Biology Education and Workforce Issues : Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Developing Capacities for Teaching Responsible Science in the MENA Region: Refashioning Scientific Dialogue (2013)

Spurred on by new discoveries and rapid technological advances, the capacity for life science research is expanding across the globe—and with it comes concerns about the unintended impacts of research on the physical and biological environment, human well-being, or the deliberate misuse of knowledge, tools, and techniques to cause harm. This report describes efforts to address dual use issues by developing institutes around the world that wil... More >>

Research in the Life Sciences with Dual Use Potential: An International Faculty Development Project on Education About the Responsible Conduct of Science (2011)

Education is key to engaging the life sciences community in efforts to recognize and mitigate potential misuse of scientific research. As centers for innovative research colleges and universities are where future scientists receive their introduction to the norms of scientific conduct. Thus, they are especially important for educating faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and technical staff about research wit... More >>

Protecting the Frontline in Biodefense Research: The Special Immunizations Program (2011)

The U.S. Army's Special Immunizations Program is an important component of an overall biosafety program for laboratory workers at risk of exposure to hazardous pathogens. The program provides immunizations to scientists, laboratory technicians and other support staff who work with certain hazardous pathogens and toxins. Although first established to serve military personnel, the program was expanded through a cost-sharing agreement in 2004 t... More >>

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Challenges and Opportunities for Education About Dual Use Issues in the Life Sciences (2010)

A workshop at the Polish Academy of Science in November 2009 was the latest in a series of activities organized by national and international scientific organizations to address concerns that continuing advances in the life sciences, while offering great current and potential benefits, could also yield knowledge, tools, and techniques that could be misused for biological weapons or for bioterrorism. The National Research Council, in partnershi... More >>

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Research at the Intersection of the Physical and Life Sciences (2009)

An increasing number of scientists are addressing problems that lie at the intersection of the life sciences and the physical sciences. This report discusses how some of the most important scientific and societal challenges can be addressed, at least in part, by collaborative research among traditional disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and physics. It describes how tools and techniques developed in the physical sciences are being applie... More >>