, “Election Security: What’s Being Done Locally

October 29, 2018

StateTech, “Risk-Limiting Audits Can Support an Election’s Legitimacy

October 25, 2018

VoxThe Hacking Threat to the Midterms is Huge. And Technology Won’t Protect Us"

October 19, 2018

New York Daily News, “For True Election Security, Trust Paper
Virginia Gazette, “Williamsburg Works Hard to Ensure Integrity of Elections

October 17, 2018

TechRepublic, “How Florida is Bolstering Election Security after Being Targeted by Russian Hackers
My Northwest, “Washington Preparing to Fend Off Midterm Election Hackers

October 14, 2018

Salon, “Maryland is the Cutting Edge In Running Trustworthy Elections

October 13, 2018

Politico, “West Virginia's Voting Experiment Stirs Security Fears

October 12, 2018

Inquire Indiana, “Which Counties Don't Have Paper Ballots?

October 11, 2018

TechRepublic, "Ohio Taps College Cybersecurity Experts to Audit Election Systems Before 2018 Midterms"

October 10, 2018

Newsweek, "Can Elections Be Hacked? Online Voting Threatens 32 States, Report Says"
Slate, "Can Paper Ballots Save Our Democracy?"

October 4, 2018

Tulsa World, "Ginnie Graham: Oklahoma Wisely Uses Paper Ballots, Midterm Election is Secure"

September 28, 2018

StateScoop, "Wisconsin Expands Use of Post-Election Audits", "Researchers: 11-Year-Old Flaw in Vote Scanner Still Unfixed"

September 27, 2018

Wall Street Journal, "Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds"

September 26, 2018

Flagpole, "Are Georgia's Elections Secure?"

September 25, 2018

Slate, "West Virginia Introduces Blockchain App for Midterm Election"

September 21, 2018

Government Technology, "Georgia County Proceeds, Unhindered By Federal Voting Tech Ruling"

September 19, 2018

Inside Science, "Election Security Can Be as Simple as Preserving Paper"

September 18, 2018

Associated Press, “Judge: Georgia Has Stalled in Face of Voting System Risks

September 17, 2018

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “How Hackers Could Attack Wisconsin’s Elections And What State Officials Are Doing About It
WISC, “Wisconsin Elections Commission Hires New Staff Aimed at Increasing Elections Security
Wisconsin Public Radio, “A Conversation on Election Security

September 13, 2018

Your Erie, “Auditor General Depasquale Broadens Election Security Efforts Following National Report

September 12, 2018

Lawfare, “‘Securing the Vote’: A Report from the National Academies of Sciences
Wisconsin Public Radio, “Election Experts Recommend Paper Ballots for 2020 Election

September 11, 2018

Daily Report, “Federal Judge to Hear Arguments Over Nov. 6 Paper Ballot Proposal
City Lab, “This Experiment in Digital Democracy Too Crazy to Work?
Bitcoin Exchange Guide, “New NASEM Report Suggests Blockchain and Online Voting Systems Are No-Go

September 10, 2018

USA Today, “Midterms: How Can Election Groups Get Out the Vote When Just Half of Americans Say Process is ‘Fair and Open’?
FOX 7 Austin, “FOX-7 Discussion: Preventing Election Interference
Scranton Times-Tribune, “Make Voting More Secure

Infosecurity Magazine, “US Elections Must Go Back to Paper – Report
CryptoNewsReview, “Report: Blockchain Tech Is Not Ready to Be Used for Voting
Help Net Security, “Election Infrastructure Security: Should We Use Internet Voting?
Bitcoinist, “Report Recommends that Blockchain Should Not Be Used for Voting
Naked Security, “'Only Paper Ballots by 2020!' Call Experts after Election Tampering
ABC 10 News, “Report Finds More Needs to Be Done to Protect Votes from Hackers in Upcoming Midterm Election
Herald Times Online, “Paper Ballots Needed to Secure Elections, Report Says

NewsTalk NZ, “Security Concerns of Online Voting Growing

September 9, 2018

Route Fifty, “Election Officials Tout 2018 Security Coordination as 'Miles' Ahead of 2016

 September 8, 2018

MyBroadBand, “Blockchains Not Safe for Voting – US National Academies

September 7, 2018 

The Hill, “Report On New Threats Targeting Our Elections Should Serve as a Wake-Up Call to Public, Policymakers
Politico, “Morning Cybersecurity

The Verge, “Experts Warn Against Voting Online, Call for Paper Ballots Instead
Indiana Public Media, “National Report Recommends Paper Ballot Voting Machines

Fast Company, “Scientists Urge a Surge of Cash and Paper to Protect US Elections
Paste Magazine, “Experts: All US Elections Should Use Paper Ballots
MeriTalk, “NASEM is Latest to Urge Paper Ballots for Election Security
Inside Cybersecurity, "NAS Report Says Paper Ballots Should Be Used in Elections, Congress Should Appropriate Security Funds"
KUT News, "Voting Security Experts Stress Need for Paper Ballots In Next Presidential Election"

September 6, 2018

Associated Press, "Expert Panel Calls for Sweeping Election Security Measures"
New York Times, "6 Ways to Fight Election Hacking and Voter Fraud, According to an Expert Panel"
USA Today, "Voting Machines without Paper Trails Should Be Trashed to Thwart Cyberattacks, Election Report Says"
National Public Radio, NPR News
Nature, "Science Academies Urge Paper Ballots for All US Elections"
PoliticoPro, "Paper Ballots and Risk-Based Audits Essential for Election Security, Finds Major Report"
Government Computer News, "Back to Paper Ballots"
GeekWire, "Online-Only Voting? Don’t Do It, Experts Say in Report on America’s Election Security"
StateScoop, "Scientific Collective Calls for Paper-Based Voting Machines, No More Internet Voting"
WIBC, "McRobbie-Led Panel Calls for Junking of Voting Machines Without Paper Trails 'As Soon As Possible'"

October 23, 2017

National Public Radio, "A Tale of Two Efforts to Improve Confidence in U.S. Elections"

October 18, 2017

CBS News, "Michael Hayden Fears Russian Meddling "Narrative" Is Being Lost"

June 14, 2017

National Public Radio, "If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know?"

April 17, 2017

Inside Indiana Business, "IU President Leading National Committee on Voting"

April 10, 2017

Columbia News, "President Bollinger Co-Chairs National Academy of Sciences Future of Voting Committee"

Dual Use Research of Concern: Options for Future Management

Project Information


November 9, 2017

Laboratory Equipment, "How to Handle DURC Experiments in the 21st Century"

September 20, 2017

Nature, "Snow Leopards, Ancient Zero and Cassini's Big Finish"

September 17, 2017

International Business Times, "Terrorists, Rogue Nations Could Easily Access Dangerous Biological Research"

September 14, 2017

National Public Radio, "Efforts to Prevent Misuse of Biomedical Research Fall Short"
New Scientist, "It's Too Easy for Bioterrorists to Access Dangerous Research"
BioCentury, "National Academies' Report Finds Fragmented Policies Governing Dual-Use Research"

February 17, 2017

Futurism, "How Do We Regulate Research That Could Be Used for Evil?"

Human Gene Editing Summit 

Project Information


October 25, 2018

Nature, “Use the Patent System to Regulate Gene Editing

June 5, 2018

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "CRISPR Goes Global: A Snapshot of Rules, Policies, and Attitudes"

April 29, 2018

60 Minutes, "Scientists Can Use CRISPR to Edit Genes. Should They? "

April 13, 2018

Foreign Policy, "China Will Always Be Bad at Bioethics"

March 27, 2018

Science, "Interested in Responsible Gene Editing? Join the (New) Club"

March 21, 2018

Nature, "A Global Observatory for Gene Editing"

August 13, 2017

Slate, "'Orphan Black' Was Never About Cloning"

August 8, 2017

ASU Now, "Should Scientists Become Gene Genies?"

August 1, 2017

The Conversation, "Human Genome Editing: We Should All Have a Say"

July 28, 2017

Alsharq Al-Awsat, "First Editing of Human Embryos in the US"

July 27, 2017

Reuters, "First Editing of Human Embryos Carried Out in the United States"
Time, "Researchers Use Gene Editing in Embryos to Correct Disease"

March 3, 2017

Science, "Evolving Policy with Science"

February 28, 2017

Annals of Internal Medicine, "Where Does the 2017 National Academy of Sciences' Report Bring Us?"

February 27, 2017

The Varsity, "Human Genome Editing Should Proceed With Caution"

February 24, 2017

Missouri Injury Blog, "Ethicists Say Go Slow On Gene-editing CRISPR, Ponder What It Means To Be Human"

February 21, 2017

The Globe and Mail "Gene Editing Has Far More Promise Then Peril"

February 17, 2017

Christian Science Monitor, "Despite Moral Objections, Panel Gives Cautious Approval to Gene Editing Research"
Scientific American, "The Public Should Have a Say in Allowing Modification of Our Germline Genetic Code"
Women of China, "Chinese Scientist Attends Human Gene Editing Committee"
BioWorld, "There's a Fine Red Line Between Cures, Enhancements Using Gene Editing Tech"
Impact Ethics, "Human Germline Genome Editing: An ‘Impressive’ Sleight of Hand?"

February 15, 2017

The Scientist, "National Academies: Germline Editing Should be Permitted"
Smithsonian Magazine, "New Report Cautiously Supports Some Gene Editing of Embryos"
NewsMax, "Human DNA Editing to Prevent Serious Conditions a Future Possibility"

February 14, 2017

New York Times, "Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support"
Washington Post, "Ethicists Advise Caution in Applying CRISPR Gene Editing to Humans"
Associated Press, "No Designer Babies, But Gene Editing to Avoid Disease Maybe"
Reuters, "Scientists Soften on DNA Editing of Human Eggs, Sperm, Embryos - Report"
Nature, "U.S. Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies"
Science Mag, "U.S. Panel Gives Yellow Light to Human Embryo Editing"
Science News, "Human Gene Editing Therapies Are OK in Certain Cases, Panel Advises"
The Globe and Mail, "Scientists Cautiously Lay Ground Rules for Rewriting Human DNA"
STAT News, "No Red Line Against CRISPR’ing Early Embryos, Experts Rule"
Popular Science, "U.S. Science Advisory Committee Supports Genetic Modification of Human Embryos"
MedPage Today, "Report Calls for Caution, No Outright Ban"
Science Alert, "U.S. Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans"

September 26, 2016

The Japan Times, "Human Genome Editing"

September 22, 2016

National Public Radio, "Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks to Edit DNA of Healthy Human Embryos"

August 24, 2016

MoneyWeek, "Re-engineering the World Through Your DNA"

July 6, 2016

Nature, "Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret"

June 23, 2016

Time, "A New Technique That Lets Scientists Edit DNA Is Transforming Science—and Raising Difficult Questions"

June 16, 2016

Albany Daily Star, "Ethical Conclusions of DNA Editing - Antioch Technology Time"

May 9, 2016

Wisconsin State Journal, "Gene Editing Transforms Biology, Raises Ethical Questions"

May 3, 2016

Washington Post, "Pondering ‘what it means to be human’ on the Frontier of Gene Editing"

April 28, 2016

CNN, "China Gets Into the Genetic Breakthrough Business"

April 4, 2016

The Varsity, "Op-ed: Minding our Makeup - Considering the Pros and Cons of DNA Editing"

March 4, 2016

Washington Post, "Apple vs. FBI: The Tip of the Iceberg as Laws Can't Keep up with Tech"

February 23, 2016

Nature, "Should You Edit Your Children's Genes?"

February 19, 2016

Macau Daily Times, "Facts About Gene Editing As Britain OKs Study"

February 10, 2016

Northwest Herald, "Get the Facts About Gene Editing"

February 5, 2016

National Public Radio Science Friday, "Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets Go-Ahead in UK"

February 3, 2016

Health24, "Britain's New Gene Technology Gets the Go-Ahead"

February 2, 2016

WRAL TechWire, "Gene Editing: AS Britain OKs Research, What are the Facts? "

February 1, 2016

Washington Post, "AP News Guide: Facts About Gene Editing as Britain OKs Study"

December 28, 2015

Pacific Standard, "Should We Engineer Future Humans?"

December 21, 2015

Washington Diplomat, "U.S. Summit Draws Attention to Technology with Potential, Peril"

December 18, 2015

New York Times, "A Pause to Weigh Risks of Gene Editing"
ScienceInsider, "NAS Panel Tackles - and is Tackled by - Genome Editing in Animals"

December 16, 2015

Forbes, "Can the Creation of 'Human GMO's' Cure Genetic Diseases?"
The Scientist, "Year in Review: CRISPR Blossoms"
R&D, "R&D Challenges and Opportunities in 2016"

December 15, 2015

The Lancet, "Gene Editing - A Revolution from Stem to Stern"

December 11, 2015

Science, "Germline Editing Dominates DNA Summit"

December 9, 2015

Politico, "If You Could Design Your Baby's Genes, Would You?"
WGBH, "The Ethics of Gene Editing"

December 8, 2015

The Conversation, "Why Treat Gene Editing Differently in Two Types of Human Cells?"
Discover Magazine, "'Kill Switches' Keep GMOs on a Short Leash"
Fortune, "
This Could Be the End of Malaria as We Know It"
Nature, "
Nature, "Global Summit Reveals Divergent Views on Human Gene Editing"

December 6, 2015

Financial Times, "Excitement Rises Over Gene Editing Tool"

December 5, 2015

Times of India, "Moratorium on Human Gene Editing in the Cards?"

December 4, 2015

The Guardian, "Human Gene Editing is a Social and Political Matter, Not Just a Scientific One"
Impact Ethics
, "The Human Germline Genome Editing Debate"
ScienceInsider, "Inside the Summit on Human Gene Editing: A Reporter’s Notebook"

December 3, 2015

Associated Press, "No Designer Babies, But Summit Calls for Cautious Research"
BBC News, "Gene Editing: Is Era of Designer Humans Getting Closer?"
Buzz Feed, "Top Scientists Are Calling For Real Limits On Genetically Engineered ‘Designer Babies’"
CNN, "
The Slow Crawl to Designer Babies"
The Guardian, "Summit Rules Out Ban on Gene Editing Embryos Destined to Become People"
Los Angeles Times, "International Gene Editing Conference Declines to Ban Eventual Use in Humans"
Medscape, "Human Gene Editing Summit Organizers Say Proceed With Caution"
Nature, "Gene-editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos"
NBC News, "Gene Editing: Group Says OK Do It, But Be Careful"
New York Times, "Scientists Seek Moratorium on Edits to Human Genome That Could Be Inherited"
PBS News Hour, "Gene Editing Designer Babies Would Be ‘Irresponsible,’ Says International Scientific Committee"
Reuters, "
Gene Summit Organizers Urge Caution on Human Gene Editing"
San Jose Mercury News, "Gene Editing: Don't Use in Human Reproduction, Panel Says"
The Scientist, "Let's Talk Human Engineering"
Scientific American, "
All Gene-Editing Research Should Proceed Cautiously, Scientists Conclude"
Slate, "To Edit the Human Genome Now Would Be 'Irresponsible'"
STAT, "Global Summit Opens Door to Controversial Gene Editing of Human Embryos"
U.S. News and World Report, "Geneticists Urge Caution on Breakthrough Technology of Gene Editing"
Vox Media, "Why Scientists Are Calling for Caution on a Powerful New Gene-editing Technology"
Washington Post, "It’s Too Early for Gene-editing of Human Reproductive Cells, Experts Conclude"
Xconomy, "Gene Edit Summit Leaders Stop Shy Of Call To Ban Germline Changes"


BBC World News
CBS This Morning
FOX 25 Morning News
National Public Radio

December 2, 2015

Ars Technica, "What Rules Should We Have for Genetically Editing Humans?"
BBC News, "
The Promise of Gene Editing" 
Berkeley News, "
CRISPR Inventor Calls for Pause in Editing Heritable Genes"
Christian Science Monitor, "Is Gene Editing Going Too Far? Ethical Boundaries Debated at Historic Summit"
The Conversation, "Why We Can Trust Scientists with the Power of New Gene-editing Technology" 
Huewire News, "
Scientists Call for a Ban on Genetically Modifying Human Embryos" 
Huffington Post, "
This Scientist Says Your Fears About The Coming Genetic Engineering Revolution Are Overblown"
Impact Ethics, "Gene Editing: How Much Justice Delayed or Denied?"
MIT Technology Review, "
Everything You Need to Know About CRISPR Gene Editing’s Monster Year" 
National Public Radio, "
International Summit To Debate Editing Human DNA" 
Popular Science, "
The Future Of Gene Editing Is Being Decided Right Now" 

December 1, 2015

Associated Press, "Summit Opens Debate on Ethics of Gene Editing" 
Beacon Transcript, "
Summit Discusses Human DNA Modification, Asks for Global Ban"
Eco Watch, "
Should Our Children Be Genetically Engineered?" 
Lexington Herald Leader, "
Editing Life: Scientists Can, But Should They?"
The Hill, "
Genetically Engineered Children?"
Reuters, "
Opposition Mounts to Genetic Modification of Human Embryos"
San Francisco Chronicle, "
Gene Editing’s Promise, Risks Focus of Scientists’ Summit"
Scientific American, "
Where to Draw the Line on Gene-Editing Technology" 
Scientific American,
"This Week, World Summit on Altering Human Genes Explores Ethical Limits"
Slate Magazine,  "
We Need a Moratorium on Genetically Modifying Humans"
Gene-editing Superstars to Tackle Tough Ethical Questions at Global Summit"
RTE News, "
Human Gene Editing Focus of Washington Summit"
Washington Post, "
Historic Summit on Gene Editing and ‘Designer Babies’ Convenes in Washington"
Washington Times, "
Gene 'Editing' Ethics Questioned for Human Reproduction"

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University Research Regulations

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July 20, 2018

Science, "Engage Research Institutions on Research Regulatory Reform"

October 24, 2017

Science, "United States Should Dramatically Retool Animal Research Rules, Groups Say"

August 18, 2017

Science, "What Do Revised U.S. Rules Mean for Human Research?"

April 26, 2017

Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and Council on Governmental Relations request OMB Action on Research Policy Board

April 24, 2017

Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Hearing  "Duplication, Waste, and Fraud in Federal Programs"

January 19, 2017

Chronicle of Higher Education, "New 'Common Rule' for Research"
Modern Healthcare
, "Researchers, Privacy Experts Clash on New Human Research Rule"
New England Journal of Medicine
, "The Common Rule, Updated"

January 18, 2017

Nature, "Controversial Patient-Consent Proposal Left Out of Research-Ethics Reforms"
, "U.S. Abandons Controversial Consent Proposal on Using Human Research Samples"

January 6, 2017

Health Care Compliance Association, "NAS Committee Takes Aim at OIGs"

December 13, 2016

President Obama  signs into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes the creation of a Research Policy Board and other measures to streamline research regulations that were recommended in Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century.

November 29, 2016

Science, "Congress to Begin Voting on Sweeping Biomedical Innovation Bill"
Science, "New U.S. Research Policy Board Would Aim to Slash Regulatory Framework"

November 28, 2016

Congressman Daniel "Lipinski Successful in Effort to Reduce Regulations and Improve University Research Opportunities"

October 4, 2016

American Institute of Physics, "House Committee Takes Aim at Burdensome Academic Research Regulations"

September 30, 2016

Bloomberg BNA Medical Research Law and Policy Report, "Final Human Research Rule Expected by Year End, Revisions Likely"

September 29, 2016

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Research and Technology Subcommittee Hearing, "Academic Research Regulatory Relief: A Review of New Recommendations"

September 26, 2016

The Hill, "Week Ahead: Regs on Academic Research, Drones Top Agenda"

September 14, 2016

American Institute of Physics, "Former OSTP Director Recommends Early Focus on S&T for Next President

August 2, 2016

CQ News, "Proposed Rewrite of Human Research Protections Draws Resistance"

August 2016

Report on Research Compliance, "NAS Committee Recommendations Include Call for Institutions to Heal Themselves"

July 29, 2016

Voactiv, "The Rules for How We Can Experiment on Humans Might Soon Change"

July 22, 2016

U.S. Government Accountability Office issues "Federal Research Grants: Opportunities Remain for Agencies to Streamline Administrative Requirements"

July 19, 2016, "Report - Congress Needs to Update Human Research Regulations"

July 8, 2016

Science, "Panel Slams Plan for Human Research Rules"

July 6, 2016

American Institute of Physics, "National Academies Reiterates Call for Research Policy Board; Congress Acting on Recommendation"

July 1, 2016

Ampersand, "From the Director: National Academies Report Recommends Withdrawing the NPRM and Calls for a New Belmont Report"
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
, "Federal Panel Urges Obama Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Revise Medical Research Regulations"
Inside Higher Ed
, "Report Criticizes Proposed Rules on Human Subjects"
Nature World News
, "Proposal to Revise US Regulations on Human-Subject Research Should be Withdrawn, Say National Academies"

June 30, 2016

Association of American Universities, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities, and Council on Governmental Relations issue "University Groups’ Statement on National Academies Report to Optimize Federal Investments in Academic Research"

June 29, 2016

Stat, "White House Under Pressure to Withdraw Changes to Human Research Rules"
, "Science Academies Blast US Government's Planned Research-ethics Reforms"

Science, "US Should Abandon Controversial Effort to Update Human Research Rules, National Academies Panel Says"
National Public Radio, "
Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules"


KUOW-FM Radio (Seattle, WA)

June 28, 2016

Science, "Out, Out Red Tape: Congress Weighs Bills to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Academic Science"

June 24, 2016

Congressman Dan Lipinski introduces University Regulations Streamlining and Harmonization Act of 2016 "to reduce the time and money spent by researchers complying with excessive federal regulations"

June 23, 2016

Senators Cory Gardner, Gary Peters, John Thune and Bill Nelson introduce American Innovation and Competitiveness Act to reduce "administrative burdens for researchers, enhance[e] agency oversight, improve[e] research dissemination, and reform...federal science agencies to increase the impact of taxpayer-funded research"
Science, "Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support U.S. Research and Education"

March 31, 2016

Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Patty Murray Introduce Legislation "to Let NIH 'Spend More Time on Life-Saving Treatments and Cures'
Congressman Daniel "Lipinski Releases Draft of Legislation to Relieve Scientists from Regulatory Burdens that Are Hindering Research at Universities and Labs"

September 29, 2015

The Hill, "Regulating Research in Academia"

September 28, 2015

Chemical & Engineering News, "National Academies Suggests Ways To Cut Administrative Tasks Of Grant-Getters"

September 23, 2015

Inside Higher Ed, "Report Slams Regulatory Burden on Research Universities"

September 22, 2015

Chronicle of Higher Education, "Consistent Research Regulations Could Ease the Burden on Scientists, Panel Says"
ScienceInsider, "New US Board Proposed to Tackle Regulatory Burden on Research Universities"
Nature, "US National Academies Issue Call to Cut Red Tape"
United Press International, "National Academies: Red Tape Hurting Federal Science Research"

August 21, 2015

Science, "Behind the Numbers: Rethinking the Time 'Lost' to Red Tape"

July 23, 2015

ScienceInsider, "Senator Offers Tantalizing Prospect of Regulatory Relief for Biomedical Researchers"

July 22, 2015

Chronicle of Higher Education, "The Search for Vanderbilt’s Elusive Red-Tape Study"

February 13, 2015

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

Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of a Workshop

Project Information


June 3, 2016

Genome Web, "Gain-of-Function Oversight"

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

Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification

Project Information


September 27, 2018

West Virginia MetroNews, "What If Dr. Blasey and Judge Kavanaugh Are Both Telling the Truth?"

September 25, 2018

The Weekly Standard, "What Memory Science Can Tell Us About Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh"

July 13, 2018

The Pew Charitable Trusts, "Police Are Changing Lineups to Avoid False IDs"

May 7, 2018

Los Angeles Times, "California Justice Calls for New Rules on Eyewitness Identification in Court"

October 8, 2017

Washington Post, "Decades After a Rape, This D.C. Man Claims He's Innocent. But the Victim Is Sure He Is the Attacker"

July 25, 2017

Ars Technica, "The Science of Why Eyewitness Testimony is Often Wrong"

March 20, 2017

New York Law Journal, "Ex-Judges and Prosecutors Ask to Join Case on Cross-Racial Identification"

February 10, 2017

University of Virginia School of Law News & Media, "UVA Law to Share in $1.4 Million Grant to Improve Eyewitness IDs"

January 9, 2017

Washington Post, "DOJ Just Spelled Out How to Handle Eyewitness IDs to Try to Cut Errors"
International Business Times, "Are Eyewitnesses Right? DOJ Issues New Guidelines for Identifying Suspects"

January 6, 2017

National Public Radio, "Justice Department Issues New Guidance On Securing Eyewitness IDs"

September 5, 2016

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "New Policy Urged for Police Lineups: Techniques Address False Confidence"

April 13, 2016

Newsworks, "Pa. District Attorneys Urge Standards to Strengthen Witness Identification Procedures"

April 12, 2016, "Pa. Investigators Take Aim at Eyewitness Errors"

March 12, 2016

Lawrence Journal-World, "Legislation Addressing Eyewitness Misidentification Advances"

March 2, 2016

Lexington Herald-Leader, "Wrongfully Accused Ask Lawmakers for Better Eyewitness Identification Rules"

February 13, 2016

Lexington Herald-Leader, "Lawmaker Wants to Prevent Mistaken Eyewitnesses Leading to Wrongful Convictions"

January 22, 2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Show Me Real Eyewitness ID Reform"

January 20, 2016

Lincoln Star Journal, "Eyewitness IDs Getting Scrutiny"

November 16, 2015

@theU, "Witness Misidentification"

November 9, 2015

Washington Post, "Why We Can't Trust Ben Carson's Memories - Or Anyone Else's"

August 9, 2015

Al Jazeera America, "(Don't) Speak Memory"

June 2, 2015

New York Times, "A Plan to Combat Mistaken Identifications and False Confessions"

April 13, 2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Setting the Record Straight on Eye-ID Reform"

March 2015

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, "Interim Report of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing"

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

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September 7, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford Scientists Raise Hope, Concern with Synthetic Narcotics"

July 11, 2013

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

International Animal Research Regulations: Impact on Neuroscience Research; Workshop Summary

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September 20, 2012

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

Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza: Scientific Inquiry, Communication, Controversy: Summary of a 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

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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"

Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century: Summary Report of a Six Academies SymposiumSeries

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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. Government 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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July 3, 2017

USA Today, "Trump Can Make 'Buy American" More Than Just a Slogan. Just Enforce a 1980 Law"

February 17, 2017

Science, "CRISPR, Surrogate Licensing, and Scientific Discovery: Have Research Universities Abandoned Their Public Focus?"

March 27, 2015

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, "AAU & APLU Committees Recommend Principles for University Technology Transfer Policy"

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 

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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        

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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  

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October 22, 2018

KUNC, “Death and Politics Collide Yet Again in This Year's Election

October 10, 2018

Twin Cities Daily Planet, "Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Consequences of Authority"

October 2018

Discover, "Going Ballistic: Next Gen Tech Is Transforming a Century Old Science"

August 6, 2018

Texas Public Radio, Experts Call for CSI Reform at San Antonio Forensics Event"

June 19, 2018

KHOU11, "Houston Forensic Science Center to Use Private Laboratory to Help Eliminate Backlog"
Houston Chronicle, "Houston Forensic Center Will Spend $2 Million Outsourcing DNA Testing to Cut Rape Kit Backlog"

June 6, 2018

Washington Post, "Two FBI Officials Say the State of Forensics Is Fine. Here's Why They're Wrong."

June 5, 2018

UMD Now, "UMD Study Validates Face Recognition Experts, But Shows Humans Perform Best With An AI Partner"

May 31, 2018

New York Times, "Bad Blood"
ProPublica, "How an Unproven Forensic Science Spread Through the Criminal Justice System"
ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, "Blood Will Tell: Part 2"

May 28, 2018

EurekAlert! "NIST Study Shows Face Recognition Experts Preform Better with AI as a Partner"

May 21, 2018

Washington Post, "Yet Another Bite-Mark Conviction Is Unraveling"

May 15, 2018

Gizmodo, "Fingerprint Analysis Could Finally Get Scientific, Thanks to a New Tool"

May 2018

Governing the States and Localities, "Want to Work in a Morgue? You May Already Qualify."

April 22, 2018

The Intercept, "The Authors of 'The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist' on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond"

April 20, 2018

Science, "Biases in Forensic Experts"

April 19, 2018

Wired, "Framed for Murder by His Own DNA"

April 9, 2018

Salk News, "Prominent Academics, Including Salk's Thomas Albright, Call for More Science in Forensic Science"
WVU Today
, "Researchers Call for More Science in Forensic Science"

March 28, 2018

Forensic Magazine, "AAAS Criticizes Latent Prints Uniform Language Over 'Expectations'"

March 21, 2018

Washington Post, "Bad Science Puts Innocent People in Jail - And Keeps Them There"

February 28, 2018

Slate, "Forensic Science May Be Evolving, but the System Is Broken"
Christian Science Monitor, "'The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist' Will Shake Your Faith in the US Justice System"

February 23, 2018

Orange County Register, "Experts: Crime Labs Come With Built-in Biases, Shifting Science"

February 19, 2018

Commercial Appeal, "Are Elected Coroners Out-of-Date? Death of Longtime Desoto County Coroner Highlights the National Debate"

February 8, 2018

NIST News, "How Good a Match Is It? Putting Statistics into Forensic Firearms Identification"

February 1, 2018

The Nation, "Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What If It Wasn't Science?"

January 31, 2018

CW39 TV, "Houston Forensic Analyst Fired After Allegedly Shredding Homicide Case Notes, Officials Say"

January 24, 2018

The Nation, "Why Does Our Justice System Fight So Hard to Keep Innocent People Behind Bars?"

December 13, 2017

Minnesota Public Radio, "Hennepin Sheriff Will Continue to Oversee Crime Lab, But Proposal for Change Not Dead"

December 12, 2017

Salon, "What New Forensic Science Reveals About JFK Assassination"

December 5, 2017

Star Tribune, "Hennepin County Board Considers Merging County, Minneapolis Crime Labs"
CBS Minnesota, "Proposed Crime Lab Management Causing a Stir in Hennepin County"

November 2, 2017

Springfield News-Leader, "'Uncertainties Associated with Bloodstain-pattern Analysis are Enormous': National Study"

October 6, 2017

Forensic Magazine, "NIST Seeks Comments on New Iteration of OSAC"

October 4, 2017

Brown Daily Herald, "Jim Gates Theorizes on Equality, Skepticism in Science"

October 3, 2017

Science Alert, "John Oliver Just Nailed the Huge Issue with Forensic Science"
National Institute of Standards and Technology, "NIST to Assess the Reliability of Forensic Methods for Analyzing DNA Mixtures"

October 2, 2017

Raw Story, "John Oliver Calls BS on 'Fake' Forensic Science That Gets Innocent People Wrongly Convicted"

October 1, 2017

HBO, "Forensic Science: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

September 27, 2017

Forensic Magazine, "AAAS Forensic Reevaluation Canceled Due to Lack of Funding"

September 15, 2017

Forensic Magazine, "AAAS: ‘Decades of Overstatement of Latent Print Examiners’ Now Mean No Fingerprint ‘Matches’"

August 14, 2017

National Institute of Standards and Technology News, "Scientists Automate Key Step in Forensic Fingerprint Analysis"

August 10, 2017

Mother Jones, "Sessions' New Forensic Science Adviser Has a History of Opposing Pro-Science Reforms"

August 8, 2017

Forensic Magazine, "Forensic Community Welcomes New Federal Direction, 'Common Goals'"

July 2, 2017

Washington Post, "The Justice Department is Squandering Progress in Forensic Science"

June 29, 2017

Washington Post, "Science Organizations Renew Call for Independent U.S. Committee on Forensics"

June 28, 2017

Government Accountability Office issues "FBI LABORATORY: Chemistry and Trace Units Generally Adhere to Quality Standards, But Could Review More Examiner Testimonies"

June 12, 2017

Forensic Magazine, "Science Orgs Ask DOJ to 'Gaps' in Forensic Knowledge Base"

June 7, 2017

Slate, "Jeff Sessions’ Rejection of Science Leaves Local Prosecutors in the Dark"

May 10, 2017

Forensic Magazine, "DOJ Asks for Suggestions to Improve Forensic Science"

May 8, 2017

Scientific American, "We Must Strengthen the 'Science' in Forensic Science"

April 26, 2017

Free Times, “Richland’s Watts Makes the Case for Elected Coroners

April 24, 2017

Mother Jones, “Jeff Sessions Wants Courts to Rely Less on Science and More on ‘Science’

April 21, 2017

Bloomberg View, “21,000 Reasons Scalia Was Right
Columbia Daily Tribune, “Judge Denies Motion to Toss Out Gun Evidence in Murder Trial

April 20, 2017

Newsweek, “Sessions's Assault on Forensic Science Will Lead to More Unsafe Convictions

April 18, 2017

Big Think, “Is Crime Forensics Flawed?
The Conversation, “Now Who Will Push Ahead on Validating Forensic Science Disciplines?

April 14, 2017

Associated Press, "Critics Worry 'junk science' to Reign as Forensic Panel Ends"
Atlanta Black Star, “AG Sessions: Forensic Science Panel That Helps Keep Innocent People Out of Prison Is Unnecessary
Richmond Times-Dispatch, “One Year After Release, Keith Harward Travels Country to Point Out Failures of Forensic Science, Help the Wrongly Convicted
Science, “Q&A: The U.S. Department of Justice Scrapped Independent Forensics Panel, But the Scientific Questions ‘are not going away’

April 13, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice Issues Notice of Public Comment Period on Advancing Forensic Science
Bloomberg, "Crime-solving Isn't a Science (But It Could Be)"
Rolling Stone, "Jeff Sessions is Keeping Junk Science in America's Courts"
Washington Post
, "Most Forensic Science Isn't Real Science. Try Telling That to the Criminal Justice System"

 April 11, 2017

New York Times, "Sessions Is Wrong to Take Science Out of Forensic Science"
New York Times
, "Another Reprieve for Expert Testimony Is Anything But"
, "CSI Justice Department: Jeff Sessions Joins the War on Science"


April 10, 2017

Washington Post, "Sessions Orders Justice Dept. to End Forensic Science Commission, Suspend Review Policy"
Quartz, "Trump's Justice Department Won't Use Outside Experts to Improve Forensics"
San Diego Union-Tribune, "Salk Professor Criticizes Disbanding of Federal Forensics Committee That Included Scientists"


WNYC-FM (Radio) - New York, NY

April 4, 2017

Nature, "Label the Limits of Forensic Science"

March 30, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Playing It Safe: Proactive Steps from DA on Forensic Evidence"

March 28, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Hearing "To Examine the State of Forensic Science in the United States"

March 24, 2017

Washington Post, "Forensic Errors Trigger Reviews of D.C. Crime Lab Ballistics Unit, Prosecutors Say"

March 14, 2017

Louisville Courier-Journal, "In Bid to Curb Shootings, Louisville Police to Hire Forensic Gun Analyst"

 January 30, 2017

Washington Post, "Incredibly, Prosecutors Are Still Defending Bite Mark Evidence"

January 5, 2017

Harvard Law Review, "The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform" [Commentary by President Barack Obama]
Washington Post, "Obama's Rhetoric on Forensics at Odd's with His Record"

January 4, 2017

Washington Post, "When Obama Wouldn't Fight for Science"

December 6, 2016

The Conversation, "Forensic Science Largely Not Supported by Sound Science - Now What? "

December 3, 2016

Altoona Mirror, "Bite Mark Evidence Challenged in Ross Case"

December 2, 2016

The Austin Chronicle, "The Future of Austin's Crime Lab: The Backlog of DNA Evidence is Moving, But Is It Shrinking?"

November 26, 2016

The Columbus Dispatch, "Debate Rages Over Quality of Science in Crime Labs"

November 1, 2016

Spectroscopy, "Error Terror in Forensic Science: When Spectroscopy Meets the Courts"

October 21, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor, "District of Columbia Court of Appeals Adopts FRE 702 as the Legal Standard for the Admissibility of Expert Testimony"

October 12, 2016

Slate, "Pennsylvania's Shame"

October 11, 2016

Forensic Science Policy and Management: An International Journal, "Moving Toward New Requirements for the Admissibility of Evidence"
The News& Observer
, "Judge Keeps Libel Trial Alive: N&O Journalist Testifies"

September 28, 2016

The Hill, "Justice Department's Move on Scientific Evidence Reform Delays Justice"

September 20, 2016

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology releases "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods"
White House Blog, "PCAST Releases Report on Forensic Science in Criminal Courts"
House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, "PCAST Report Calls for Strengthening Forensic Science Legislation Addressing the Issue Introduced in the House and Senate"
Washington Post
, "White House Science Advisers Urge Justice Dept., Judges, to Raise Forensic Standards"
Washington Post, " Calls for Limits on 'Flawed Science' in Court Are Well Founded: A Guest Post"

September 16, 2016

ATTN:, "5 Kinds of Junk Science Prosecutors Have Used to Send People to Prison"

September 12, 2016

Forensic Magazine, "DOJ's Code of Conduct: No More 'Reasonable Scientific Certainty"

September 8, 2016

Christian Science Monitor, "Is Your Hair as Distinctive as Your DNA?"

September 7, 2016

The Intercept, "White House Report Concludes that Bite Mark Analysis is Junk Science"
Washington Post, "White House Science Council: Bite-mark Matching is Junk Science"

September 6, 2016

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issues memorandum directing the Department of Justice to implement "Recommendations of the National Commission on Forensic Science"
Forensic Magazine
, "Inside the White House Report Blasting Some Forensic Disciplines"

September 1, 2016

Wall Street Journal, "Presidential Advisory Council Questions Validity of Forensics in Criminal Trials"

August 18, 2016

Charlotte Observer, "Criminal Exonerations in America Are at a Record High, But Not Because of DNA"

August 3, 2016

Gizmodo, "The Fascinating Physics of Blood Spatters"

July 20, 2016

Forensic News Daily, "Bills to Establish Federal Forensic Science Office Introduced in Congress"

July 14, 2016

Senator Richard Blumenthal introduces Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2016

July 2016

National Geographic, "The Real CSI: The New Science of Solving Crime"

June 21, 2016

White House Office of the Press Secretary, "IMPACT REPORT: 100 Examples of President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation"

June 3, 2016

Washington Post, "Justice Department Issues First Standards for Forensic Expert Testimony"

June 2016

Atlantic, "The False Promise of DNA Testing"

May 11, 2016

Huffington Post, "Don't Believe the Bite"

May 4, 2016

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, "A2LA Accredits First US-Based Fire Scene Investigation Organization"

April 8, 2016

New York Times, "Virginia Inmate Freed After DNA Tests Refute Bite-Mark Evidence"

April 5, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Defense Lawyer in 1986 Murder Trial Says Bite-mark Evidence Persuasive to Jury"

March 25, 2016

The Intercept, "Viva 4N6"

March 21, 2016

Washington Post, "Justice Department Frames Expanded Review of FBI Forensics Testimony"

March 17, 2016

Boston Review, "The Genetic Panopticon: Even with DNA in Hand, Crime Lab Results Are Deeply Flawed"

March 13, 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "The Next Page: Four Experts Explain Why Forensic Analysis of Crime Scenes is not as Reliable as You Might Think"

March 11, 2016

Science Special Issue, "Forensics"

March 7, 2016

Science, "Reversing the Legacy of Junk Science in the Courtroom"
Science, "Forensics Gone Wrong: When DNA Snares the Innocent"

February 25, 2016

Washington Post, "Justice Department to Expand Review of FBI Forensics Techniques Beyond Hair Unit"
Boston Globe
, "What the Exoneration of George Perrot Means for the Criminal Justice System"

February 20, 2016

CNN, "Justice Scalia's Unexamined Death Points to a Problem"

February 18, 2016

Boston Review, "Should We Trust Forensic Science?"

February 16, 2016

Dallas Morning News, "Editorial: Ban on Bite-mark Evidence Would Be a Welcome Step Against Junk Science"
Star Telegram, "Bite Mark Analysis Has Lost Its Teeth"

February 11, 2016

Dallas Morning News, "Texas Could Become the First State to Recommend Moratorium on Use of Bitemarks in Court"

February 9, 2016

WISN, "'Making a Murderer' Exposes Limitations in Forensic Science"

February 3, 2016

Washington Post, "In a First, Judge Grants Retrial Solely on FBI Hair 'Match'"
Forensic Magazine, "1992 Rape Conviction Overturned Due to Flawed FBI Hair Analysis"

January 25, 2016

Huffington Post, "D.C. Judge Rejects Junk Science, But Law Slow to Follow"

January 22, 2016

Washington Post, "D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Faults Overstated Forensic Gun-match Claims"

January 14, 2016

Washington Post, "In Angry, Defensive Memo, Manhattan's DA's Office Withdraws Bite Mark Evidence"

January 9, 2016

Statesman Journal, "Work Needed to Restore Confidence in State Crime Labs"

January 5, 2016

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "Lawyer: Remand '89 Rape Case, as Expert Provided 'junk science'"

December 16, 2015

Washington Post, "Forensic Science Reform is Finally Here. But Will We Get It Right?"

December 13, 2015

Independent Record, "Some States Review Flawed Hair-Analysis Convictions - Bus So Far, Not Montana"

December 12, 2015

New York Times, "Lives in the Balance, Texas Leads Scrutiny of Bite-Mark Forensics"

November 17, 2015

Dallas Morning News, "Arguments Over Bite Marks Get Testy at Texas Forensic Science Commission Meeting"

November 16, 2015

Boston Review, "Forensic Pseudoscience: The Unheralded Crisis of Criminal Justice"

November 15, 2015

New York Post, "Top Reasons People Are Falsely Imprisoned"

November 13, 2015

UANews, "UA Professor Tackles Faulty Courtroom Science"

November 3, 2015

NCIS Season 13, Episode 7 ("16 Years")

October 25, 2015

Dallas Morning News, "Cases Based on Discredited Bite-mark Evidence Will Be Tough to Find"

October 21, 2015

Arizona Sonora News, "DNA Sheds Light on Past Mistakes"

October 14, 2015

Houston Chronicle, "Controversy Surrounds New Jesse James Photo Discovery"

October 13, 2015

 Washington Post, "Texas Inmate's 1989 Conviction Overturned After Bite mark Evidence Discredited"

October 12, 2015

Associated Press, "Man Released After 28-Year-Old Murder Conviction Overturned"

October 10, 2015

Dallas Morning News, "Junk Science Cited in Bid to Clear Man in ’89 Dallas Killing"

September 28, 2015

CBS News, "Could Your Fingerprints Hold Clues to Your Ancestry?"

National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Study Reveals Forensic Facial Examiners Can Be Near Perfect"

August 17, 2015

Dallas Morning News, "Taking Another Bite Out of Junk Science in the Texas criminal Justice System"

August 18, 2015

Scientific American, "Can We Trust Crime Forensics? How Trustworthy are DNA and Other Crime Scene Tests?"

August 13, 2015

Dallas Morning News, "Bite Mark Evidence Should Be Out of Courtrooms, Advocates Say"

August 5, 2015

The Royal Society releases discussion meeting issue "The Paradigm Shift for Forensic Science"

July 31, 2015

Science, "Forensic Labs Explore Blind Testing to Prevent Errors"

June 23, 2015

The Guardian, "The Man Who Was Jailed for 22 Years – On the Fantasy Evidence of a Single Hair"

June 12, 2015

MetroNews Canada, "Why It's so Hard to Keep Bad Forensics Out of Canada's Courtrooms"

May 26, 2015

Ames Tribune, "ISU to House Center Studying Forensic Sciences"
Christian Science Monitor, "When Expert Testimony Isn't: Tainted Evidence Wreaks Havoc in Courts, Lives"

May 25, 2015

Iowa State University News Service, "Iowa State to be Home to a New, $20 Million National Center for Forensic Science"

May 18, 2015

Senator Gary "Peters Leads Colleagues in Stressing Need for Scientific Expertise in Crafting Forensic Standards and Policies"

May 12, 2015, "FBI Hair Errors Call Convictions Into Question"

April 28, 2015

Roll Call, "Senators Urge Action on FBI’s Use of Faulty Forensic Evidence"

April 27, 2015

New York Times, "Junk Science at the F.B.I."

April 24, 2015

Daily Beast, "On Death Row for the Wrong Hair"

April 22, 2015

U.S. Senator Gary Peters issues "Statement on FBI's Flawed Hair Analysis"

April 20, 2015

United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Innocence Project, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, "FBI Testimony on Microscopic Hair Analysis Contained Errors in at least 90% of Cases in Ongoing Review"
New York Times, "Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science"

April 18, 2015

Washington Post, "FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis Over Decades"

April 10, 2015

Forensic Magazine, "A Lab Apart"

March 30, 2015

New York Times, "Robert Durst, Handwriting and Judging Forensic Science"

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 12, 2015

Nature, "Forensics Specialist Discusses a Discipline in Crisis: Lawyers and Scientists Need to Talk, Says Niamh Nic Daéid"

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 theSubcommittee 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


June 24, 2010

Environmental News Service, "EPA Forced to Review Pesticide Testing on Humans"

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


November 9, 2017

MIT Technology Review, "Under Trump, Biologists Seek a Low Profile for Controversial Research"

October 24, 2016

GenomeWeb, "National Academies Committee Considering Liability Issues for Labs Grappling With Genetic Variation"
GenomeWeb, "NAS Committee Input on Genetic Variant Data Sharing Could Make it Standard Practice, Experts Say"

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?"