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Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
CSTL CHRONICLE
MAY 2013
Volume 4, Number 1
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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

NEW!  
Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza

Intl Animal Research

Project Information
Reference Manual
  

Project Information

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  EVENTS

25th CSTL Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law will be held on May 13-14, 2013 at the National Academy of Sciences' Building in Washington, DC. The meeting will feature panel discussions of the following topics: 1) Rethinking the U.S. Patent System; 2) Additive Manufacturing: The Next Transformational Technology?; and 3) Advancing Life Sciences Research of Concern in a Globally Networked World. For more information about the May and future meetings, please contact Steven Kendall at 202-334-1713 or skendall@nas.edu.

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  IMPACT

National Institute of Justice Funds Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey
  
 
Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward During 2011 and 2012, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) developed a Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey (LFIOS) for the purposes of collecting data on state and local law enforcement agencies that maintain an automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS).  The survey is intended to help law enforcement and government administrators, legislators and researchers understand the technological and regulatory barriers affecting automated, cross-jurisdictional interoperability. It is motivated, in part, by the need identified in the 2009 CSTL report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward...  

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Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence
  
 
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence
 
As of April 23, 2013, CSTL's Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition, has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times.  The Manual is routinely cited in judicial opinions.  Recently, for example, the Manual's "Reference Guide on Economic Damages" was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia...
 
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Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues
Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes
 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency practices have come under scrutiny as the result of experiments where human test subjects were deliberately exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) to allow Agency doctors to measure the health effects of such exposure.  The EPA referred to the 2004 CSTL report, Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues...
 
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  MEMBER NEWS

CSTL Welcomes New Member Harry T. Edwards
  
CSTL Member Harry T. Edwards
 
CSTL welcomes new member Harry T. Edwards, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Judge Edwards co-chaired the CSTL committee that authored Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.  He was appointed...

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CSTL Member Margaret Marshall Featured in Winter Edition of Harvard's Ed. Magazine / Named Senior Fellow of the Yale Corporation
  
CSTL Member Margaret Marshall
 
The Winter 2013 edition of Ed., the Magazine of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, featured an article that describes the extraordinary career of CSTL Member Margaret Marshall, retired Chief Justice of the of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.  The article chronicles... 

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CSTL Member Elizabeth Blackburn Profiled in NY Times
  
CSTL Member Elizabeth Blackburn with CSTL Member Barbara Bierer
 
On April 8, 2013, The New York Times published an interview with CSTL Member Elizabeth Blackburn, Morris Herzstein Professor in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.  In the article, entitled "Charting Her Own Course," Blackburn discusses... 

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  ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS

NEW!

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.  The Forum will...

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Six Party Symposia on Synthetic Biology
  

 Under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), CSTL and the Board on Life Sciences organized, in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Royal Society (RS), Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), three symposia on synthetic biology in 2011-2012.  The symposia...

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  ACTIVITIES IN DEVELOPMENT

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

CSTL proposes to 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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Implications of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology Research for Understanding and Maximizing the Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications

CSTL proposes to convene an ad hoc committee to review the state of research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology as it pertains to eyewitness identification.  The committee will recommend best practices...

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