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Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
CSTL CHRONICLE
October 2012
Volume 3, 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 only national committee that...

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  REPORTS

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International Animal Research Regulations: Impact on Neuroscience Research

International Animal Research Regulations: Impact on Neuroscience Research

Project Information

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition

Project Information

Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters

Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI's Investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters

Project Information

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  EVENTS

October 2012 CSTL Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law will be held on October 22-23, 2012 at the National Academies' J. Erik Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, MA. The meeting will feature panel discussions of the following topics: 1) Cost-Benefit Analysis - Use/Distortion/Potential; 2) Recent Decisions in Patent Law; 3) IP/Ownership/Sharing Arrangements for Synthetic Biology; 4) Eyewitness Identification; 5) The Modern University; and 6) Public Dialogue in the Century of Biological Discovery. For more information about the October and future meetings, please contact Steven Kendall at 202-334-1713 or skendall@nas.edu.

Improving the Use of Science in the Administrative Process: A Workshop

On September 10, 2012, at the request of the Administrative Conference of the United States, CSTL hosted a one-day public workshop to consider a draft report entitled Science in the Administrative Process: A Study of Agency Decisionmaking Approaches and discuss the report's recommendations. The workshop was made possible with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Synthetic Biology for the Next Generation

Washington Synthetic Biology Symposium Concluding RoundtableOn June 12-13, on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences and with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CSTL and the Board on Life Sciences (BLS) organized, in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering, the British Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, the third in a series of three international symposia on synthetic biology...

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Issues Raised, Lessons Learned, and Paths Forward for Dual-Use Research in the Life Sciences: The H5N1 Research Controversy - A Workshop

H5N1 Workshop Planning Committee Co-Chairs David Relman and David KornOn May 1, CSTL, in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Life Sciences and the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats and with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, hosted a workshop 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...


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Harold Varmus and Leroy Hood Speak at Spring CSTL Meeting

Harold Varmus, National Cancer Institute

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At the March 2012 CSTL meeting, Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Leroy Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology, addressed the committee. Dr. Varmus' discussed...

Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems biology

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  IMPACT

CSTL Forensic Science Report Continues to Resonate on Capitol Hill / in the Media

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path ForwardOn March 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on "The Science and Standards of Forensics."  In his opening remarks, Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV observed that "What's clear at this point is that we need more research and better standards in forensic science. And to be credible, this work needs to be performed by scientific experts outside of the law enforcement culture." This CSTL forensic science report called for...

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Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence Goes Global
 

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third EditionOn June 2, 2011, thousands of National Academies' reports were made available for download without charge by the National Academies Press (NAP). The following June, only nine months after its September 2011 release, CSTL's  Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition, had become the sixth most downloaded title...

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  MEMBER NEWS

CSTL Member Wallace Loh Appointed Chair of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council


CSTL Member Wallace LohOn March 1, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the formation of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). CSTL Member Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland, has been appointed as the Council's first Chairman...





 

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CSTL Member Margaret Marshall Receives Radcliffe Institute Medal, Honorary Degrees from Haverford College and Yale University CSTL Member Margaret Marshall

On May 13, CSTL Member Margaret Marshall, retired Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, was awarded an honorary degree from Haverford College. Marshall was one of three...

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CSTL Co-Chair Richard Meserve Receives Inaugural Richard L. Garwin Award, Completes Work for Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, Elected President of Harvard Board of Overseers

CSTL Co-Chair Richard MeserveIn February, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) presented the inaugural Richard L. Garwin Award to CSTL Co-Chair Richard Meserve, President of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP. The FAS...





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CSTL Member David Relman Elected to Institute of Medicine

CSTL Member David RelmanOn October 17, 2011, CSTL Member David Relman, Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor, Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University; Chief, Infectious Disease Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, was one of 65 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine. Members...

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CSTL Co-Chair David Korn Discusses Personalized Medicine

CSTL Co-Chair David KornIn an interview published in the May 2012 issue of Personalized Medicine, CSTL Co-Chair David Korn , Consultant in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, discussed how a career begun in pathology shifted to career focused on research policy and the structure and function of U.S. research universities. In the interview, Dr. Korn highlighted his work with CSTL, the Committee's work on the issue of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, and his concerns...


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The Margaret A. Berger Scholarship

The Brooklyn Law School has established a scholarship in memory of Professor Margaret A. Berger. The Margaret A. Berger Scholarship was endowed...

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  ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS

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...


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The H5N1 Research Controversy
 

At the suggestion of and with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CSTL, the National Research Council’s Board on Life Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats convened an ad hoc committee to organize a workshop to discuss the recent H5N1 Avian influenza virus controversy...



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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... 

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

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 - with a particular emphasis on scientific and statistical methods of inference...

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Understanding International Practice and Mechanisms for Funding, Conducting, and Disseminating Life Sciences Research of Concern

CSTL proposes to appoint an ad hoc committee to conduct a study of practices, policies, and oversight for supporting the responsible funding, conduct, and dissemination of life sciences research of concern... 

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Synthetic Biology Forum

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

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