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CSTL CHRONICLE

April 2012

Special Edition

We are pleased to present a special 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).

This issue is being published to invite you
 to attend two upcoming events; Issues Raised, Lessons Learned, and Potential Strategies for Dual-Use Research in the Life Sciences: The H5N1 Research Controversy - A Workshop and Synthetic Biology for the Next Generation - A Symposium.  There is no registration fee for either event, and breakfast and lunch will be provided at both; however, space is limited.  Event details and registration information follows below.

Avian Flu VirusIssues Raised, Lessons Learned, and Potential Strategies for Dual-Use Research in the Life Sciences: The H5N1 Research Controversy - A Workshop

On May 1, 2012, The National Academies will host a workshop in Washington, DC to discuss the implications of the H5N1 avian influenza research controversy and provide a forum wherein the concerns and interests of the broader community of stakeholders, including policy makers, biosafety and biosecurity experts, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the general public may be articulated.  The workshop will be held at the 20 F Street, NW Conference Center, Room A and B, 20 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 672-1515.  It will feature the following sessions: 

  • The Ongoing Revolution in the Life Sciences and Associated Technologies
  • Two Case Studies from Conceptualization to Dissemination of Findings with Consideration of Plausible Points of Intervention and Decision-Making
  • Roundtable Discussion on the Nature of the Social Contract
  • Roundtable Discussion on Governance, Oversight, and the Path Forward

The workshop is being organized by CSTL, the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Life Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Draft Agenda
Register to Attend
Project Information

Synthetic Biology for the Next Generation - A Symposium

Synthetic BiologyOn June 12-13, 2012, The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering is hosting the final symposium of an international three symposia series on synthetic biology.  The symposium will be held at the newly restored National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 334-2000.  It will feature the following sessions:

  • Overviews of Research in Key Fields
  • Organizational Business Strategies in Support of Synthetic Biology
  • National Strategies in Support of Synthetic Biology
  • Synthetic Biology in the Political Process
  • Creating the Social Contract
  • Addressing Fundamental Questions in Biology
  • Addressing Fundamental Needs in Engineering
  • Community, Leadership, and Growth
  • Governance: Needs Beyond the Bench
  • Enabling Synthetic Biology: Identifying Critical Issues for the Field’s Success

The symposia series, organized by CSTL and the Board on Life Sciences under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is a collaboration between the NAS, 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).

Draft Agenda
Register to Attend
Project Information

Also of Interest...  Forensic Science on PBS' FRONTLINE

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path ForwardThanks to the hit series CSI , forensic science has entered the consciousness of the mainstream public.  On television, fingerprint, ballistic, and bite mark analyses are routinely used to help solve even the most difficult crimes — and ultimately put the guilty behind bars.  But how reliable is the science in forensic science?  CSTL’s 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, revealed that the science behind many forensic techniques is much less sound than Hollywood would have us believe.  On April 17th, PBS' FRONTLINE will uncover "The Real CSI."  The episode, which is part of a larger investigative series entitled Post Mortem , features an interview with Judge Harry Edwards, co-chair of the committee that authored the CSTL report.  A video preview of the episode is available at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/real-csi.  

CSTL WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

 

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The National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202 334-1713
Fax: 202 334-2530

E-mail: skendall@nas.edu

 

 

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