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Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
CSTL CHRONICLE
DECEMBER 2013
Volume 4, Number 2
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Reports  |  Events  |  Impact  |  Member News  |  Activities in Progress  |   Activities in Development


WELCOME!
 

We are pleased to present the latest issue of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law newsletter, a semi-annual report on the activities, projects, and people of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL).  CSTL was established by the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 to examine the growing number of areas where science, engineering, and law intersect in this era of increasing globalization. It is the leading national committee that...

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  REPORTS

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Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

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  EVENTS

CSTL Honors Departing Co-chairs  
Departing CSTL Co-chairs Richard Merrill and David Korn
 

On Monday, November 18, 2013, CSTL celebrated the service of departing co-chairs David Korn (Consultant in Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School) and Richard A. Meserve (President, Carnegie Institution for Science and Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP).  Past and present CSTL members, colleagues, family, and friends gathered in Washington for a celebratory dinner to honor Korn and Meserve's many years of service to the committee as members and then co-chairs.


26th CSTL Meeting

CSTL's 26th meeting  was held on November 18-19, 2013 at the National Academies' Keck Center in Washington, DC. The meeting featured panel discussions of the following topics: 1) Are New Laws and Regulations Needed for New Uses of Space?; 2) Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications of De-Extinction Research Activities; 3) Governance of Emerging Technologies; 4) Governance of Biomedicine and Health Innovation for Alzheimer’s and Dementia; 5) Faculty Burden – An Update on the National Science Board Report; 6) Developing U.S. Government Policy for the Oversight of Dual Use Research of Concern; and 7) Issues with the Publication and Replication of Scientific Studies. For more information about the November and future meetings, please contact Steven Kendall at 202-334-1713 or skendall@nas.edu.
  

First Meeting of Committee on Eyewitness Identification
   

On December 2-3, 2013, CSTL, in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ), hosted the first meeting of the Committee on Scientific Approaches to Understanding and Maximizing the Validity and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification in Law Enforcement and the Courts, Phase I: Social Sciences. The next meeting of the committee will be on February 6-7, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Forum on Synthetic Biology - Recent Activities
   
CSTL's  Forum on Synthetic Biology held its inaugural meeting in Washington on October 21, 2013.  In addition, the forum co-sponsored two activities; a July 2013 workshop at Imperial College London entitled Ownership and Sharing: Setting the Patent Framework for Innovation in Synthetic Biology (a summary report of the workshop is forthcoming) and an August 2013 panel discussion at the U.S. Department of State on synthetic biology and its relationship to key challenges faced by the international community.

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  IMPACT

CSTL Forensic Science Report Continues to Inspire Legislative and Scientific Reform Efforts
  
 
Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward On September 9, 2013 U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology introduced H.R. 3064, the Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2013.  The bill is similar to legislation introduced by Johnson and Senator Jay Rockefeller in the previous Congress. 

On June 26, 2013, Rockefeller chaired...

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The Global Reach of CSTL Synthetic Biology Activities 
  
 
Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century
 
On July 15-16, 2013, CSTL's Forum on Synthetic Biology held a workshop at Imperial College London entitled Ownership and Sharing: Setting the Patent Framework for Innovation in Synthetic Biology. This workshop was inspired by the 2011-12 collaboration on synthetic biology  by the national sciences and engineering academies of the United States, U.K., and China (a collaboration which resulted in the report Positioning Synthetic Biology to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century). The July 2013 workshop was referenced by BBC News...
 
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CSTL University IP Report Reaches Asian Audience  
Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest - Japanese Edition
 
The 2010 Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP)/CSTL report, Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest, was recently translated into Japanese by the Tuttle-Mori Agency, Inc., Tokyo.  The Tuttle-Mori Agency is the oldest established (and largest) literary agency in Japan.

Improving Science in the Administrative Process

On September, 10 2012, at the request of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), CSTL hosted a one-day public workshop to consider a draft report entitled  Science in the Adminstrative Process: A Study of Decisionmaking Approaches, and discuss the report's recommendations.  On February 18, 2013, ACUS released the final report - Science in Regulation: A Study of Agency Decisionmaking Approaches.  The final report reflects revisions made in response to concerns raised during the CSTL workshop.

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  MEMBER NEWS

CSTL Member Drew Endy Named White House Open Science Champion

CSTL Member Drew Endy
 

On June 20, 2013, CSTL Member Drew Endy, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Stanford University, and 12 other "Champions of Change" were honored at the White House for their extraordinary leadership in "open science."  Endy was recognized for his "early leadership and support for many open biotechnology programs including iGEM.org, a competition enabling over 10,000 students to explore biotechnology, OpenWetWare.org, a resource for sharing lab methods and results used by thousands of researchers, and BIOFAB.org, a public-domain factory for engineering high-quality standard biological parts" and for his role in the development of the BioBrick Public Agreement - a legal contract for making genetic materials widely available.

CSTL Member Marcus Feldman Elected to National Academy of Sciences
  
CSTL Member Marcus Feldman
 
On April 30, 2013, CSTL Member Marcus Feldman, Burnet C. and Mildred Wohlford Professor of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, was named as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  He was elected with of 83 new members and 21 foreign associates.  Feldman's work uses applied mathematics and computer modeling to simulate and analyze the process of evolution.  He helped develop the quantitative theory of cultural evolution, which he applies to issues in human behavior, and also the theory of niche construction, which has wide applications in ecology and evolutionary analysis.

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  ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS

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Committee on Scientific Approaches to Understanding and Maximizing the Validity and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification in Law Enforcement and the Courts, Phase I: Social Sciences


CSTL has established, in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) a committee to critically assess the existing body of scientific research as it relates to eyewitness identification.

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Preparing the Next Generation of Policy Makers for Science-Based Policy Decisons

CSTL will appoint an ad hoc committee to oversee the development of an educational mission statement, modules, and contextual materials that elucidate the role of science in decision-making for professional school students.  The committee will survey existing courses...

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Forum on Synthetic Biology
   

CSTL has established a forum for discussions about scientific, technical, ethical, legal, regulatory, security, and other policy issues associated with synthetic biology. 

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  ACTIVITIES IN DEVELOPMENT

Public Policy Issues in Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing)

CSTL and the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) propose to undertake a study of additive manufacturing that would encompass...

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Responsive Oversight of Emerging Technologies: Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Challenges

CSTL proposes to appoint an ad hoc committee to organize an exploratory workshop to consider the range of legal, ethical and governance issues associated with emerging technologies that will...

 

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