Balancing Science & Security in a Globalized World

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Senate Hart Office Building SH-902


One of the pillars of the United States’ economic competitiveness is its strength in science and technology, which in turn is built on the open transfer of knowledge within the US and across its borders.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, as well as advances in information technology, are forcing a re-examination of national security measures, including those dealing with the flow of scientific information. This briefing highlighted a recent National Academy of Sciences report, “Science and Security in a Post 9/11 World.”

It examined how current security policies are affecting the U.S. R&D enterprise, and discussed recommendations for striking an effective balance between the need for open scientific communication to maintain U.S. leadership in science and technology and the need for measures to ensure security and safeguard critical information.

Honorary Hosts

Senate Science & Technology Caucus; Senators Bingaman & Alexander, Caucus Co-chairs

Introductory Remarks

Dr. Catherine Hunt
ACS Immediate Past President

Senator Bingaman (D-NM)

Senator Alexander (R-TN)

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Featured Speakers

Gerald Epstein

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Homeland Security Program
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Jacques Gansler
Professor and Roger C. Lipitz Chair
Director of the Center Public Policy and Private Enterprise
University of Maryland
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Alice Gast
President, Lehigh University
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Paul Keim
Regents Prof. of Biology,
Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology, Northern Arizona University
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