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FW: "Scientific Openness and National Security," January 9, 2003
From: "Richard M. Smith" <rms () computerbytesman com>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 11:43:38 -0500


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Subject: "Scientific Openness and National Security," January 9, 2003

Recent advances in biotechnology present both opportunities to further
scientific knowledge and possible threats to national security,
depending on how
the related scientific information is used.  Even as the United States
on an aggressive biodefense research agenda, there are fears that the
information generated and disseminated from it may be exploited for
purposes.  A major concern is how to strike a balance between
scientific openness and national security needs in the new age of

The National Academies and the Center for Strategic and International
are co-sponsoring a public meeting to bring together scientists and
policy-makers to discuss whether current publication policies and
practices in
the life sciences could lead to the inadvertent disclosure of
information to those who might misuse it.  The meeting's goal is to
start a
dialogue between the life sciences and national security communities
that might
eventually lead to the development of a common set of publication
policies for
journals in the life sciences.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Auditorium, National Academies
2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  An agenda follows.

The meeting will be webcast live.  Those who cannot attend can listen
and submit
questions using an e-mail form at http://national-academies.org.  (The
requires RealPlayer, available free at http://www.real.com/player.  For
information on setup and hardware requirements, see the Real.com Web

TO ATTEND, The workshop is free and open to the public.  However,
pre-registration is strongly encouraged in advance.  To pre-register,
contact  Amy Giamis of the NAS staff at either her email address:
agiamis () nas edu or by phone at 202-334-2868.


7:45 - 8:30  Registration/Continental Breakfast/Coffee

8:30 - 9:15  Welcoming Remarks

Bruce Alberts, president, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
John Hamre, president and chief executive officer, Center for Strategic
International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Ronald Atlas, president, American Society for Microbiology, Washington,

9:15 - 10:15  Scientific Openness and National Security -- Past as

Mitchel B. Wallerstein, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
Sheila Widnall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, Calif.

Moderator:  John Hamre

10:15 - 10:45  Q&A

10:45 - 11:15  BREAK

11:15 - 12:30  Knowledge Production in the Life Sciences:  Assessing the

David Franz, Southern Research Institute, Frederick, Md.
Stephen S. Morse, Columbia University, New York City
Claire Fraser, The Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, Md.
George Poste, Health Technology Networks, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Moderator:  Bruce Alberts

12:30 - 1  Q&A

1 - 2  LUNCH

2 - 3:30  "Sensitive" Information in the Life Sciences -- Review of Four

Ariella Rosengard, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Eckard Wimmer, State University of New York, Stony Brook
James Cook, Washington State University, Pullman
William Colglazier, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Parney Albright, Office of Homeland Security and White House Office of
and Technology Policy, Washington, D.C.
Nick Cozzarelli, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
Don Kennedy, Science, Washington, D.C.

Moderators:  Nick Cozzarelli; and Thomas E. Shenk, president-elect of
American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C., and chair,
department of
molecular biology, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

3:30 - 4  Q&A

4 - 4:30  BREAK

4:30 - 5:30  Current Policies and Proposals

John Marburger, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
Gerry Epstein, Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, Va.
Sam Kaplan, chair, Publications Board, American Society for
Washington, D.C.

Moderator:  Ronald Atlas

5:30 - 6  Q&A

6:00 - 8:00:  Reception in the Great Hall
Eileen R. Choffnes, Ph.D
Senior Program Officer
National Academy of Sciences
Committee on International Security and Arms Control
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
echoffnes () nas edu (internet)

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