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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
embarks
on an aggressive biodefense research agenda, there are fears that the
information generated and disseminated from it may be exploited for
malicious
purposes.  A major concern is how to strike a balance between
traditional
scientific openness and national security needs in the new age of
terrorism.

The National Academies and the Center for Strategic and International
Studies
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
"sensitive"
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.

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

WEBCAST:
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
webcast
requires RealPlayer, available free at http://www.real.com/player.  For
more
information on setup and hardware requirements, see the Real.com Web
site.)

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

AGENDA

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
and
International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Ronald Atlas, president, American Society for Microbiology, Washington,
D.C.

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

Speakers:
Mitchel B. Wallerstein, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
Chicago
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
Threat

Speakers:
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
Case
Studies

Speakers:
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
Science
and Technology Policy, Washington, D.C.
Nick Cozzarelli, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
Washington,
D.C.
Don Kennedy, Science, Washington, D.C.

Moderators:  Nick Cozzarelli; and Thomas E. Shenk, president-elect of
the
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

Speakers:
John Marburger, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
Washington,
D.C.
Gerry Epstein, Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, Va.
Sam Kaplan, chair, Publications Board, American Society for
Microbiology,
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
202-334-2868
202-334-1730
echoffnes () nas edu (internet)


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