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Voting - Small Slider
July 26, 2019
NEWS
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Issues Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Election
On July 25, 2019, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued the first volume of a report on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The volume references the 2018 CSTL report Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy. Read More.

Forensic Science Report - Small Slider
April 12, 2019
NEWS
CSTL Champions of Justice
The committee that authored the 2009 CSTL report,Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, has received the Innocence Network’s 2018 Champion of Justice Award. The award pays tribute to lasting effect of the report on the 10th anniversary of its publication. Read more.

HGE 2 Proceedings - Small Slider
January 10, 2019
PUBLICATION
Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing: Continuing the Global Discussion, Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief
The summary of the proceedings of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing were released on January 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST.  CSTL Co-Chair David Baltimore chaired the committee that organized the summit.

Science Policy Education Modules
June 2016
PUBLICATION
Science Policy Decision-Making: Educational Modules
In light of the ever-increasing role that science plays in policy decisions, nine educational modules were developed by an ad hoc CSTL committee to highlight the role of science in decision-making for professional school students, with a particular emphasis on scientific and statistical methods of inference. Each module is designed to elucidate competencies in science and technology that are generalizable across contexts. All are free to download.

Voting - Small Slider
May 15, 2019
NEWS
Congress Introduces Bills to Improve Election Security
The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation to increase election security.  The bills respond to recommendations of the 2018 CSTL report Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.


Voting - Small Slider
June 26, 2019
NEWS
U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on Election Security
On June 25, 2019, two members of the CSTL committee that authored the 2018 report, Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy, testified at a hearing on election security before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

AI Workshop - Small Slider
April 8, 2019
EVENT
Artificial Intelligence: An International Dialogue
On May 24, 2019, CSTL, in collaboration with the National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) and the Royal Society, will hold an international symposium on artificial intelligence.  Register and read more.

Forensic Science Report - Small Slider
February 18, 2019
PUBLICATION
A Decade Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States
Ten years ago, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. This landmark report identified serious issues...  Read More.

H5N1 - Small Slider
February 8, 2019
NEWS
Avian Influenza Research
A federal review committee has approved the resumption of research to modify avian influenza viruses. Such research has been the topic of several CSTL reports including Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza: Scientific Inquiry, Communication, Controversy; Summary of a Workshop. Read more.

HGE 2 - Small Slider
November 27-29, 2018
EVENT
Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing
The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, organized by a committee led by CSTL Co-chair David Baltimore, concluded in Hong Kong on November 29, 2018. Read about the project, the organizing committee’s concluding statement, and press coverage.

Geoengineering Study - Small Slider
October 16, 2018
NEWS
National Academies Launching New Study on Sunlight-Reflection Research
CSTL and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate are forming a new committee to develop a research agenda and research governance approaches for climate intervention strategies that reflect sunlight to cool Earth. Read more.

Voting - Small Slider
September 6, 2018
EVENT
Report Release: "Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy"
The public release of the report of the Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology took place on September 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. EDT.  Read more

Neuroforensics Report - Small Slider
July 6, 2018
PUBLICATION
Report Release: "Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies: Proceedings of a Workshop"
The proceedings of the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders- CSTL workshop on neuroforensics were released on July 6, 2018.  Read more.

Forensic Science Report - Small Slider
February 6, 2018
PUBLICATION
Improving Forensic Science
The February 26, 2018 edition of The Nation investigates flaws in forensic sciences. The investigation takes impetus from the 2009 CSTL report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. Read More.

Neuroforensics - Small Slider
March 6, 2018
Event
Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies -  A Workshop
On March 6, 2018, the National Academies' Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders held, in collaboration with CSTL, a workshop to explore the potential impact of emerging neurotechnologies on the legal system. Read more.

Future of Voting - Small Slider
February 23, 2018
Event
Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology
The final public meeting of CSTL's Committee on the Future of Voting took place in Washington, DC on February 21-22, 2018.  View agenda and read more.

What's New - Small Slider
November 14, 2017
PUBLICATION
CSTL Chronicle
The latest edition of the CSTL Chronicle, the bi-annual newsletter of the activities, projects, and people of CSTL is available here.

Future of Voting - Small Slider
December 11, 2017
EVENT
Fourth Meeting of the Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology
CSTL's Committee on the Future of Voting held its fourth meeting on December 7-8, 2017 in Denver, CO.  Read more.

DURC Report - Small Slider
September 14, 2017
PUBLICATION
Dual Use Research of Concern
CSTL has just released a new report, Dual Use Research of Concern in the Life Sciences: Current Issues and Controversies. The report examines policies and practices governing dual-use research in the life sciences – research that could potentially be misused to cause harm. Project Information

Future of Voting - Small Slider
October 19, 2017
EVENT
Third Meeting of the Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology
CSTL's Committee on the Future of Voting held its third meeting in Washington, DC on October 18-19, 2017. The morning sessions on October 18 were webcastRead more.

Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification
July 25, 2017
Publication
Why Eyewitnesses Fail
In the July 25, 2017 edition of PNAS, Thomas D. Albright, co-chair of the committee that authored our 2014 report Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification, discusses the scientific issues that emerged from the study and how the issues led to recommendations for additional research, best practices for law enforcement, and use of eyewitness evidence by the courts.

History and Future of Forensic Science
July 1, 2017
Event
The History and Future of Forensic Science
The Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit dedicated its June 27-30 meeting to "The History and Future of Forensic Science," highlighting the ground-breaking CSTL reports on forensic science and eyewitness identification as well as the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence. The conference featured presentations by CSTL members and members of the CSTL study committees that produced these documents.

Committee on the Future of Voting
June 14, 2017
Event
Second Meeting of the Committee on the Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology
The Committee on the Future of Voting held its second meeting on June 12-13, 2017. The committee is conducting a study to document the current state of play in terms of technology, standards, and resources for voting technologies; examine challenges arising out of the 2016 federal election; evaluate advances in technology currently (and soon to be) available that may improve voting; and offer recommendations that provide a vision of voting that is easier, accessible, reliable, and verifiable.